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Sleepy Hollow

Tim Burton's 1999 horror film loosely based on Washington Irving's film.

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Sleepy Hollow, Burton style

  • Nov 17, 2008
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A quirky retelling of the Sleepy Hollow legend, but what else can you expect from the combination of Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, Christina Ricci and Danny Elfman?

In another characteristically weird role, Johnny Depp plays Ichabod Crane, only this time he's not a gawky school teacher, but a handsome (natch) Constable with a coroner's mind and a penchant for fainting after narrow escapes. After annoying the heck out of the Burgomaster (Christopher Lee) in New York, he gets posted to the little town of Sleepy Hollow, where three strange murders have taken place, and it's up to Crane to solve the mystery.

There he meets up with a buffet of actors of the caliber of Michael Gambon (Baltus Van Tassel), Miranda Richardson (Lady Mary Van Tassel), and Christina Ricci (Katrina Van Tassel), and soon encounters the headless Hessian horseman himself (Christopher Walken, when he's wearing his head). Naturally, heads start rolling and secrets start coming to light, as Crane summons up his gumption and starts digging around.

A practical man of scientific bent, he tries separating fact from legend, using all his powers of deduction and tools of science, but ends up having to mix the two with a bit of witchcraft thrown in to boot.

The movie is necessarily graphic and gory in places, and the plot reads like an Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes whodunit until the very end, where it gets a little hackneyed before the story gallops to its conclusion.

"Crane must find the truth
The Horseman will use his sword
Looking for his head"

Amanda Richards

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June 19, 2010
I loved this movie with Johnny Depp (yes, I am a HUGE fan of his hotness) and loved that it was a little gory with some sense of humor that only Depp could deliver eloquently. I've watched it many times over -- this is one of my favorites.
 
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review by . May 31, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****    Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is such a timeless classic of Gothic terror that just about everyone has tried to adapt it successfully. I have survived through various children's animations and "adult" adaptations that make claims larger than the accumulative talent behind them has the chops to fulfill; and all for one near-perfect re-telling of Irving's story. Tim Burton is the man behind the magic; a very loose adaptation of the material …
review by . January 05, 2010
Heads will roll, bodies will fall and the legend of the Headless Horseman will live once again...
Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" was one of the first ever horror novels written and even after almost 200 years the story still holds  the mystery, intrigue and horror that it did  all those years ago. Now in 199 Tim Burton puts his own  twist on the original story that  has terrified  millions.            Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" is as scary as it is original and  sinister it  doesn't …
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
not my favorite Jonnny Depp movie, but still an entertaining movie.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
this is one of my favourite movies it's very dark and johnny depp is very good and christina ricci is beautiful
Quick Tip by . June 03, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Great thriller without being too too scary...Depp develops the character of Ichabod Crane extremely well.
review by . September 03, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
As far as adaptations of old American novels go, Tim Burton's visually rich, tightly composed, resplendent version of Washington Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' ranks in the top echelon. The script for the screen is the work of Kevin Yagher and Andrew Kevin Walker and while it takes some liberties from Irving's story, the resulting dialogue and action pacing are so wholly in keeping with Burton's vision that it feels like an original story.    Much of the magnificence …
review by . September 07, 2004
"Sleepy Hollow" is fun. Tim Burton outdid himself on this one. I've always enjoyed Burton's work, but I felt that he might have gone a little overboard with the second "Batman" flick. In the case of the Headless Horseman, though, the liberties taken make the story that much more captivating. As usual, Burton crams as much atmosphere as he can into this film. You actually feel like you've been transported to the creepiest part of 1799. Johnny Depp is perfectly cast as Ichabod Crane. He's a chicken, …
review by . January 30, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
If you grew up having Grimm's fairy tales read to you, and you loved them, this movie is for you. Tim Burton and the marvelous cast do an incredible job of creating a hauntingly beautiful movie. The sets and photography are superb. The movie is taunt, but has the somewhat dreamy quality that the best of the old fairy tales do. It is scary without being horrible or horrifying, and the violence is somewhat restrained. I expect to view this movie, with children, many times, and each time to be transported …
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In Tim Burton's stylish, creepy retelling of the classic Washington Irving story, SLEEPY HOLLOW, Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is a squeamish, bookish 18th century New York City investigator sent to a small town in lower Westchester county to look into three mysterious decapitations. When the always rational Crane arrives at the little Dutch village, he finds that most of the townsfolk believe the culprit to be the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a monstrous Hessian soldier (Christopher Walken), who seems to be mysteriously tied in to one of the town's most prominent families. Burton's natural instincts for campy humor, combined with the hauntingly gorgeous technical work (Emmanuel Lubezki's cinematography and Danny Elfman's score included), collide to create a work of exhilarating entertainment and poetic storytelling. Miranda Richardson, Casper Van Dien and Christina Ricci help make up an ensemble cast that, combined with the historically accurate village sets and dreamlike magic of the haunted Western W...
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