RAWHEAD REX
1986, Kino Lorber, 89 min, Ireland/UK/USA, Dir: George Pavlou

Bursting from beneath thunderstruck Earth, Rawhead Rex shares more with the rubber-suit monster movies of yore than his much darker cousins, the Cenobites from HELLRAISER, though both were spawned from Clive Barker’s Books of Blood. Director George Pavlou took the ancient pagan God from Barker’s script and transformed him into a 9-foot-tall, punk-rock ogre moving at full ramming speed across the Irish countryside - no man, no child, no trailer park and especially no priest can withstand his unholy rampage.


NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT
2012, 144 min, USA, Dir: Clive Barker

Horror great Clive Barker adapted his novel Cabal as NIGHTBREED in 1990, casting Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby and David Cronenberg (as lethal psychotherapist Dr. Philip K. Decker) in an ambitious tale originally written as a fantastical love story occupied by monsters. Unfortunately, the production was wrought with interference, and cut and packaged as a slasher movie - though even in truncated form, its fine performances, distinctive Danny Elfman score and wildly inventive make-up and special effects work elevated NIGHTBREED far above typical genre fare. Over the years, as rumors of found footage circulated, the film achieved a mythic status with a restored version quickly becoming the holy grail of horror. With Barker’s cooperation, restoration director Russell Cherrington and producer Mark Miller assembled a new edit with more than forty minutes of excised footage, restoring plotlines, characters and scenes to best represent Barker’s defining intent and bring the epic back to life.


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