Derived from the story by the same name by Washington Irving.
The use of color and lack thereof in this film is breathtakingly effective.
The most vibrant colors are in dream sequences. However, when the evil is defeated at the end, the color becomes normal.
“This is the only book I recommend you read.”- Rev. Steenwyck, referring to the Bible.
A book containing compilations of spells is given to Crane by Katrina van Tassel. The book protects him from being killed by a musket ball.
The question I kept asking throughout the movie was: Will science or superstition contain the solution to the murders? The delightful answer: both.
“Villainy wears many masks, none so dangerous as the mask of virtue.”
A clever retelling of an old story. I could have been happy without some of the gory special effects, but they were generally well done, with exceptions.
What is the true answer to what caused all this evil?
Selfishness and Greed.
Whether you believe in witchcraft and supernatural events or not, you have to believe in that. And that makes the story pertinent.