“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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