|Run time:||1 hour 24 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not available for rental|
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'Mind the doors' will never sound the same again...By Darth Egregious from London , 04 Dec 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Forgive me if I go into my history with this film, but I feel I deserve a little vindication. One night many years ago I decided to stay up into the early hours watching a horror film on BBC1 I knew nothing about, save that it supposedly starred Christopher Lee and Donald Pleasance. I was rewarded with a horror that was witty, gory and just downright fun. Basically, a cannibal who has lived in the Underground system since Victorian days becomes the target of an investigation by Pleasance's police inspector... cue death by spade and Lee turning up from MI5 in a 5 minute cameo. And all this 10 years before 'American Werewolf in London' pointed out to tubby American tourists that the Tube is a bit of a creepy place. For years, I was a latter day Cassandra about this film. 'You must watch it', I told anyone who would listen, 'its great and it wouldn't surprise me if they did a remake.' However, people had either never heard of it or couldn't find it to watch. Even the internet seemed to yield next to no information, and I've never seen it on TV again. I kick myself regularly for not recording it. And yet, many years later, cue my vindication in the form of 'Creep.' Now, as anyone who's seen 'Creep' knows, it's crap. However, in most essentials it's a remake of 'Death Line.' Unfortunately, my hope that it would draw attention to the far superior 'Death Line' seems doomed to remain unfufilled. No Region 2 DVD release in sight yet. Still, here's hoping, and if you can get your hands on a copy, you are one lucky, lucky git.
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Minds the doors!!By Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 28 May 2013Civil Servant disappears in London Tube Station, young couple saw him last, Police dont believe them, zzzzzzzzzzzz. Great performance from Donald Pleasance and a brief cameo from Christopher Lee but ultimately a pointless and dull horror that doesnt really go anywhere. Theres a couple of impressive panning shots early on of the lair and the make-up isnt too bad but the music really doesnt do it any favours.
Implausible but entertaining nonethelessBy TristanWhite (307 reviews) from London, UK , 06 Jan 2008The story has more holes in it than David Ladd's cheesy acting, but this is a good laugh and it's interesting, as a Londoner, to see London in 1972. Donald Pleasance is terrific in it. So is Lee, but unfortunately he only gets a small cameo; the star is Pleasance. Also look out for a young appearance for the actor who plays Mr Bucket in 'Keeping Up Appearances'.
People are disappearing in mysterious circumstances from Russel Square tube station, but it is only when a VIP disappears that the police appear to take it seriously. Some good moments of suspense, and a couple of great lines from the police inspector played by Pleasance, but other than that don't expect anything groundbreaking. Mind the doors!
Only watch this if you're not totally numb...By Helen Rees from The Home Of Chocolate, England. , 30 Sep 2007Spoiler, spoiler, big old spoiler...
People who go into films looking for Tarantino-esque excess probably won't go for this at all...
The first time I watched it I was in my teens, in a room full of mostly-older cynics. It formed a lot of my view of human nature - I was in the front row, quietly weeping, while all around me people were in paroxysms of laughter.
Imagine Shaun of the Dead... now, imagine Shaun dies, and yet, is still the good guy...
Imagine 28 days after if the girl's Dad remained the focus of the film for the last hour...
You've just got to understand - the good guy is the cannibal. Then you'll get it.
pantsBy a customer from kent , 24 Mar 2007not worth the dvd rental, dont waste your time
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I really wanted to like it....By Alex Kingston from Woking, Surrey, England , 23 Feb 2007....but it's really quite average.
After reading previous reviews I was looking forward to watching this but it was a big disappointment. All the elements for a good English horror are there - the intimidating and mysterious setting of the London Underground, inbred (possibly) cannibal nutter, a good old fashioned tea/beer drinking Police inspector and an attractive female student/victim and, of course, Christopher Lee but they pieces just arn't put together well at all. Even at a measly 84mins the film drags with some of the scenes painfully drawn out.
I would say that it is slightly better than Creep but only because Creep was a criminal waste of a relatively big budget.
I am sure that if you saw this in 1972 when you were a nipper then it was pretty scary and worth watching again for the nostalgia value, however if you are older than 10 and about to watch it for the first time then prepare to be underwhelmed.