Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1959)
“This is, I think, a two-pipe problem.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Meanwhile, Lee is miscast in the central role as an heir whose life is in perpetual danger; we’re so used to reading sinister overtones into Lee’s every move that it feels awfully strange to realize he’s simply a neutral foil here.
Jack Asher’s color cinematography is lush and beautiful to look at but doesn’t evoke the same level of menace as the black-and-white hues of this film’s celebrated 1939 predecessor. The narrative itself remains relatively faithful to the original story, while incorporating some additional horror elements (i.e., a lethal tarantula) to satisfy those who associate “Hammer Studios” with overt chills and thrills; unfortunately, however, the dramatic finale with the “hound” is far from menacing — again, it was better handled in the 1939 version, which is ultimately the one I recommend film fanatics check out instead.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
2 thoughts on “Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1959)”
Not a must.
Rather unnecessary remake, adding nothing that improves on the 1939 classic (which also has some imperfection but is still superior). A bit of a snore, really.
A must and far and away the best version that I’ve seen.