Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

Tim Burton (1999)

100min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This supernatural gothic whodunnit is another beautifully crafted offering from eccentric maestro Tim Burton. With a perfect cast milking every sinister nuance, Burton's clever take on Washington Irving's timeless tale of terror uses the classic look of Hammer's golden horror era to stunning effect. Johnny Depp, sporting a clipped English accent, is brilliant as maverick policeman Ichabod Crane, sent to the small New England community of Sleepy Hollow to investigate three mysterious beheadings, which the locals are blaming on the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman. Cruel shocks and subversive thrills combine with sly humour in a dazzling movie that's steeped in Burton's Grimm fairy-tale sensibilities and unrestrained love of the fantasy genre.

Summary

A sceptical 18th-century detective is sent to a small hamlet supposedly terrorised by a demonic headless horseman who decapitates his victims. The investigator refuses to believe in the supernatural, convinced a human killer is behind the murders - but the legend proves to be all too true. Tim Burton's gothic horror, starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson and Christopher Walken.

Cast & Crew

Ichabod Crane Johnny Depp
Katrina Van Tassel Christina Ricci
Lady Van Tassel Miranda Richardson
Baltus Van Tassel Michael Gambon
Hessian Horseman Christopher Walken
Brom Van Brunt Casper Van Dien
Magistrate Philipse Richard Griffiths
Notary Hardenbrook Michael Gough
Dr Lancaster Ian McDiarmid
Burgomaster Christopher Lee
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama