Theatrical release: November 19, 1999.
SLEEPY HOLLOW grossed more than $100 million worldwide.
The first two "Sleepy Hollow" films--both silent and based on Washington Irving's classic story--were both entitled THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, and were made in 1908 and 1912.
In researching his role as Ichabod Crane, Johnny Depp said he wanted to recreate the acting style of old Hollywood horror films like FRANKENSTEIN and THE MUMMY.
To create the decapitation effects in the film, each victim (aka actor) was cast in plaster from the shoulders up, then their likeness was recreated in the form of a severed head.
At times during filming, director Burton actually lent a hand in doctoring the set with paint, fake snowflakes, etc., and created his own detailed sketches of the sets and characters before filming.
Christopher Walken, who plays the Headless Horseman, admits he is not a good horseman himself, so for some of his more difficult riding scenes, a mechanical horse (the same one that was actually ridden by Elizabeth Taylor in 1944's NATIONAL VELVET) was used.
Director Burton admits he has a penchant for FRANKENSTEIN (a la James Whale) references. This is evident in the following of his films: in SLEEPY HOLLOW, when a sensational showdown occurs at a burning windmill; in FRANKENWEENIE, the windmill scene in FRANKENSTEIN is virtually duplicated; in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, a half-finished creature of a mad scientist lives in lonely isolation in a Gothic castle.
In fall 2000, Tim Burton premiered the first episode of his cartoons, STAINBOY, on the Internet. In addition to classic Burton touches, the short features a score by Danny Elfman.
Academy Awards Best Art Direction 1999 Rick Heinrichs Production Designer, THE PUNISHER (2004)