In The Stranglers of Bombay, from 1959, Guy Rolfe stars as Captain Harry Lewis, an officer of the British East India Company who is drawn into a vast conspiracy when he investigates a series of disappearances along trade routes that link back to a mysterious cult of Indian death-worshippers who strangle their sacrifices in the name of Kali. When the secret society attempts to silence Lewis by harming those close to him, Lewis vows to uncover the ancient conspiracy and put a stop to their grisly cult. —DVDverdict.com
Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment. Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account, he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service and tried his hand at various jobs landside. It was during this time that he discovered the cinema. Entering the film industry as “the oldest clapper boy in the business,” he eventually worked his way up to film editor. Almost as a lark, he applied to Rank to become a film editor. Unexpectedly, he was accepted. In 1947, at the age of 43, he made his directorial debut with a supernatural comedy called Colonel Bogey — a foreshadwing of things to come.
For the next few years, he vacillated between A-film assignments (Noel Coward’s The Astonished Heart, So Long at the Fair with Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde, and The Girl in the Painting with Herbert Lom… read more
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.