Sleepy Hollow (film)

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Sleepy Hollow
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTim Burton
Screenplay byAndrew Kevin Walker
Story by
Based on"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
by Washington Irving
Produced by
CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki
Edited byChris Lebenzon
Music byDanny Elfman
Distributed by
Release dates
Running time
106 minutes[3]
Budget$70–100 million[6][7]
Box office$207.1 million[6]

Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 gothic supernatural horror film[8] directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely based on Washington Irving's 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", and stars Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, with Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Christopher Lee and Jeffrey Jones in supporting roles. The plot follows police constable Ichabod Crane (Depp) sent from New York City to investigate a series of murders in the village of Sleepy Hollow by a mysterious Headless Horseman.

Development began in 1993 at Paramount Pictures, with Kevin Yagher originally set to direct Andrew Kevin Walker's script as a low-budget slasher film. Disagreements with Paramount resulted in Yagher being demoted to prosthetic makeup designer, and Burton was hired to direct in June 1998. Filming took place from November 1998 to May 1999. The film was an international co-production between Germany and the United States.

The film had its world premiere at Mann's Chinese Theatre on November 17, 1999, and was released in the United States on November 19, 1999, by Paramount Pictures. It received positive reviews from critics, with many praising the performances, direction, screenplay and musical score, as well as its dark humor, visual effects and atmosphere. It grossed approximately $207 million worldwide. Sleepy Hollow won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction.[9]


In 1799, New York City police constable Ichabod Crane is dispatched to the upstate Dutch hamlet of Sleepy Hollow, which has been plagued by a series of brutal murders: a wealthy father and son, and a widow. Received by the insular town elders—the wealthy Baltus Van Tassel; town doctor Thomas Lancaster; the Reverend Steenwyck; notary James Hardenbrook; and magistrate Samuel Philipse—Ichabod learns that locals believe the killer is the undead apparition of a headless Hessian mercenary from the American Revolutionary War who rides a black steed in search of his missing head.

Ichabod begins his investigation, skeptical of the paranormal story. Boarding at the home of Baltus Van Tassel and his wife, Mary Van Tassel, he is taken with Baltus's spiritual daughter, Katrina. When a fourth victim is killed, Ichabod takes the victim's son, Young Masbath, under his wing. Ichabod and Masbath exhume the victims on a tip from Philipse, learning that the widow died pregnant; Ichabod witnesses the Horseman killing Philipse shortly after. He, Young Masbath and Katrina venture into the Western Woods, where a crone living in a cave reveals the location of the Horseman's grave at the "Tree of the Dead." He digs up the Horseman's grave and discovers the skull has been taken, deducing that it has been stolen by someone evil who now controls him to kill the villagers and that the tree is his portal into the living world.

That night, the Horseman slaughters the village midwife and her family, as well as Katrina's suitor Brom when he attempts to intervene; Ichabod hypothesizes that the Horseman is attacking select targets linked by a conspiracy. He and Masbath visit Hardenbrook, who reveals that the first victim, Peter Van Garrett, had secretly married the widow, writing a new will that left his estate to her and her unborn child. Ichabod deduces that all the victims (except Brom) are either beneficiaries or witnesses to this new will, and that the Horseman's master is the person who would have otherwise inherited the estate: Baltus, a Van Garrett relative.

Upon discovering the accusation, Katrina burns the evidence. Hardenbrook commits suicide, and Steenwyck convenes a town meeting to discredit Ichabod, but Baltus bursts into the assembly at the church, announcing that the Horseman has killed his wife. The Horseman attacks the church, but is unable to enter. In the chaos, the remaining elders turn on and attack each other: Steenwyck and Lancaster are killed, and the Horseman harpoons Baltus through a window, dragging him out of the church and acquiring his head.

Initially concluding that Katrina was the Boogeyman that controls the Horseman, Ichabod discovers that her diagram, which he believed summoned the Horseman, is really one of protection, and additionally finds a post-mortem wound on "Lady Van Tassel's" body. Lady Van Tassel, alive and well, then reveals herself to Katrina, and explains her true heritage from an impoverished family evicted years ago by Van Garrett when he favored Baltus and Katrina instead. She swore revenge against Van Garrett and all who had wronged her as the Headless Horseman, pledging herself to Satan if he would raise the Horseman to avenge her, and also to claim the Van Garrett and Van Tassel estates uncontested. Manipulating her way into the Van Tassel household, she used fear, blackmail, and lust to draw the other elders into her plot. Having eliminated all other heirs and witnesses – and having killed her sister, the crone, for aiding Ichabod – she summons her alter ego, the Headless Horseman, to kill Katrina.

Ichabod and Masbath rush to the windmill as the Horseman arrives. After an escape that destroys the windmill and the subsequent chase to the Tree of the Dead, Ichabod retrieves the Horseman's skull from Lady Van Tassel and returns it to him, breaking the curse, and setting the Horseman free from Lady Van Tassel's control. With his head restored, the Horseman spares Katrina and abducts Lady Van Tassel, giving her a bloody kiss and returning to Hell with her in tow, fulfilling the deal. Ichabod returns to New York with Katrina and Young Masbath, just in time for the new century.


  • Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane: Crane is a quirky, yet sympathetic constable infatuated with integrating modern science into police procedures (early forensic science), but is very squeamish at the sight of blood and bugs.
  • Christina Ricci as Katrina Anne Van Tassel: Ichabod's love interest and the only heir to one of the town's richest farmers. Ricci described her character as "a princess-y character, very one-sided, no emotional depth."[10]
  • Michael Gambon as Baltus Van Tassel: Katrina's father. After Peter Van Garrett is murdered, he is placed as the leader of the town.
  • Miranda Richardson as Lady Mary Van Tassel (née Archer; she falsely uses "Preston" as her maiden name): The aloof wife of Baltus and stepmother of Katrina, who is revealed to be a vengeful witch. Richardson also portrays the Crone Witch, Lady Van Tassel's sister.
  • Casper Van Dien as Brom Van Brunt: A strong and arrogant aristocratic man who is romantically involved with Katrina.
  • Jeffrey Jones as Reverend Steenwyck: The austere, corrupt town pastor.
  • Christopher Lee as the Burgomaster.
  • Richard Griffiths as Magistrate Samuel Philipse: The drunken town magistrate.
  • Ian McDiarmid as Dr. Thomas Lancaster: The town doctor and surgeon.
  • Michael Gough as Notary James Hardenbrook: The wizened, cowardly town notary.
  • Marc Pickering as Young Masbath: An orphan who looks towards Ichabod as a father figure after his father is slain by the Horseman.
  • Lisa Marie as Lady Crane (in flashbacks): Ichabod's mother who practiced benign witchcraft, for which she was killed by her strict religious husband.
  • Steven Waddington as Mr. Killian
  • Ray Park and Christopher Walken as the Headless Horseman: A brutal and sadistic Hessian mercenary sent to America during the American Revolutionary War who loses his head during battle. Walken portrays the Hessian while Park performs the Headless Horseman.
  • Claire Skinner as Beth Killian: The town midwife.
  • Alun Armstrong as the High Constable
  • Mark Spalding as Jonathan Masbath
  • Jessica Oyelowo as Sarah
  • Tony Maudsley as Van Ripper
  • Peter Guinness as Lord Crane (in flashbacks): Ichabod's fanatically sadistic father who tortured and killed his wife for practicing witchcraft.
  • Sean Stephens as Thomas Killian

Other roles include Michael Feast as Spotty Man, Jamie Foreman as Thuggish Constable, Philip Martin Brown as a Constable, and an uncredited Martin Landau as Peter Van Garrett, Sleepy Hollow's chief citizen until his death at the hands of the Headless Horseman.



In 1993, Kevin Yagher, a make-up effects designer who had turned to directing with Tales from the Crypt, had the notion to adapt Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" into a feature film. Through his agent, Yagher was introduced to Andrew Kevin Walker; they spent a few months working on a film treatment[11] that transformed Ichabod Crane from a schoolmaster from Connecticut to a banished New York City detective.[12] Yagher and Walker subsequently pitched Sleepy Hollow to various studios and production companies, eventually securing a deal with producer Scott Rudin,[11] who had been impressed with Walker's unproduced spec script for Seven.[13] Rudin optioned the project to Paramount Pictures in a deal that had Yagher set to direct, with Walker scripting; the pair would share story credit.[11] Following the completion of Hellraiser: Bloodline, Yagher had planned Sleepy Hollow as "a low-budget effects showcase with a spectacular murder every five minutes or so," characterized by its screenwriter as a "pretentious slasher movie".[14] Paramount had reservations about the film, interpreting it as a typical period piece—"I wouldn't say they weren't enthusiastic about it, but they didn't see the commercial viability," producer Adam Schroeder noted. "The studio thinks 'old literary classic' and they think The Crucible. There was a fear about that... We started developing it before horror movies came back."[15]

Paramount CEO Sherry Lansing revived studio interest in 1998.[13] Schroeder, who shepherded Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands as a studio executive at 20th Century Fox in 1990, suggested that Burton direct the film.[16] Francis Ford Coppola's minimal production duties came from American Zoetrope; Burton only became aware of Coppola's involvement during the editing process when he was sent a copy of Sleepy Hollow's trailer and saw Coppola's name on it.[16] Burton, coming off the troubled production of Superman Lives, was hired to direct in June 1998.[17] Excited about Burton's involvement, Yagher stepped down as director "with good grace", remaining involved in the project as the lead creature effects artist.[15] Burton considered the film his first venture into a primarily horror-focused tone. "I had never really done something that was more of a horror film," he explained, "and it's funny, because those are the kind of movies that I like probably more than any other genre."[11] His interest in directing a horror film was influenced by his love for Hammer Film Productions and Black Sunday—particularly the supernatural feel they evoked as a result of being filmed primarily on sound stages.[15] As a result, Sleepy Hollow is an homage to various Hammer Film Productions, including Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde,[18] and other films such as Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, various Roger Corman horror films,[19] Jason and the Argonauts, and Scream Blacula Scream.[13] The image of the Headless Horseman had fascinated Burton during his apprenticeship as a Disney animator at CalArts in the early 1980s.[19] "One of my teachers had worked on the Disney version as one of the layout artists on the chase, and he brought in some layouts from it, so that was exciting. It was one of the things that maybe shaped what I like to do."[11] Burton worked with Walker on rewrites, but Rudin suggested that Tom Stoppard rewrite the script to add to the comical aspects of Ichabod's bumbling mannerisms, and emphasize the character's romance with Katrina. His work went uncredited through the WGA screenwriting credit system.[20][13]

While Johnny Depp was Burton's first choice for the role of Ichabod Crane, Paramount required him to consider Brad Pitt, Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis.[15][21] Depp was cast in July 1998 for his third collaboration with Burton.[22] The actor wanted Ichabod to parallel Irving's description of the character in the short story. This included a long prosthetic snipe nose, huge ears, and elongated fingers. Paramount turned down his suggestions,[23] and after Depp read Tom Stoppard's rewrite of the script, he was inspired to take the character even further. "I always thought of Ichabod as a very delicate, fragile person who was maybe a little too in touch with his feminine side, like a frightened little girl," Depp explained.[13] He did not wish to portray the character as a typical action star would have, and instead took inspiration by Angela Lansbury's performance in Death on the Nile.[13] "It's good," Burton reasoned, "because I'm not the greatest action director, or the greatest director in any genre, and he's not the greatest action star, or the greatest star in any genre."[16] Depp modeled Ichabod's detective personality from Basil Rathbone in the 1939 Sherlock Holmes film series. He also studied Roddy McDowall's acting for additional influence.[23] Burton added that "the idea was to try to find an elegance in action of the kind that Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing or Vincent Price had."[16]

Sleepy Hollow also reunited Burton with Jeffrey Jones (from Beetlejuice and Ed Wood) as Reverend Steenwyck, Christopher Walken (Max Shreck in Batman Returns) as the Hessian Horseman, Martin Landau (Ed Wood) in a cameo role, and Hammer veteran Michael Gough (Alfred in Burton's Batman films), whom Burton tempted out of retirement.[16] The Hammer influence was further confirmed by the casting of Christopher Lee in a small role as the Burgomaster who sends Crane to Sleepy Hollow.[24]


Supervised by Heinrichs, the town of Sleepy Hollow was constructed around a small duck pond. At a cost estimated at $1.3 million, and over a period of four months, 12 structures were built, several with detailed interiors, as well as exteriors.[11]

The original intention had been to shoot Sleepy Hollow predominantly on location with a $30 million budget.[25] Towns were scouted throughout Upstate New York along the Hudson Valley,[11] and the filmmakers decided on Tarrytown[17] for an October 1998 start date.[22] The Historic Hudson Valley organization assisted in scouting locations, which included the Philipsburg Manor House and forests in the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.[12] "They had a wonderful quality to them," production designer Rick Heinrichs reflected on the locations, "but it wasn't quite lending itself to the sort of expressionism that we were going for, which wanted to express the feeling of foreboding."[26] Disappointed, the filmmakers scouted locations in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and considered using Dutch colonial villages and period town recreations in the Northeastern United States. When no suitable existing location could be found, coupled with a lack of readily available studio space in the New York area needed to house the production's large number of sets, producer Scott Rudin suggested the United Kingdom.[11]

Rudin believed Britain offered the level of craftsmanship in period detail, painting and costuming that was suitable for the film's design.[27] Having directed Batman entirely in Britain, Burton agreed, and designers from Batman's art department were employed by Paramount for Sleepy Hollow.[16] As a result, principal photography was pushed back[28] to November 20, 1998, at Leavesden Film Studios, which had been recently vacated by Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.[25] The majority of filming took place at Leavesden, with other work taking place at Shepperton Studios,[11] where the massive Tree of the Dead set was built using Stage H.[13] Production then moved to the Culden Faw Estate, Hambleden[29] for a month-long shoot in March, where the town of Sleepy Hollow was constructed.[11] "We came to England figuring we would find a perfect little town," producer Adam Schroeder recalled, "and then we had to build it anyway." Filming in Britain continued through April,[11] and a few last minute scenes were shot using a sound stage in Yonkers, New York the following May.[12][30]


The Tree of the Dead, designed by Keith Short[31]

Responsible for the film's production design was Rick Heinrichs, whom Burton intended to use on Superman Lives. While the production crew was always going to build a substantial number of sets, the decision was made early on that optimally fulfilling Burton's vision would necessitate shooting Sleepy Hollow in a totally controlled environment at Leavesden Film Studios.[32] The production design was influenced by Burton's love for Hammer Film Productions and the film Black Sunday (1960)—particularly the supernatural feel they evoked as a result of being filmed primarily on sound stages. Heinrichs was also influenced by American colonial architecture, German expressionist cinema, Dr. Seuss illustrations, and Hammer's Dracula Has Risen from the Grave.[15]

One sound stage at Leavesden was dedicated to the "Forest to Field" set, for the scene in which the Headless Horseman races out of the woods and into a field. This stage was then transformed into, variously, a graveyard, a corn field, a field of harvested wheat, a churchyard, and a snowy battlefield. In addition, a small backlot area was devoted to a New York City street and waterfront tank.[25]


Burton was impressed by the cinematography in Great Expectations (1998) and hired Emmanuel Lubezki as Sleepy Hollow's director of photography. Initially, Lubezki and Burton contemplated shooting the film in black and white, and in old square Academy ratio. When that proved unfeasible, they opted to apply bleach bypass to desaturate the image and increase the color black.[16] Burton and Lubezki intentionally planned the over-dependency of smoke and soft lighting to accompany the film's sole wide-angle lens strategy. Lubezki also used Hammer horror[33] and Mexican Luchador films from the 1960s, such as Santo Contra los Zombies and Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro.[15] Lighting effects increased the dynamic energy of the Headless Horseman, while the contrast of the film stock was increased in post-production to add to the monochromatic feel.[33]

Leavesden Studios, a converted airplane factory, presented problems because of its relatively low ceilings. This was less of an issue for The Phantom Menace, in which set height was generally achieved by digital means. "Our visual choices get channeled and violent," Heinrichs elaborated, "so you end up with liabilities that you tend to exploit as virtues. When you've got a certain ceiling height, and you're dealing with painted backings, you need to push atmosphere and diffusion."[25] This was particularly the case in several exteriors that were built on sound stages. "We would mitigate the disadvantages by hiding lights with teasers and smoke."[25]

Visual effects[edit]

The majority of Sleepy Hollow's 150 visual effects shots were handled by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM),[34] while Kevin Yagher supervised the human and creature effects. Framestore also assisted on digital effects, and The Mill handled motion control photography.[35] In part a reaction to the computer-generated effects in Mars Attacks!, Burton opted to use as limited an amount of digital effects as possible.[16] Ray Park, who served as the Headless Horseman stunt double, wore a blue ski mask for the chroma key effect, digitally removed by ILM.[20] Burton and Heinrichs applied to Sleepy Hollow many of the techniques they had used in stop motion animation on Vincent—such as forced perspective sets.[32]

The windmill was a 60-foot-tall forced-perspective exterior (visible to highway travellers miles away), a base and rooftop set and a quarter-scale miniature. The interior of the mill, which was about 30 feet high and 25 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 quarter-scale windmill, complete with rotating vanes, painted sky backdrop and special-effects fire. "It was scary for the actors who were having burning wood explode at them," 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."[36] For the final shot of the burning mill exploding, the quarter-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 450-foot run, with a 40-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.[36]

Actor Ian McDiarmid, who portrayed Dr. Lancaster, had just finished another Leavesden production with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. He compared the aesthetics of the two films, stating that physical sets helped the actors get into a natural frame of mind. "Having come from the blue-screen world of Star Wars it was wonderful to see gigantic, beautifully made perspective sets and wonderful clothes, and also people recreating a world. It's like the way movies used to be done"[27]

Musical score[edit]

Sleepy Hollow: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1999 (1999-11-16)
LabelHollywood Records

The film score was written and produced by Danny Elfman. It won the Golden Satellite Award and was also nominated by the Las Vegas Film Critics.



To promote Sleepy Hollow, Paramount Pictures featured the film's trailer at San Diego Comic-Con in August 1999.[37] The following October, the studio launched a website, which Variety described as being the "most ambitious online launch of a motion picture to date."[38] The site ( offered visitors live video chats with several of the filmmakers hosted by Yahoo! Movies and enabled them to send postcards, view photos, trailers and a six-minute behind-the-scenes featurette edited from a broadcast that aired on Entertainment Tonight. Extensive tours of 10 sets were offered, where visitors were able to roam around photographs, including the sets for the entire town of Sleepy Hollow, forest, church, graveyard and covered bridge. Arthur Cohen, president of worldwide marketing for Paramount, explained that the "Web-friendly" pre-release reports[38] from websites such as Ain't It Cool News and Dark Horizons[39][40] encouraged the studio to create the site.[38] In the weeks pre-dating the release of Sleepy Hollow, a toy line was marketed by McFarlane Toys.[41] Simon & Schuster also published The Art of Sleepy Hollow (ISBN 0671036572), which included the film's screenplay and an introduction by Tim Burton.[42] A novelization, also published by Simon & Schuster, was written by Peter Lerangis.[43]

Box office[edit]

Sleepy Hollow was released in the United States on November 19, 1999, in 3,069 theaters, grossing $30,060,467 in its opening weekend[7] at the No. 2 spot behind The World Is Not Enough.[44] It would drop into fourth place behind the latter film, Toy Story 2 and End of Days the following weekend.[45] Sleepy Hollow eventually earned $101,068,340 in domestic gross, and $106 million in foreign sales, coming to a worldwide total of $207,068,340.[6]

Home media[edit]

Paramount Home Video first released Sleepy Hollow on DVD and VHS in the United States on May 23, 2000.[46] The HD DVD release came in July 2006,[47] while the film was released on Blu-ray two years later, in June 2008.[48] An unofficial video game adaptation of the film titled Cursed Fates: The Headless Horseman was released by Fenomen Games and Big Fish Games on January 6, 2013.[49] For the 20th anniversary, Paramount Home Entertainment released a Blu-ray digibook with a photobook containing the original story on September 24, 2019.[50]


Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 70% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 123 reviews with an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's critics consensus states, "It isn't Tim Burton's best work, but Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere."[51] Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 65 out of 100 based on 35 reviews from mainstream critics, considered to be "generally favorable".[52] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B−" on an A+ to F scale.[53]

Roger Ebert praised Johnny Depp's performance and Tim Burton's methods of visual design. "Johnny Depp is an actor able to disappear into characters," Ebert continued, "never more readily than in one of Burton's films."[54] Richard Corliss wrote, in his review for Time, "Burton's richest, prettiest, weirdest [film] since Batman Returns. The simple story bends to his twists, freeing him for an exercise in high style."[55]

David Sterritt of The Christian Science Monitor gave praise to filmmaking and the high-spirited acting of cast, but believed Andrew Kevin Walker's writing was too repetitious and formulaic for the third act.[56]

Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly wrote Sleepy Hollow is "a choppily plotted crowd-pleaser that lacks the seductive, freakazoid alchemy of Burton's best work." Gleiberman compared the film to The Mummy, and said "it feels like every high-powered action climax of the last 10 years. Personally, I'd rather see Burton so intoxicated by a movie that he lost his head."[57]

Andrew Johnston of Time Out New York wrote "[l]ike the best of Burton's films, Sleepy Hollow takes place in a world so richly imagined that, despite its abundant terrors, you can't help wanting to step through the screen."[58]

Mick LaSalle, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, criticized Burton's perceived image as a creative artist. "All Sleepy Hollow has going for it is art direction, and even in that it falls back on cliché."[59]

Doug Walker linked the film to the Hammer Films style of horror cinematography, considering it an homage to those movies, comparing the usage of dignified British actors, choices in color and movie sets and character relations. Walker gave it the merit of recreating the "very specific genre" of Hammer Films, citing the skill and "clever casting" Burton used to manage this.[60]

Jonathan Rosenbaum from the Chicago Reader called Sleepy Hollow "a ravishing visual experience, a pretty good vehicle for some talented American and English actors," but concluded that the film was a missed opportunity to depict an actual representation of the short story. "Burton's fidelity is exclusively to the period feeling he gets from disreputable Hammer horror films and a few images culled from Ichabod and Mr. Toad. When it comes to one of America's great stories, Burton obviously couldn't care less."[61]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients Result
Academy Awards[62] March 26, 2000 Best Art Direction Rick Heinrichs, Peter Young Won
Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki Nominated
Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Nominated
British Academy Film Awards[63] April 9, 2000 Best Production Design Rick Heinrichs Won
Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Won
Best Visual Effects Jim Mitchell, Kevin Yagher, Joss Williams, Paddy Eason Nominated
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films[64] June 6, 2000 Best Horror Film Scott Rudin, Adam Schroeder Nominated
Best Director Tim Burton Nominated
Best Writing Andrew Kevin Walker Nominated
Best Actor Johnny Depp Nominated
Best Actress Christina Ricci Won
Best Supporting Actor Christopher Walken Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Miranda Richardson Nominated
Best Music Danny Elfman Won
Best Costume Colleen Atwood Nominated
Best Make-up Kevin Yagher, Peter Owen Nominated
Best Special Effects Jim Mitchell, Kevin Yagher, Joss Williams, Paddy Eason Nominated
American Society of Cinematographers[65] February 20, 2000 Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki Nominated
Art Directors Guild[66] February 8, 2000 Excellence in Production Design for a Feature Film Rick Heinrichs, Les Tompkins, John Dexter, Kevin Phipps, John Wright Stevens, Ken Court, Andrew Nicholson, Bill Hoes, Julian Ashby, Gary Tompkins, Nick Navarro Won
Awards Circuit Community Awards 1999 Best Art Direction Rick Heinrichs Won
Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Won
Best Sound Nominated
Best Visual Effects Nominated
BMI Film & Television Awards December 8, 2014 BMI Film Music Award Danny Elfman Won
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards[67] May 9, 2000 Favorite Actor – Horror Johnny Depp Won
Favorite Actress – Horror Christina Ricci Won
Favorite Supporting Actress – Horror Miranda Richardson Won
Favorite Supporting Actor – Horror Marc Pickering Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards[68] December 12, 1999 Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki Won
Chicago Film Critics Association[69] March 13, 2000 Best Cinematography Nominated
Costume Designers Guild[70] February 25, 2000 Excellence in Period/Fantasy Costume Design for Film Colleen Atwood Won
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards[71] March 19, 2000 Best Character Makeup – Feature Kevin Yagher, Peter Owen, Liz Tagg, Paul Gooch Won
International Film Music Critics Association[72] February 23, 2012 Best Archival Release of an Existing Score Danny Elfman (also for Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland) Won
International Film Music Critics Association[73] February 4, 1999 Film Score of the Year Danny Elfman Nominated
International Horror Guild[74] May 12, 2000 Best Film Nominated
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists[75] May 12, 2000 Best Foreign Director Tim Burton Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards[76] January 18, 2000 Best Score Danny Elfman Nominated
Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki Nominated
Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Nominated
Best Production Design Rick Heinrichs Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards[77] December 12, 1999 Won
MTV Movie Awards[78] June 5, 2000 Best Villain Christopher Walken Nominated
Motion Picture Sound Editors[79] December 15, 1999 Best Sound Editing – Effects & Foley Skip Lievsay, Thomas W. Small, Sean Garnhart, Lewis Goldstein, Paul Urmson, Craig Berkey, Richard L. Anderson, John Pospisil, Michael Dressel, Scott Curtis, Matthew Harrison, Tammy Fearing Nominated
National Society of Film Critics[80] January 8, 2000 Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Awards[81] January 9, 2000 Best Cinematographer Runner-up
Online Film & Television Association[82] January 12, 2000 Best Original Score Danny Elfman Nominated
Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki Nominated
Best Production Design Rick Heinrichs, Ken Court, John Dexter, Andy Nicholson, Kevin Phipps, Leslie Tomkins, Peter Young Won
Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Nominated
Best Makeup and Hairstyling Kevin Yagher, Peter Owen, Liz Tagg, Paul Gooch, Susan Parkinson, Bernadette Mazur, Tamsin Dorling Nominated
Best Sound Mixing Lee Dichter, Robert Fernandez, Skip Lievsay, Frank Morrone Nominated
Best Sound Effects Skip Lievsay Nominated
Best Visual Effects James Mitchell, Kevin Yagher, Joss Williams, Paddy Eason Nominated
Best Official Film Website Nominated
Online Film Critics Society[83] January 2, 2000 Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki Won
Santa Fe Film Critics Circle Awards[84] January 9, 2000 Won
Satellite Awards[85] January 16, 2000 Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Johnny Depp Nominated
Best Original Score Danny Elfman Won
Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki Won
Best Art Direction Ken Court, John Dexter, Rick Heinrichs and Andy Nicholson Won
Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Won
Best Editing Chris Lebenzon Nominated
Best Sound Gary Alpers, Skip Lievsay, Frank Morrone Won
Best Visual Effects Jim Mitchell, Joss Williams Nominated
Teen Choice Awards[86] August 6, 2000 Film – Choice Actress Christina Ricci Nominated
Young Artist Award[87] March 19, 2000 Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress Nominated


On June 10, 2022, Paramount announced plans for a reboot of Sleepy Hollow with Lindsey Beer in talks to write and direct it.[88]

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