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Death Line aka Raw Meat (1972) — Episode 90 — Decades of Horror 1970s

“Mind the doors!” is the haunting words uttered from the cannibalistic beast that searches for food in the forgotten classic, Death Line (1972), which U.S.  drive-ins projected as Raw Meat. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they travel to the abandoned “tubes” under London along with Donald Pleasence and Christopher Lee.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode90 — Death Line  aka  Raw  Meat (1973)

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.

  • Writer/Director: Gary Sherman
  • Featured Cast:
    • 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 ‘Man’
    • June Turner as The ‘Woman’
    • Clive Swift as Inspector Richardson
    • James Cossins as James Manfred, OBE
    • Christopher Lee as Stratton-Villiers, MI5

Despite the misleading U.S. poster for “Raw Meat,” the film, under its original title of DEATH LINE, is a curious and fascinating gem. Many horror fans know of the film, but not everyone has seen it. The under-appreciated classic has a lot going for it: a skilled direction from Gary Sherman (Dead & Buried); a delightfully funny performance from Donald Pleasence; a cameo from the legendary Christopher Lee; and, a creepy underground dwelling cannibal family known only as “him” and “her.” The Grue-Crew dive into the movie’s tone, effects, and cast as they discover many of the crew are catching it for the very first time. It may be time for you to do so as well…

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Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.