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Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Director  Gary Sherman
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  1972 (1972)
Writer  Ceri Jones (screenplay), Gary Sherman (original story)
Tagline  Beneath Modern London Lives a Tribe of Once Humans. Neither Men Nor Women… They Are the Raw Meat Of The Human Race!

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Death Line is a 1972 British horror film, distributed as Raw Meat in the United States. The film stars Donald Pleasence as Inspector Calhoun, and was written and directed by the American filmmaker Gary Sherman.

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Plot

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A family of cannibals, descended from Victorian railway workers who were buried alive during construction and never rescued, dwells in the disused lines of the London Underground network. The last surviving member of the family (Hugh Armstrong) frequently visits the neighboring Russell Square and Holborn stations to pick off unlucky passengers for food. After the cannibal kills a politician, he is sought by a detective (Donald Pleasence) reluctantly assisted by an American college student and his English girlfriend, who were the last people to see the victim alive.

Cast

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  • Donald Pleasence as Inspector Calhoun
  • Norman Rossington as Detective Sergeant Rogers
  • David Ladd as Alex Campbell
  • Sharon Gurney as Patricia Wilson
  • Hugh Armstrong as The Cannibal (credited as "The Man")
  • June Turner as Dying Cannibal (credited as "The Woman")
  • Clive Swift as Inspector Richardson
  • James Cossins as James Manfred, OBE
  • Heather Stoney as W.P.C. Alice Marshall
  • Hugh Dickson as Dr. Bacon
  • Jack Woolgar as Platform Inspector
  • Ron Pember as Lift Operator
  • Colin McCormack as Police Constable
  • James Culliford as Publican
  • Christopher Lee as Stratton-Villiers, MI5
  • Production

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    Hugh Armstrong's role was originally to be played by Marlon Brando but Brando had to back out when his son Christian became ill with pneumonia.

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    Christopher Lee agreed to do the film for scale because he wanted to work with Donald Pleasence. Despite this, the two never share the screen together due to their large height difference. Director Gary Sherman kept them in separate shots until Lee sits down at the end of the scene so that he wouldn't have issues fitting them both into the same frame.

    Critical responses

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    Ramsey Campbell, in a review cut from The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, but reprinted later, calls Death Line "an unusually bleak and harrowing horror film...very little in the film offers the audience any relief from the plight of the Man...The violence would be intolerable if it were not for the tragic dimensions of the film, but Hugh Armstrong's performance is one of the greatest and most moving in horror films".



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    References

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