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Raw Meat (1972)

Death Line (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Inspector Calhoun
Detective Sergeant Rogers
Alex Campbell
Patricia Wilson
The 'Man'
June Turner ...
The 'Woman'
Inspector Richardson
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 ...


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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Release Date:

14 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Raw Meat  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Entertainment Weekly ranked this Number 14 on their "Guilty Pleasures: Testosterone Edition" list in their March 30, 2007 issue. See more »


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


[repeated line]
The 'Man': Mind the doors!
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Pleasance is a Pleasure!
9 September 2000 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

In 1892 eight men and four women were left for dead in a collapsed underground tunnel in London. These people lived on despite their situation through cannibalism. Finally, one man, having just seen his wife die with child, is left. Death Line is HIS story, such as stories go. And this is a sick story to boot. The man grabs people unawares in the subway tunnel and drags them back "home" for supper...only they are the meat du jour. The man has a huge wound on his head, he mumbles "mind the doors" incessantly, that is of course when he is not severing heads and drinking blood, splitting someone's head down the middle with a shovel, sticking a stake clear through someone's chest, biting the heads off of rats, and so on, and continually drools long strands of saliva as he menaces and kills. Now this is not a normal man to be sure. The budget for the film was obviously limited, but I think much was made with these limited resources. The director Sherman may have overdone the gore a bit, but his use of the old tunnels as setting is very effective. There are some wonderful and shocking/frightening scenes in this labyrinth of old, no longer used tunnels where some moments the only sound her is a continual drip. Despite the bizarre nature of the story, the plot inconsistencies, and the general lack of artistic appeal, the film does have some fine points to offer. As stated the sets contribute a very eerie and claustrophobic sense to the film. The acting is generally good all around. Donald Pleasance, however, makes the film a film worth seeing as he essays the role of a police inspector. Pleasance chews up every scene he is in and plays his role with obvious relish. He is a joy to behold. As for Christopher Lee...well he is good in his five plus minutes of work..his role is totally devoid of any importance to the storyline, however.

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