Rather uninspired version of the famous story. I like that Cushing's Holmes is more self-doubting than in many Holmes adaptations, but the rest goes according to expectations: gaudy colour, nicely atmospheric sets, and so-so acting from the supporting cast.
Hammer without the horror. An accurate central performance fits like a glove in an otherwise atmospheric but lumpy adaptation that never quite knows where it's going, veering between period romp and the slightest dashes of horror. The churning cogs of the Hammer machine cannot quite be heard - this was something of a purple patch for them - but the result is stodge despite most of the expected ingredients on display.
Cushing is, predictably, the highlight. His portrayal of Holmes is spot-on and while the adaptation is nowhere definitive (or even particularly canonical), Cushing's wry Holmes is a pleasure. The actor also has the distinction of bearing probably the closest physical resemblance to the detective as imagined by Paget's original illustrations in Strand magazine.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is pretty much exactly what you'd expect given the talent involved in a Hammer production. The cast works well together and Terence Fisher's direction tops the whole thing off wonderfully. All in all a good time...
Serviceable rendition of the classic mystery features Peter Cushing spot on as the legendary sleuth. Fisher predictably plays up the horror elements of the story, and it is a typically handsome Hammer production, with great atmospheric production design and an effective score by James Bernard - but it can be pretty stodgy at times, and lacks an overall energy that keeps it from being consistently compelling.
Adding completely unnecessary elements to the original story, Fisher's version is an odd mixture that moves in a sluggish pace. Cushing is a decent Holmes, who does his best in a film that lacks energy and sense of direction.
Cushing <3 (and Sir Lee)! Gothic horror atmosphere, Hammer paying extraordinary attention to the smallest of details with the visuals and the sounds, just to name a few... From very beginning the viewer is entranced by the honesty of the characters' portrayal. Violence, sympathy, humanity...