Junesploitation 2022: Rawhead Rex (1986)

June 28: Junesploitation’s topic of the day — as suggested by F This Movie— is 80s horror! We’re excited to tackle a different genre every day, so check back and see what’s next.

Clive Barker writes some of the smartest horror there is, so when his first two movies — this and Transmutations — ended up being rubber monster suit movies, there’s some humor in there. That said, he wasn’t completely upset with this and also understood its limitations: “I think, generally speaking, the movie followed the beats of the screenplay. It’s just that monster movies, by and large, are made by directorial oomph rather than what’s in the screenplay. I’d like to think the screenplay for Rawhead Rex had the possibility of having major thrills in it. I don’t think it was quite pulled off.”

Rawhead Rex was a pagan deity that existed before Christianity, making this folk horror, as well as the kind of movie where a priest gets baptized by a giant monster pisses all over him and don’t we need more of these kinds of movies?

I mean, can you imagine if Barker got his way and Rawhead Rex looked like a giant penis and a face made from raw meat?

You can watch this on Tubi.

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