Sleepy Hollow (1999)
I can't believe that I almost forgot another one of our favorite movies. In early colonial America, young policeman Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is sent to the fledgling settlement of New York City to investigate a series of ghoulish murders. On his arrival, the town council informs him that the 3 victims were killed in open ground, and the heads had disappeared - taken by a headless ghost that is supposedly responsible. Ichabod is unconvinced of this, but learns more about the ghostly horseman - it is the ghost of a Hessian sent by the British during the revolutionary war, and he was caught by redcoats and decapitated with his own sword. When Ichabod sees the ghost kill one of the town council members, his skepticism evaporates - and he soon discovers that the horseman's ghost has an unholy connection to Balthus Van Tassel, a wealthy farmer - and whose daughter (Christina Ricci) Ichabod is falling in love with... This is truly a stunning looking movie - each scenes is like a painting. If you are a Tim Burton fan, this is a must-have!
Having grown up not too far from Sleepy Hollow, I was more than familiar with the legend when I first watched this film. But director Tim Burton takes it another step creepier, making it all the more engrossing and intriguing. And, of course, Johnny Depp is the perfect Ichabod Crane, entranced by Christina Ricci's otherwordly countenance.
You know, this movie is pretty good, weird though. Classic in all but, speaks newage when it was re done. It's good nonetheless.