A Random Blog by MGH
Before we get to the gist, you should know that I am a LaserDisc collecting fiend. Where did this love for antiquated analog video technology come from? Quite simply, as a small child I loved looking at the big record album sized discs at my local mom and pop video store. They had hundreds of the suckers and most of them were the things I loved the most and couldn't watch without an adult, horror movies. I would spend the time I was supposed to be looking for a VHS tape to rent browsing the ever increasing collection of video discs that promised unparalleled video and audio fidelity. In my later years I was lucky enough to locate a used LaserDisc player at a thrift store for $15 and that was all she wrote. My collection has grown exponentially ever since and is filled with a swath of movies of questionable artistic value, i.e. they're mostly bad 80's horror movies. Now that you know what you're in for on with RawHeadRex!
Our tall tale begins with an American man(the late David Dukes) in Ireland researching religious sites for a book with his young family in tow. Conveniently they happen to time their arrival at a small isolated hamlet in time for a misguided local farmer to remove a gigantic phallic looking stone that has stood for hundreds of years from his field. This giant penis rock pointing proudly into the sky just so happened to be the only thing containing an ancient evil devil monster in his tomb! Still with me? Good, it gets better! After our title monster escapes his prison, he goes on a murderous rampage killing the random people that happen to cross his path. He can't really be considered much of a threat when you think about it. He's a devil with out a plan. What are his goals? To what end does killing a guy trying to snog his girlfriend in the forest make? Who knows. The movie certainly doesn't! And best of all, who cares? This movie is so ridiculously awesome if you concern yourself with plot, you'll hurt yourself.
I will give credit to the cast involved, they do their best with what they've got. But that doesn't keep their over-the-top performances from making the show an unintentionally laughable experience. To make things worse, or more fun depending on your perspective, is the outright goofy look of the title beast. He's 8 feet tall wearing gigantic lift boots, has long greasy hair and his face is a big rubber mask with glowing red eyes that would even make Roger Corman giggle. Seriously, this movie is that wonderfully bad!
Then you have my personal favorite character the town's Verger, Decklan played to the hilt by Ronan Wilmot whom after touching the church's altar becomes a loyal follower of the monster. I don't get it either folks, it doesn't make sense. That said, Decklan gets "Baptized" by RawHead when the monster pees on him... no joke. And Decklan couldn't be happier! His little cries of joy would make an excellent ironic ringtone for your phone! Since I am not one for spoilers, I won't tell you how it ends, but none the less it is just as goofy and hilarious as the rest of the movie. It's neigh impossible for me to pick a single favorite scene, there are just too many to choose from.
Since clips are impossible to come by, I will leave you with the delightfully fun trailer! Enjoy! Thanks for reading, if you have any thoughts, comments, or fond memories of RawHeadRex leave them below!
Here is some Original Custom Poster art by my good friend Jacob Rice
if you want more, let me know and I'll see if he's up for it!