"Sleepy Hollow" Trailer
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More Anti-Equestrian Propaganda: "Sleepy Hollow" Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 9, 2013 | Comments ()


I really never understood the appeal of Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. It reads sort of like chapter 17 of one of those long Stephen King short story collections. Serviceable, but ultimately forgettable in comparison to the really creative stories of the bunch. But it always gets assigned at some point in elementary school or junior high, as if those poor teachers trying to get children interested in reading are trying to get them to read something “cool”, while still not compromising on the principle of reading only works by dead guys with language foreign enough to scare away those who don’t already read under the covers at night.

Of course I’m also biased because I feel that there really isn’t a terrible amount of American literature all that worth the reading before Mark Twain. Ah, that broadside should get me some solid hate mail.

The problem is that the story, while based on all sorts of interesting mythology from the darker forests of the European middle ages, what with the various incarnations of the Wild Hunt, is ultimately a short one shot that adds little to the overall mythology it borrows from. There’s probably some symbolism of early American what-not that I’m missing.

So there’s this headless horseman and he chases people. Then what? Well really that’s it. Except the ending is tricky because you don’t know if he was real. Wow, sign me up for seven seasons and a movie. Ooh, and make it a modernization, because the only thing that would be cooler would be “based on a true story”.

Yeah, they’re doing this:

I will bet the life of your first born that the female lead had a now dead grandfather who always used to read “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to her and she still keeps a copy of it in her home. It’s science.

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  • Uriah_Creep

    I looked this series up and discovered that it was created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Len Wiseman. Make of that what you will, but I won't be watching.

  • oilybohunk7

    I saw a TV commercial that used Civil Twilight, that did way more to make me even consider watching this show than this trailer.

  • manting

    I give this show 6 weeks. The premise is beyond ridiculous.

  • Dragonchild

    I think "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" was written after the prophecy of Sean Bean's career was foretold in 1818, and they only just missed the bullseye by his appearance in "Game of Thrones".

  • cgthegeek

    I've actually seen the first episode (in a cemetery! at night!) and it's a really enjoyable show. There are some suspenseful elements but the show doesn't take itself *too* seriously. It's pure fun with a supernatural/historical twist. I'm looking forward to more episodes.

    And no, there are no "head" jokes. At least not ones referring to the one on your shoulders. ;-)

  • BWeaves

    So, it's Icabod McClane, now, is it?

    Because I seem to remember Icabod as being a nerdy school teacher, who is decidedly NOT hot. And I remember him trying to win the hand of the town tease, Katrina Van Tassel (porn name), and being bullied by Brom Bones (porn name).

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    This reminds me of that Kevin Bacon show, which I think was called The Following, but I'm too lazy to look up.
    It looks awful, just, inexcusably awful, and I will watch at least 5 episodes before I decide that it's not even enjoyably bad. It's a sad cycle I'm locked in.

  • Milly

    I have a headless horseman tattooed on my leg, and it's part of a wider Sleepy Hollow theme to the leg as a whole, although the horseman image and the whole idea started from a snowboard graphic.

    I have nothing further to add except to say I intend to get a portrait of Christina Ricci in there somewhere. But not with the blonde hair she had in the filum, cos, c'mon now.

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  • Fabius_Maximus

    It's Sleepy Hollow crossed with Assassin's Creed III, Darksiders (the Horseman is War, obviously), Charmed, Highlander and National Treasure.

    That is so godsdamned stupid that I have to watch it.

  • PeacheeKeen

    But but but... John Cho! Why can't he be on my TV every day in a GOOD show???

  • lowercase_ryan

    Pair this shitshow back-to-back with The Following and how can you not hate America?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm holding out hope for it to be good. Irrational hope, perhaps, but hope nonetheless.

  • space_oddity

    I can just imagine the pitch: "Headless Horseman meets Rip van Winkle, in a kind of reverse Terminator, but with some sort of Macguffin ripped from National Treasure!"

    Which means, I'll probably watch the first few episodes, at least.

  • bleujayone

    Hold it, hold it. Clancy Brown got his head chopped off and his body DIDN'T explode in a flash of thunder and lightning?

    I'm out.

  • foolsage

    No, no, this all makes perfect sense. Brother Justin Crowe continued to master his dark powers after Carnivale was cancelled. After Sofie raised him from the dead in the series finale, he was clearly immortal.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Poor Clancy Brown indeed... he clearly loses his head in the first episode.

    I am looking forward to this, but how can they carry it through even one season? It will be interesting to see how that mystery pans out as well.

  • It is Clancy Brown's lot in life to be cast as people who lose their heads.

    "I only have one thing to say; 'it's better to burn out, than to fade away'."

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    My assumption is it ends up some kind of a supernatural version of Fringe and the Headless Horseman isn't the only thing going on. Probably not even the worst thing.

  • kilmo

    Heh! I appreciate that the female lead is black and seems kick ass. The male lead is also super hot with a great head of hair.

    Le sigh, I'm pretty easy. I'm there, at least for the first couple episodes. It doesn't look good per se, so the train wreck quality better be there, rather than meh.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Lines we can expect to hear in future episodes:
    - "Let's not lose our heads here, people!"
    - "Heads-up!"
    - "Let's try to get ahead of this thing." "That shouldn't be too hard."

    Poor Clancy Brown.

  • Not gonna lie - I kinda wanna watch the train wreck to see what happens...

  • SVR

    This looks like ridiculously fun cheesy goodness. I don't expect it to be a quality show, but I will watch the hell out of it with a bottle of wine.

  • Maguita NYC

    It's on Monday night... Wth a drink or two, it doesn't matter much one way or another.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    They just had to do the 'heads will roll' thing didn't they? Bleuch. That red-head's a bit tasty tho guv'ner, though the accents are a little... umm, well. I may save myself the pain and google her to avoid watching this.

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