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SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999) - A Halloween Limited

  • Deptford Cinema 39 Deptford Broadway London, England, SE8 4PQ United Kingdom (map)
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  • dir. TIM BURTON
  • cast. Johnny DeppChristina Ricci, Christopher Walken
  • year. 1999
  • country. USA
  • run-time. 105min23s
  • rating. 15

£6.00 / £4.50 conc.

Doors 7:30M

Film 8:00PM

In 1799, New York city police constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is deployed to the Westchester County hamlet of Sleepy Hollow, New York, which has been plagued by a series of brutal slayings in which the victims are found decapitated: Peter Van Garrett (Martin Landau), a wealthy farmer; his son Dirk; and the widow Emily Winship. Crane learns that locals believe the killer is the undead apparition of a headless Hessian mercenary from the American Revolutionary War who rides a black steed in search of his missing head.

The great thing about those visual horror films is there’s real potential for strong, beautiful imagery. It’s the one genre that really lends itself to creating strong images.
— Tim Burton in an interview for The Guardian (January 2000)
Always a filmmaker with an eye for eccentric visual detail, with Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton has produced what could be his most lavish film yet. Taking his love of the cheesier Hammer movies of yore, Burton, along with production designer Rick Heinrichs and the luminescent camerawork of Emmanuel Lubezki, has created a beautifully dark world, rich in shadows and swirling mist, full of dread. Limiting his palette to dark hues and earth tones, Burton gets maximum impact from the one primary colour he allows himself - blood red.
— Empire
A richly imagined Gothic horror story with Burton and Depp at their most gloriously eccentric.
— Empire