However, once fans found out that Tim Burton would be in charge of the project, many fears and doubts were alleviated. Indeed, nobody left the theater feeling disappointed.
Janet Maslin, a writer with The New York Times, states that, “[...] An ornate visual fantasy of Mr. Burton’s can be expected to make its own rules, and Sleepy Hollow does that with macabre gusto.” Maslin continues her article with much praise for the “grimly voluptuous” Sleepy Hollow. Burton made his name in the film industry by never holding back when trying to display or explain something. If the scene called for horror, he would deliver horror, and then some. While the fans of Burton are used to his macabre style, many were still shocked, though pleasingly so, with how far he took the graphics in Sleepy Hollow.
As Tim Burton has a very distinctive style with his filming, people expected quite a bit out of Sleepy Hollow. While most directors either get away or not with how they film something, a specific outcome is expected from Tim Burton. Kamal Larsuel-Ulbricht, for one, was not disappointed. In her review (1999), she expresses a certain fondness for the result of Sleepy Hollow, saying, “This was not Disney’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’. [Tim Burton] is sometimes a bit too weird for those who don’t quite understand his style [but for those who do], people can appreciate this take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” So it would seem, those that can really take away something from the film would be those that are already familiar with Tim Burton’s unique style of directing.
Justin Felix (1999) considers Sleepy Hollow to count “among [Tim Burton’s] better movies,” further stating that, “With the recent disappointments in theatrically released horror movies, we needed a film like this.” Felix takes his review a little bit further by commenting on the aspects that