Rawhead Rex (1986; George Pavlou) – Scare Daniel Podcast Episode 21
“Your mother’s a vicious rumor!”
Throughout the entire month of Cork-tober, the Dare Daniel podcast becomes Scare Daniel, with hosts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell reviewing five much-maligned horror movies. First on the chopping block: George Pavlou’s low-budget monster movie Rawhead Rex, about an incredibly fake-looking demon who terrorizes pantry shelves across the Irish countryside.
With a dog of a script from Clive Barker, the film failed to inspire a Pavlou-vian response in the hosts, although this non-comedy still offers more laughs than Clifford, Ready to Rumble and Heartbeeps combined.
In between bites of raw vegetables dressed with raw meat, Daniel and Corky discuss Muscle Power shirts, phallic statues and crazy-eyed priests, while wondering where you buy boxer briefs made of pure energy.
RAWHEAD REX FACTS AND FIGURES
U.S. theatrical release date: April 17, 1987
Critics scores: 33 on Rotten Tomatoes
This week’s craft beer: Revision Brewing’s Mystic Topaz NE-style IPA (7.0% ABV)
This week’s Darer: Matthew Dougherty
Why did Matthew dare Daniel and Corky to watch Rawhead Rex? “Just terrible B horror movie. Bad effects, terrible plot, monster mask is incredibly fake.”
IMDB synopsis: “Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer. The film follows Rex’s cross country rampage, while a man struggles to stop it.”
This week’s referenced movies: Underworld (1985); Underworld (2003); Hellraiser; Clifford; Ready to Rumble; Heartbeeps; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; The Exorcist; King Kong; The Amazing Spider-Man 2; Don’t Look Now; Back to the Future; Dracula; Pulp Fiction; X-Men
Ratings for Rawhead Rex: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Reverse Dare