Death Line

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This article is about the 1972 British horror film. For the 1997 science fiction film, see Deathline.
Death Line
US release poster
Directed by Gary Sherman
Produced by Paul Maslansky
Written by Gary Sherman
Starring Donald Pleasence
Norman Rossington
David Ladd
Sharon Gurney
Hugh Armstrong
Christopher Lee
Music by Wil Malone
Cinematography Alex Thomson
Edited by Geoffrey Foot
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Death Line is a 1972 British horror film, distributed as Raw Meat in the United States. The film stars Donald Pleasence as Inspector Calhoun, and was directed by the American filmmaker Gary Sherman.[1][2]


A family of cannibals, descended from Victorian railway workers who were buried alive during construction and never rescued, dwells in the disused lines of the London Underground tube network. The last surviving member of the family (Hugh Armstrong) frequently visits the neighboring Russell Square and Holborn stations to pick off unlucky subway passengers for food. After the cannibal kills a politician, he is sought by a detective (Donald Pleasence) reluctantly assisted by an American college student and his English girlfriend, who were the last people to see the victim alive.



The disused British Museum tube station was mentioned in the film, but it is not the station portrayed as being the cannibal's home. The station in question is named "Museum" and is stated as being between Holborn and British Museum in a conversation between Inspectors Calhoun and Richardson. Signs in the abandoned station also state "Museum" as the name. Location filming took place at both Holborn and the now disused Aldwych station.

Critical responses[edit]

Ramsey Campbell, in a review cut from The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, but reprinted later,[3] calls Death Line "an unusually bleak and harrowing horror film...very little in the film offers the audience any relief from the plight of the Man...The violence would be intolerable if it were not for the tragic dimensions of the film, but Hugh Armstrong's performance is one of the greatest and most moving in horror films".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Raw Meat". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Roger Ebert (1973-08-03). "Raw Meat". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  3. ^ Ramsey Campbell, "Beyond the Pale' in Fantasy Review, August 1985, p. 33

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