Sherlock Holmes - The House of Fear
As you all well know, both Doctor Watson (Nigel Bruce) and myself have come to your
today, to investigate the strange deaths surrounding the members belonging to
your gentlemen's club, 'The Good Comrades'. Scottish Castle,
Now so far, this crime seems to be perpetrated in the following fashion. Firstly, at dinner your housekeeper delivers to the victim an envelope containing a number of orange pips, denoting the order of their demise. Then the intended victim perishes under very mysterious circumstances indeed. And finally, once the corpse has been identified, the rest of you cash in on their life insurance policy.
So with all of that in mind, what I'd also like to know is which one of you committed this heinous crime? Could it have been you, Sir Alastair (Aubrey Mather)? As its fairly common knowledge you've had a run in with the law in the past! Or could it be you, Dr. Simon Merrivale (Paul Cavanagh)? Basing my deductions on your expert wisdom of all things medical! Or could it have been you, Captain Simpson (Harry Cording)? Despite two attempts being made on your life already!
Huh? What's that you say, gentlemen? Are you accusing me, Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone), of jumping to conclusions too quickly? Well, that may be the case. But still. That's most probably why what next transpires all gets rather troublesome when Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey) comes knocking at our door. As three more deaths occur - I don't take back my obvious slur - a deceased fisherman points us in the right direction - and at the end of the day, no one can outsmart my cleverly observed detection.
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Now apart from a couple of fairly obvious processed shots seen midway through 'The House of' Fear', all in all I'd say this amazing movie was very engrossing, enjoyable, and could do no wrong in my eyes.
Sherlock Holmes adventure lifted me out of my seat for four very different reasons. Firstly, I enjoyed how the murder mystery was set-up within the first ten minutes of this film, because it managed to relay the intended premise in a very straight forward and simple fashion. Secondly, it was a blast for me trying to figure out who actually did the deed, largely due to each of the 'colorful suspects' seemingly being innocent or guilty throughout numerous parts of the tale. Thirdly, as implied in my previous point, I found the actors involved bigger than life, with each of them staking their claim 'behavior wise' within their characterizations. And fourthly, with me being a right sucker for the whole God damn thing being conveyed under one roof, it did throw me a bit when Sherlock's investigation continued outside nearing the end of the movie.
Also, if I may back-track slightly, I've got to mention that I did love the way this flick defined the cast members in a very quaint and flavorsome manner. Well, not only were Holmes and Watson their calculated and bumbling selves. But in addition to this, every single one of the suspects had a tick or a nuance that kind of defined who they were and what they were all about.
For instance, one of them appeared like a simple yet naive old man. Another one was plainly a surly character without any heirs or graces about him. Whilst another gave the impression of being dodgy yet smart at the very same time. Furthermore, the twist at the end of this film was a real treat I tell you. A real treat. Because even I couldn't figure out who the killer was, until...
Overall I'd say 'The House of Fear' was one joyous murder mystery for one and all. The story was engaging on so many levels. The actors showed character and mirth at a drop of a hat. And as push comes to shove, this is what I'd call a must watch movie for any Sherlock Holmes fans out there. Trust me. It'll defiantly be your cup of Rosie Lee. Wink-Wink!
THE RATING: A