Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May Monster Madness: Day 4


The Hessian/The Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow

Another favourite movie of mine is Sleepy Hollow (1999), so for Day 4 of May Monster Madness, my "monster" is the Hessian/Headless Horseman (Christopher Walken).

In Tim Burton's re-imagining of Washington Irving's short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is a young police officer sent to investigate slayings in the New York hamlet of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod discovers that the ghost of a Hessian mercenary, who takes the form of a Headless Horseman, is terrorizing the village.




36 comments:

  1. While the film ends up a little too Scooby Doo for me, I love the Horseman. Good choice.

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    1. Hi Mister D,

      Ha! Well, I never thought of it as Scooby Doo-ish before, but I'll be waiting for Lady Van Tassel to say, "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!", next time! ;)

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  2. Haha, the Scooby Doo comment is spot on!
    It's still one of my favourite movies though, and you seem to be reading my mind with all these fantastic monsters :)

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    1. We're obviously a couple of great minds thinking alike, Laury! :D

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  3. Another favorite; Both the movie and the actor!

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    1. Hi Ms Misantropia,

      I watch 'Sleepy Hollow' every Halloween. I love it!

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  4. Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci make this film! It's such a classic... thanks for the reminder!
    Here's my day IV MMM at Design du Jour.

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    1. Hi Ben,

      I agree, both Johnny and Christina are brilliant in 'Sleepy Hollow'. They had great chemistry.

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  5. Sleepy Hollow has been one of my favourites for years! It's such a beautiful, atmospheric film. Christopher Walken made a great horseman, despite being afraid of horses..

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    1. Hi Maudlin Pixie,

      Yes, it's visually stunning and really evokes an autumn-y mood that's perfect for Halloween. Since I live in Australia, and it's springtime in October, 'Sleepy Hollow' helps me to pretend. Haha.

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  6. Ah, Christopher Walken....my favorite. This was such a pretty movie to watch too; Tim Burton does that well.

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    1. Hi Morgaine Fey,

      Yes, Tim Burton is genius at creating a visual feast. 'Sleepy Hollow' is an amazing combination of beauty and creepiness.

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  7. I loved that movie. Quick note: Christopher Walken played the Hessian but Ray Park played the headless horseman. Ray Park, who you probably know better as Darth Maul and Snake Eyes is one of the best stuntmen/cinematic martial arts guys and they use him a lot for super fight scenes because he rocks at the coregrophy. He's short so they put the costume up over his head and make him appear headless and then he takes over with the awesome fight scenes. I'm a huge Ray Park fan, so I just had to point that out.

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    1. Hi Beverly,

      The poor old stunt guys do so much of the hard work and yet get none of the kudos. Great job, Ray Park! :)

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  8. I love Sleepy Hollow and Christopher Walken.

    A perfect choice!

    I'm looking forward to tomorrows offering.

    My MMM post for today Jekyl and Hyde

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    1. Hi Yvonne,

      Thank you! I'm enjoying wallowing in some of my favourite movies for MMM! :)

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  9. I've always thought Christopher Walken was a creepy dude. Great MMM post!

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    1. Haha. Well, he's definitely one of life's eccentrics, Candilynn!

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  10. This is one of my favorites! I loved the atmosphere and the awesome soundtrack! Christopher Walken surprised me in this one! He scared me when I saw it for the first time when I was a kid. :P

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    1. Hi Zena,

      Yeah, this movie is just so spookily atmospheric!

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  11. Christopher Walken is my favorite monster period. hehehe ... he truly doesn't need a role to be spook-a-rific! HA!

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    1. Hi Professor,

      Ha! Yeah, Christopher Walken is definitely one-of-a-kind!

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  12. I love this movie! I use to have a little crush on Christopher Walken for his role as the Headless Horsemen. I know, Beetlejuice and The Headless Horsemen. I guess I like dead guys. ;)

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    1. Ha! You and your obsession with dead guys, Jenny! ;)

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  13. Loved the sets in this movie. Johnny Depp's was perfectly cast but I always wished he was allowed to take the Ichabod Crane character away from the classic interpretation. Kind of like the writers did with the new Sherlock Holmes movie. They started going there a little in the first scene where he investigates the dead body and puts on all his steam punk looking detective equipment.

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    1. Hi Mark,

      I read somewhere that Johnny Depp had quite a different idea for the way he wanted to look in the movie. I totally agree, the sets are magnificent in 'Sleepy Hollow'.

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  14. Sleepy Hollow was an excellent movie, and Christopher Walken was so creepy and so good. I loved the ending of that movie, too. Good choice! :-)

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    1. Hi Lexa,

      'Sleepy Hollow' is another movie that I believe balances horror and comedy beautifully. There are both some very nasty moments and broad slapstick, but it definitely works!

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  15. Those teeth, it's those teeth I find so intimidating on The Hessian, which, ironically, I suppose, means I find him less frightening without his head! :)

    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles

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    1. Hi Sophie,

      "I find him less frightening without his head!" Haha!

      Yeah, those teeth are so creepy!

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  16. I love this movie and have watched it about twenty times. :) Two of my fave actors and a spooky tale, what's not to like? Cheers. X

    Shah X

    shahwharton.com

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  17. Hilarious character, fun performance - though I definitely prefer the marvellous Pumpkin Scarecrow :)

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    1. Hi Maynard,

      Hehe. I agree! That Pumpkin Scarecrow delivers a magnificent performance!

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  18. Great movie. I've only seen it once, so perhaps it's time for watching it again some time soon :3

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    1. Hi Bazinga,

      It's a great Halloween watch! :D

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