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Raw Meat (1972)

Death Line (original title)
R | | Horror | September 1973 (USA)
There's something pretty grisly going on under London in the Tube tunnels between Holborn and Russell Square. When a top civil servant becomes the latest to disappear down there Scotland ... See full summary »

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Inspector Calhoun
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Detective Sergeant Rogers
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Alex Campbell
Sharon Gurney ...
Patricia Wilson
Hugh Armstrong ...
The 'Man'
June Turner ...
The 'Woman'
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Inspector Richardson
James Cossins ...
James Manfred, OBE
Heather Stoney ...
W.P.C. Alice Marshall
Hugh Dickson ...
Dr. Bacon
Jack Woolgar ...
Platform Inspector
Ron Pember ...
Lift Operator
Colin McCormack ...
Police Constable 1
Gary Winkler ...
Police Constable 2
James Culliford ...
Publican
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There's something pretty grisly going on under London in the Tube tunnels between Holborn and Russell Square. When a top civil servant becomes the latest to disappear down there Scotland Yard start to take the matter seriously. Helping them are a young couple who get nearer to the horrors underground than they would wish. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Land of the Hungry Dead! See more »

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This movie unites Donald Pleasence and Christopher Lee, actors who were involved with the role of Sam Loomis (at some point) in the Halloween series. Lee turned down the role and regretted the decision while Pleasance played the role and became well-known for it. See more »

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When the cannibal approaches Manfred's corpse in the abattoir, the dead man clearly blinks. See more »

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[repeated line]
The 'Man': Mind the doors!
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Featured in TCM Underground: Sugar Hill/Raw Meat (2008) See more »

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Repulsive and deeply moving
29 March 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

One of the most affecting films I have ever seen, Death Line is one of the most intelligent and bold horror films ever made. The opening scenes of a wealthy and dour civil servant stalking clip joints in Soho sets the tone for a grim and seedy, but very accurate portrayal of life in 70s London. No-one talks to each other, on or off the underground, everyone is miserable, even the young student lovers have a fairly rocky relationship, the man being totally lacking in compassion. The use of the genuine ghost stations of the London Underground is an excellent idea, and even if the storyline is ludicrous, it is handled with far more depth trhan your average slasher movie. The killer is a tragic figure, and the scene where his beloved finally dies is shocking and heartbreaking. The special effects are nothing short of repulsive, with particular attention being paid to the sound. It revels in gore and depravity, unflinching but not exploitative. It runs like a modern day legend, working on so many levels. The only thing which spoils the film is Donald Pleaseace hamming it up shamelessly in a badly characterised role which tries to offer comic relief but is simply irritating and unpleaseant. Look out for a remarkable tracking shot in the creature's lair early on, and a lovely touch with the students enquiring about a book on Poltergeists, more a mood device than anything to do with the plot. Seeing this is a cinema would certainly put you off your popcorn!


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