... you can learn from:
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Ichabod Crane: Villainy wears many masks,
none so dangerous as the mask of virtue.
When we talk about the spectacular year of movies that we got in 1999 Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow is usually mentioned but it's usually a ways down the list -- it should be higher, says me. It's one of Burton's greatest, a perfect little gothic creeper with some of the most beautiful stage-bound scenery and cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki, costumes from Colleen Atwood, and delightfully cartoonish turns from Depp and Christopher Walken and hoo boy Miranda Richardson. It's Burton going all-in on making his own Hammer Movie...
... with no less than our love Christina Ricci offering up the requisite heaving bosom. And besides all the pretty pretty Burton ladles on full heapings of outrageous squicky goofy gore. It's absolutely magical, I adore it. How do y'all feel about Sleepy Hollow? (And they just recently released a blu-ray of the film with the a book of the Washington Irving short story included, how cool is that? Physical Media Rules.)
It's excellent. Have probably watched it a dozen times. Love the supporting cast too - Richardson, obviously, but also Van Dien, Jones, McDiarmid.
My favourite line from the movie sums up my affection for this great film......
“ Good-bye, Ichabod Crane. I curse the day you came to Sleepy Hollow.”
I have always liked this movie and have watched it many times. However, I always thought I shouldn't like it because of the negative reviews. Glad I'm not alone in my admiration for this great atmospheric movie!
It's so funny you post this now -- I just showed this to my students, most of whom had never seen it before (also, I can't believe it's twenty; I saw it in the theatre that fall and loved it, mostly because the Horseman was REAL! Also, witches; lots of witches). The kids loved it, as well they should.
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