Death Line (1972)

UK,
87m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Gary Sherman.

Plot Summary

A group of workers building the were buried alive at the beginning of the twentieth century following a cave-in. The survivors bred, but by the early 70s, only a single couple remain – and she's dying. The surviving male, desperate to save the life of his wife, ventures out into the Underground network in search of food – and discovers human flesh!

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Gary Sherman
© 1972 Harbor Ventures Inc. [US version]
A Jay Kanter-Alan Ladd Jr production. Made by K-L Productions Ltd. A K.L. production [US version]
Produced by: Paul Maslansky
Screenplay by: Ceri Jones
Original Story: Gary Sherman
Director of Photography: Alex Thomson
Editor: Geoffrey Foot
Music: Jeremy Rose, Wil Malone
Sound Recordist: Cyril Collick
Make-Up Design: Harry Frampton
Make-Up: Peter Frampton
Art Director: Dennis Gordon-Orr

Cast
Donald Pleasence (Inspector Calhoun)
Norman Rossington (Detective Sergeant Rogers)
David Ladd (Alex Campbell)
Sharon Gurney (Patricia Wilson)
Hugh Armstrong (the “man”)
Clive Swift (Inspector Richardson)
James Cossins (James Manfred)
Heather Stoney (W.P.C. Alice Marshall)
Hugh Dickson (Dr Bacon)
Ron Pember (lift operator)
Christopher Lee (Stratton-Villiers M.I.5)
June Turner (the “woman”)
Jack Woolgar (platform inspector)
Colin McCormack ( constable 1)
Gary Winkler (police constable 2)
James Culliford (publican)
Suzanne Winkler (prostitute)
Gerry Crampton, Terry Plummer, Gordon Petrie (tunnel workers)

Alternative Titles

Le Métro de la mort – France
Non prendete quel metro – Italy
Raw Meat – USA
Tunnel der lebenden Leichen – Germany

Extracts included in
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-rama Show Southern Style Vol.2 (1995)

Press

1974
Cinefantastique vol.3 no.2 (Spring 1974) p.26
[O]ne of the most intelligent contributions to the genre in recent years, with a complexity of inter-relating ideas that one finds only ln the best works. […] Sherman and his script-writer have constructed a fine and noble film. – from an illustrated review by Reynold Humphries

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique vol.3 no.2 (Spring 1974) p.26 – illustrated review (by Reynold Humphries)
  • CinemaTV Today no.9972 (18 March 1972) p.11 – credits
  • CinemaTV Today no.10009 (2 December 1972) p.36 – review
  • L'Écran Fantastique no.71 (August 1986) p.4 – review
  • Fangoria no.221 (April 2003) pp.42-47, 82 – illustrated article (Death Line: The Tracks of Your Fears by John Wooley)
  • Fangoria no.227 (October 2003) p.72 – DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Matthew Gingold)
  • Fangoria no.293 (May 2010) p.29 – illustrated article (Subterranean Shockers)
  • Film Score Monthly vol.8 no.7 (August 2003) p.45 – soundtrack review (The laserphile: scary tricks and treats by Andy Dursin)
  • Journal of British Cinema and Television vol.6 no.2 (2009) pp.190-206 – article (Horror London by Peter Hutchings)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.40 no.468 (January 1973) p.6 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Shivers no.56 (August 1998) p.54 – review (by David Miller)
  • Starburst no.112 (December 1987) p.38 – review (TV zone by Paul Mount)
  • Sight & Sound vol.5 no.1 (January 1995) p.41 – illustrated interview with Guillermo del Toro on his love for the film (Obsession: notes from the underground by John Kraniauskas)
  • Video Watchdog no.103 (January 2004) pp.60-62 – illustrated review (by Stephen R. Bissette)

Books

  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson p.229-230 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.394
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.64-65 – illustrated review (by Neil Mortimer)
  • X-cert 2: The British Independent Horror Film: 1971-1983 by John Hamilton pp.81-87; 276 – illustrated review; credits