The Hound of the Baskervilles
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES is an inspired interpretation of the 1902 Sir Conan Doyle drawing-room masterpiece which re-imagines the enigmatic sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his latest case in a style faithful to the original -- and original in its own right. There’s plenty of vintage Doyle intrigue, droll wordplay, airtight plot twists and nail-biting suspense to satisfy both the hardcore Holmes fan and the newcomer alike.
The story, the last of Doyle’s great “cycle” of Holmes mysteries, centers around the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville of Baskerville Hall, located in the eerie, foreboding English moors. Local townsfolk attribute the death to the longstanding curse that has followed the Baskerville family for two hundred years: that a monstrous, supernatural hound roams the moors, waiting to attack the latest heir to the Baskerville estate.
Holmes and Watson are brought in to solve the case. Of course, they do not buy into the “superstition.” When they meet Sir Henry (Charles’s nephew who’s returned after living abroad) in London, Holmes makes note that one of Sir Henry’s old boots has been stolen from his hotel room. Sir Henry’s also received a letter -- composed of newsprint -- warning him never to return to Baskerville Hall. Holmes instructs Watson to accompany Sir Henry back to Baskerville Hall and stay at his side. Holmes, meanwhile, says that he will return to his Baker Street office to begin an investigation (though his real plan is to conduct his investigation from the moor itself, hiding in an old stone hut).
Matt Frewer, of Max Headroom fame, is a classically trained actor who turns in a tour-de-force performance as the chain-smoking Baker Street detective, Holmes, delivering lines with the understated irony that Holmes fans love. Surrounding Frewer are Kenneth Welsh (EDISON: WIZARD OF LIGHt) as the unforgettable Dr. Watson and Jason London (JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS) as Sir Henry Baskerville.
From here the plot unfolds, layer upon layer, with seeming contradictions, misdirections and subtle clues that will keep audiences riveted to their seats as they try to solve the case along with Holmes and Watson.
Watson emerges as everyone’s favorite character in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, as he does in all of the Holmes adventures. We root for him, identify with his humanity, even though we know that Holmes will, in short order, smugly and ingeniously out-deduce his estimable assistant.
The clues to the Baskerville “curse” and the cause of Sir Charles’ death fall into place during the suspense-filled final sequences of the movie, beginning with a dinner invitation at the Stapletons’ house. Holmes tells Sir Henry that he and Watson have been called to London and cannot attend, but that he should go ahead without them. This means Sir Henry must cross the moor at night -- alone! Holmes and Watson, hiding out all the while, wait for Sir Henry to leave the dinner.
They follow him across the moor. The hound attacks! Holmes shoots, and they see that the hound is no monster but a merely large dog trained to attack at the scent of Sir Henry. Then they spot a shadowy figure running away into the moor. Is it Stapleton? Frankland? Barrymore?
The chase is on for the real killer -- a chase that will keep audiences riveted to RHI Entertainment’s THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.
The enigmatic master sleuth of Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes, is brought to life by Matt Frewer (MAX HEADROOM) in this adaptation of the Sir Conan Doyle masterpiece about a deadly family curse, a supernatural beast and the very human evil that’s behind it all.Kenneth Welsh shines as everyone’s favorite trusted assistant, Dr. Watson.
- Jason London
- Kenneth Welsh
- Matt Frewer
- Emma Campbell
- Gordon Masten
- Robin Wilcock
- Arthur Holden