The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
The curse of the headless horseman is the legacy of the small town of Sleepy Hollow. Spearheaded by the eager Constable Ichabod Crane and his new world ways into the quagmire of secrets and murder, secrets once laid to rest, best forgotten and now reawakened, and he too, holding a dark secret of a past once gone. Written by
Tim Burton was impressed by the cinematography in Great Expectations (1998), and hired Emmanuel Lubezki as Sleepy Hollow's director of photography. Initially, Lubezki and Burton contemplated shooting the film in black and white and in old square Academy ratio. When that proved unfeasible, they opted for an almost monochromatic effect which would enhance the fantasy aspect. Burton and Lubezki intentionally planned the over-dependency of smoke and soft lighting to accompany the film's sole wide-angle lens strategy. Lubezki also used Hammer horror and Mexican lucha films from the 1960s, such as Santo Contra los Zombis (1961) and Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro (1962). Lighting effects increased the dynamic energy of the Headless Horseman, while the contrast of the film stock was increased in post-production to add to the monochromatic feel. See more »
When Ichabod is brainstorming the connections between various events and writing them in his notebook, the individual words that are shown being written are in a different handwriting than when they appear all together on the page. See more »
The opening credits - shown over Ichabod's travel to Sleepy Hollow - interact with the landscape: if Ichabod's coach is near a river, the words are reflected on the surface of the water; if he's in a forest the letters drift away like dead leaves, and so on. See more »
A Superb Version of Washington Irving's Classic Horror Story
The movie, Sleepy Hollow, embodies Tim Burton's unique take on one of
the most well-known horror tales of all time, with a few new plot
twists and greater character development, including a dark past for
Ichabod Crane and a "story behind the story" of what's going on in the
haunted town, which is beautifully rendered, dark and foggy for an
The dream cast puts in great performances, but obviously it's Johnny
Depp who steals the show with his intuitive and sometimes over-the-top
portrayal of the anti-hero, Ichabod Crane, who displays admirable
bravery while at the same time often succumbing to fear.
The lavish production, masterful acting, background music, beautiful
periodic sets and costumes and the careful attention to detail, most
notable in the special effects used to bring the headless horseman "to
life", if you will, all come together to tell the tale of Sleepy
Hollow's plight and deliverance as it's never been told before. It's
unlikely that this cinematic version will ever be surpassed. Superb!
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