Sleepy Hollow (1999) is fantastic

Sleepy Hollow (1999) is fantastic

There’s a lot to like about this film.

A Sherlock Holmes take on Ichabod Crane played by Johnny Depp? A Katrina Van Tassel who dabbles in Witchcraft played by Christina Ricci? Ray Park flexing his sword skills as an impressively rendered Headless Horseman (and Christopher Walken somewhat thanklessly screaming his performance as The Hessian)? A world class ensemble of actors playing the paranoid, conspiratorial townsfolk?

The film was a wonderful homage to the Hammer Horror films of the 70s and features world building elements that Marvel Film’s would blush at. I’m an unabashed fan of the source material but Burton really did something special here; taking a pretty sparse ghost story and turning it into an offbeat and darkly funny action-horror. Its this film along with The Mummy (1999) and The Mask of Zorro (1998) that captured a sense of adventure fantasy that I’m hard-pressed to find nowadays.

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