Rawhead Rex May Be Restored After 30 Years, But Should It?

Clive Barker’s short story to possibly be restored by director George Pavlou.

By Michelle Kaotic

Adapted for the screen by George Pavlou in 1987, Rawhead Rex first appeared in Clive Barker’s Books of Blood: Volume 3 and is a towering nine-foot-tall humanoid-like creature with a face full of sharp teeth.

After a freak lightning bolt strikes the ground where the remains of Rex, buried during the pre-Christian era, is inadvertently dug up by a potato farmer, the Pagan God descends upon the small Irish village in search of food, specializing in decapitating its victims. Accidentally (or not), the film pits Paganism against Christianity when Rex urinates on a Decan and does other unspeakable things to religious members.

The movie sees an American family who travels to Ireland to research their heritage, all the while unaware of the horrors lurking in the woods. The ridiculously fake-looking beast attacks them and takes the young son’s body into the woods. The father (David Dukes) then sets out to find the beast himself after police fail to help. While it was not meant to be a comedy, it was hard not to laugh while watching it, sadly without realizing that it wasn’t doing the great story by Barker any justice.

Upon the release of this film, it was no secret that Clive had great displeasure with it. Due to this disappointing adaption of his story, he would take a more hands-on approach with other projects using his stories, such as Hellraiser, later that same year. However, for fans of Barker’s short stories, it still garners some attention all these years later.

Pavlou had the following to say in a chat with The Dark Side Magazine.

After 30 years and with the film finally out on Blu-Ray and the fans so enthusiastic for it, well, it’s just pleased me enormously. For years I’ve been watching this horrible degraded, nasty 4K format version on YouTube and it was just depressing me so I spent ten years trying to acquire the rights in order to get the full widescreen negative sourced copy out there.

While this is still in the early stages and only fueled by Pavlou’s interview, there is no guarantee that fans will, in fact, see a reboot. Time will tell, but is this a Clive Barker project that fans (or the writer himself) really want? Stay tuned as more details become available.

About the Author

Michelle Kaotic

Growing up in Northern Ontario, Canada, I still remember that first time watching The Exorcist as a kid. While others looked away, I took in every pea green puke and head-spinning moment that I could. Since then, horror and music have become passionate hobbies in my life. Although new to the convention scene, I’ve been collecting both horror and music items for over two decades. Two moments that make these hobbies worthwhile were coming face to face with Freddy Krueger himself, the legendary Robert Englund, and shaking hands with guitar icon Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. I started Kaotic Notes back in 2015 to house the numerous reviews, interviews, photos, and videos that I had done, and continue to do so to this day. It’s only rock and roll with a touch of blood and gore. What can go wrong?!

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