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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The movie poster tagline "Heads will roll" tells you how clever the film is, and Tim Burton clearly cared less about the impenetrable conspiracy at the heart of the script than he would a typical Scooby-Doo mystery, but he also knew it was besides the point. Burton is here for the gothic horror atmosphere and so are you, the lush visuals serving as a loving homage to the classic Disney cartoon and Hammer films alike.
Burton & Depp at their absolute best but darkest since SWEENEY TODD, but also a good retelling of the classic tale - especially the twist (which was surprising). Well done! (Not to mention there were some awesome cameos from Christopher Walken & Christopher Lee the film had, too.)
Tim Burton being dark and creepy out of his own style, maybe feeling constrained by the value of the original material he worked over. Visually appealing for an Halloween screening, but lacking some emotion on those pale faces.
Bava meets Hammer! Oh how overdue that pop culture union was. Burton's style junkie tendencies perfectly align with the baroque madness the less than perfect script requires. Depp and Burton understand that to make a great horror comedy one must go all in. Burton never restrains himself, the film is a series of bold, beautiful, sometimes ridiculous set pieces, but it's so damn fun. A decadent, sumptuous confection.
Moderately successful Tim Burton take on the famous story, but still much more genuine and engaging than what he has done in the past ten years or so.
Wonderful Gothic atmosphere helped by the eerie score by Elfman.
Like a Hammer/Bava film on steroids! It captures everything I love about Autumn and the creature-features. I just wish they could have had police-constable Crane pose undercover as the local schoolmaster while infiltrating Sleepy Hollow, so that it could be reconciled with the Ichabod Crane from Irving's original story. A minor quibble. (Does anyone else think Young Masbath is Humphrey Bogart's teenaged clone?)