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Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman gets a few new twists in a screen adaptation directed by Tim Burton. In this version, Ichabod (Johnny Depp) is a New York City detective whose unorthodox techniques and penchant for gadgets make him unpopular with is colleagues. He is sent to the remote town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of bizarre murders, in which a number of people have been found dead in the woods, with their heads cut off. Local legend has it that a Hessian ghost rides through the woods on horseback, lopping off the heads of the unsuspecting and unbelieving. Ichabod refuses to believe in this legend, convinced that there must be a logical explanation for the murders. In time, Ichabod becomes smitten with a local lass, Katrina Van Tassel (Christina Ricci), who is the sweetheart of the burly Brom Bones (Casper Van Dien), and he becomes determined to capture the murderer to prove his bravery and win her heart. Christopher Walken, Jeffrey Jones, and Christopher Lee highlight the supporting cast; Lee's appearance is particularly apt, since Burton has cited the Hammer films of the 1960s as a major influence in making this film. Andrew Kevin Walker and Tom Stoppard contributed to the screenplay.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 126
- Fresh: 85
- Rotten: 41
- Average Rating: 6.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A lavish, art-directed slasher movie.
Fresh: Even when the narrative stalls from too many detours and decapitations, Sleepy Hollow is gorgeous filmmaking that brims over with fun-house thrills and ravishing romance.
Fresh: Sports many unusual flavors and textures.
Rotten: Sleepy Hollow has an aesthetic that seems based on album covers. It doesn't feel like the work of an artist in any way.
I'll do my best to help push the rating up where it should be. I love Burton's films. And this one is in my opinion one of his best. I never thought of it as a "scary movie". Its more of a fairytale in a sense. Even on the DVD during some of the interviews they all seem to refer to it as that. And seeing as how Tim Burton doesn't make horror movies - It doesn't seem right to expect this to be one. And thankfully it's not. It is certainly one of my favorite films. The script is great, the actors are great, the music is AWESOME (thank you Danny Elfman).... among other things. I highly recommend it.
Tim Burton does it again!
I know it was supposed to be a "horror" movie in a way--I couldn't help but laugh a lot. Tim Burton has a way of taking "scary" moments and making them enjoyable. Christopher Walker, though brief in role, was amazing--the teeth! Johnny Depp was amazing! Tim Burton also returns with a cast he once knew. This is an excellent movie--music is great!
Johnny Depp at his best!
If you are a fan of Tim Burton, this is a must. Great costumes, action, performances, styling and filmwork. If you haven't seen it, download it now!!
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