Rawhead Rex

Rawhead Rex ★★

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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."

I remember visiting Popcorn Video in my pre-teen years with a buddy after school and we saw Rawhead Rex on display in the horror section, so naturally our immature minds conjured up all sorts of sexual-related metaphors and puns pertaining to the film's plot. Wouldn't you know it, we couldn't guess the plot correctly?
Based on the Clive Barker short story of the same name from his Books Of Blood: Vol. 3 collection, Rawhead Rex tells the story of an ancient Pagan monster who is awakened in an Irish village and the beast begins attacking anyone he can, biting and chewing them up. Pretty straightforward storyline without any penis or pornographic nature at its core. Ahhh, preteen years; anyway, the plot is simple as simple gets and the creature's unstoppable ferocious appetite for flesh is intimidating. If I'm being honest though, I'm not the biggest fan of how the titular monster looks. He resembles a sort of reptilian-humanoid that looks like that DC Comics alien, Lobo, aka a disgruntled monster biker. His eyes with their blood-red tint makes me think of Christopher Lloyd's antagonistic Judge cartoon character from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988); they look silly and dumb. The special effects for the kill sequences look alright but there's nothing worth writing home about. The way the kid is eaten and his parents forget about his death once they're battling the monster head-on with that stupid magic rock McGuffin is asinine. Some sections lag, some sections fly by quick. Eh.
Not a monster movie I find myself revisiting often. Pumpkinhead (1988) did it better!

Other film's seen today I've previously reviewed on here: Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)

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