Monday, April 25, 2016

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Director: Tim Burton

Writers: Washington Irving, Kevin Yagher, Andrew Kevin Walker

Composer: Danny Elfman

Starring:  Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Griffiths, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gough, Christopher Walken, Marc Pickering, Lisa Marie, Steven Waddington, Claire Skinner, Christopher Lee, Martin Landau

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Who will it come for next?!

Plot:  Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

I haven't seen this since the theater and I think I like it more now than then.  The atmosphere is great.  Really fantastic.  It's got that 60s Hammer Horror vibe and it's thick.  The cast is wonderful.  Even Depp is fun but to be fair, this was a little before he went off the charts with one god damned quirky character after another and now he's just annoying.  But this was during a happier time.  It's probably more thriller than horror but the atmosphere really makes the film.  The story was changed a bit from the original classic tale.  I'm almost OK with it.  I could do without all of Crane's (Depp) over the top gadgets.  It was odd when watching this as it felt like it was rated 'R', which it was.  And I think this might be Burton's only 'R' film, too.  It's been since the 70s when I saw the Disney cartoon of this; something I need to remedy soon.  Now I remember that scaring the bejesus out of me when I was but a small boy.

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