ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)



Click on CAPCon
for explanation
Entertainment Media Analysis Report
A service to parents and grandparents

Sleepy Hollow (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 39
CAP Influence Density: 1.78
AD Space Available
Become a CAPtain

with your donation!

The foul language eliminator

Removes profanity from movies and TV shows

A Christian Family

Internet Network Cooperative

Switch to LifeLine

for Christian
long distance service

The Family Friendly

Internet Service

A Christ Centered
Christians Online
Community Web Site


Christian Media News

A Singles
Christian Network

Click here to vote
for this site!

ALERT: To fully understand this report you should first visit the topics
suggested by the CAP Table of Contents.


*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.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possibble. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Sleepy Hollow (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • dead bodies, many
  • brutality by police
  • cruel and torturous captivity devices
  • many very graphic decapitations
  • two battle decapitations
  • a severed head dropped onto its body in a casket, twice
  • many decapitated bodies, most with views from an above perspective
  • many views of a vicious headless horse rider
  • stabbing a severed head with a sword to retrieve it
  • repeated gunfire
  • many severed heads, some individual, some grouped
  • headless horseman carrying severed heads
  • knife impalement
  • battles and fights
  • sword impalement
  • torture chamber
  • iron maiden with flooding of blood from victim
  • self injury
  • tale of suicide
  • tales of murder
  • attempted murder by implement with a 3x3 fence post and by firearm
  • skulls
  • extremely graphic refleshing of a skull
  • other gore

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • necking in the shadows with inappropriate touch
  • many examples of excessive cleavage/breast exposure
  • immoral sex (covered)
  • intercourse (covered but with motions and sounds), twice

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, twice

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • talk of resurrection from the grave
  • unholy manifestations
  • satanic symbols; ankh, pentagram (see Back to School Special from our home page)
  • reliance on spells and a talisman (ankh shaped key) for protection
  • levitation in witchcraft
  • God's name in vain once and without the four letter word vocabulary
  • witchcraft with animal sacrifice (decapitation)
  • talking decaying human face (witch)
  • miraculous healing
  • witch incantation
  • "Offer my soul to Satan..."

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • 13 decapitation murders
  • one slicing murder
  • one murder by cross
  • one murder by gunfire
  • one [implied] child murder by headless horseman stealing a child

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    The ChildCare Action Project (CAP) is a nonprofit Christian ministry. We rely on public support. If you wish to contribute to the CAP, please send your donations to

    ChildCare Action Project
    Post Office Box 177
    Granbury, TX 76048-0177

    Your gifts are tax deductible in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Codes.

    Please feel free to write to us.

    You are welcome to
    Go back to the CAP Reports Page
    Top of the CAP Home Page
    CAP Table of Contents

    or leave me an email message or comment at

    Thank you for visiting us and may God bless you. Prayerfully, we will provide you with some of the most revealing commentary and investigative reporting you have ever read.

    In the name of Jesus:
    Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.

    Thomas A. Carder
    ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)

    Copyright ChildCare Action Project (CAP)

    Click Here For