Sleepy Hollow (1999) Monster Madness X #30

Mike Matei / October 30th, 2016

Sleepy Hollow (1999) Monster Madness X #30

See A Trip to Sleepy Hollow here.



  • bud

    October 30, 2016 at 3:35 am

    This is a great choice. I love this film.
    Oh no, only one left to go… 🙁

    • TagaZok

      October 30, 2016 at 11:48 pm

      NOOOO only one just one day left ……:(

  • Ben Albright

    October 30, 2016 at 4:25 am

    I hope the last modern movie tomorrow is Lord of Tears. That deserves a review more than some others.

  • October 30, 2016 at 5:16 am

    I hope the last one since it will be on modern Monday is finally SAW. I have been looking forward to it for being reviewed by James. Otherwise I will be very disappointed.

    • October 30, 2016 at 5:32 am

      • October 30, 2016 at 7:20 am

        Thanks. I cant believe I had completely forgotten. I even posted a comment on the front page!!

      • October 30, 2016 at 7:33 am

        I think what I really meant was Hostel. That one is still missing and by the time they did this review James hadnt even seen it yet. But I would like a more in-deep detailed review, not an unscripted one like with SAW.

    • TagaZok

      October 30, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      He reviewed it with Mike in the monster madness of last year

  • October 30, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I love this movie! It’s my go to Halloween movie every year. Everything from the cast to the set design it’s just a treat of a film for me. Glad it showed up on Monster Madness along with Dracula dead and loving it.

  • October 30, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I loooove Christopher Walken in that movie.

  • stephen mccord

    October 30, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Saw it in the theatre and not only was the movie really predictable, but i found it rather dull. Scenery, costume design, were great, however none of the characters came off as believable. spoilers prevent me from saying anything else. Pass for me.

  • Brian Collins

    October 30, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I saw this one in the theater but haven’t seen it since. I do remember it being very bloody. It’s a great movie, but I agree, the Disney cartoon is the definitive version. Watching your review I couldn’t help but think that Don Knotts from The Ghost And Mr. Chicken era would’ve been a great Ichabod Crane.

  • fountainhead

    October 30, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Awesome that James made the trek out to the real Sleepy Hollow! I actually live near there and was passing through recently to get in the Halloween mood and said to myself, “Man, James Rolfe would love to visit this town”. Sleepy Hollow is very proud of their local legend. Several houses have life-size headless horseman statues. They even made the street signs orange and black!

    • bud

      October 30, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Where is it?

      • fountainhead

        October 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

        Upstate New York, about a 45 minute train ride north of New York City along the Hudson River. Actually, that’s the same route that Ichabod takes in the movie.

      • bud

        October 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm

        Thanks. I missed the link James included above!

  • Grandmasterp

    October 30, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I really enjoyed all the cleavage that was in this movie.

  • October 30, 2016 at 10:19 am

    In the home-stretch aren’t we…?

  • penpan

    October 30, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Why doesn’t Christina Ricci do more Tim Burton films? She does ethereal and unhinged all very well. I adored this film when it came out and watched it recently and still like it very much. All the best Burton tropes are here, and I found out recently it’s a tribute to the Hammer films. I just LOVE it.

  • londoncalling457

    October 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Anyone know what the poster with the witch on it behind James is for? The one next to the Bride of Frankenstein poster

    • Ras

      October 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      It’s an ad for Ghostbusters on VHS. James stuck a witch decoration on it for Halloween.

  • October 30, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    The ambiance and visuals alone make this a Halloween must-watch! I visited Sleepy Hallow on a road trip a few years back and was sad I couldn’t find an open bookstore to purchase Sleepy Hallow in the town of its namesake. I think I’ll try again next Halloween!

  • NoLifeKing66

    October 30, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I loved this film, even though it isn’t exactly a faithful adaptation of Irving’s tale. I’m surprised James didn’t notice and/or mention the influence of Mario Bava on this film. Burton was a major fan of Mario Bava’s Gothic horror films, and, as an homage to ‘Kill Baby, Kill’, Burton adopted the basic plot of Bava picture: a skeptical investigator who places his faith in science and reason treks to an out-of-the-way hamlet plagued by a murderous ghost, only to have his skepticism of the supernatural forcibly broken down by the experience. The film includes numerous visual references to Bava’s films, including a scene in which Ichabod dreams of seeing his mother’s spike-pierced face after his father killed her, an image drawn from ‘Black Sunday’.

    Also, the exploding windmill at the film’s climax isn’t really over-the-top; it’s a “dust explosion,” which occurs when a fine powder suspended in the air, like flour, is ignited. According to Wikipedia, in the United States alone there have been nearly 100 people killed as the result of dust explosions in flour mills.

  • fcabanski

    October 30, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Johnny the Dipp ruins everything.

    • TagaZok

      October 30, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      He was better in Sweeney Todd

      • bud

        October 31, 2016 at 1:27 am

        Edward Scissorhands is my favorite movie. He should have done that one for Franken-Friday.

  • TagaZok

    October 31, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Agreed with james should have been 2 separate movies.. I like Tim Burton’s work but this time the film is some of a mix mash of many diffents story and characters. Not Bad different but not the real sleeepy hollow story we know. The disney movie ichabod is one of the true telleing story of sleepy hollow but it only last 23 minutes … not much to tell the story but it’s pretty good .

  • October 31, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Happy Halloween

  • PPerfect_CJ

    November 1, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I really like the 1980’s version starring Jeff Goldblum. I watch that one a lot.

  • fallout1312

    November 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Great review James. I’m with you on the visuals, this movie definitely has a great atmosphere. I think this movie is one that is just beautiful to look at. Nut for some reason it just didn’t resonate with me story wise and I think it just fell short of being a great movie. I think they could have did a better job. It has a great “premise” but they way they executed it just wasn’t very interesting to me. Goood movie, worth a viewing sure…but it just wasn’t as scary as it SHOULD, or COULD, have been. I think with the source material this film has going for it, it could have been much scarier and much more realistic. I don’t know. I just think it could have been better. I do like the movie though. But when I think “SCARY” I just don’t think of this film, like if made well, I would. But, you gotta love Johnny Depp right. Definitly worth a watch but it could have been better I think. Great video James. This years Monster Madness was great. I hate to see it winding down. I love your take on movies. Your just so knowledgable. I really learn a lot from you, and just your passion for films is so strong it honestly rubs off on me. Makes me want to appreciate films the way you do. Movies are great. And I appreciate you honoring them the way you do. Thanks for the video James.

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