The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Season 3, Episode 1

The Last Vampyre (27 Jan. 1994)

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Sherlock Holmes investigates strange and tragic happenings in a village that appear linked to a man who seems to be like a vampire.

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Yolanda Vazquez ...
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Sherlock Holmes agrees to investigate suspected murders in a village whose ancestors had killed a prominent family a century ago that they thought were vampires. These deaths appear to be linked to a descendant of that family, a man who seems to have something malevolently supernatural about him, much like a vampire itself. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Sherlock Holmes: What are WE to do with walking corpses that have to have stakes driven through their hearts to keep them in their graves? Are we to give serious attention to such things? It's pure lunacy.
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Turgid Story
27 February 2005 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and Edward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson are easily the greatest actors to ever team up in those roles.

Sadly, this story was not worthy of their talents. Like usual, they both do an excellent job. However, the Vampyre story is a bit weak. Roy Marsden plays the role of Stockton, who comes to town and everyone begins to die. Stockton had lived in South America where he had spent a lot of time studying voodoo, witchcraft, and other occult sciences.

By coincidence, Ferguson (Keith Barron) and his wife (Yolanda Vasquez) had just returned from many years in Peru. Ferguson's wife is Peruvian, and so is her promiscuous maid (Juliet Aubrey). The Fergusons have a young baby, and Ferguson has a teenage son (Richard Dempsey) from a previous wife. Stockton meets Ferguson, and Stockton comes over for dinner and the Ferguson baby dies.

People begin having strange marks on their necks that look like bite marks. The actual events are so mundane that it takes a lot of effort and misdirection to confuse the viewer as to what is really going on in this story.

The screenplay is very weak. What was needed here was a good Family Therapist, not Sherlock Holmes. Just about every mishap occurs because the Fergusons (and their live-in maid, and Stable-Boy) are a totally dysfunctional family. Stockton is basically an occultist who is into some bizarre activities relating to poisons and occult crafts. Stockton enters the chaos of the Ferguson family and he brings things to a boil.

The surprise ending is too predictable and anti-climatic. Holmes is always a couple of steps behind the pace of this pedestrian story. However, watching Brett and Hardwicke working together makes it better.


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