Film of the Day #192/ 300
Tim Burton’s stylish and imaginative adaptation
of Washington Irvine’s tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman may be
one of the most underrated and misjudged movies of all time. Sleepy Hollow is
often misinterpreted by audiences; the film is frequently identified as a
flawed and indifferent horror movie. However, Sleepy Hollow was and is supposed
to be seen as a tribute to the methods of old-fashioned filmmaking, in homage
to the nineteen-fifties Hammer Horror films that spun gothic yarn amongst
fog-laden landscapes. The film is not designed or intended to scare or fright
its audience, but rather to send chills down the spine of the viewer.
Quintessentially Burton, Sleepy Hollow is one of the visionary directors’ best
told stories and by far his most visually intriguing and beautiful. Sleepy
Hollow is head rolling entertaining at its most cinematically haunting.