DEATH LINE REVIEWED
“Death Line” was one of those movies that escaped me until the Internet Movie Geek community got louder. I had always seen the “Raw Meat” American cut on TV and Video, but nothing about it screamed must-see. Then, I got older and started to appreciate the horror yarns of Gary Sherman. What Sherman does in this film is to blend the believable with the unseen macabre. When you consider that the “monster” of Death Line was supposed to be played by Marlon Brando, you get the kind of story this wants to be.
But, how can you mine heavy dramatics out of cannibals and forgotten tunnel people? There’s a great modern story to be told about progress leaving generations behind, but does it have to involve eating rats? Well, why not? Considering the producing talent behind the lens, the clever story and having Pleasence and Lee appear in the movie…why didn’t it do better? Honestly, it was a matter of timing. Sometimes, horror can miss its mark upon arrival. That doesn’t mean it was a bad movie.
Plus, hitting right before landmark horror films bowed in 1973 was never good. Who wants to see chopped Brit horror when the multiplex is rocking Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Exorcist? Go see it now and rectify the mistakes of past generations. There’s something to Sherman that almost warrants an in-depth book. In a way, his films almost play like Dickensian horror.
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