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.