Sleepy Hollow (1999)
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Sleepy Hollow Can Be Described As Mystery, Horror Film.

Plot In A Line

Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is a constable from New York who is most concerned with all the new scientific gadgets that will allow him to do his job better. However, he is quite squeamish about his latest assignment: traveling to the town of Sleepy Hollow, where there have been a series of murders involving people whose heads have been cut off. The locals believe it is the work of the legendary Headless Horseman. Ichabod does not believe this, but with the help of the fair Katrina Van Tassle and the young son of one of the victims, he uncovers some very interesting evidence that would suggest otherwise.

Some Words About The Director

The classic story of "The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow"  (Washington Irving's story) is brought to life by the gothic film maker Tim Burton. Tim has always quirky, atmospheric, energetic movies such as "Edward Scissorhands", "Batman", and "Mars Attacks". The direction and pacing of the movie was also very well done.

Cast Overview
Johnny Depp .... Constable Ichabod Crane
Christina Ricci .... Katrina Anne Van Tassel
Miranda Richardson .... Lady Mary Van Tassel/The Western Woods Crone
Michael Gambon .... Baltus Van Tassel
Casper Van Dien .... Brom Van Brunt
Jeffrey Jones .... Reverend Steenwyck
Christopher Lee .... The Burgomeister
Richard Griffiths .... Magistrate Samuel Philipse
Ian McDiarmid .... Dr. Thomas Lancaster
Michael Gough .... Notary James Hardenbrook
Marc Pickering .... Young Masbath
Lisa Marie .... Ichabod's Mother
Steven Waddington .... Mr. Killian
Christopher Walken .... The Hessian Horseman
Claire Skinner .... Midwife Elizabeth 'Beth' Killian
Comment 1

In the battle between irrational beliefs like spirits and witchcraft and rational scientific thought and methods, the irrational wins. While science helps Crane deduce that the Horseman has an agenda, it is of little help in confronting this supernatural figure. The occult, both positive and negative, is taken to be a matter of fact. In Crane's dreams and visions, we learn that his religiously conservative father tortured and killed his mother believing her to be a witch. The town's minister has an affair with a married woman. The Horseman seems to be unable to enter a church. One or two profanities.

Comment 2
The atmosphere of the movie was one of the greatest things about this movie. The town of Sleepy Hollow is quiet, foggy, and creepy sort of town. It makes everything and everyone look suspicious. It makes you feel like you are not safe from anything, which is a good feeling for a horror movie. It also makes you feel isolated. The feeling of that town makes you think that there is no way out. The atmosphere was one of the best parts of this movie.
Comment 3
The acting in the movie was very well done. Johnny Depp is great in numerous roles. He was great in Edward Scissorhands, excellent in Pirates of the Caribbean, and outstanding in this movie. He gives Ichabod that skittish feeling. He does well at playing a nervous, estranged man. Christina Ricci did a fine job. She was good at playing the mysterious, quiet, and beautiful Katrina. The main actor that stood out the most had to be Casper Van Dien. He was amazing in his role of Brom. It was just like I imagined in the story. He is not a very main actor in this movie, but every scene he is in is powerful. The acting overall was great.
Comment 4

Great visual flair, impressive special effects, elegant sets and locations and exciting camerawork are flawed by weak writing and motivation by the villain that doesn't match her actions. This is a very violent film and should not be confused with Disney's "The Adventures of Icabod Crane".

Further Information

Runtime: 105 min
Country: USA / Germany
Language: English / Latin
Color: Yes
Studio: Paramount Studio
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
Box-office gross: 101,071,502 US Dollars