Hypable second look: ‘Sleepy Hollow’

5:00 pm EDT, October 28, 2012

It’s been thirteen years now (oooohhhh spoooky) since Tim Burton’s Oscar-winning Sleepy Hollow adaptation hit the big screen, and as with most legends, a second viewing seems to reveal more about 90s movies than it does about truly traumatizing horror.

Halloween is coming up, and as such, people may find themselves rummaging through their movie collections for some truly terrifying fare in order to jump back into the spirit of the season. Such was the case when I stumbled back across Sleepy Hollow, a film that my ten-year-old eyes had registered in the “gave me nightmares for three months” category.

It had been literally over a decade since I had laid eyes on the film, but my memory served me well. I remembered axes and pentagrams and Uncle Vernon getting his head cut off. Perfect for Halloween, I thought. Surely 90s era Tim Burton won’t let me down.

I remembered enough about the film to give it credence, and I specifically remembered being terrified of the headless horseman for years after my first and only viewing of the film. In an effort to scare my paramore (such is a boyfriend’s duty on Halloween), we popped Sleepy Hollow into the DVD player, nestled into a “ready to be scared out of our minds” position and pressed play. We were greeted by the menu, featuring Johnny Depp wearing kooky glasses smeared kookily with blood.

Kookiness of the highest degree.

The film was atmospheric and spooky, but I had underestimated Tim Burton’s inexplicable passion for making things as off-puttingly campy as possible. Yes, he found an excuse to have the horseman cut off a whole bunch of heads, and yes, some of the murders were pretty brutal and visually stunning, but as a whole film, it found itself relying off of a series of hunches and odd detective work that only served to take away from an otherwise dark and gothic film.

Perhaps this was the film’s intention, to serve more of a comedy-horror Burtonesque feel rather than telling a truly scary legend. In this particular instance, the fault may have been on me for choosing a Tim Burton film specifically for scares.

The film specialized in showing us everything, even when the unknown could have proven to be a much more enticing and mysterious device. For instance, instead of keeping the horseman shrouded in mystery as an icon of horror, they chose to explicitly tell an origin story, complete with a tie-in as to why the horseman is back in the first place. We won’t spoil the ending for you, but the Horseman’s original head is Christopher Walken.

Above: A Christopher Walken in its natural state.

In the end, the full film proved to be convoluted and weird, but punctuated by some truly beautiful landscapes and artfully crafted moments. These moments aren’t enough to carry an entire film however, so the movie as a whole might function better as a film to either keep on in the background while your friends discuss it or make fun of it.

Verdict: Worth a watch, but be prepared for more oddball eccentricities and less scares

What did you think of ‘Sleepy Hollow’? Would you recommend it?

Quiz: Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

9:02 am EDT, September 29, 2016

Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

You go, Glen Coco!

Let’s play! Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

Play Mean Girls in the Episode app today!

Note: This quiz was sponsored by the advertiser.

It’s no longer a “Perfect Illusion!” Mother Monster will headline the Super Bowl LI halftime show early next year.

Update (Sept 29): Lady Gaga is officially confirmed to perform Sunday, February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas for the Super Bowl LI halftime show! The announcement arrives a few weeks ahead the release of Gaga’s latest album, Joanne.

Watch the announcement video released by the NFL.

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It’s no longer a “Perfect Illusion!” Mother Monster will headline the Super Bowl LI halftime show early next year.

Update (Sept 29): Lady Gaga is officially confirmed to perform Sunday, February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas for the Super Bowl LI halftime show! The announcement arrives a few weeks ahead the release of Gaga’s latest album, Joanne.

Watch the announcement video released by the NFL.

Read on to see why we think Lady Gaga is the perfect person for the job!

Original (Sept 13): “One of the main reasons for why the NFL is said to be hot on the singer was her performance of the National Anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl,” according to the report. Watch Lady Gaga’s rendition again below:

A couple months ago we learned the NFL was pursuing Adele, but she later revealed she turned the offer down due to stage fright.

Lady Gaga would be wise to take on the Super Bowl 2017 halftime show. She just released a new single, “Perfect Illusion,” which is a part of her next studio album. A Super Bowl performance would surely help boost album sales and, presumably, ticket sales for whatever tour she embarks on in support of said album.

Gaga will appear in the next season of American Horror Story which kicks off this week. She’s said that her upcoming studio album will be released “really soon,” but the exact date is still unknown to the public.

The 2016 Super Bowl halftime show featured Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, and Coldplay.

Do you think Gaga should take on the 2017 Super Bowl?

She seems like the perfect candidate for the job.

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ episode count

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“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie,” Harris said of the Unfortunate Events movie starring Jim Carrey, noting that it just wasn’t a great adaptation. “And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”

As for the tone of the show? Great news: “It’s super dark,” he said. “It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before.”

When Kelly asked Harris if her kids could watch it, the actor dropped some interesting information about Neflix’s plans:

“I hope so!” he replied. “It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”

Dark, appealing to all ages, and two episodes per book? We are so down.

Netflix has yet to share a premiere date for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we’ll keep you posted.