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The Stranglers of Bombay Reviews

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November 8, 2012
Good low-budget period thriller from Hammer--Killing For The Love Of Kali!!
½ May 9, 2011
OK adventure/mystery thingy about evil brown people and the white man who must stop them.
November 10, 2010
an oddball Hammer effort, no monsters or noir, but an earnest effort to show a poor man's Sherlock Holmes gamely trying to point out there's a massive (yet perfectly underground) stranglers cult of Kali-worshiping thugees surrounding the bumbling English imperialists. far more grisly than most Hammer films and there's even a little moral indignation at how the English dismiss thousands of annual deaths provided no white men die and no financial interests are impacted. The action sequences aren't well articulated but it has some beautiful art direction and cinematography.
November 5, 2010
Interesting departure for Hammer in that it's a crime film.
Super Reviewer
½ November 3, 2010
Veering away from the sci-fi and gothic horror that was Hammer Films' bread and butter, The Stranglers of Bombay serves as a testament as to why their few adventure epics were more of a curious appetizer you later regret but ultimately convince yourself "at least you tried it" to rationalize the 90 minutes of your life you spent watching it. Reasonably well directed by Terence Fisher the movie isn't absolutely horrible but more of a dull story that was well photographed. Nothing too exciting, but it made me want to get a pet mongoose and watch Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom again. Again, not Hammer's finest hour but you can do a hell of a lot worse...
October 23, 2010
Awesome. The modern movies could learn a lot from this gem. Especially in terms of action sequences...yeah... especially in terms of that.
April 13, 2009
Hilarious bit of revisionism in this somewhat lesser Fisher effort. It inadvertently subverts its ostensible moral by rigorously depicting the locals, Thuggee or no, as either irrational children ruled by emotion or soulless cultists. Accordingly, the English fluctuate between hysterical paternalism and brutal vengeance - accidentally providing a better explanatory context than the film itself offers, despite the many claims to authenticity. Nonetheless, this is great entertainment and very well paced & shot. Terrific supporting cast, esp. George Pastell & Tutte Lemkow, who must have impressed a young Spielberg as much as the cobra scene did.
½ February 2, 2009
B-movie adventure film from Hammer is entertaining enough, some pretty dated notions of cultural sensitivity aside. It has its slow, talky moments - but there are some strong character performances, the story is original, the production design effectively creates an exotic atmosphere, and director Terence Fisher keeps it all clipping along. Another great score by James Bernard. Clearly an influence on 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'.
½ December 31, 2008
Enjoyable but slight Hammer adventure movie. Some OK action sequences, but muddled storyline in parts.
October 1, 2007
If most B movies are really B movies, then this is a C movie, but a very good C movie, if you like inexpensive horror films that give you a chuckle.
September 17, 2007
ok Hammer B movie about the Indian Thugee cult. A glimpse into the colonial values of its day, and entertaining as the character Patel Shari is palpably the source for Kenneth Williams' Khasi of Kalabar in Carry on Up the Khyber, same costume, same mannerisms, same everything. One of the few films in which you'll see an actual fight between a mongoose & a cobra.
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