The Terror of the Tongs (Region Free)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Anthony Bushell, 1961)

Release date: 21 June 2021

Standard Edition Blu-ray

Part historical adventure, part crime-revenge thriller, and sharing elements of Hammer’s horror films, The Terror of the Tongs portrays exotic villains and shocking violence in a plot which unfolds at breakneck speed. Penned by the great Jimmy Sangster, the film is set in British-occupied Hong Kong, and concerns one man’s crusade to crush the feared Red Dragon Tong gang who had brutally murdered his daughter.

The Terror of the Tongs was the first film in which star Christopher Lee received top-billing – in a role that he clearly relished, as Chung King, the sadistic head of the Red Dragon Tong. It was one that would also serve as a dry run for one of his most famous character portrayals in the later Fu Manchu series of films.


High Definition remaster

Original mono audio

Audio commentary with writer Jimmy Sangster, assistant editor Chris Barnes and film historian Marcus Hearn

Hatchet Men: Inside 'The Terror of the Tongs' (2018, 22 mins): documentary written and directed by Hammer expert Marcus Hearn, narrated by Claire Louise Amias, and featuring film historians Alan Barnes and Jonathan Rigby 

Hammer’s Women: Yvonne Monlaur (2018): British cinema expert Laura Mayne explores the life and career of the French-born film, stage and television actress

Stephen Laws Introduces 'The Terror of the Tongs' (2018, 22 mins): scene-setting appreciation by the acclaimed horror author 

Hammer and Tongs (2018, 11 mins): a new appreciation of James Bernard’s score by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde

Shear Terror (2018, 3 mins): interview with assistant costume designer Yvonne Blake 

Original theatrical trailer

Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material

New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing