Everyone knows the classic story of the Headless Horseman and they've seen the Disney cartoon and read the story so there's not much to go over here.
But for those who don't or haven't watched it...allow me to explain everything that goes on.
This dark masterpiece stars Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, a detective who is called over to the town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders which all involving beheading.
This is directed by Tim Burton who has made various other movies that i've loved including Beetlejuice.
I think Depp does a wonderful job of portraying the character, making him cowardly but also very intelligent and noble at times as well.
Starring alongside him is Christina Ricci, who also portrayed Wednesday in The Addams Family. I have to say she is very elegant and enchanting as Katrina.
Lady Van Tassell is portrayed by Miranda Richardson, who if you're a fan of British comedy - you might know as Queenie in Blackadder II. She does a very wonderful job of being witchy and psychotic in this.
Also there is a returning appearance by Jefrey Jones, who appeared previously in Ed Wood and Beetlejuice.
For fans of Harry Potter, there is definitely a notable appearance by one of the three actors who portrayed Dumbledore in the movies based off the books - Michael Gambon.
If you're a Star Wars fan like I am, you would be very esctastic that there are 3 Sith Lord actors in this movie....the first is Christopher Lee ("Darth Tyranus/Count Dooku", or if you're a LOTR fan "Saruman") the second is Ian McDermid ("Palpatine") and the third is Ray Park ("Darth Maul", my second favorite sith lord.)
Of course you can't have a horror movie without a monster and oh boy are you in for a treat. Our Headless Horseman here has the honor of being portrayed by two different people.
For scenes that have him in headless form he is played by Ray Park who I mentioned earlier...and for scenes that have him with his head on like flashbacks...he is played by Christopher Walken.
Which in my opinion makes this his best performance ever! And the reason I became the obsessed fan in the first place.
This is a very interesting Walken role for many reasons...the first of being that this one of the first few movies in which Walken has a kissing scene, and the second being that this is a role where Walken doesn't speak.
In fact...the majority of his lines are like this....*he clears his throat*...."AAAAAAAAAAAAAWR! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWR GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
Yep..he growls like a savage werecreature in this movie and it's trucking awesome! The fact the entire movie is a homage to Hammer Horror movies is awesome in itself...but upon hearing that Walken based the Hessian on Lon Chaney Jr as the Wolfman? That is double awesome!
The Hessian is a mercenary that was sent by the British..but unlike most who came for money related purposes....he kills strictly because...well....he is bloodthirsty...he LOVES gore and violence and especially blood.
But I don't really think the Hessian is evil. I actually think he's a misunderstood soul. I felt sorry for him. All he wanted was his head back....but Lady Van Tassell used him and controlled him. *sobs* Why?
This movie is chock full of thrills and scares as well as a bit of dark humour as well. Not to mention the acting is top notch and so are the costumes, sets, music and special effects.
Being that this is a horror movie there are a LOT of killings, violence, gore, and blood.
Anyway...I loved Sleepy Hollow and everything about it was amazing..and awesome, I heavily reccomend this movie if you are a fan of horror movies, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp or Christopher Walken.