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Sherlock Holmes in the House of Fear Reviews

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October 2, 2018
Just wonderful, the best Sherlock team ever! All of the mystery films in this series are fantastic,this is a wonderful film as basil does all he can to solve the mystery before the last man dies
January 2, 2017
Excellent chiller is basically Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story, The Five Orange Pips meets Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, novel. Everyone is in top form here. This is the first of 3 entries made in 1945 for the series. It is also the 8th in the Universal Rathbone and Bruce Holmes series, and the 10th in the over-all Rathbone and Bruce Holmes series. On Blu-Ray.
July 13, 2014
One of my faves. Takes place in a haunted house where members of a society of wealthy gentlemen keep getting murdered. Basil Rathbone is the only true Sherlock.
November 1, 2013
Another super addition to the classic series. Off to Scotland and a classic Conan Doyle retelling.
September 10, 2012
A gripping mystery that only the famous Sherlock Holmes can handle witch such style and calmness. When the members of an elite club of extremely rich gentlemen start to die one by one Holmes, accompanied by the ever so wonderful Dr. Watson, gives the case a thorough overview and begins to unravel the puzzles piece by piece.
August 24, 2012
Not one of the best Holmes and Watson capers. Somewhat boring actually in some places, Still, Rathbone and Bruce shows them how it's done.
½ August 3, 2012
Another Spooky House For Holmes & Watson--Atmospheric, Interesting Holmes Mystery!!
½ July 21, 2012
fun and strong entry
April 15, 2012
Another must see Sherlock film.
March 6, 2012
my favourite.can you spot larry talbots' walking cane.
½ June 7, 2011
Definitely one of the better entries in the Rathbone/Bruce era, The House of Fear is based on Conan Doyle's the Five Orange Pips in which a group of elderly eccentrics (i.e. Mason-like cultists) start bumping off this mortal coil. As usual, Holmes uses his snooty logic to root out the baddies and Nigel Bruce's Dr. Watson bumbles and mumbles his way through the proceedings. No flashy mastermind villains here or Rondo Hatton monsters, the investigation is the most fun aspect here. VF.
½ June 4, 2011
"Murder is an insidious thing. Once a man has dipped his fingers in blood, sooner or later he'll feel the urge to kill again."

Holmes is called in to investigate when the members of The Good Comrades, a group of wealthy retired professional geezers, are bumped off one by one. Lestrade jumps to the obvious conclusion that one of their number is the murderer, hellbent on collecting the insurance, but all is not as it seems...

A good entry in the series, based on ACD's "The Five Orange Pips". In truth, it works better as a short story than a film - here the murders happen so frequently that it all becomes a shade melodramatic whereas in the original story ACD had the time to build the atmosphere slowly. The Scottish mansion setting is more convincing than the transatlantic Scottish accents of some of it's inhabitants. Nigel Bruce as Watson steals the show, whether he be chatting to an owl whilst digging up a grave, or shooting at random things whilst on a lonely nocturnal vigil.
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May 11, 2011
Who better plays Sherlock Holmes the Basil Rathbone and say what you like but what better way to watch a Sherlock Holmes movie then in black and white on a windy stormy Saturday night. In this one a rich mans club with a membership of 7 are being murdered one by one, who is the killer and why are they being killed for the riches in their estates??? Only Sherlock can solve the crime. An excellent watch 4 stars
½ December 2, 2010
Predictable after a while, but still a rather entertaining Holmes adventure. It's got more of what appears to be Bruce adlibbing, which can be hilarious at the right moment, and of course Dennis Hoey's incomparable Inspector Lestrade. A good, solid plot straight from Doyle, too. Neill's overuse of dutch angles is a bit distracting, but nothing too damaging.
February 18, 2010
Great fun with a creepy old house by the sea, lots of mysterious murders and Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in top form as Holmes and Watson. Bruce is especially funny as he bumbles around the house shooting at anything that moves with a revolver. Dennis Hoey is reliable as ever as Lestrade and the supporting cast includes Holmes Herbert and Paul Cavanagh.
½ February 1, 2010
A good Holmes mystery in an otherwise fairly standard assembly line picture.
January 13, 2010
Holmes and Watson are at it again, this time in Scotland where someone is killing the 7 residents of a Scotish castle one by one, sending them an envelope of orange pips before each murder. Bruce is a bit less clownlike in this one while Rathbone shines as Holmes.
December 14, 2009
After a double homicide involving a gentleman's club, Holmes and Watson are dispatched to a spooky castle on the west coast of Scotland to investigate. It appears that the victims were delivered five orange pips while at dinner with the rest of them before they met their untimely deaths. Already disbelieving the story, Holmes is viewing them all with suspicion as soon as he arrives.

Like a typical Friday the 13th film, the bodies start piling up in increasing gruesome fashion and the culprit is narrowed down. But Holmes still ain't convinced and secretly builds his own theories and tactics.

Again, House of Fear has the best kind of mystery atmosphere. I love the dark and spooky Scottish castle with the ever-howling wind and labyrinthine structure. I'd love to own a house like that. Watson comes across as a bit more buffoonish than usual but he still entertains. And despite reading the Adventure of the Five Orange Pips a few years ago I was still surprised by the twist ending.

One of the best Rathbone/Bruce movies.
September 24, 2009
I guessed how this was going to turn out, but maybe it was only a dim memory from reading the original story. There were a lot of pointless dutch angles in the movie, but it was okay. I really feel sorry for Nigel Bruce, who always had to play Watson as a complete idiot. At the end of this movie, he was acting like a special needs child.
December 24, 2008
Great installment of the Rathbone/Bruce Holmes films. The story is very enjoyable and suspenseful! Just what you want with a Sherlock Holmes film!
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