Just when it seemed like Hollywood was running out of ’80s movies to remake, along comes news of a possible reboot we weren’t expecting in a million years.
Rawhead Rex is a deliciously cheesy 1986 horror film about a massive and horrifying ancient Irish deity that really enjoys killing people. The original is best remembered for its gore and goofy effects, and the fact that it was written by horror legend Clive Barker. Now, after more than three decades, it appears the film’s rights have been granted to original director George Pavlou, and he’s looking to take another crack at it.
“We might reboot Rawhead Rex,” Pavlou told The Dark Side Magazine, according to Bloody Disgusting. He went on to give his reasons for wanting to do so, noting how fan interest increased after the movie was released on Blu-ray for the first time in 2017 after an eternity of being stuck in low-resolution. “After 30 years and with the film finally out on Blu-ray and the fans so enthusiastic for it, well, it’s just pleased me enormously,” Pavlou said. “For years I’ve been watching this horrible degraded, nasty 4×3 format version on YouTube and it was just depressing me so I spent ten years trying to acquire the rights in order to get the full widescreen negative sourced copy out there.”
This is by no means a confirmation that a reboot is on the way, but it does seem like a reason for any Rawhead Rex fans out there to get excited.