I don't usually leave reviews for ...well anything. I think they are mostly pointless because when it comes to art/entertainment be it movies, books, video games, etc., it's all relative. What might be great in one person's eyes may be terrible in another's. In the end it really doesn't matter either way and it's a no win argument for both sides.
Anyway, I grew up in the late 70's and throughout the 80's...I was there...and experienced it first hand and NO I'm not looking through a pair of nostalgia glasses. (I'll leave that for the prudes & hipsters who, IMHO, seemingly wish they had grown up during that time even if they won't admit it but ironically hate on it and call everything from that era cheesy, but I digress) You really HAD to be there to understand what all the fuss was about when it comes to the entertainment of the era. I'm not even going to try to explain it to you. You either get it or you don't.
Case in point, RawHeadRex. Cinematic masterpiece? No. Best adaptation of its source material? (Clive Barkers short story of the same name from Books of Blood Vol. 3) Nope. Worst horror/monster film ever? Not even close. If you actually think that...fine, but that leads me to believe you really haven't seen many movies.
I'm not here to sell the film though. You already know if it's something you're interested in or you wouldn't be here, right? The new dvd & bluray from Kino Lorber looks about as good as it ever will I think. It's a step-up from the original vhs and dvd editions that's for sure. It looks better than I thought it would. Sound is solid and it has a decent set of informative extras. Overall an excellent edition and one that is worth the money.
Uh-oh, here comes my opinion! - RawHeadRex is a decent little monster film. It has some cool atmosphere, practical effects, over the top performances and a low budget that bleeds throughout all the proceedings in the best of ways. It's not perfect by a long shot but it does have one thing that is sorely missing in a lot of today's low budget direct to video releases and even major studio blockbusters...FUN!
It's just a fun, goofy, gory romp. Period.
Remember when movies were fun and people didn't take everything so seriously? I do. Nowadays most people act as if you assaulted them personally if it's not the greatest thing ever. It's really sad. I've never seen/read/played a prequel, sequel or inbetwequal that ruined my original experience with anything. If you have, I urge you to re-evaluate your life OR better yet instead of complaining, write a book, write a script, shoot a movie, get into acting, create a video game...be part of the solution instead of just another pointless angry reviewer. We have enough of those pretentious idiots already.
I've rambled enough. Thanks for reading...and if by chance this ticked you off somehow, lighten up!
And quit using the word cheesy. :)