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    Just how good is Raw Meat?

    I've heard a lot about Raw Meat aka Death Line. Just saw Dead & Buried by the same director, and liked it a lot. Raw Meat is supposed to be even better. Any opinions?
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    Raw Meat is a very good film, but I wouldn't call it a great film. To me, Dead and Buried is much better. Still, I would highly recommend Raw Meat and for the ridiculously low price it's gonna be, you can't lose.
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    Just how good is Raw Meat?

    Well........it's OK...I guess.

    To be honest I'm not sure it's worth the $9.12 I shelled out for it. I bought it blind because the premise sounded so cool: a group of people trapped for years under the subway in London...forced to turn to cannibalism.

    Most of the film is pretty boring police procederal stuff and the only saving grace is the comic relief of Donald Pleasance. The Chris Lee cameo is one bright spot. The underground scenes of the cannibal people's lair are pretty gruesome and atmospheric and there are a few gory shots but the film just never seemed to gel for me. It seems like this could have been cut down to about 35 minutes and been just as "good".

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    I gotta back Chuk Hell, here. I rented this recently due to all the talk on the boards about it and I find it quite dull.

    Yes, some of the liar stuff is gruesome (in an art direction sort of way) and Donald Pleasance puts in a delightfully quirky performance. However, there's really only about 40 minutes of story in this 90-some minute flick. The rest is padded out by following around this couple as they bicker, make-up, and then bicker some more.

    It's got to be the least suspenseful horror film I've seen in some time, as the lead characters are in NO danger for literally half the movie.

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    I agree with chuk hell and CrumpsBro. This was the only one of the recent MGM releases I had never seen before, and I bought it based on all the good press it's gotten, but I wish I'd spent my $9.12 at the liquor store instead. Even Donald Pleasance and 4 or 5 seconds of Christopher Lee can't save this clueless talkfest. The famous tracking shot is cool, but the rest of the brief cannibal material mostly consists of an ugly guy with an ugly beard grunting and moaning piteously while I look at my watch and consider shooting my TV. What's even worse is that this plodding and hopelessly talky borefest seems to want to make a STATEMENT. If you're too dumb to know how to write a decent script, please spare me the trite sociology.

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    Yeah Harvey I was kind of paraphrasing what you said in another thread. I actually tried to cancel this after reading what you wrote, but ddd is pretty hard to communicate with and they ignored that email. So I get the thing and I really wanted to like it but it's just not that great. I reminded me of the many nameless cheap horror films I saw on TV as a child that are ( thankfully) mostly lost to the ravages of time.
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    I saw this late last year on Showtime Beyond.

    I wanted to like it,tryed to like it....& well Harveys review humorously says it best

    Pleasence was really the only cool thing about the film. Yet the rest seemed to lack any atmosphere,dread,anticipation,surprise,intrique etc that make a truely great horror film.

    I never really could understand the cult following it seems to have & all the raves over the socialogy of the material. Sure I like alittle socialogy/satire/comment etc things in a film which could make a story even more interesting,yet still entertaining. Yet this film was not one of them.

    I was thinking of giving the film another chance on dvd. Yet I don't know.

    Though I did purchase Dead & Buried as a blind buy & was pleasently surprised. That was actuallly well made,full of atmosphre & very creepy. I could not believe it was directed by the same person!

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    even if you don't enjoy the movie (i did thoroughly) the disc is worth 10 clams for donald pleasance's incredible performance alone.

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    Thumbs up

    I loved it and was very glad to have bought it blind. It's not as good as DEAD & BURIED but it is very effective and Pleasance is freakin' great in it.
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    It's a fascinating little film that toys with the conventions of the genre in an interesting way. Pleasence is superb, and I love how Sherman indulges him in that absurdly long scene where he gets piss drunk and plays video games. Lee is amusing in his too-brief cameo. Unexpectedly moving to boot.
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    Re: Just how good is Raw Meat?

    Out on R2 (UK) April 3rd, original title, 1.78:1 and uncut.
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    Re: Just how good is Raw Meat?

    They misspelled Pleasence's surname, not to mention giving Lee second billing will surely disappoint fans who don't realize he has merely one scene in it.

    Even so, a terrific film - I'll have to revisit it some time soon.
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    Re: Just how good is Raw Meat?

    It's an incredibly boring, very slow film that I've never been able to get into.

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    Re: Just how good is Raw Meat?

    Sleep inducing and very draggy. Pleasence is annoyingly over the top from beginning to end, Lee looks slightly embarrassed, and the plot is far fetched to say the least.
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    Re: Just how good is Raw Meat?

    Couldn't disagree with you more, John.
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