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Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972)

Death Line (Raw Meat)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Reviews Counted: 1
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 1

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 1,631

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
R
Genre:
Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Ceri Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 26, 2003
Runtime:


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Critic Reviews for Death Line (Raw Meat)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (1) | DVD (5)

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
CinePassion

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

Full Review… | May 25, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its images of tunnelled emptiness should send a shiver of recognition down the spine of any city dweller.

Full Review… | September 14, 2003
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Death Line is an effectively creepy low-budget horror film made with heart and wit.

Full Review… | January 4, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Death Line (Raw Meat)

½

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

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Beefy
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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

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FilmFanatik
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

½

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

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kenstachnik
Ken Stachnik

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½

"Raw Meat" ("Death Line" in the UK) has a cult following among horror buffs, but it's hardly top sirloin. The premise is that, back in the 1890's, a cave-in trapped a dozen construction workers far beneath the London streets. The group (which luckily included four women) survived on rats and each other's corpses for generations, but has mutated into a diseased breed that barely qualifies as human. Now, innocent people are disappearing from subway platforms, and it's up to the police and a young, hip couple to discover why.

"Raw Meat" is strangely short on action, needs a few more interesting characters and has an implausible final act (wow, these people track as well as any bloodhound). The film does have at least one good jolt, a marvelous Christopher Lee cameo, a fun score of farting synthesizers and one impressive long take (a winding, seven-minute survey of the mutants' decrepit lair). Best of all is Donald Pleasance's droll performance as a cynical detective who would rather be downing some pints than worrying about dank tunnels and rotting bodies. Still, this is hardly essential viewing. Proceed at your own risk, and mind the doors.

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Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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