Sleepy Hollow (1999) Movie Review

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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

1999 | R | Horror, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy
105 minutes / 1h 45min

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Sleepy Hollow Plot Synopsis:

The curse of the headless horseman is the legacy of the small town of Sleepy Hollow. Spearheaded by the eager Constable Ichabod Crane and his new world ways into the quagmire of secrets and murder, secrets once laid to rest, best forgotten and now reawakened, and he too, holding a dark secret of a past once gone.

Sleepy Hollow (1999) Review

Sleepy Hollow (1999) is a 1h 45-min USA/German supernatural-fantasy horror film that was loosely inspired by Washington Irving‘s 1820 short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands (1990), Corpse Bride (2005), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994)) did a superb job executing this astounding movie that has been watched several times by me. The film contains sexual reference/content, extreme violence, gore, frightening scenes, suspense, and mysteries .

Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp - Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)) was a New York City police in 1799. He was facing incarceration after going against protocol and was sent to Sleepy Hollow, New York where numerous victims are being found decapitated with brutal murders. Ichabod was told that the killer/murderer is a headless Hessian mercenary from the American Revolutionary War, who is not dead and rides a black steed. The headless Hessian is in search of his head and kills everyone in his path. Ichabod was not convinced about the Headless Horseman until he had an encounter with him.

Ichabod is staying with the richest family in the town and quickly becomes fascinated with their daughter Katrina. Ichabod was told of the Horseman’s grave location and his portal into the natural world. Upon investigating, he found that the Horseman’s skull is missing from its skeleton and the ground was freshly disturbed which means whoever dug up the ground is the one who stole the skull and is controlling the Horseman. Ichabod figures out who is the holder of the skull and why that person wants everyone who might be a problem to his inheritance dead. Who is the controller of the head?

Sleepy Hollow was entertaining with its creepy atmosphere, brilliant art direction stunning visuals/visual design and nicely picked cast. All of the actors gave excellent performances that could not have been better. The sound/music flowed well with the movie and gave it the extra creepiness which was not needed but much appreciated. I gave this movie a nine instead of ten because it had a lot of errors, goofs, and mishaps that could not be missed.

  • Sleepy Hollow Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 7.64
  • IMDB: 7.4
  • MetaCritic: 6.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.8

About Sleepy Hollow 1999

Title: Sleepy Hollow
Year: 1999
Runtime: 105 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.82/5 stars from 298,698 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 298,698
MPAA Rating: R
Sleepy Hollow Cast Starring: Johnny Depp, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Kevin Hudson, Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci, Jeffrey Jones, Lisa Marie, Alun Armstrong, Casper Van Dien, João Costa Menezes, João Costa Menezes, Sean Cronin, Peter Guinness, Paul Brightwell, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Feast, Jessica Oyelowo, Nicholas Hewetson, Tracy McGrady, Tracy Gardener, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Tracy-Lee, Martin Landau, Claire Skinner, Mark Spalding, Cassandra Farndale, Tony Maudsley, Lily Phillips
Sleepy Hollow Writers: Washington Irving, Kevin Yagher, Andrew Kevin Walker
Sleepy Hollow Director: Tim Burton
Production: Paramount Pictures
Language: English, Latin
Country: Germany, USA