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RAWHEAD REX (1986) – Episode 191 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“He was here before Christ, before civilization. He was king here! Rawhead, that’s what they called him! RAWHEAD!” Okay, okay. Call him Rawhead, already. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr –  as they visit rural Ireland with Clive Barker’s Rawhead Rex (1986) on episode 191 (even though Jeff calls it episode 190).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 191 – Rawhead Rex (1986)

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An ancient creature called Rawhead is awakened from its slumber near an Irish village and goes on a rampage killing anyone in sight.


Chad, like most of us, is a big fan of Clive Barker’s work and Rawhead Rex is his pick. As is often the case, the movie varies from the story even though Clive Barker wrote the screenplay. Chad admits it’s not very good but he still has fun with it because it brings back memories of having fun going to monster movies with his buddies. Crystal, also a Clive Barker fan, loves the movie but thinks it would be even better if it had a more of a Barker feel to it. She does love the monster and its glowing eyes. Rawhead Rex doesn’t feel like Clive Barker according to Bill and though he loves the original story, he hates the movie. And don’t get him started on what he calls the big goofy monster and the limited movement of its mouth. For Jeff, Clive Barker’s prose has a definite feel and tone which is missing in Rawhead Rex. On the plus side, he enjoyed Ronan Wilmott’s over-the-top performance as the church’s verger and Rawhead’s disciple.

If you’re a Clive Barker completist or just love 1980s monster movies, Rawhead Rex is currently available to stream on Shudder, AMC+, Spectrum, and Arrow subscription services as well as on a Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Jeff, will be The Children  (1980).  You won’t want to miss that one!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.