Monday, November 10, 2014

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and Mark Pickering

Homicidal Maniac: Christopher Walken as the Headless Horseman

Run time: 1:45:00

Quick Synopsis: While investigating three murders, Constable Ichabod Crane discovers that the people of Sleepy Hollow may be right about the return of the Headless Horseman.

To be honest, I am not a huge fan of Tim Burton's work (I think this is the first time I have ever said this to anyone), however, Sleepy Hollow is not the reason that I hold this opinion.  One of the main reasons why I think this is the case is the fact I believe Burton's
style actually adds to the film rather than being the film.  Burton definitely develops a great feel in this movie that most directors would not be able to create, but it doesn't overshadow the story like it does in many of his other films.  Johnny Depp is great as Ichabod Crane; this is probably his best performance in an Burton film.  In my opinion, it is not even close.  I know he doesn't have to do to much but Christopher Walken is a real treat in the film and the character of the Headless Horseman is one of my all time favorites in the horror genre.  Every kill is so crisp and in addition to plenty of decapitations (they never get old), there is solid mystery and humor that will keep the audience entertained.  It is tough to say too many bad things about this awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: After the film Johnny Depp adopted Ichabod's horse Gunpowder, which was going to be put down.

Hidden Gem:  The town of Sleepy Hollow was built, complete with rooms, floors and stairs, just for the movie and was destroyed after the film was made.  

Total Kill Count: 19
Dirk Van Garrett- Robert Sella (3:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 6
Peter Van Garrett- Martin Landau (4:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 7
Soldier 1 (17:00) Stabbed in Gut Gore Rating: 3
Soldier 2 (17:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 5
Soldier 3 (17:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 5
Soldier 4 (17:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 5
Soldier 5 (17:00) Stabbed in Chest Gore Rating: 3
Hessian Horseman- Christopher Walken (18:00) Decapitated/Offscreen Gore Rating: ---
Jonathan Masbath- Mark Spalding (20:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 6
Magistrate Philipse- Richard Griffiths (39:00) Decaptitated Gore Rating: 7
Killian- Steven Waddington (54:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 8
Beth Killian- Claire Skinner (55:00) Decapitated/Offscreen Gore Rating: ---
Thomas Killian- Sean Stephens (56:00) Offscreen/Assumed Decapation Gore Rating: ---
Brom Van Brunt- Casper Van Dien (58:00) Cut in Half Gore Rating: 7
Doctor Lancaster- Ian McDiarmid (1:17:00) Struck in Head with Cross Gore Rating: 3
Reverend Steenwyck- Jeffrey Jones (1:17:00) Shot Gore Rating: 5
Baltus Van Tassel- Michael Gambon (1:18:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 6
Crone- Miranda Richardson (1:28:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 7
Lady Van Tassel- Miranda Richardson (1:38:00) Taken to Hell Gore Rating: 3

             Horror Film: 7
             Entertainment: 8
             Gore: 7
             Overall: 7.25