Sleepy Hollow

1999

Action / Drama / Fantasy / History / Horror / Mystery

222
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 296707

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Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane
Christina Ricci as Katrina Van Tassel
Christopher Lee as Burgomaster
Ian McDiarmid as Doctor Lancaster
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1hr 45 min
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1hr 45 min
P/S 10 / 32

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JP 9 / 10

Fantastic and Hauntingly Beautiful

Tim Burton combines magical fantasy, fairy tale-like romance, whodunit mystery and gothic horror to create one beautifully eccentric film.

The story is based on a short novel in the 19th century, about a Headless Horseman beheading his victims in Sleepy Hollow, a small village in New York. Ichabod Crane, an investigator who uses his logic and reasoning, sets out to stop the so-called headless man. The film also adds vibrance and color to the story, adding more mysteries and shocking twists.

The most thing I'm impressed of is the set. It's so hauntingly beautiful, watching it is like being in a dream where you're lost in a strange land. There's so much quirkiness in this movie, and it works.

I also love the characters, they are given so much depth. Tim Burton's characters in all his films always have that outsider-vibe about them. We begin to know why Ichabod acts the way he is and we sympathize with him, even the real villain has a backstory on why he/she is so evil. The story is wonderfully told, and there are some shocking surprises, especially the villain being revealed. Well, in most mysteries like Agatha Christie, the least possible person who could've done it is actually the main antagonist. The villain just lurks around, we think he/she is just a tertiary character or something.

I really love these kinds of films. Quirky and beautiful movies and strange but interesting characters.

Reviewed by jimbo-53-186511 6 / 10

Another fairly decent offering from Burton & Depp

Detective Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is sent from New York to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders and bring the culprit back to New York to face justice. Using advanced forensic techniques, Crane believes that the task that he has been given shouldn't prove too difficult, but his world is soon turned upside down when he learns that the man that he's pursuing is not quite of this world...

Sleepy Hollow is another dark and somewhat macabre offering from Tim Burton and Johnny Depp (whom have both collaborated many times together over the years). I've never read Washington Irving's novel (upon which this film was based), but was interested in this film when I read the plot summary. If I'm honest I didn't find the film to be consistently thrilling, but in fairness the basic story was fairly good and had enough about it to keep me involved (particularly in respect of the Horseman and how and why he selects his victims). Due to the very fact that everyone was a bit wacky I was never quite sure who to suspect and I found it entertaining trying to piece everything together.

The screenplay is pretty good, but Director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp are both on top form as well; having worked together on a number of occasions you do get the feeling that both men understand each other fairly well. Although the film has a dark plot and overall dark feel about it, the film does still have some amusing moments and a few gentle winks from time to time which made the film slightly more enjoyable overall.

Depp gives a very impassioned performance here and does make the film a lot of fun to watch. It was interesting watching him getting swept up into the mad world of the inhabitants of Sleepy Hollow. The supporting cast all do fine with what they have to work with, but this is definitely Depp's film and he carries it well.

Whilst overall the film has more hits than misses I didn't find it to be entirely successful; it does have its slow stretches (particularly in the first half of the film) and character development is quite poor, but I suppose part of Burton's problem is that he does sometimes get more swept up in the style of his products at the expense of substance. It's also fair to say that the film also suffers slightly when the headless horseman isn't around.

FINAL VERDICT; Worthy of your time, but with the odd miss here and there.

Reviewed by a_chinn 9 / 10

Underrated Tim Burton homage to 1960s Gothic horror films

Gnarled trees drip blood, Christoper Walken with sharpened teeth, and more decapitations than you can shake a stick at! Easily Tim Burton's grizzliest film and one of his most underrated. Burton consistently makes excellent films, but "Sleepy Hollow" typically isn't the first film people think of when asked what's your favorite Burton film? However, "Sleepy Hollow" really does deserve to be right up there as one of his best. It's deliciously bloody homage to 1960s Gothic Hammer Horror films and Italian horror pictures, ALA Mario Bava. Very loosely based upon the Washington Irving short story, this version has Ichabod Crane as a big city police detective sent into the small hamlet of Sleepy Hollow to solve a mystery surrounding a string of murders, beheadings to be precise. The film was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, the man behind the equally good, and grizzly, murder mystery "Se7en" and he does the same solid job of crafting a respectable who-done-it. However, just as with "Se7en," this film's success is really thanks to a strong director and strong cast and less so the script. Johnny Depp plays a very smug and uptight Ichabod Crane who looks down his nose at the rubes populating Sleepy Hollow, with the exception of a blond haired Christina Ricci, who has him completely befuddled. While Crane is sophisticated and intelligent, he's completely lost when it comes to women, social interactions, and, in general, the ways of the world, which is where this film version falls in line with the Irving tale. There's also Bram Bones, the headless horseman, and a few other trappings from the original story, but for the most part, this film strikes out on it's own, but it does feature some very fun nods to the classic Disney version of the Irvings story. Besides Depp and Ricci, there's a strong supporting cast that includes Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Griffiths, Ian McDiarmid, Martin Landau, Ray Park doing the fighting scene for the headless horseman, Christopher Walken as the Hessian Horseman, and Hammer Horror veterans Michael Gough and Christopher Lee. Overall, Burton's one foray into a hard R-rated horror film is a real treat for fans of 60s Gothic horror films and more in general anyone who just wants to fun, scary, bloody good time.

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