Originally released in the U.K. as Deathline, Raw Meat is the debut feature of Gary Sherman (Dead and Buried, Vice Squad), and is the better horror film of the 1970's if not one of the best, it really is a well-accomplished, genuine ’70s shocker with a great and spooky atmosphere shot underneath the London subway system. Set in contemporary (70s) London, Raw Meat is about a cannibal fiend who dwells in the Underground tunnel system. A young couple stumble over an unconscious man (who turns out to be an important politician) on the stairs of an Underground station; when they come back with a police officer in order to help, the man is gone. Shortly thereafter, more people disappear from the same Underground station by night...
The film's premise and its execution are exceptionally disturbing. The gory makeup effects are fantastic and very grisly, and the Underground tunnel system is a genuinely creepy and unsettling Horror location. The menacing and truly scary fiend's persona which is something in-between cannibalistic monster, human being and animal is maybe the most disturbing aspect of the movie. The performances are very good, especially the magnificent Donald Pleasence who once again is great in the role of the eccentric and overall not very friendly investigating Scotland Yard Inspector. The Inspector's cynicism and eccentricities provide some humor in the otherwise disturbing film. Sharon Gurney, who plays the female lead, is also known for another British Horror film, The Corpse of 1971.
Horror icon Christopher Lee also has a short cameo as an MI5 agent. Hugh Armstrong is incredibly creepy as the Cannibal fiend. His role reminded me of the Italian Gore-classic Anthropophagus (1980), to which it may or may not have been inspirational; while I love Anthropophagus, Death Line is much more subtle and intellectual in its explanation of the reasons for people turning to Cannibalism. Raw Meat is a highly disturbing and brilliant cult classic horror film that nobody who likes true Horror should miss, it's filled with some highly intense and memorable moments that you'll soon won't forget. Highly recommended.
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