Sleepy Hollow

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Very gory, violent take on classic tale.

R 1999 105 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 79 reviews

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age 16+

Rated 16 (strong gore, horror, injury detail).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are images of strong gore throughout, mainly in the aftermath of violence after people have had their heads chopped off, with frequent sight of the severed heads. These gory scenes are only occasionally accompanied by sight of blood spurting. Other moments of gore include brief sight of a man getting chopped in half, and a scene where a man is impaled with a spike through his back and dragged out of a window. Strong horror and threat occurs throughout, including one scene of strong bloody horror where a woman's corpse falls out of an iron maiden torture device causing blood to spill out onto a young boy, as well as a scene where a character finds a bundle of bloody severed heads in a tree. There are occasional moments of strong injury detail where decapitated bodies are examined, and there is close-up sight of their neck wounds, including one moment where a cockroach crawls out of a corpse's neck injury, as well as other moments where people are seen splattered with blood. | OTHER ISSUES - There is one brief scene of moderate sex. There is strong fantasy violence throughout; the aftermath of the violence is more graphic than the violence itself. | RATED "16" - Suitable only for persons aged 16 years and over. Contains content not recommended for viewing by any person below the age of 16.
age 18+


Great actors and great acting. Special affects and setting was fantastic.

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