The original Clive Barker short story that the film is based on, which can be found in the third volume of his Books of Blood (1985), has a savage ferocity in its vision of a baby-eating, cannibalistic pre-Christian god violating the modern world. Unfortunately, even with Clive Barker writing the screenplay, the film version of Rawhead Rex is a colossal disappointment. The monster is ludicrous and unconvincing it is like a crosseyed rubber Neanderthal decked out with a mohawk and a ludicrous overbite it vaguely looks like the Tasmanian Devil but even that has more threat. Clive Barkers writing also leaves much to be desired characters seem to be searching for dialogue.
Director George Pavlou does his best to destroy even that with his attempts at cheap shock effect demented roars that turn out to be just someone crying. In one scene, a victim runs through the woods holding her boyfriends hand, only to find she is carrying his severed hand it is a scene that may have seemed good on paper but in practice is laughable. Similarly, a scene with David Dukes and Kelly Piper tending their scared daughter, while unseen behind them their son is attacked by the monster could be a scene of classic pulling-the-carpet-out suspense in any competent directors hands but is badly botched in George Pavlous hands. The striking image from the story where Rawhead Rex urinates on the verger, in essence baptizing him, is retained but to absolutely no effect.
Clive Barker has also directed/written Hellraiser (1987), Nightbreed (1990) and Lord of Illusions (1995). Other adaptations of Clive Barker works include Candyman (1992), which produced two sequels, one of the stories in the tv movie Quicksilver Highway (1997), The Midnight Meat Train (2008), Book of Blood (2009) and Dread (2009). Barker has also acted as Executive Producer on Gods and Monsters (1998); wrote and produced Saint Sinner (2002); and produced The Plague (2006).
The only other film that George Pavlou has made outside of Clive Barker-adapted works is the horror comedy Little Devils: The Birth (1993).
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