R | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.
The windmill was a sixty-foot-tall forced-perspective exterior (visible to highway travellers several miles away), a base and rooftop set, and a one-fourth scale miniature. The interior of the mill, which was about thirty feet high and twenty-five feet wide, featured wooden gears equipped with mechanisms for grinding flour. A wider view of the windmill was rendered on a Leavesden soundstage set with a one-fourth scale windmill, complete with rotating vanes, painted sky backdrop, and visual effects fire. "It was scary for the actors who were having burning wood explode at them", Production Designer Rick Heinrichs recalled. "There were controls in place, and people standing by with hoses, of course, but there's always a chance of something going wrong." For the final shot of the burning mill exploding, the one-fourth scale windmill and painted backdrop were erected against the outside wall of the "flight shed", a spacious hangar on the far side of Leavesden Studios. The hangar's interior walls were knocked down to create a four hundred fifty foot run, with a forty foot width still allowing for coach and cameras. Heinrichs tailored the sets so cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki could shoot from above without seeing the end of the stage.
You believe the father killed her?
Samuel Philipse: The Horseman killed her.
Ichabod Crane: How often do I have to tell you? There is no Horseman, never was a Horseman, and never will be a Horseman.
Ichabod Crane: What is that thing?
Samuel Philipse: It's my talisman. It protects me from the Horseman.
When Crane is headed out of New York City to Sleepy Hollow, his carriage is shown traveling on the left river bank. Crane would have to cross over to New Jersey to be on the left river bank (Western side) which he would not have done since he would have to make a major crossing to get back to the East side of the river, where Sleepy Hollow is located. Anyone traveling from NYC to Sleepy Hollow would be on the right side of the Hudson River if going North.
The opening credits - shown over Ichabod's travel to Sleepy Hollow - interact with the landscape: if Ichabod's coach is near a river, the words are reflected on the surface of the water; if he's in a forest the letters drift away like dead leaves, and so on.
To get a "Not under 12" rating the German version was cut for violence. The uncut version was released on video/DVD and is rated "Not under 16".
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