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Accessible, Quirky Horror. Perfect.,
This review is from: Sleepy Hollow [DVD] (DVD)
I am not a fan of horror in general. If I'm being honest, I don't like being scared, I'm a bit of a wuss that way. But Burton brings his usual artificial gore and spectacular characters to my attention with grandeur.
This is one of my favourite Burton/Depp films (so shoot me, I'm a fan) films, and Ichabod Crane is laughably hapless in his squeamishness, but it is his comedy which makes him so very endearing as a protagonist. Ricci's slightly wooden acting actually fits the distantly tender romance between her and Depp, her characteristically wide eyes revealing the innocently imperfect Katerina.
The supporting cast are fantastic, from Gambon to the adorably loyal Young Masbeth, to perhaps most notably Richard Griffiths' head spinning grotesquely on his bumbling body.
(*spoiler alert!*) It is Miranda Richardson, however, who takes the biscuit as the intrinsically deranged evil seductress. Her trophy wife smile and terrifying cackle seal the deal as the hilariously creepy bad guy (or should I say girl?).
The plot gets slightly convuluted but ultimately doesn't actually matter all that much. It's far more interesting to watch the body count rise and Ichabod chase his tail in an attempt to prove science can solve everything. However for those to whom storyline is important, everything comes to a fine denoument after a sinister but not-all-unexpected plot twist.
The gore is wonderfully indulgent and the misty atmosphere almost as black as the humour, which is abundantly contrasted with the numerous violent deaths.
All in all a treat for almost anybody, though especially those among us who want a more exciting chick flick, a less nightmare-inducing horror or a simply one of Burton's finer entertaining and quirky films.