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Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972)

Death Line (Raw Meat)




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Gary Sherman's Death Line is one of those little-seen, long-forgotten 1970s horror films that's still championed by its core of fans. When the film was shown as part of a horror series at Lincoln Center in 2002, director Guillermo Del Toro (The Devil's Backbone) pronounced it one of his all-time favorites. In the film, Patricia (Sharon Gurney) and her American boyfriend, Alex (David Ladd, son of actor/producer Alan Ladd), find an important government official apparently unconscious on the stairs of a London Underground station. By the time they locate a cop to investigate, the body is gone. The sarcastically cynical Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence) and his right-hand man, Rogers (Norman Rossington), take on the case. The culprit turns out to be a deranged man (Hugh Armstrong), the descendent of tunnel workers who were trapped in a cave-in and abandoned by the government at the turn of the century. "The Man" lives in the abandoned tunnel with his mate, "the Woman" (June Turner), and ventures into the Underground proper only to find hapless human victims and bring them back to their decrepit lair for food. When his mate dies, the Man goes in search of another. Put-off by Alex's lack of compassion, Patricia splits up with him, venturing into a train station alone, and before long, she finds herself in the underground hellhole. Christopher Lee makes a cameo appearance as an officious, meddlesome MI5. Much to Sherman's chagrin, his film was re-edited by the producers and released to American grind houses under the title Raw Meat. It was shown in Britain in its original form, under its original title. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Ceri Jones
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On DVD: Aug 26, 2003


Hugh Armstrong
as "The Man"
Sharon Gurney
as Patricia
Christopher Lee
as Stratton-Villers
Ron Pember
as Lift Operator
Donald Pleasence
as Inspector Calhoun
Norman Rossington
as Detective Rogers
Clive Swift
as Inspector Richardson
Jack Woolgar
as Inspector
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Critic Reviews for Death Line (Raw Meat)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The first (or only?) ethnographic urban legend horror film.

Full Review… | November 16, 2010
Goatdog's Movies

This under-rated British horror has the ragged edge and grim tone of a film made two years later - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010
SFX Magazine

The mining injustices of The Stars Look Down, transmuted into return-of-the-oppressed horror

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

One of the best horror films to emerge from Great Britain.

Full Review… | May 25, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Death Line (Raw Meat)


Silly horror premise is almost entirely sold with a heavy air of portent and tons of atmosphere. Pleasence is sleepwalking through this.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

Cooky and fun little horror movie. Wonderfully shot and acted.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Great, early, over the top performance by Donald Pleasance.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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