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Blu-ray Review - Rawhead Rex


"Rawhead Rex" was initially born in Clive Barker's "Books of Blood," a multi-volume collection of short stories that mined the darkest depths of depravity and horror. 1986's "Rawhead Rex" is a ridiculous movie, and a production Barker provided the screenplay for but has since disowned, and it's easy to see why. The author's insatiable appetite for poetic unpleasantness and violent sexuality is basically turned into an Ed Wood picture by director George Pavlou, who doesn't have the money or the time to treat Barker's imagery with the patience its deserves. Instead, he's made a monster mash with creature that resembles a man in a Halloween suit, and while the basic appeal of a B-movie is hard to discount, "Rawhead Rex" could've been so much more with the right filmmaking materials and concentration. On the plus side, the endeavor's aesthetic and thematic wipeout did inspire Barker to claim complete control of his directorial debut, "Hellraiser," released a year later.   Read the rest at


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