Rawhead Rex (1986)

UK, 1986
35mm film, colour
Dolby Stereo, English

A British horror film directed by George Pavlou.

Plot Summary

American author Howard Hallenbach is touring the Emerald Isle with his wife and two children. His trip takes a nasty turn when a farmer uproots an ancient Celtic monument and sets free a ten foot tall pagan demigod known as Rawhead Rex.


Director: George Pavlou
© 1986 Shiuli Ltd
Alpine Pictures presents a Green Man production
Executive Producers: Al Burgess, Paul Gwynn
Producers: Kevin Attew, Don Hawkins
Co-producer: David Collins
Screenplay: Clive Barker
Director of Photography: John Metcalfe
Supervising Editor: Andy Horvitch
Music Composed and Orchestrated by: Colin Towns
Sound Mixer: Pat Hayes
Costume Designer: Consolata Boyle
Make-Up Artist: Rosie Blackmore
Hairdresser: Anne Dunne
Effects Make-Up Artist: Fiona Kemp
Rawhead Rex Costume Designed by: Geoff Sharpe
Creature Effects: Peter Litten, Coast to Coast Ltd
Special Effects Supervisor: Gerry Johnston
Art Director: Len Huntingford
Filmed entirely on location in County Wicklow, Ireland

David Dukes (Howard Hallenbeck)
Kelly Piper (Elaine Hallenbeck)
Niall Toibin (Reverend Coot)
Ronan Wilmot (Declan O’Brien)
Niall O’Brien (Det. Insp. Isaac Gissing)
Hugh O’Conor (Robbie Hallenbeck)
Cora Lunny (Minty Hallenbeck)
Heinrich von Schellendorf (Rawhead Rex)
Donal McCann (Tom Carron)
Eleanor Feely (Jenny Nicholson)
Gladys Sheehan (Ena Benedict)
Madelyne Erskine (Alice Gibson)
Gerry Walsh (Dennis McHugh)
Noel O’Donovan (Mitch Harney)
John Olohan (Dennis Nicholson)
Peter Donovan (Liam Blanchfield)
Bob Carlile (Carda Conroy)
Patrick Dawson (Detective Larkin)
Barry Lynch (Andy Johnson)
Maeve Germaine (Katrina)

Alternative Titles

Raakalainen – Finland



  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.282, 369
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.466
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.619-620 – credits, synopsis, review