Sleepy Hollow: For The Triumph of Evil… Review

The newest Sleepy Hollow has even less Christian horror than before, but hey they now have their own Freddy. Is that an Omen for more horror homages to come?

Sleepy Hollow may be based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” classic. However, there is something more contemporary than America’s first fairy tale afoot in this upstate New York hamlet. Aye, it is a haven of horror movie madlibs. Bemusedly, creators Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci, Len Wiseman, and Phillip Iscove are throwing in all their apparent favorites from the genre and thus far it is proving surprisingly adhesive to this wall. However, with so many cooks in one Hell of a Kitchen, with every single one of them being noticeable, at some point it could boil over and burn us all. But not tonight. Our first shout out/homage/shameless copying comes from the beginning of the episode that sets the plot in motion. While Abbie is having dreams about her sister Jenny Mills (Lyndie Greenwood) and that sordid past glanced during the pilot, it is not until Jenny’s shrink is standing in her nightgown at the top of a building that Abbie begins to suspect dreams really do come true. It appears old Dr. Vega realized that Abbie’s sister Jenny had seen a demon when she was a little girl, but left her to rot in a mental institution for fear of losing her job. This provides enough of a tenuous explanation for her to do her best Omen impersonation when she more or less tells Abbie “It’s all for you” before swan diving off the top of the building. While not quite the same as a nanny stretching her neck out for a love of duty, it certainly left an impression on the local sheriff’s department, starting with one of their cars. Once Abbie finishes her already obligatory scene of convincing the skeptical-for-five-seconds Captain Irving that Dr. Vega’s eyes were glazed over like a trance—they then evaporate into mist when the copper examines them—they all accept that a supernatural element is at play. Our intrepid heroes are on the scent! It has become more than evident that major Sleepy Hollow episodes will be divided into three main plot threads for the time being. The first, which is the primary, is of the Four Horseman, the Bible, prophecies, and of course old Crop Top himself. The second will revolve around Ichabod Crane trying to save his wife, a witch, from an inter-dimensional realm because of her dabbling in pagan forces not approved by his Church. Both of these are rooted in Christian lore and have thus far featured the Devil. The third subplot is strangely Devil free (two strikes against this episode right there) because Abbie’s storyline is going to some REALLY different places.