Sleepy Hollow has two sides; one seen in a book and the other seen in a movie. The book, which is the original story, takes a more comical approach to the story of Ichabod Crane, the protagonist. In the book the characters have a more in depth introduction, showing us the maturity of the characters at the end of the book. The movie however, takes a more gothic and serious approach to the story. In the movie, there are gothic elements everywhere. There are almost no bright colors, and the music is very eerie and spooky; however, the plot isn't explained as much as it is in the book.
In all, I like the film much better. I think the gothic elements incorporated into the film were a great addition, and that it helps further the suspense and scares of the movie; after all, it is a story about a headless horseman.