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Death Line [VHS]

Donald Pleasence , Norman Rossington , Gary Sherman    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd, Sharon Gurney, Hugh Armstrong
  • Directors: Gary Sherman
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Carlton
  • VHS Release Date: 26 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIO7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An underground tunnel collapses in London in 1892, and those trapped under its rubble survive only by eating each other's flesh. Subsequent generations live on via similar means, but eventually only one remains. Forced out of hiding, the disease-ridden cannibal begins to look for his nutrition on the platform of Russell Square tube...

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MIND THE DOOOOOORSSS !!!!!!! 1 April 2003
Format:VHS Tape
A classic horror from the '70s. Atmospheric doesn't even begin to cover this all but forgotten gem from "Dead and Buried" director Gary Sherman. Donald Pleasance is a joy to watch as the bent copper 'Calhoun' and his scenes with the much-missed Norman Rossington are a scream. Christopher Lee's cameo is also rather amusing. David Ladd and Sharon Gurney are the young couple who find themselves involved in all this nasty underground-shenanigans and I think they both give adequate performances.
Unlike another reviewer on this site, I really didn't mind them all that much. After all, the viewers sympathy, in my opinion at least, should ultimately lie with the character known simply as "The Man" - the cannibal of the movie - and while he is initially seen as a monster, in reality he is nothing more than a poor soul who has realised that, against his better efforts, has now become the last of his kind.
Good photography goes a long way in helping this movie stir up some chills and the music score by Wil Malone is excellent, from the funky Soho opening to desolate underground passages...
The video presentation is acceptable. For a movie which spends most of it's time in the dark, the VHS does a reasonable job with the most of the underground scenes. There is some grain in a couple of the shadowy scenes but nothing much to worry about. Ideally though, a nice cleaned-up DVD job on "DeathLine" would go down a treat but until then, this VHS is a must-buy! The movie even has the original 'X' certificate card at the beginning....!
Much like "An American Werewolf in London", this movie will most definately have you looking over your shoulder the next time you should find yourself travelling alone, late at night on one of the quieter stretches of the London Underground.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Gem 25 Oct 2005
Format:DVD
I have no particular interest in 'genre' movies as a rule - and horror movies least of all. But this is different. 'Death Line/Raw Meat' is a powerful and moving film whose humane vision is heightened by its treatment of the 'monster' as a pitiful creature of circumstance. In the wake of The Wickerman's new-found popularity I'd like to put a word in for this similarly memorable British film of the 1970s. After a construction disaster in 1892 forced successive generations of 'monsters' to live the degraded existence of underground cannibals, the film follows the last surviving male cannibal who survives by abducting passengers from Russell Tube tube station and, er, eating them.
But as the film critic Nigel Floyd suggests, 'the film's great achievement is in eliciting sympathy for a creature whose residual capacity for human feeling [tending to his dying wife] is ultimately more moving than horrifying.' The sequences that take us slowly but surely through the dank and horrific underworld inhabited by our pathetic 'monster' never fail to unnerve me. I've never seen anything like it before or since.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meal For One 16 Feb 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
In the fine tradition of British Horror this film mixs a bizaar plot, genre stalwarts Lee and Plesance and a liberal amount of schlock gore. However it bucks the tradition by actually being good.
The plot revolves around a turn of the century cave-in on the London Underground, a string of modern day (1973) murders and a distinct lack of corpses.
Plesance is on unusally good form as the Working class 'it doesn't matter if we don't solve the case as long as MI5 don't get it' Inspector and Lee delivers a fine cameo as his MI5 nemisis.
The film does wander in places. It could have done without the young couple, who the audience totally fail to empathise with up to, and during, the set peice ending; and the element of scandel and corruption hinted at in the opening credits is never fully expounded. But this is not the point of the film.
What really elevates the film above its genre contemporaries is an original, or atleast unexplored on film, idea and Gary A Shermans fine and explict directing. It is a shame that Sherman directed so little, and nothing remotly as good, after Death Line, because he shows real promise and flair in his debut feature.
The film that this is closest to, in terms of era and general mood, is Black Christmas. If you are a horror fan and want to get away from the endless sequel mania of modern horror films (Urban Legend 3 anyone?) then this film is definatly for you.
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