You won't sleep tonight!
Never would I’ve expected a Tim Burton period piece featuring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Casper Van Dien, Christopher Walken, and Christopher Lee to be structured like a slasher film, yet here we are, with a gory, funny, and scary horror movie that defies all tropes of the genre. The budget is substantial. Sleepy Hallow is an anomaly. It’s the kind of film some wish Burton made more of.
The Headless Horseman, as it turns out, is a selective monster. Part of the intrigue is figuring out what his modus operandi is. The village feels ancient, as intended, but with a hint of fantasy. There’s magic in the air, beyond the headless monster. There’s a witch and a tree that bleeds. Depp’s character himself had a fantastic childhood, exaggerated during vivid memory sequences.
This is an adaptation loosely based on Washington Irving's 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". It’s sensational. It’s larger than life. Danny Elfman is scoring it. What more do you want? These guys are all at their prime. The acting is impeccable. Though we never get to care much about half the characters, they are interesting enough to entertain.