I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Ten times the terror in Technicolor!
When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.
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The Hound of the Baskervilles is another Hammer Horror production in glorious Technicolor featuring Grand Moff Tarkin and Saruman. But this time, the legendary Peter Cushing gets to take a stab at the equally legendary role of Sherlock Holmes, and he handles it with exactly as much class and sophistication as you'd expect. Also making this stand out from other Hammer films is the fact that Christopher Lee actually gets significant dialogue and screen time as the debonair Sir Henry Baskerville instead of playing the guttural Frankenstein's monster or the absent Count Dracula.
Perhaps what's most impressive about Terence Fisher's work with Hammer Horror is how consistent it is. The production value is always high,…
May 27, 1922 - June 7, 2015
Putting some films together for a mini-marathon in remembrance of Christopher Lee quickly got out of hand without even going out of my own collection. That's when I realized I shouldn't forget about throwing in a few gems that I've never seen before.
A couple of searches quickly turned up some common denominators in various lists of Lee's greatest roles with The Hound of the Baskervilles being a top one. He co-stars once again with Peter Cushing under the direction of Terence Fisher. The Holy Trinity of Hammer Films.
Possibly the most popular of all Sherlock Holmes stories, it's been put to film and television countless times. This was Hammer's…
One of my 1000 recommended films.
Sherlock Holmes is given the Hammer Horror treatment in this 1950s treat from Terence Fisher, in which Peter Cushing portrays the Great Detective for the very first time - he'd return in the 1968 TV series and the TV film The Masks of Death in 1984.
This 'Hound' is given a purpose from the lengthy opener in which the evil Hugo Baskerville roasts a man alive and then butchers a girl he's kept for his pleasure, unleashing the howl of the dog who will quickly dispatch him from the earth and cause the Baskerville family to labour under an evil curse.
We cut to Holmes, pipe in mouth and lounging in smoking jacket, irritatingly…
They just don't do Sherlock Holmes films better than this.
Superb cast, act superbly in Holmes' greatest story. What it lacks in gore it makes up for it in thrills
A Hammer classic.
Produced by Hammer, Directed by Terence Fisher, starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, all doing a version of what is Sherlock Holmes' most well known of cases and probably one of his most horror-esque ones as well. Maybe this could've used a bit more dark night on the moors and could've benefited from a slightly more interesting visual style, but otherwise it looks quite nice and is well acted. Not quite on par with the Rathbone version but close.
Because Peter Cushing can do no wrong.
This version courtesy of Hammer Films was recommended to me by a friend of mine whose opinion I trust and what do you know, it's pretty darn good! This Sherlock Holmes story is about the mysterious titular hound from hell allegedly to be hunting down descendants of a nasty aristocrat as part of a family curse is a real fun spooky romp. Thanks largely to the cast especially Peter Cushing who makes for a fantastic on-screen Sherlock Holmes. Christopher Lee is also likewise terrific as the last Baskerville descendant targeted by the Hound.
Fisher's distinctly Hammer adaptation of one of the most familiar, quintessential Holmes stories is defined by its richly detailed, baroque art design, Jack Asher's lushly atmospheric cinematography, a ripely gothic horror tone, and a dark streak of the macabre.
Altogether, these elements give the film a distinct quality that takes the familiar Holmesian tropes and adds a dash of the supernatural, particularly evident in the beautifully unnatural and artificial lighting and design of the soundstage-set scenes, and melodrama that lends this film a dark tone that feels ideally suited to the world of betrayal, homicidal greed, and duplicity that colors Conan Doyle's novels.
Cushing gives an impish impudence and aggrieved impatience to the razor sharp intellect and cunning that define the character, setting him apart from the genial gentleman detectives of past adaptations and lending him a thoroughly modern acerbicness and an anti-social bent that occasionally verges on cruelty.
Christopher Lee Joint #4
got dang chris lee is suave as fuck in this. check out his strong demeanor. powerful strong
ps watson's a rite git in this
Great opening scene. It was like watching a load of Disney characters getting up to no good. Cushing was enjoyable yet missing for most of the movie. Then there is the hound which was somewhat of a letdown. I'm sure Zoltan could have done with the work.
The 20th Century Fox Hound may feel more like a Universal monsters picture (not that that's a bad thing), but the Hammer version clearly retains the characteristics of a traditional Hammer horror. From its cast (Peter Cushing as Holmes; Christopher Lee as Henry Baskerville) to its horrific portrayal of Hugo Baskerville's behavior that created the alleged curse, the '59 Hound is Hammer all the way.
It makes some changes to Doyle's story that I don't care for, but I still love it. The blood is redder, the hands are webbier; it's all deliciously lurid and oh so gothic.
Enjoyable Sherlock Holmes romp. I didn't think I'd seen this version, but every now and then it felt very familiar. Maybe it was just the Hammer soundstage sets, maybe it was the cast, I don't know. I'm still not entirely sure if yesterday was the first time I've seen the film
It was all good fun and Lee in particular was good as Sir Henry Baskerville but I don't know if it's my favourite version of the story I've seen, I think that is still the Basil Rathbone one!
Goes full gothic in its adapting of the Arthur Conan Doyle story with prologue of nasty debauchery and violence. Christopher Lee is the 'last' Baskerville and gets Sherlock Holmes' aid in defeating and unmasking the canine curse that plagues his family blood line. Story is changed .. a bit and it has the full Hammer horror trappings including, it appeared to be to the ear, recycled music from HORROR OF DRACULA.
Hammer Horror, Terrence Fisher, Peter Cushing and the recently departed Sir Christopher Lee (his passing being the sole reason I dug this out) meant I had no choice but to watch this Sherlock Holmes adaptation immediately upon finding it on Netflix.
It's.... not one of their best. Lee's introduction, standing in the bathroom barking out instructions to a mistaken Sherlock Holmes (played by Cushing) is humorous and sets the tone of a film not quite in keeping with the usual horror associated with the pair. But it didn't really grab hold of me for the duration and not let go. Some amusing interplay between the old trusted friends, and a couple of nice shots from Fisher, but ultimately a wasted opportunity.
A wonderful late 1950s Hammer Films Production. Not horror, really (even though the plot, on the surface, is pretty spooky), but a fun film with a great cast.
Added Comedians back on 28th Jan to make the full 1,000 titles again.
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