New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. However the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman.
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In 1999, Sleepy Hollow sent out a new distress signal, pointing towards an era in which Burton would become a director-for-hire vainly affixing Burton-esque details on impersonal studio projects like chintzy baubles on a spindly Christmas tree.
Tim Burton’s new movie is gorgeous — shot by shot it may be the most impressive thing he’s done. So I hope I’m not being too disrespectful if I balk at the idea that his movie is based on Washington Irving’s "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.