The legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman gets an all new modern take in this television series from Fox. Here is the review of the pilot episode.
Underworld director Len Wiseman brings the legend of Sleepy Hollow to the Fox network, with a whole modern twist and, if the pilot episode is anything to go by, this series is going to be excellent.
It’s 1781 and the civil war between the red coats and blue coats is in full flow. Ichabod Crane (Tom Milson) is fighting his way through the woods when he is confronted by a masked horseman. Crane shoots his pistol and hits the horseman, but is surprised when the masked man gets back to his feet. In retaliation, the horseman swings his axe and slices Crane’s chest, just before Crane cuts the horseman’s head off with a sword. Both then fall to the ground.
Crane soon awakens in a cave and, unknowing how he got there, stumbles out and into a road only narrowly being missed by a truck and a car. Somehow, Crane has awoken 250 years in the future.
Sheriff August Corbin (Clancy Brown) and his Lieutenant, Abbey Mills investigate a disturbance at some stables, when they suddenly run in to a headless assailant. Corbin is brutally beheaded as the horseman rides off. Mills can’t believe her eyes.
Crane is then arrested when walking the streets of Sleepy Hollow (even though he has done nothing wrong) and is soon the police’s number one suspect in the death of the Sheriff. He is forced to do a lie detector test and admits to being from the past and a friend of George Washington. The police then believe he is crazy and send him off to a mental institute (without any medical testing).
Mills has her reasons to believe Crane and the story of the Headless Horseman, planning to break him out in order to stop the murders.
Sleepy Hollow does a great job of mixing the classic story in a modern setting. The 1781 scenes look great and the acting from the main stars are all on point. The spooky special effects are all well done and the pilot episode does a great job of keeping you interested in the next episode.
This is certainly a series that could do well.