A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere… the place still continues under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie. They are given to all kinds of marvelous beliefs, are subject to trances and visions, and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air. The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions…
The aura this quote evokes has inspired several screen versions that are superior, at least in scare quality, to the original story. This is one of the rare times that film makers have taken a basic idea from literature and really made it into something special. I have a soft spot for the ‘80s version starring a very young Jeff Goldblum (who really fits Irving’s physical description of Ichabod Crane perfectly) and I enjoy the old Disney cartoon beautifully narrated by Bing Crosby. But I am a lover of all things Tim Burton, and his 1999 entrée is my focus for this Halloween.
POSTED BY: L.R. Blizzard
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