Tim Burton is one of the most enigmatic directors in the world. His movies attain a level of transcendental magnetism where even death seems to be a beauty. Since his directorial debut, Burton has grasped the audience’s imagination with his absurd and weird work of art. Be it a gothic tale of a brutal psychotic murderer, or a valiant superhero, he has brought in a wave of a ludicrousness with a graphic genius.
‘Sleepy Hollow’ (1999), adapted from American author Washington Irving’s short story ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, is another gothic horror amongst the gamut of Burton films. Starring American actor Johnny Depp as police constable Ichabod Crane, the film follows his attempt at investigating a series of murders in the titular village of Sleepy Hollow by a mysterious Headless Horseman. While it’s deeply flawed, particularly in the messy formulaic third act, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ still resonates with the classic Burton archetypes, which one can never get tired of. With the quintessential Gothic feel combined with an eccentric performance by Depp, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ is quite a fun watch.
If you are looking for films that are stylistically and thematically similar to this Burton flick, then you are at the right place. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Sleepy Hollow’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Sleepy Hollow’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Crimson Peak (2015)
Set in Victorian-era England, ‘Crimson Peak’ is a gothic romance film about an aspiring author, Edith Cushing, who travels to a remote Gothic mansion in the English hills with her fiancé and his sister. There, the family faces instant supernatural tremors and now she has to decrypt the mystery behind the ghostly visions that haunt her new home. Directed by the master of monster Guillermo del Toro, ‘Crimson Peak’ finds inspiration from classic horror films such as ‘The Haunting’ (1963) and The Innocents’ (1961). Upon its release, the film was immensely appreciated by horror veterans Stephen King and Sam Raimi, who commented on its brilliant use of the gothic elements. Adding to del Toro’s imaginative vision are the visually haunting cinematography of Danish cinematographer Dan Laustsen and the resonating score of Spanish composer Fernando Velázquez. Though the film did not receive any accolade from top-billed award ceremonies, it is certainly a must watch for supernatural Gothic horror romance fans.
9. The Orphanage (2007)