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Stranglers of Bombay
     

The Stranglers of Bombay

Director: Terence Fisher, Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson, Andrew Cruickshank

Cast: Terence Fisher, Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson, Andrew Cruickshank

 
Loosely based on a cult of assassins in early 19th-century India known as "thaga" (pronounced "tahg"), the villains in this routine, part-horror, part suspense story are causing problems in the East India Company and throughout Bombay. It seems that someone is stealing cargo from the company, and many people are unaccountably disappearing. But as usual, the colonial

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Loosely based on a cult of assassins in early 19th-century India known as "thaga" (pronounced "tahg"), the villains in this routine, part-horror, part suspense story are causing problems in the East India Company and throughout Bombay. It seems that someone is stealing cargo from the company, and many people are unaccountably disappearing. But as usual, the colonial attitude prevails and one officer in the company is too focused on his goal of playing polo in England to see clearly, while the others are equally opaque. So it takes awhile before these Brits realize that the "thaga" cult is strangling the population and inducting new people into its rituals every day. As the assassins wreak havoc in Bombay, one of the company's officers is captured and slated for execution. The cult became so notorious and well-known in its day that the word "thug" entered into common English usage.

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All Movie Guide
This infamous film from Hammer Films might not be "horror" in strict genre terms but it packs plenty of horror-styled shocks into its slender running time. The history-inspired script is basically a taut exotic-adventure narrative with some murder and torture tableaus sprinkled in for shock effect. As a historical document, it's a little dubious and racially insensitive but it works as a pulp-action tale with horror overtones. The Stranglers Of Bombay is also well-acted: Guy Rolfe, best known to horror fans as Mr. Sardonicus, makes a likeably atypical hero here and George Pastell turns in a mesmerizing performance as the religious-fanatic leader of the thuggee cult. Finally, The Stranglers Of Bombay is a very skillfully-made film thanks to the brisk, atmospheric direction of Terence Fisher. He tackles the narrative with style to burn and manages a number of gripping scenes along the way: the most memorable are the spooky ceremony scene that introduces the cult and a quietly horrific moment when the cultists descend on a camp of soldiers in the dead of night. All in all, The Stranglers Of Bombay is an effective bit of pulp filmmaking and a good choice for Hammer Films fans who want to see something besides a Dracula or Frankenstein film.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2013
UPC:
0043396427136
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
87,803

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Guy Rolfe Capt. Lewis
Allan Cuthbertson Capt. Connaught-Smith
Andrew Cruickshank Col. Henderson
George Pastell High Priest
Jan Holden Mary
Marne Maitland Patel Shari
Paul Stassino Silver
Tutte Lemkow Ram Das
David Spenser Gopali
Michael Nightingale Flood
Margaret Gordon Mrs. Dorothy Flood
Ewen Solon Camel Vendor
Roger Delgado Bundar
Marie Devereaux Karim
John Harvey Burns
Jack McNaughton Cpl. Roberts
Steven Scott Walters

Technical Credits
Terence Fisher Director
James Bernard Score Composer
Michael Carreras Executive Producer
Alfred Cox Editor
David Zelag Goodman Screenwriter
Arthur Grant Cinematographer
Anthony Hinds Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Stranglers of Bombay
1. Chapter 1 [7:25]
2. Chapter 2 [12:15]
3. Chapter 3 [8:02]
4. Chapter 4 [11:34]
5. Chapter 5 [10:31]
6. Chapter 6 [11:35]
7. Chapter 7 [10:12]
8. Chapter 8 [8:08]

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