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211 Ratings

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Directed by Terence Fisher
United Kingdom, 1959
Crime, Drama, Horror


When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles Directed by Terence Fisher

Critics reviews

While in the novel Miss Stapleton is a wife masquerading as a sister to the main antagonist, here she’s his wrathful daughter, and Fisher shoots her as a lusty, dangerous sex object. Like most of the film’s choices, it feels natural here, and the result is a dreamlike mood piece of gurgling swamps, the looming castle, and the mysterious moor, kept earthbound by Watson’s pragmatism and Holmes’s genius. It’s exactly what you’d want in an intersection of Doyle and Hammer.
October 26, 2015
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Terence Fisher’s solid yet atmospheric adaptation gingers up Doyle’s much filmed story with distinctively Hammer diversions into sadism, ritual sacrifice and a skulking tarantula. In the same spirit, Peter Cushing’s Holmes, wiry, waspish and studded with authentic eccentricities (those scribbled shirt-cuffs), combines Sherlockian rationalism with a novel interest in the uncanny. His mercurial theatricality positively requires the offsetting gravitas of André Morell’s Watson.
July 03, 2015

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