The curse of The Headless Horseman (Christopher Walken) is the legacy of the small town of Sleepy Hollow. Spearheaded by the eager Constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) and his new world ways into the quagmire of secrets and murder, secrets once laid to rest, best forgotten and now reawakened, and he too, holding a dark secret of a past once gone.Written by
In Washington Irving's original story, Ichabod Crane was a school teacher who came to Sleepy Hollow and ran afoul of its resident ghoul, the Headless Horseman. Ichabod was also a teacher in Andrew Kevin Walker's original screenplay for this movie, but Director Tim Burton brought in Tom Stoppard to re-write and re-structure the screenplay. Burton is a major fan of Mario Bava's Gothic horror movies, and, as an homage to Bava's Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966), Burton adopted the basic plot of a Bava movie: a skeptical investigator, who places his faith in science and reason, treks to an out-of-the-way hamlet plagued by a murderous ghost, only to have his skepticism of the supernatural forcibly broken down by the experience. This movie includes numerous visual references to Bava's movies, including a scene in which Ichabod dreams of seeing his mother's spike-pierced face after his father killed her, an image drawn from Bava's Black Sunday (1960), a movie Burton was once slated to remake. See more »
(at around 49 mins) When Ichabod cuts up the tree and is splatted with blood, it is on his face and down his neck and white shirt. During the cutting of the tree, the blood splatter on his face changes position with each shot. While digging the hole and following the headless horseman, there is no evidence of blood on his shirt. See more »
The opening credits - shown over Ichabod's travel to Sleepy Hollow - interact with the landscape: if Ichabod's coach is near a river, the words are reflected on the surface of the water; if he's in a forest the letters drift away like dead leaves, and so on. See more »
To get a "Not under 12" rating the German version was cut for violence. The uncut version was released on video/DVD and is rated "Not under 16". See more »
Tim Burton has brought this timeless classic to life! "Sleepy Hollow" is a very fine film, with horrific delights, a touch of romance, and witty humor. I was very impressed with the cinematography and the elaborate costumes in this film. Also, the music and sound effects complimented this frightening and legendary story of the murderous Headless Horseman. Overall, I believe this is an excellent film and will definitely be remembered as a landmark in the thriller/horror genre of film.
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