The House of Fear

Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear - 1945 - Poster.pngOn June 13, 1892 the man who brought Sherlock Holmes to life on screen was born. Although, he was not the first actor to portray Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone, created the way Holmes is portrayed and parodied today. Out of the several movies that he portrayed the iconic detective, The House of Fear is one that sticks out the most.

When Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson receive a call from a frantic Mr. Chalmers they are whisked away to The Good Comrades on the country side of England. Each of the members of Good Comrades are being murdered one by one after receiving an envelope filled with orange pips. Originally laughing it off as a joke, two of them have already died in tragic accidents.When Holmes and Watson arrive they start their immediate investigation into the man who is killing off The Good Comrades one by one. On the first night there, one of the Good Comrades receives an envelope filled with orange pips leaving Watson to watch him. However, when Watson wakes up he realizes that fellow man is gone. As the mystery deepens, Mr. Chalmers becomes the man who everyone believes to be responsible. This becomes more grave when he is the only man left. Knowing that he is not responsible, Sherlock Holmes continues his investigation to find the real murderer. The only question is how far away is the real murderer.

In The House of Fear, Basil Rathbone brings alive Sherlock Holmes once again. Basil Rathbone was born on June 13, 1892 bringing to life many characters. However, out of all of his portrayals Sherlock Holmes is the one who he personified painting the way for many others who bring him to life.


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