The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Orlando REP

The cool thing about horror is no matter how often you hear a particular ghost story, it can still give you the creeps. Tonight’s story is an American literary chestnut, first published in 1819. Sleepy Hollow endures to this day as a tale of horror with an ambiguous moral. Narrated by a schoolteacher (Pugh) in a one room schoolhouse, he uses this creepy story to tame his unruly and unseen students. After a brief lecture on why school is a good thing, he gives up and spend the days lesson trying to scare the pants off his charges. Fear and intimidation – important elements of education for over 2500 years. You may even know the story: a single and rather prissy school master Ichabod Crane courts Katrina Van Tassel, the wealthy daughter of the areas richest. He competes with a larger and more earthy man Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt who works hard, parties hard and has a wicked if earthy sense of humor. As the school master rides home late at night in a very dark forest, he meets a headless horseman and and flees as fast as his tired mules can go. So much for marrying up.

The production here is impressive. A fully equipped schoolhouse complete with desks and chalk give Mr. Pugh plenty of room to maneuver, and his characterization of multiple voices all ring true and distinct. The youngish audience seemed enthralled, no one wander away from mom that I could see. Then there’s a big special effect surprise ending to buttoned up the show. The versatile Mr. Pugh easily and convincingly slides between frustrated teacher to fussy priss and then to earthy mountain man. A mist of smoke and dim lighting added to the atmosphere, and the smallish house still presented a rousing applause barrage. Comedy can wear thin quickly, but horror persists, and this magic mix seems to transcend and cross over that limitation.

https://www.orlandorep.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

  • Demons/Demons 2
    Demons/Demons 2

    Synapse Films reissues Lamberto Bava’s epic ’80s gore-filled movies Demons and Demons 2 in beautiful new editions.

  • Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson
    Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson

    Searching for the Disappearing Hour (Pyroclastic Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Payal Kapadia
    Payal Kapadia

    Earlier this year, director Payal Kapadia was awarded the Oeil d’or (Golden Eye) for best documentary at the 74th Cannes Film Festival for her debut feature, A Night of Knowing Nothing. Lily and Generoso interviewed Kapadia about her poignant film, which employs a hybrid-fiction technique to provide a personal view of the student protests that engulfed Indian colleges and universities during the previous decade.

  • Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
    Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    A classic children’s tale re-imagined by America’s greatest composers.

From the Archives