This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.
Not Quite Hoop-Tober: Day 11
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 may just be the best Sherlock Holmes film I have seen so far and without a doubt one of the finest productions of Hammer Films. Prepare yourself for great suspense, charming characters, eerie atmosphere, beautiful set design and a very engaging mystery.
This was my first exposure to this Sherlock Holmes story, and I have to say that it is wonderfully told and put to film. Cushing is in his best form here.
Hammer Horror #11.
The first time I read a Sherlock Holmes story was The Hound of the Baskervilles. The first time I saw this story adapted to screen was...the BBC show...with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. I'm not going to be talking about that.
As it was a stroke of genius for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to add a gothic twist to Sherlock and Watson, it was also a stroke of genius for a studio that produces cheap horror movies to make their own version of this book. The story is mostly concerned with Watson, and so the key was to have an enjoyable actor to play him. So far, of the three Hammer Horror movies in this box set…
An absolutely excellent Sherlock Holmes adaptation that's not just for fans.
I've seen adaptations of Hound quite a few times in the past. However, every time I start to watch one I always think it's the first time. I just cannot remember the story! Having been a couple of weeks since I saw this Hammer production, I don't think this will be the case anymore.
Cushing is probably my favorite Holmes and that's just after this one film. He is fantastic and creates such an interesting character that I was glued to the screen. The film also benefits from a terrific set design and brisk pacing that is always moving and engaging. All the expected tropes of Hammer films are…
Director Terence Fisher, writer Peter Bryan, actors Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Andre Morrell as well as the classic Hammer production look and feel all come together to deliver a first class adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic yarn, which for many is the most famous of all the Sherlock Holmes stories. The film opens with a prologue that sees the evil Sir Hugo Baskerville (David Oxley) murdering a young servant girl on the moors before being killed himself by a huge, apparently supernatural, hound. Sir Hugo's evil exploits usher in the curse of the Baskervilles where the hound visits misfortune and early death on the Baskerville line. The story proper opens with Devonshire doctor Richard Mortimer (Francis De…
Sherlock Holmes films don't get better than this adaptation of one Conan Doyle's most famous stories. Brilliantly cast and acted and superbly directed, makes this film one of the richest and most compelling adaptations of this Sherlock Holmes tale. With a brilliant cinematography and a charismatic portrayal of the famous detective by Peter Cushing, this movie truly encapsulates everything that made Conan Doyle's works so acclaimed.
"The Hound of the Baskervilles" is, possibly, my favorite adaptation of the novel of the same title
Hammer Horror proves to be the perfect cinematic vehicle for the popular Sherlock Holmes novel, utilising a pallet of primary colours and details sets to capture the sinister mood and mystery. Peter Cushing is a glove like fit in the role of the world's most famous detective, with his trademark skills of deduction and level of sophistication never ceasing to amaze. Supporting characters, most notably Christopher Lee, performs well as the presumably cursed aristocrat while André Morell excels as Dr. Watson. This adaptation is the good entry point for those who are unfamiliar with the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
20 Words or Less Recommendation/Review: The best Sherlock Holmes anything ever. What a stellar cast! Frightening and beautiful film from start to finish. Mind blowing.
You have to remember that the Hammer movies were never meant to be great art - they cranked them out, they usually did very well and if they were any good then it was a bonus. This is a decent, but very concise, adaptation.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…