The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

9 Oct

This week at our sister site Page to Silver Screen, we are voting on our October book.  Of the four listed, we thought we would spot light The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for it’s enduring thrill and horror of nearly 200 years.  Published in 1820 by Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, is a classic tale, immortalized by Walt Disney Productions in it’s film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949 and 1958).

Any adult who grew up with this film can tell you it scared them silly!  There have been several variations of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

In 1980, there was the Jeff Goldblum version: (why is everything always built on an “Old Indian cemetary”?)

There was a 1987 tv episode staring Ed Begley, Jr and Beverly D’Angelo as well before the Tim Burton 1999 version staring his go-to-man Johnny Depp.  Most will likely remember this version of lanky, ill-fated Ichabod.

Now, there is a television series on the Fox network and is a modern day re-telling.

It looks promising!  Sleepy Hollow can be seen on Fox Mondays @ 9PM/8PMc.  If you have missed the first four episodes, please check them out here.

Which versions have you seen?  Is there one that stands out?  What do you think of the new series?  Let us know what you think!

13 Responses to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

  1. littlebells October 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM #

    aaahhhh!!!!! Just watched the pilot of Sleepy Hollow and I am ADDICTED!!!

    • Open Book October 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM #

      This is AWESOME! Will come back later.

      • littlebells October 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM #

        All I’m gonna say is Tom Mison is a great IC and seems like a distant cousin of you-know-who and I’m totally ok with that!!! I’m starting the third episode (the first four are up on the fox website) tonight and am looking forward to adding more to this discussion and possibly a review at PTSS if TLoSH is selected as our October book!

        • Open Book October 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM #

          Hi, your link for the last video did not work. So I’m posting another one. But to respond your last statement for our October book. Yes! 🙂

          • Open Book October 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM #

            I’m not going to be too critical because I’ve not seen the entire series. However, what unnerves me about television is the constant need to play music to drive the story. What’s wrong with allowing good dialogue and acting to drive the story? Audiences don’t need to be spoon fed what to think. It reminds me of soap operas too contrived not believable. But I do like the acting and characters and the funny bit with the ON Star operator. 🙂

            • littlebells October 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM #

              I agree. I dont need music to tell me how to feel and it doesn’t need to be there ALL the time. Depending on the composer, you may not even notice the music there until the scene is over. They add another element instead of giving us a distraction. The ON STAR bit was hilarious.

              I have to say, the fact that Icabod is wearing the same clothes every episode bothered me, but then I figured, if he wore modern day clothes, we would lose that 18th Century feel. So it doesn’t bother me nearly as bad.

              I also like that they keep his vocabulary and speech how it would be if he was back among his peers, AND I enjoy the moments where he discovers the shower, a light switch, and my favorite: the donut hole. 🙂

        • Open Book October 10, 2013 at 3:23 PM #


          I’ve not seen this show yet but I like what I’ve seen so far from the video above. I like Nicole Beharie work. She was in “42.” & “American Violet.” Have u seen those two films? She is very compelling without overacting.

        • Open Book October 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM #

          LB- I’m going to pick on u because I love u! 🙂

          U Said: “seems like a distant cousin of you-know-who and I’m totally ok with that!!! ”

          Me: ITA he does look like a “u-know-who” clone. But really LB u don’t strike me as a person into knock offs. Please explain the sudden taste for overly processed foods? Hahahaha! 🙂

          • littlebells October 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM #

            HAHAHAHAHA! Well considering I don’t have much movie material to enjoy at the present time, this is a nice fix until then. 😉 I’m not much for knock offs, but if they can easily make me believe that I can get by without the real deal, that’s good for me!

            • Open Book October 12, 2013 at 3:12 PM #

              This is a good show to watch while on hiatus from film 🙂 And I like your taste in TV shows.

  2. littlebells October 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM #


    Did you watch the Disney version growing up? How did it affect you?

    • Open Book October 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM #

      Actually I did not see the Disney version until my early teens. But, I liked it. How about u?

      • littlebells October 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM #

        I love it and still find it creepy. Icabod is such a stumbling, easily scared little kitty cat and to put him up against such a strong Horseman still creeps me out. I do like Tim Burton’s version. I feel the story really relies on THH being a total Bad-A. If he doesn’t come across, strong and domineering, it wouldn’t be as freaky.

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