“Sleepy Hollow” Review

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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

‘A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere’ (Washington Irving, ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’). 

‘Sleepy Hollow’ is Tim Burton’s seventh major film based on a short story by Washington Irving ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’. The film is about Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp), a young police inspector who, equipped with his progressive scientific expertise, arrives to a small village, Sleepy Hollow, filled with superstition and paranoia. There, Ichabod encounters old wealthy family, Van Tassels, who, like the rest of the village, is in fear of the Headless Horseman, who terrifies and commits gruesome murders in the village. Upon arrival, Ichabod promises to restore peace in the village and to discover the identity of the murderer. However, Ichabod is up for surprises as in order to complete his task he has to start questioning not only his scientific beliefs, but also matters of the heart, as he slowly falls for Van Tassel’s charming daughter, Katrina (Christina Ricci).

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“The Raven” Review

The Raven (2012) 

Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;
Tis the wind and nothing more” (Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven”).

Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) comes back to Baltimore to find the town in a disarray as a result of a series of brutal murders. Detective Fields (Luke Evans), in charge of the murder investigations, notices that the murders resemble those in Poe’s stories. Detective Fields then “recruits” Poe to help him make sense of the strange happenings. However, it becomes apparent that Poe is in town for “business”: to ask the hand of his beloved Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve), the daughter of Captain Hamilton (Brendan Gleeson), a prominent town figure. However, when Emily becomes the subject of the murderer’s attention, Poe must use all his powers of imagination and play a deadly game devised by the murderer to save her.

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