Raw Meat

Raw Meat

Director: Gary Sherman Cast: Hugh Armstrong, James Cossins, Sharon Gurney

Blu-ray (Wide Screen / Bonus DVD)

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Gary Sherman's Death Line is one of those little-seen, long-forgotten 1970s horror films that's still championed by its core of fans. When the film was shown as part of a horror series at Lincoln Center in 2002, director Guillermo Del Toro (The Devil's Backbone) pronounced it one of his all-time favorites. In the film, Patricia (Sharon Gurney) and her American boyfriend, Alex (David Ladd, son of actor/producer Alan Ladd), find an important government official apparently unconscious on the stairs of a London Underground station. By the time they locate a cop to investigate, the body is gone. The sarcastically cynical Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence) and his right-hand man, Rogers (Norman Rossington), take on the case. The culprit turns out to be a deranged man (Hugh Armstrong), the descendent of tunnel workers who were trapped in a cave-in and abandoned by the government at the turn of the century. "The Man" lives in the abandoned tunnel with his mate, "the Woman" (June Turner), and ventures into the Underground proper only to find hapless human victims and bring them back to their decrepit lair for food. When his mate dies, the Man goes in search of another. Put-off by Alex's lack of compassion, Patricia splits up with him, venturing into a train station alone, and before long, she finds herself in the underground hellhole. Christopher Lee makes a cameo appearance as an officious, meddlesome MI5. Much to Sherman's chagrin, his film was re-edited by the producers and released to American grind houses under the title Raw Meat. It was shown in Britain in its original form, under its original title.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2017
UPC: 0827058801799
Original Release: 1973
Rating: NR
Source: Blue Underground
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 27,730

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Gary Sherman, Producer Paul Maslansky, and Assistant Director Lewis More O'Ferrall; Tales From The Tube - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Gary Sherman and Executive Producers Jay Kanter & Alan Ladd Jr.; From The Depths - Interview with Star David Ladd and Producer Paul Maslansky; Mind the Doors - Interview with Star Hugh Armstrong; Death Line Trailer; Raw Meat Trailer; Raw Meat TV Spots; Raw Meat Radio Spots; Poster & Still Gallery; Bonus Collectible Booklet featuring new writing by authors Michael Gingold and Christopher Gullo

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Armstrong "The Man"
James Cossins Manfred
Sharon Gurney Patricia
David Ladd Alex
Christopher Lee Stratton-Villers
Colin McCormack Actor
Ron Pember Lift Operator
Donald Pleasence Inspector Calhoun
Norman Rossington Detective Rogers
Clive Swift Inspector Richardson
Jack Woolgar Inspector

Technical Credits
Gary Sherman Director,Original Story
Geoffrey Foot Editor
Dennis Gordon-Orr Art Director
John Horton Special Effects
Ceri Jones Screenwriter
Jay Kanter Executive Producer
Alan Ladd Executive Producer
Wil Mallone Score Composer
Paul Maslansky Producer
Jeremy Rose Score Composer
Alex Thomson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Death Line
1. Main Titles/On The Prowl [5:44]
2. Drunk On The Stairs [4:43]
3. The Missing Manfred [4:26]
4. Interrogation [6:27]
5. Lover's Spat [2:04]
6. Underground Horror [8:08]
7. A Hunger For Blood [1:38]
8. Secrets Of A Civil Servant [5:30]
9. A Tragic Loss [5:10]
10. Multiple Murders [3:58]
11. The Book Shop [5:04]
12. Pain & Suffering [3:06]
13. A Night Out [6:57]
14. Where's Patricia? [6:50]
15. "Mind The Doors" [5:43]
16. Searching The Tunnels [5:55]
17. The Police Arrive [4:43]
18. End Credits [1:06]

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Raw Meat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The British title of this film, Death Line, is a much better one than Raw Meat, the name it got stuck with in the US. Raw Meat sounds like some sub-Tobe Hooper hack fest, when in fact, this is a taut chiller with some very good acting and a fine script. Donald Pleasence gets a better part than his later horror fare, a working class detective with a strong anti-authority streak. It's nice to see him playing something other than the professorial type he usually gets in the genre, especially someone who's a little bit ragged and tough. Christopher Lee has only one scene, but he is great as an prim yet threatening MI5 agent. The centerpiece of the film, and the protagonist in a very real sense, is Hugh Armstrong as a cannibal who is plucking strays from the Underground. His character, called "the Man" in the closing credits, is incredibly sympathetic. He is dangerous, yes, but has never been exposed to any other way of life, and has no sense that what he is doing is wrong. He has very simple drives to eat, love his mate, and protect his territory. He is a feral beast, but in no sense evil, and he evokes great sympathy when he attempts to win the affection of a captured woman by protecting her from rats, and caressing her. This is really the story of King Kong in miniature, and the audience feels for the Man as they do for the giant ape. They are monsters only in our perception, and can act in no other manner. They will kill you and eat you though, so pity them only after you've killed them.