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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.

1980, Blue Underground, 87 min, USA, Dir: William Lustig

“I told you not to go out tonight, didn’t I? Every time you go out, this kind of thing happens.” “This kind of thing,” in William Lustig’s stone cold splatter classic, is the mutilation and murder of young women on the seedy streets of 1980s New York City. Character actor extraordinaire Joe Spinell wrote the script and plays the title role in this deeply disturbing portrait of a man whose abusive upbringing turns him into a serial killer. MANIAC was given an X rating for violence and gore when it first released and was even banned in the U.K. as part of the video nasties debacle - scene after scene offers relentlessly grim, ultra-realistic violence thanks to special effects maestro Tom Savini, all of which will leave you speechless and, more likely, shell-shocked.

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