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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Cast: Rob Inch, Rob Inch, Johnny Depp, more...
Director: Tim Burton, Tim Burton
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Horror, Ghosts
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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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. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Better than you'd expect by PotatoesBrowning October 15, 2002 - 8:53 PM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Glad to see an adult version of the age old creepy tale, instead of some candy coated Disney affair. The combination of first-rate special effects (with the exception of one flagrant rip-off taken from Jim Carrey's "The Mask") and smoky old New England atmospherics worked well together, successfully walking the thin and somewhat schizophrenic line between black comedy and true horror. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Ichabod Crane as a somewhat incompetent and timid detective was an interesting choice. Another plus was the hell-bound horseman who looked like a cross between a young and pissed-off Christopher Walken and Johnny Rotten. Not to be watched while under the influence of inhalants or LSD.

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