After rediscovering and viewing Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow three times in three days it’s a certified, wonderful example of “fun” horror i.e. a macabre and escapist romp with some gratuitous blood, suspense and Burtonesque black humour (which Hollow is littered with) included. Subsequently, I was inspired to write a poem/song hybrid sonnet-thing (I have no idea what I’m doing either, this is a first attempt).
I simply don’t understand some of the criticism levelled at Sleepy Hollow during it’s initial release, the duality of science vs supernatural conflict is a fantastic thematic backbone (amidst the context of puritanical 1799 America) consuming faithless Ichabond Crane (Johnny Depp) his scars originate from a childhood incident (no spoilers here, go and see it if you haven’t already) centring around the villainy of religion as a “mask of virtue” and his “tyrant” of a father. This succinct snippet speaks sheadloads about the film thematically. Young Masbath is an adolescent orphaned by the recent “headless” murders in the small village of Sleepy Hollow.
Young Masbath: You are bewitched by reason!
Ichabond Crane: I am beaten by it!
This dichotomy of the supernatural contrasted against reason and rational deduction is personified by Katrina Von Tassel (Ricci) and Crane (Depp) respectively and the relationship that manifest, grows and blossoms throughout the duration of the film:
Katrina Von Tassel: Are you so sure of everything?
Ichabond Crane: Are you?
As we approach Halloween 2011, the following poem is certainly pretty apt. Read on and I hope you enjoy…
The Wonderful World of the Macabre
The Wonderful World of the Macabre!
It’s time to slay,
To detect and reject notions
of Ghouls and Goblins
Pixies and potions
No it’s time to retreat inside our mind
To bind and combine
Form a resistance against the things that slice thrice in the night
(And slice back)
Of Might and Right
Of bewitching mavens and irritating ravens
Bring all your kin and flaming pumpkins
For it’s time to say your “Nevermore” nevermore
Crows perched upon tombstones in a labyrinthine of rows
(Allen Poe: So-so)
Eying the evil eye, imminent villainy is imminently nearby
Halloween is upon us
Attempting the rationalise the irrational: The Wonderful world of the Macabre!
Black, red and gray…