All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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.
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.
Because Peter Cushing can do no wrong.
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.
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.
A solid movie with some good performances by Cushing, Lee and Morell but, surprisingly, it's pretty uninvolving which is strange for a mystery. Ultimately, I enjoyed it well enough but not near as much as the other Fisher/Lee/Cushing collaborations I've seen.
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.
So much more than just a supplier of fine horror, Hammer studios ventured into many genres, as they had before their success with horror.
This is Terence Fisher's fine reworking of Conan Doyle's dark moorish thriller The Hound of the Baskerville which was originally intent to be the first in a series of Hammer Sherlock Holmes films
with the great Peter Cushing as Holmes and André Morell as Watson. But after the string of successful horrors Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy cinema goers wouldn't have any of it and it never really did as well as the horrors did. Hence there only being one ever made to the could have been series.
You pretty much get what you expect. Cushing…
A more gothic Sherlock Holmes than we're perhaps used to courtesy of Hammer Horror, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Terence Fisher are firing on all cylinders in one of the most underrated of early Hammer classics.
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.
Preserving this list for posterity as it will disappear from here:
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