Sleepy Hollow Review
Few things in the world get the Total DVD team quite as excited as the arrival of a new movie from wünderkind director Tim Burton. His movies have always had a fascination with more the bizarre and freakish aspects of human society, which marks them out against the run-of the mill Hollywood action fodder. His epic re-telling of Washington Irving's supernatural novella, The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, is no different. Blending quirky characterisations, superb action set-pieces, and the grande guignol excess of Hammer at its finest, this is one of his most accessible and rewarding films to date. Set in 1799, this revisionist take on the famous story casts the ever dependable Depp in the role of eccentric New York constable Ichabod Crane, whose unconventional forensic approach to police work earns him the disdain of his colleagues. To get rid of him, Ichabod's superiors send him to investigate a spate of beheadings which is plaguing the quiet hamlet of Sleepy Hollow. The locals credit the murders to the spectral Headless Horseman who haunts the nearby woods, a theory the logical constable refuses to accept. Ichabod and his bewitching accomplice Katrina Van Tassle soon discover there may be more truth to the legend than either had ever thought possible... Dream-like in its plotting and nightmarish in its realisation of the supernatural enemy, Sleepy Hollow has plenty to offer to even those who don't usually enjoy the horror genre. A superb addition to the director's oeuvre.