Ichabod Crane pursued by the Headless Horseman in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. "
The Sleepy Hollow is a fictional characterwho appears in Washington Irving's story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
In the story, the man who became the Headless Horseman is a German mercenary hired by theBritish Navy in 1776 to support British troops in the revolution. Of the 548 German mercenaries who were killed during the revolution, he is hunted by enemysoldiers near Sleepy Hollow (New York) and decapitated with his own sword. According to local legend, the Headless Horseman appears in spirit form to take the head of theliving. The central character in the story, Ichabod Crane, ignored warnings about the danger and is an uncertain fate at the hands of the rider. Although Crane'srival in the story, Brom Bones, who disguises himself could be the rider is not explicit in the story if Crane is with the rider or Brom Bones.
Since the SleepyHollow was introduced into popular culture, it has become an icon of terror, has appeared in many films, television programs, cartoons and video games. In the TimBurton film, Sleepy Hollow (1999), the rider is played by Christopher Walken and Ray Park. In the film the rider finds its end at the hands of U.S. armed forces, whokill their horse and decapitated with his own sword.
In October 2007, the Sci Fi Channel aired a movie called The Sleepy Hollow starring Richard Moll and directedby Anthony C. Ferrante, which states that the story of Washington Irving is a relaxed version of what happened in reality and true facts shown in this film.