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Raw Meat (1972)
"Death Line" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror  |  September 1973 (USA)
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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 ... 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 ...
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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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Beneath Modern London Lives a Tribe of Once Humans. Neither Men Nor Women...They Are the Raw Meat Of The Human Race! 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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At Russell Square Station there is a platform sign saying, "Way Out and District Line". The District line goes nowhere near Russell Square. See more »

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Inspector Calhoun: A grocer from Kilburn is automatically a missing person...
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Forgotten horror film
22 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A cannibal (Hugh Armstrong) is roaming the London subway system in 1973. Police inspector Donald Pleasence (having a LOT of fun with his role) wants to catch him--a young Britsh couple (Sharon Gunrey, David Ladd) try to help until she gets kidnapped by the cannibal...

Very low budget, rarely shown horror film. The low budget hurts, but the script is good, the idea original and there are some truly creepy scenes (such as the looooonngg tracking shot from the cannibals' lair). The movie is also quite gruesome at times--there's very little violence, but there are long shots of decaying or half-eaten bodies (and body parts). Look for the sequence where a supposedly dead body can be seen blinking his eyes quite a bit! Also there's a very disturbing near rape scene.

The most amazing thing about the film is that the cannibal comes across as a sympathetic character! He only kills for survival--not for evil purposes.

As for the acting--Pleasance is just great here--he attacks the role full force and is having a grand old time doing it--he really brings the film to life. Gurney is very good as the English girl but Ladd is truly horrible as her boyfriend. And those 70s hair and clothes! Armstrong is (as I said) very sympathetic and also vicious as the cannibal. Also Christopher Lee has an amusing short sequence in this.

So, it's gruesome but worth catching, but it's shown very rarely on cable so good luck!


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