Friday, 15 February 2019

Horror Review: Raw Meat (1972)


There's something pretty grisly going on under London in the Tube tunnels between Holborn and Russell Square. When a top civil servant becomes the latest to disappear down there Scotland Yard start to take the matter seriously. 

The days of VHS were great, you could pick up things up that you knew absolutely nothing about.


That was how I first discovered this film, me and my friends had raided one of our parents VHS collection wanting to watch something scary. We grabbed this one and threw it in the video player, I have to say I miss that youthful anticipation of watching something we weren't supposed to.

After watching it, it was burned into my mind. I had a big problem with the film though, the problem was that I couldn't find it again. It wasn't until I was discussing it one night that I found out that the feature had two names and that was why I'd had such a hard time finding it again. 


It's funny how you can remember a film one way and it's nothing like you remember it, don't get me wrong I thoroughly enjoyed it both times but it was like watching something completely different. This has actually happened to me a few times and it's always quite jarring and confusing yet at the same time it can be fun.

The film itself is pure cult 70's Horror, Donald Pleasance puts in the type of performance that he was well known for and with Christopher Lee also making an appearance you just can't go wrong. The film may be, well it's pretty odd if we're honest, but it sure does ranks high in entertainment value.


"Raw Meat" also known as "Death Line" is pure horror, but Horror from a different time and done in a different way. Whether you enjoy it or not one thing is for sure, it will stick with you.


If you want to see the "Raw Meat" trailer then just click on the video below:


Miscellaneous facts about the film:

This movie unites Donald Pleasence and Sir Christopher Lee, actors who were involved with the role of Dr. Sam Loomis (at some point) in the Halloween film franchise. Lee turned down the role and regretted the decision, while Pleasance played the role and became well-known for it.

This movie is set at an uncompleted London Underground station called "Museum", on an uncompleted Underground line somewhere near the real Underground stations Russell Square and British Museum (the latter of which closed in 1933). No such line or station exists, but it is notable that this was partly filmed at Aldwych, which has become more famous as a movie set since its closure in 1994 (and more profitable than during its life as a working tube station). 

One of Edgar Wright's favorite horror films.

This movie unites three James Bond actors. Donald Pleasance from You Only Live Twice (1967); and Sir Christopher Lee and James Cissins from The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

Entertainment Weekly ranked this number fourteen on their "Guilty Pleasures: Testosterone Edition" list in their March 30, 2007 issue.



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