Film #270: STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY / TERROR OF THE TONGS
Stranglers of Bombay / Terror of the Tongs
3 out of 5 stars
A terrific Hammer double bill of some little known films. STRANGLERS is an enjoyable piece that investigates the hidden world of Indian assassins. Loaded with atmosphere and shot in crystal clear B&W, this one held my interest and would make a great Saturday afternoon movie (kids welcome). TERROR OF THE TONGS is another story. The film is so passively racist that it offends almost everyone. Firstly, there are virtually no Asian actors in it. Instead we get English actors in makeup and sporting goofy accents. Further, you can’t wave a stick without hitting a stereotype. Hell, not even Christopher Lee can save this one. Still… the package is well done and the transfers are clear. There’s even some nifty extras included. Hardcore Hammer fans maybe will have heard of these films, but more casual aficionados will have been unaware of them. Rent this for STRANGLERS but watch TONGS as a goof.