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Friday, October 31, 2008

Frightful Friday Movie Review - Sleepy Hollow

First off, I would like to wish everykitty an ABSOLUTELY PAWSOME Halloween, filled with treats and toys and spooky fun!

For our last Frightful Friday movie review, I am reviewing another personal favorite: Sleepy Hollow.


Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Directed By: Tim Burton
Written By: Washington Irving (story)
Kevin Yagher (screen story)
Andrew Kevin Walker (screen story and screenplay)

I am sure that most, if not all of us, are familiar with Washington Irving's story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." If you aren't, kitties, I'm sure your beans can tell it to you. It is a wonderfully spooky story set in the early days of our nation. . . in a quiet and "sleepy" village in New York.

This movie is a new take on that story.

In the film, Johnny Depp stars as Ichabod Crane. Now, for most of us who are familiar with Irving's description of good ol' Ichabod, and with the Disney version as well, this casting may come as a shock. Ichabod, handsome? Ichabod, desirable? Ichabod . . . JOHNNY DEPP?

Like I said, it is a new take on the story. And Johnny Depp does an amazing job as Ichabod.

Ichabod Crane is an up and coming young policeman in New York City, who gets on the nerves of his fellow officers and the judges because of his zealous pursuit of justice, and his newfangled scientific way of solving murders. In order to prove that his methods work and are worthwhile, he is sent to investigate a series of grisly murders in the small town of Sleepy Hollow. The locals, it seems, blame an apparition known as the Headless Horseman, as all of the victims have been decapitated. Ichabod discounts their tale as mere superstition, and vows to find the true all-too human murderer.



Ichabod boards with the Van Tassels, who are prominent members of the village. It is, if not love, then definitely attraction at first sight for both Ichabod and Van Tassel's lovely daughter, Katrina (played by Christina Ricci). Awkward in social situations, and especially with ladies, Ichabod struggles against his feelings for Katrina while suffering from the jealous mockery of her long-time suitor, Brom Bones.


All clues soon lead to a mysteriously dead and twisted tree deep in the woods . . . and to the Headless Horseman himself. Are the deaths really the result of a supernatural curse, or is there a human agent involved? Can Ichabod trust the Van Tassels? Is Katrina part of the plot? Ichabod must find the murderer - before it is too late.


Kitties, I cannot write enough good things about this movie. Not only is this fresh take on a familair story interesting, it also keeps you guessing as to what is really happening. The special effects are amazing, and I can't even begin to describe how exciting it is to see the Headless Horseman everytime he appears on screen!

That being said, this movie is definitely creepy. It has a lot of humor, most of it dark, and there is a lot of gruesome things in it, including a scene where Ichabod exhumes and examines a dead woman's body. This isn't even going into a few slightly spicy scenes, and the totally pawsome (if freaky) end of the mystery. If you can't handle a little ick in your movies, or you don't understand dark humor, then you probably won't enjoy this movie. However, if you are in the mood for something spooky and funny, with a good mystery thrown in (and lots of Johnny Depp!), then this movie is for you. I give "Sleepy Hollow" two paws up and a tail poof!

I would like to end this special movie review with the song "The Headless Horseman" from Disney's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," which the great Bing Crosby narrated and sang. (Mommy sings this to me a lot this time of year.)

When the spooks have a midnight Jamboree
They break it up with fiendish glee
Ghosts are bad, but the one that's cursed
Is the Headless Horseman, he's the worst

That's right, he's a fright, on Halloween night

But when he goes a-joggin' 'cross the land
Holdin' his noggin in his hand
Demons take one look and groan
And hit the road for parts unknown

Beware, take care, he rides alone

And there's no spook, like a spook who's spurned
They don't like him, and he's really burned
He swears to the longest day he's dead
He'll show them that he can get a head

They say he's tired of his flamin' top
He's got a yen to make a swap
So he rides one night each year
To find a head in the hollow here

Now he likes them little, he likes them big
Part in the middle, or a wig
Black or white or even red
The Headless Horseman needs a head

With a hip-hip and a clippity-clop
He's out lookin' for a top to chop
So don't stop to figure out a plan
You can't reason with a headless man

Now if you doubt this tale is so
I met that spook just a year ago
No, I didn't stop for a second look
I made for the bridge that spans the brook
For once you cross that bridge, my friends
The ghost is through, his power ends

So when you're riding home tonight
Make for the bridge with all your might
He'll be down in the hollow there
He needs your head, look out, beware

With a hip-hip and a clippity-clop
He's out looking for a head to swap
So don't try to figure out a plan
You can't reason with a headless man

BOO!

22 meows:

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

I think maybe mom will hafta see dat movie. She loves dark humor and isn't skweemish about anything, well almost anything...she has a thing about other peepuls snot.

Mr. Echo said...

Ooh, dat is a skairy moovee. I wonder if thay wood make a moovee about my story. It kood be a documenterrie. That's rite, I spilled the beens on the evil govermint plot.

michico*Adan said...

Thanks for the review~!!
Michico likes this movie,
always show on HBO!!!!
Very good on Halloween!

snowforest said...

That's a pawesome review Tybalt - we've also seen parts of the movie at times on HBO but never the whole..we'll definitely watch it the next time it's on!

Evie/VampyVictor said...

haha that is a very neat song!!
We haz seen this movie.. of course Momma had to get it coz of Johhny.
We found it a little slow to begin with but wow once you get into it you really gotta see it out!! :)
I like your movie reviews Ty!! :)

V-V

goldenshade said...

This is such a great movie!!!!

We have the DVD!

Happy Halloween!

Purrs and a couple of Halloween kisses,
Goldie and Shade

Cory said...

I have to put my paws over my eyes during the "icky" part...

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

Oh that sounds like a wonderful movie Tybalt!! Thanks you for the cool Halloween Card!! I loved it!!
Have a Happy Halloween! Can I come over and hide with you so the sticky beans don't get us!!
Purrrs and nose kissesses,
Sammie-Pie


PS: GMa has had a few incidents this week so we are so behind on everything!! She is doing well!

Sunny's Mommy said...

I can't believe I haven't seen this movie. It's got Johny Depp in it!!!

The Furry Kids said...

Mama says SQUEE! She loves Sleepy Hollow - the cartoon one *and* definitely the Johnny Depp one. She's a little bit crabby that it hasn't been on TV this week.

Happy HOWLween to you guys!

The Island Cats said...

Happy Halloween to you! That is a good movie! Mom loves Johnny Depp!

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Happy Halloween!!
~ Napoleon and The Bunch

Sassy Kat said...

Great story for the Halloween night! Perfect movie and perfect review! The mom of my house remember when she was a little girl, and that believe me was a long time ago, that Disney had a antimated story of Sleepy Hallow. It would be on the television, yes television was invented when she was a little girl growin up, each year.
Happy Halloween to you!!

Kimo and Sabi said...

EEEEEK! Happy Halloween!

The Cat Realm said...

Great review for a great movie!!!
Happy Halloween to you!!!
Thank you for visiting us - we are a bit neglectful with the visiting lately but have put word out already that we need better help!!!
Mrs. OZ, Tintin and Karl

JB's Big World said...

Great movie, Cuz! Hope you are having a great howloween.
Please tell your mom thanks for her note to my mom. And let her know that Bear is growing so fast, that there will not be a floofball for long! He is real stocky and solid. I am sure he and Dana will be great friends!

Mickey said...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!
Perfect pick!!!
Mom is drooling over Johnny Depp ;)
BOO!! Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Karen Jo said...

I have never seen all of this movie. I will have to remedy that. I found it on really late one night and I fell asleep.

Shadow / Molly said...

The mom has seen dis one ands she loves it sumfin bout Johnny Depp bein HOT! Uh hmmm ok anyway the mom if yoo say so.


We hop yoo had a happy Halloween and dat yoo gots sum nip.

Isis said...

Johnny Depp does an amazing job at just about ANY role. :) Have you see Sweeney Todd yet?

Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...

Da momee here cannot watch scairty moveez. She iz sooo silly. But dis looks like a good one. Mebbe she can watch it witout coverion' her eyeballzez? We waz soo glad you stopped oevfur. I hopes you gotted enuff to eats. We sure haz missed you Tybalt!!!!
Love,
Dr Tweety

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

This was a great move and the special effects were pawsome. My bean laugh hysterically at Johnny Depp fainting all the time.

We will have to rent this again, unless bean wish to break down an buy it, which I think she should.