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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!
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.
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My 500th film of the year is a notable landmark for me and requires something special.
For Halloween 1992 BBC1 aired the now infamous Ghostwatch which they followed with an all-night marathon on BBC2 the likes of which we will sadly never see again.
The penultimate film in the line-up was Death Line aka Raw Meat. I had never heard of it before, let alone seen it, so I had no idea what to expect. And it blew my socks off. It was one of those unforgettable experiences where quite by accident you find an absolute treasure.
The story sees the Police investigating a number of disappearances around a Tube station, which turns out to be linked…
Mind the doors!
A pretty standard horror film that doesn't meet it's potential of The Hills Have Eyes in the London Tubes, but it's almost elevated by Donald Pleasence having way more fun then he should be as a London Inspector highlighted by an unfriendly, yet gentlemanly exchange with Christopher Lee.
Death Line (aka Raw Meat) is a grim 1970's horror film set in the London underground. It has a couple of stand-out elements to it, first and chiefly, Donald Pleasence's performance. Pleasence is amazing as the working class detective investigating disappearance at Russell Square tube station; he is wry, annoyed and intelligent. The best scene in the film is Donald Pleasence and Christopher Lee going toe-to-toe, Lee is the pompous MI5 man and Pleasence the lower class detective, it is a great scene (and a shame that Lee does not feature more in the film). The second great positive for Death Line is the creepy as hell "monster" at the heart of the story, he, more or less, freaked me…
Here's a review I wrote back in 2004 on Netflix when they credited the reviews to users and had a pretty cool community going: RIP
Gary Sherman's flamboyant direction (some of his extremely long takes will either leave you in awe or in boredom)and a fine comic perfomance by Donald Pleasances (Halloween fans who only know him as the dead serious Dr. Loomis will want to check this out) will almost distact you from the fact that the film is basically the old hoary monster in the basment story. This is where a family or old lady hides a crazed son or relative from the world, until mayhem ensues. In this case, the basement is the London subway, and London has spawned the monster. Chris Lee also has a very funny cameo making this must for Lee fans even with its brevity. The gore is brief but pretty gruesome.
Holy shit, this was good. Pleasence fucking LOVES tea
I actually did a double feature at the Denver Drafthouse - have to make the best of my trip. The film was presented in its original uncut form titled Death Line. It was a special event with director Gary Sherman present for a Q&A afterward. Though the real special treat was that the film was shown using Sherman's personal 35mm print of the film, the answer print to be exact.
The film concerns disappearances in a specific section of the London tube system and the civilian couple caught up in the mystery and the police inspector investigating. The plot itself is really nothing special but how Sherman uses the different aspects of the film for specific effect was quite unique…
A film set in London Underground. A cannibal is the last of a generation of cannibals who live in the tunnels of Russell Square tube station. He hunts for food ie passengers as the late night trains are running.
This film is obviously based on the supposedly true story of Sawney Bean and his family- a cannibal who lived in a cave in 19th century Glasgow.
This film depicts 70s London beautifully. Theres a gorgeous opening sequence of a supposedly respectable gentleman frequenting the swinging seedy strip shows of Soho.
The setting of the underground of London is also very evocative. I know all too well how scary a deserted underground station can be when waiting for the last tube…
Donald Pleasence. 'Nuff said.
Occasionally beautiful cinematography and complex long-takes are great and all, but Sherman seems to have been under the impression that those features would balance out an absolute dearth of content. British bureaucracy is only mildly exciting in the context of In the Loop; it is painfully dull when I'm expecting a horror film. (Bonus: not only do "Raw Meat" and "Death Line" strikes me as only vaguely relevant titles, but who exactly are all the other characters on the poster?)
Saw the answer print in 35mm at the Music Box Of Horrors which was interesting as I've only seen the altered Raw Meat cut. It's a little hit and miss in spots but I do love the Donald Pleasance character especially in this cut (which should be coming to Blu-ray soon) and there are some really creepy scenes.
Saw on the big screen at the Music Box of Horrors
Director Gary Sherman was in attendance and this was his print that he brought with. It was the original answer print when the film was still called Death Line. According to Gary Sherman, this is the last time this print will ever be shown. Made it feel more special. There were several differences from the Raw Meat cut, but I didn't know the film well enough to pick them out while watching. Not one of my favorite flicks, but it was fun to see in a theater.
Film #9 of Music Box of Horrors, a 24-hour horror film festival
In 35mm. From Gary Sherman's collection, the first answer print with certain brightness issues that were worked out later
Always loved this movie. Hits everything at an angle that's just a little off. Only real bifurcated investigation/monster horror narrative where the detective is more fun than the monster, with Donald Pleasance giving his best performance ever. Great dialogue keeps the slack pace entertaining and that tracking shot of the tunnel is a total head-exploder. Great sad ending too.
Too bad the print's soundtrack wasn't in the best quality, as it made the already heavily accented film that much more harder to process. B+
Donald Pleasance gives such a delightful performance, but man, is it hard for me to get genuine entertainment out of douchebag cop characters. On the slow side, but I dug the slow closeup pans of the Man's underground habitat that gave the underground scenes a grotesque coziness. On the subject of the Man, Hugh Armstrong's performance is quite good too, as far as speechless threats go, he does evoke a fair amount of sympathy.
I hate being in the minority about art, especially when everyone likes it but me. I found this to be a poorly structured, poorly realized, empty horror movie. Yet apparently it's seen as a political horror classic and one of the greatest British films ever made. I think the politics is too simple and I think it's inconsistent about how we should treat the man in the tunnels, especially when he starts to go towards sexual assault over basic territory protecting.
Christopher Lee is in this for five minutes and it's not even worth it for that.
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