of the great British horror films, Death Line is a classic example of
what Hellraiser director Clive Barker calls 'embracing the monstrous'.
The film's basic premise is a gruesome one: following a cave-in during
the construction of an underground tunnel in 1892, successive
generations of plague-ridden cannibals have survived and developed their
own subterranean culture. Forced out of hiding by the death of his
wife, the sole surviving cannibal begins abducting passengers from
Russell Square tube station. The disgust provoked by the corpse-filled
underground world inhabited by the cannibal is offset by the tenderness
with which he treats his dying wife, and by the unutterable sadness of
his lonely plight. The film's great achievement is in eliciting sympathy
for a creature whose residual capacity for human feeling amid such
terrible degradation is ultimately more moving than horrifying.'
Here is the celebrated long take from this genuine British horror classic.