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on 7 March 2012
The Hounds of the Baskervilles (or "Le Chien des Baskervilles" as it is known as in France) was the first Hammer production I have ever seen. I must have been 15-16, it was one of the late showings on TV, and as usual I must have tiptoed out of my room to watch it. As you can imagine, the film made a great impression so I was very afraid of being disappointed when I revisited it 25 years later. I am pleased to say that this masterpiece has not aged a bit. More than a detective story, less than a horror picture the way Hammer does them usually, it is fair to say that "Hound" is a "gothic thriller". It is more nervous, scarier than your usual whodunnit, while remaining within the bounds of something one can watch with the family. It is really a shame that Hammer did not pursue more in this direction since it is very successful. All the usual cast and crew of Hammer were called for this picture and they show their ability to succeed outside the genre it is too often associated with. Cushing is extremely interesting and muscular as Holmes, Lee gets to play a romantic lead, and his impersonation of a degenerate aristocrat gives nothing away, Terence Fisher shows his usual class and virtuosity behind the camera, and the colour and mood of the Moors are overall fantastic. So well done Jack Asher (DOP "in chief" at Hammer at that time) and Bernard Robinson (heavenly set designer) to make this movie so atmospheric and so successful. Without giving anything away, the only disappointment will be the Hound of the title but who cares? This was Hammer at its best, only example of a direction that was never taken. Enjoy this then - preferably in the zone 1 version including a very moving interview of Christopher Lee, reminiscing in particular his old mate Peter Cushing. Not to be missed.
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on 8 August 2013
There have been many versions of the best-known (if not the best) Sherlock Holmes story but this is for me the most enjoyable take on Conan Doyle's novel.

I once saw it described as 'lurid' and that is a fair description of this film but it's none the poorer for that-the old tale is more dour than you remember and does not always transfer to the big screen succesfully, mainly because whoever is playing Holmes misses the mark.
No such problem with Peter Cushing's take on the role and he is ably supported by a cast of solid British character actors including John Le Mesurier and Miles Malleson but what makes this so good for me is the solid injection of Hammer Horrorness which lifts the old tale out of the fairly wordy printed version into an altogether more exciting yarn.

You know the plot of course, or do you? Henry Baskerville is the heir to a stately home on Dartmoor and a huge fortune but it comes with a price, the old family curse of a devil hound which has done for most of his ancestors.

Sherlock Holmes is called in to investigate. Is the hound really the supernatural pawn of the devil? Has it been invoked by evil plotters out to get Henry Baskerville? Or is it a fake created by nasty characters in order to get the Baskerville fortune? If you don't know the great detective's findings, well you'll have to watch and find out.

The film does deviate slightly from the novel's plotline, mainly in the characters of Dr. Mortimer and the Stapletons who are very different to the ones in the 1903 story and there's a totally new sequence where Holmes and Watson and the rest of the male characters investigate an old tin mine to find the source of the sound of the hound's cries 'coming from the bowels of the earth', but otherwise the basic structure is intact with a great opening sequence featuring the evil Sir Hugo Baskerville who brings the curse on the family with his wicked ways .

Never a dull moment after that and if you've read the book, you know what lies behind the evil shenanigans on Dartmoor but if you haven't, the film does give you a few good red herrings as to where the evil lies.
I'm not going to spoil the surprise by revealing that it's .....sssshhhh.....but if you genuinely don't know you may well be surprised.

The hound (yes there is a hound) doesn't appear till the last few minutes of the film of course and is in true Hammer horror style, as indeed is the entire film, in other words it has a few clunky sequences and as said, can best be described as 'lurid' but it's thoroughly enjoyable and for my money, easily the best take on the old classic, far superior to any version made since.
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on 17 November 2015
Great old movie. My parents remember watching it in black and white - the movie was made in colour but the TVs they watched it on were black and white. Made it more atmospheric according to them. Good to see the old stars in action - a bit of a feast actually. Watched this one first and then watched the modern Sherlock equivalent the next night, Lots of parallels, not just in plot (obvious) but in some of the iconic shots and visuals. It was a really excellent way to watch them both - one informing the other. Highly recommended.
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on 30 August 2015
What I like about these old films is the surrounding and the atmosphere. Much more than the plot and the direction, resulting to be quite simple. I might have expected a little more suggestive and mysterious plot and situations, but it is ok to watch it once
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on 12 October 2015
A big fan of Peter Cushing and have seen this before---but well worth another look at this classic.It is very dated but you cant miss Cushing and Lee together in such a great film and I should think most people know the story.It is such a pity that we have lost these two giants but no-one goes on for ever,we know.
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on 6 August 2011
Although the story has been altered in this adaptation, the full Hammer gothic approach suits this story fantastically well. Sets, costumes, actors and music give the story the perfect feel. Peter Cushing makes a good Holmes (though I think he was better when he returned to the role for the BBC TV series in the late 60s, which included another version of "Hound of the Baskervilles") as does Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville. Very enjoyable, a good adaptation and one of Hammer's best films to boot.
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on 16 August 2016
One of Peter Cushings best, Jeremy Brett was for me the best Holmes ever but Cushing gave a fine performance of the master detective. This is a brilliant story, well acted, Cushing and Lee are a class double act.
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on 21 November 2013
I'm an Absolute Fan Of Horror Movies, Especially These Great Legends Of Hammer Horror, Etc Peter Cushing And Christopher Lee. These Guys Were My Icons. Peter Cushing Has Played Many Other Characters In Movies. This Character He Plays Could Be Brilliant. Christopher Lee Is Also My Favorite Actor As Well. His Character He Played As 'Lord Summerisle' In 'The Wicker Man' Alongside Edward Woodward. Should Be An Absolute Classic Movie This!!!!

Thank You Amazon!!!!!

Andrew Phillip Tonkin
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on 21 August 2016
quick delivery. awesome film, different to the classic Sherlock holms b/w film which was also good maybe even better, but hammer took a different feel towards this story to make it individual
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on 15 October 2014
Solid adaptation of the famous Conan Doyle story. Peter Cushing as Holmes and Christopher Lee as Henry Baskerville put in good performances and the supporting cast play their parts in making this an enjoyable romp. It's fast paced and never boring but in my opinion the Basil Rathbone version still edges it despite Hammer's best efforts.
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