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Traumafessions :: Reader Jay R. on Rawhead Rex

April 22nd, 2010 by aunt john · 5 Comments

RAWHEAD REX, terrible name and even worse movie. I’ve gotta say this movie terrified my brother and I when we were younger I will never forget it. The whole event happened when I was around 5 or 6; it was terrible.

It was definitely a week day afternoon because for some odd reason we had a fixation for the old school ADAM WEST BATMAN T.V. show (so young and naive and without good taste in programming) which was in syndication on one of the local CBS, NBC or ABC affiliates.

Anyway this was a particularly random and horrible time to play a movie such as this it was 3:30 in the afternoon and my parents were more than likely going over finances and doing grown up things, we were completely vulnerable to what would be one of the most terrifying things in my entire childhood.

We sat there as this simian/human/demon hybrid with a Mohawk and glowing red eyes tore onto the screen and decimated an entire community (including a hapless trailer park), killed children, tore off limbs urinated acid onto preachers… the list goes on and then just when you thought it was over RAWHEAD REX proceeded to resurrect himself at the end.

So what did I learn from this movie as a child??

The good gets peed on and in the end evil will ultimately triumph over good?

This was a terrifying experience and now I look back and see how hilarious the movie is and it gives me solace and even has a nostalgic sort of feeling to it. But I can tell you this as a child the thought of RAWHEAD REX kept me up many of nights for years.

Funny how what scares us as children eventually makes us laugh as adults.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Apr 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    This is another one that I actually saw in the theater. It’s also one of those very rare movies that I never watched again! All I’ve ever remembered of it was the peeing on the priest thing and the out of date on arrival movie poster (what is going on with his hand there?) Too bad too because Clive Barker was my new hero at the time and I was expecting something much better!

    If only it was as good as that awesome trailer we posted. I’m assuming it’s fan made, it seems too good to be from a studio.

    The more I watch that trailer though, the more it makes me want to see the movie again.

    Has enough time passed now to turn it’s crappiness into awesomeness?

  • 2 BrittnoidNo Gravatar // Apr 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I’m so relieved someone else was scared of Rawhead Rex. My younger brother and I saw the tape box at a video store once and ran out screaming. Every weekend we’d rent movies and we would just HAVE to look at it. When my dad would want to scare us all he’d have to do is say “Rawhead Rex” and we’d freak out.

  • 3 lottie_of_millhavenNo Gravatar // Apr 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Yeah, the movie is pretty terrible, which is too bad, because the short story its based on is actually quite good.  If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest it (as well as anything else from the Books of Blood).

  • 4 godmonsterNo Gravatar // Apr 22, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the post and the very cool prevue. I remember reading the story, and honestly was surprised that the movie wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. A few of the scenes were effective. Yours, Mike.

  • 5 jase87No Gravatar // May 5, 2010 at 10:29 am

    wow I’m sorta excited that they posted my experience…cool I’m sure i can drudge up some more experiences.

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