Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American gothic supernatural horror film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely based on Washington Irving's 1820 short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Summary

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the mysterious decapitations of three people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.

Why It Rocks

  1. All of the actor’s performances are amazing, especially from Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane and Christopher Walken as the Headless Horsemen.
  2. The movie has a very gothic and eerie tone that fits with the movie very well (with it being wonderfully directed by Tim Burton).
  3. With or without his head, the make-up effects and appearance of the Headless Horsemen is pure nightmare fuel.
  4. The scene where Brom chases Ichabod while disgused as the Headless Horseman is a subtle shout-out to the theory that Brom Bones was actually the Horsemen in the book.
  5. Interesting characters, such as Ichabod Crane, Katrina and Young Masbath as the venture to uncover the mystery of the Sleepy Hollow decapitation murders.
  6. A few creative adjustments from the original story that make the movie even more of another unforgettable Tim Burton movie.
  7. The scenes are scary and well-executed, especially with the ones of the Headless Horsemen chopping his victims’ heads clean off.
  8. Chilling and creepy cinematography that fits the tone perfectly.

Bad Qualities

  1. Though a decent movie, there are many disloyalties to the original story by Washington Irving like how Ichabod is a constable instead of a schoolteacher like in the book and how the Headless Horseman is under the influence of black magic by Katrina’s stepmother.
  2. Christopher Walken seems like a wasted talent given that while his performance as the Headless Horseman is awesome, he doesn't speak any single world in the whole film, only admonishing his witnesses with a "shhhhh" and making a few shouted commands to his horse.

Reception

Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 69% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 121 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's critics consensus states, "Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere." Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 65 out of 100 based on 35 reviews from mainstream critics, considered to be "generally favorable".[46] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B-" on an A+ to F scale.

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