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The Hound of the Baskervilles
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"Peter Cushing is a splendid Holmes" (Daily Mirror) and "Andre Morell is the perfect Dr. Watson" (Daily Herald) in this terror-filled mystery classic co-starring horror legend Christopher Lee. With its "compelling acting and spooky cinematography" (Video Movie Guide), this "rattling good movie" (Newsweek) will keep you guessingand gaspinguntil the final frame! A fiendish evil lurks beneath the mist-shrouded cliffs of England's fabled moors. In the formof a hellish hound, it feeds upon the trembling flesh of the heirs of Baskerville Hall. But before this savage beast can sink its teeth into the newest lord of the manor, it must pit its vicious fangs against the searing intellect of the most powerful foe it has ever encounteredthe incomparable Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes gets the Gothic treatment in this mix of mystery and supernatural horror from Britains Hammer Films. Peter Cushing is perfectly cast as the great detective, the very embodiment of science and reason (which also made him a great Van Helsing in the Dracula series) in a case wound around a legacy of aristocratic cruelty and a devilish dog wandering the swampy moors. Christopher Lee is a less satisfying fit as the last of the Baskervilles, as he waffles between fear and apathetic disregard, but Andre Morell is a fine Dr. Watson and a far cry from Nigel Bruces sweet bumbler from the Hollywood incarnation of the 1940s. Director Terence Fisher was Hammers top stylist and the film drips with the mood of the moors, mist hanging in the air, the dying vegetation itself threatening to come to life and trap the next unwary traveler. --Sean Axmaker
- Actor's notebook: Christopher Lee (2002, 12 min.)
- Hound of the Baskervilles excerpts read by Christopher Lee and illustrations by Sydney Paget
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Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson are brought in to try and protect Sir Henry Baskerville (Christopher Lee in a rare non-horror, non-monster role) who might be in some real danger from a mysterious hound from Hell that supposedly has brought death and destruction to many of the Baskervilles, dating back to an ancestor, Sir Hugo who was the first victim after having murdered a peasant girl.
It's up to Holmes and Watson to try and unravel the mystery....
The movie is great fun all the way.
I enjoyed the lengthy interview with Christopher Lee in which he reported that he and Peter Cushing had become close over the many years of their screen relationship. Many interesting and personnel facts were revealed during this interview, including the fact that Christpher Lee enjoyed playing the part of Sir Henry and especially enjoyed the romantic aspects of this role which enabled him to work closely with a then very popular model of the 50's.
I could be wrong but I could swear that some of the sets for Baskerville hall looked very much like redressed versions of portions of the Horror of Dracula set. This excellent DVD transfer will be enjoyed by all fans of Hammer films.
So regarding the film as a story loosely based on the short story it comes off as excellent entertainment.
Also worth the price is the commentary by Christopher Lee, describing his part in the making of the movie and the reading of the introductory chapter of the story, also by Mr Lee.
Lee and Cushing make up one of the great teams in English Melodrama. The commentaries in this disk give us a short but interesting glimpse of their real characters, from Mr Lees fear of spiders to mr Cushings love of cartoon characters.
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But I it's from Europe and it won't play on my dvd player.