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The Hound of the Baskervilles

1959 1h 27m Mystery & Thriller Horror List
95% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 73% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and Doctor Watson (Andre Morell) meet with a certain Dr. Mortimer (Francis De Wolff), who tells them of the legend of the "hound," born out of a murder committed by Sir Hugo Baskerville centuries ago. Explaining that Sir Charles Baskerville recently died in the same location as Sir Hugo, Mortimer expresses his deep concern that Sir Henry, the heir to the Baskerville estate, will also fall prey to the evil hound's curse. Holmes sets out to investigate. Read More Read Less
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Wendy Ide Times (UK) There has been no shortage of interpretations of Conan Doyle's great detective over the years, but, with apologies to Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Cushing remains one of the greatest. Rated: 4/5 May 28, 2015 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …a real genre classic that deserves to be exhumed and enjoyed. Cushing and Lee are both in strident form here, and Fisher displays the kind of barn-storming style that made him the pick of the Hammer House of directorial excellence… Rated: 3/5 Apr 27, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Of the countless film and television versions of the venerable Sherlock Holmes tale -- a story that's been interpreted by various actors from Basil to Benedict -- the best just might be this handsome and exciting adaptation. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 26, 2021 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins In a strange twist, it's as if all the supporting players are purposely dishonest, just so that they remain plausible culprits. Rated: 6/10 Aug 23, 2020 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row Cushing is a stellar Holmes, nailing his balance between arrogance and charm, and adding just enough menace to give the proceedings that certain sense of horror. It Rated: 3/4 Jun 5, 2019 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin The screenplay is unimaginative, staging and direction are inexpert, and the performances dull, with Peter Cushing making a tiresomely mannered and too lightweight Sherlock Holmes. Feb 2, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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Logan D Sherlock Holmes investigates a local legend. Cushing is perfect as Holmes and you can see why Fisher was chosen to direct so many Hammer films. It's the perfect combination of gaudy and gothic. I do wish films like this wouldn't have promoted the idea tarantulas are dangerous. I noted that Holmes disappears for a good 20 mins and I'm not sure why. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/20/24 Full Review Sonny B The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the most famous mystery books ever written, and since it was first published in 1902 it has been adapted into film and TV over 20 times! And yet not all adaptions are made equal. The 1939 RKO film was the first version of this story I saw, and I still think it holds up. But what about the 1959 Hammer House version? I'd heard that many people think it is one of the best Sherlock Holmes films, and so I was eager to watch it. But before I explain my thoughts on the film, I will give a brief summary of the plot: We open on a scene of drunken revelry at a gothic mansion. A man, Sir Hugo Baskerville, has kidnapped a young woman and is in the process of merrymaking with his friends; however, the woman escapes across the countryside, and an enraged Hugo pursues her despite the protests of his friends. He catches up to her in a ruined abbey and promptly murders her, which seems......unnecessary, but he soon gets his comeuppance when a demonic hound attacks and kills him. We then learn that this story was being narrated to Sherlock Holmes by Dr Mortimer. Mortimer was a friend of Hugos descendent, Sir Charles Baskerville, and it is revealed that Charles died under similar conditions to his villainous forefather. Now, Mortimer fears that this same fate is in store for Charles' nephew, Henry, and he has come to Holmes for advice. And so the complexity continues. But to avoid revealing too much of the plot, I will leave my summary here. The Hound of the Baskervilles is, first and foremost, very entertaining. The cinematography, by Jack Asher, is theatrical and exuberant, and Terence Fisher is clearly a capable director. The acting, for the most part, is very good. Peter Cushing is brilliant as Sherlock Holmes, and his performance is energetic and forceful. André Morell fits the role of Watson perfectly, and Christopher Lee completes this strong central trio. I must also give a special mention to actor Miles Malleson as the comic relief (Bishop Frankland), for I thought he stole the show everytime he was on screen. I also thought that the film had several plot holes stemming from changes made to the narrative of the book. I felt as though Holmes and Mortimer read too much into Sir Charles's death, and the behaviour of the antagonist was inconsistent, but it would be unfair to criticise these elements too harshly, for this is definitely a good adaption. I am not sure if it is the best version of this story put to screen, but for fans of both Hammer House studios and Sherlock Holmes this is a must watch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/19/23 Full Review Liam D A very different take on Sherlock Holmes only in the Hammer Way of entertainment Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/08/22 Full Review isla s This film is reasonably atmospheric and features decent performances. Its a slow burner plot wise but its certainly not bad. If misty moors are your 'thing', then this is certainly a recommendable film, suffice to say. I thought the classical musical score wasn't too bad as well. The plot twists were reasonably interesting and I thought it was overall a fairly entertaining film, one I would recommend overall, if only for the performances from Peter Cushing, Andre Morell and Christopher Lee, although John Le Mesurier (Wilson from Dads Army) is also in it. I imagine at the time it was quite something to watch in colour, with some colours adding a bit of effect to the spooky tone of the scenes, although I do wonder if it wasn't perhaps a little more spooky seeming when entirely in black and white, particularly the scenes set on the moors in the dark of night. If the cast sound of interest, then, as I say, I would recommend this film, yes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Classic Sherlock Holmes film starring the great Peter Cushing! It also stars a very young Christopher Lee. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Great Hammer movie. Love Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in this fabulous matinee. Charismatic, a bit scary and slightly odd. Has he kissed his sister? "I too am a Baskerville." (Cecile announces towards the end, looking mildly vampiric as the hound attacks a sweaty Lee.) And so he deserves to die. Also it has the best summary of any film, the key words being "Killed by a dog." Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and Doctor Watson (Andre Morell) meet with a certain Dr. Mortimer (Francis De Wolff), who tells them of the legend of the "hound," born out of a murder committed by Sir Hugo Baskerville centuries ago. Explaining that Sir Charles Baskerville recently died in the same location as Sir Hugo, Mortimer expresses his deep concern that Sir Henry, the heir to the Baskerville estate, will also fall prey to the evil hound's curse. Holmes sets out to investigate.
Director
Terence Fisher
Producer
Anthony Hinds
Screenwriter
Peter Bryan
Production Co
United Artists
Genre
Mystery & Thriller, Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
May 3, 2017
Runtime
1h 27m
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