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Fun And Spooky Behind-The-Scenes Details From The Set Of Tim Burton's 'Sleepy Hollow'

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Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow is a nostalgic favorite amongst fans of both the director and gothic horror in general. With its dark storyline, creepy atmosphere, and a great cast featuring the likes of Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, there's a reason it's still a Halloween-season staple today. 

So go behind the scenes, see how the filmmakers brought all the spooky details to life, and don't forget to vote up your favorite details and trivia from the making of Sleepy Hollow.

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    Saving A Cast Member's Life

    Johnny Depp reportedly adopted the partially blind horse he rode in the film (Ichabod's horse, Gunpowder) upon hearing it would otherwise be put down.

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    Extreme Color Correction

    Since a blue camera filter was put over the whole movie to make it appear darker, the fake blood used on set was actually a bright orange color so that it would appear red on film.

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    This Town Is Temporary

    Although Sleepy Hollow is a real-life village in New York, the film was shot in England. In just three months, the crew built the town from the ground up on 20 acres of land. They also populated the area with their own livestock, which lived on set for the duration of filming.

    Johnny Depp said of the fake town, “It was beautiful, I wanted to live there!

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    Hand-Me-Down Horse

    For some of the more difficult riding shots, the filmmakers used a mechanical horse that was developed decades prior for use in the 1944 film National Velvet, starring Elizabeth Taylor.

    They outfitted the robotic horse with black fur and even gave it the ability to snort out steam.

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