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Sleepy Hollow (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 39
CAP Influence Density: 1.78
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*Sleepy Hollow* (R) -- Icabod Crane was NOT a school master.
A New York constable, Icabod Crane was dispatched to Sleepy Hollow as punishment for his earnest to promote science and real deductive investigation into police work. Alas, an "old" judge who would not bend to young minds and fresh ideas sent the young mind and fresh ideas to Sleepy Hollow to help with three decapitation murders. Upon arrival, Crane tried to dazzle the locals with his gadgetry and sleuth -- which did not impress them. Soon, Crane discovered that he "was a long way from New York" and that his intellectual pursuits into police work were not quite what he had hoped they would be.
A very well made movie! Excitement was nearly continuous. Acting was grand. Some great acrobatics and finely-tuned agility were demonstrated. Scenery and choreography were expert and likely true to the 19th century. But...
At least 13 decapitation murders, each very graphic and, by my experience as a medic, quite realistic for the most part. One murder by slicing a man in half. The implied murder of a child by being stolen by the headless horseman. Murder with a cross. Murder by gunfire. A rather murderous movie indeed. Lots of graphic imagery of a headless resurrected battle death victim terrorizing the countryside on horse and on foot. And lots of imagery of decapitated bodies viewed by looking down the pipe. Many decapitated heads bobbed up frequently, several of them in a "floral arrangement" and another being dropped onto its body in a grave. The headless horseman skewered one of the severed heads with his sword -- up close -- so he would not have to get off his horse to pick it up (he collected all the severed heads). Each time a decapitation happened, the viewer was treated to watching the sword separate the head from its body head as it rocketed, blood spews and all, from the host body as if the moulage experts discovered a new way to maximize visual invasion and were having fun with their new "toy."
While sexual material was present in two instances of masked intercourse, some necking, and a ton of excessive breast exposure, there were only two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. And God's name in vain appeared only once and then without the four letter expletive. Booze was present also but only in two noted instances with no drunkenness. And no illegal (by modern law) drugs were noted at all. But reliance on spells and a talisman (an Ankh-shaped key - see our Back to School Special) for protection, unholy manifestations, a witch and witchcraft plus an unholy healing, satanic symbols, and "Offer my soul to Satan......." placed urgent dangers for impressionable and Spiritually undeveloped viewers.
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FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):