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?

Netflix announces new Bill Nye the Science Guy talk show

BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL!

11:39 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

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Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Bill Nye in a press release.

“Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Netflix also promises that “In Bill’s unfiltered style, he will bring in special guests, conduct experiments and demonstrations, and ultimately let the facts lead the argument.”

Bill Nye is best known for Bill Nye the Science Guy, the half-hour PBS show that ran from 1993 through 1998.

The theme song is iconic. Science RULES!

The new Netflix series seems like a continuation of Bill Nye the Science Guy, so we’re very excited for the new show to launch in 2017.

Sherlock’s official social media channels have released a portrait to promote series 4!

The new Sherlock series 4 photo depicts Mr. Holmes (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) working that mind palace as Watson (Martin Freeman), sporting some plaid, looks to their left. Quite frankly, the boys are looking great here.

Sherlock series 4 photo Benedict Cumberbatch Martin Freeman

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Sherlock’s official social media channels have released a portrait to promote series 4!

The new Sherlock series 4 photo depicts Mr. Holmes (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) working that mind palace as Watson (Martin Freeman), sporting some plaid, looks to their left. Quite frankly, the boys are looking great here.

Sherlock series 4 photo Benedict Cumberbatch Martin Freeman

The first Sherlock series 4 trailer premiered last month at San Diego Comic-Con, where Cumberbatch teased that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.” Indeed, the trailer suggests that the characters have a lot to be concerned about. Check it out below:

The new season of Sherlock doesn’t have a premiere date, but it’s expected to launch in late 2016 or early 2017. Perhaps today’s portrait release suggests that some more news is on the horizon!

The last season of Sherlock aired in early 2015, but the busy schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman have left the show with production challenges.

Netflix announces ‘Stranger Things’ season 2, adds first cast member

Back to the upside-down!

8:52 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Coming as absolutely no surprise whatsoever, Netflix is bringing Stranger Things back for a second season!

Can we get a YAAAS?

Netflix’s hugely successful ’80s horror series Stranger Things has been renewed for season 2. The news hit Wednesday morning, and fans are already losing their minds (as well they should).

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Coming as absolutely no surprise whatsoever, Netflix is bringing Stranger Things back for a second season!

Can we get a YAAAS?

Netflix’s hugely successful ’80s horror series Stranger Things has been renewed for season 2. The news hit Wednesday morning, and fans are already losing their minds (as well they should).

Here’s Netflix’s official announcement video:

The video plays the show’s eerie theme, over what appears to be the season 2 episode titles: “MadMax,” “The Boy Who Came Back to Life,” “The Pumpkin Patch,” “The Palace,” “The Storm,” “The Pollywog,” “The Secret Cabin,” “The Brain,” and “The Lost Brother.”

Netflix has confirmed that there will be nine episodes of Stranger Things season 2. Writers/creators Matt and Ross Duffer will return, along with executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. No news of cast changes yet, although we know that four new characters will be showing up.

Related: You need to be watching Netflix’s new series Stranger Things

We’re stoked to see this awesome series return for a second season. No spoilers, but Stranger Things season 1 kind of ended on a major cliffhanger, which needs to be resolved.

While we’re glad to have official confirmation that the show is returning, there never really was a question, considering the series’ popularity. In fact, we’ve already compiled a list of 60 questions the show needs to answer.

The Duffer brothers have also been pretty candid about their future plans for the series, hinting that season 2 will pick up at least a year after the first season ended. They’re further implying that the show could continue for as many as seven seasons, to mirror Harry Potter and allow us to watch the kids grow up.

“I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade,” Ross Duffer tells EW. “That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here, there’s still things that are unresolved.”

But first, let’s wait and see if Stranger Things season 2 can maintain the momentum of season 1. As much as we love Netflix series, they’ve been kind of hit-and-miss with their second seasons.

‘Stranger Things’ season 2 premieres in 2017