Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sleepy Hollow Contrast: The Headless Horseman

In The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving the Headless Horseman is described as the spirit of a Hessian horseman that haunts Sleepy Hollow. The horseman is a spirit that never really comes into full physical existance, instead he is almost one with the environment. The spirit provides the story with unusual, supernatural noises and quick glimpses of something out of the ordinary, he is essential a realistic take on what a spirit is. In the movie Sleepy Hollow by Tim Burton the horseman is depicted as a fully materialized dark crusader that is on a killing spree to retrieve his stolen head. He is still the spirit of the Hessian horseman and haunts the hollow but he's not just some spirit that blends in with nature, he is a killing machine that his hunting down people until he is rewarded with his lost head. I personally like Tim Burtons take on the horseman just because i'm a fan seeing the horseman actually come into play, i find it much less interesting for him to not have a physical form.

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