Combining fairy tales with present day settings or outragious situations is all the rage these days.
This started with authors who took a classic story of a fairy tale and added an element that doesn't belong in the story. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith is the prime example of combining (mash up) stories.
Other stories that have resulted from the combining of classic tale and classic foe are:
- "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" Book and movie.
- Abe also went a round with a zombie or two for a horrible SyFy film.
- "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters."
- "Jane Slyre" (Jane Eyre).
- "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim."
- "Alice in Deadland." One of my favorites.
Now comes "Sleepy Hollow."
Starring Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie as Lt. Abbie Mills.
On a battlefield in 1781, during the revolutionary war, a young red coat turned to fight with the patriots. During the fight a huge man splits the soldiers and closes in on Crane. They both raise swords and kill each other with the large man losing his head in the fight.
Flash forward to Sleepy Hollow, 2013.
Ichabod Crane is awakened with a start! He is in his grave, but remembers little if anything about how he got there. He isn't a zombie, he is way to good looking for that. He doesn't eat anyone either. As a matter of fact his first contact with the modern world is being hit by a car.
Crane isn't the only revolutionary war figure to climb out of his grave in this first episode. The headless horseman, as he is called in the classic tale, has also risen from his grave. He sets out immediately to find Ichabod and, of course, his head.
Crane is arrested after the burg's sheriff is killed. Lt. Mills (Benharie) initially thinks that Ichabod is crazy as does her boss who tells her to take him to the mental ward of the local hospital.
Soon however, as citizens start dying by a horrible swift sword, Abby has a change of mind. She's had her own paranormal brush in her childhood that is vaguely familiar to what is going on in Sleepy Hollow. She is starting to believe that maybe Crane's talk isn't so crazy after all.
The first episode revealed that there were two different 'covens' back in Crane's time. The two groups are still present in the form of their ancestors.
We have two long dead military men, one good, on bad. We have two groups, (covens), who are likewise, one good and one bad.
The first episode was great. "Sleepy Hollow" plays on FOX on Mondays. Check your local listings for exact time and channel.
Stay tuned here for a review of episode two.
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