The Headless Horseman

Day 15: Although the Headless Horseman folklore has been around since the middle ages, most associate the character with short story by Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Horseman was a Hessian soldier in the Revolutionary war who lost his head to a cannonball, returning at night to find it.

My favorite recollection of the Horseman is Sleepy Hollow from 1999. Are you surprised the Tim Burton and Danny Elfman appear yet again? Although it was Christopher Walken who gave the character his frightening appearance, the majority of the character was performed by Ray Park and Rob Inch. The legend is a bit different in this version of the story, but still creates some great mystery, action, and ambiance.

The Horseman also appears in World of Warcraft during the Hallow’s End Event. “Prepare yourselves, the bells have tolled! Shelter your weak, your young and your old! Each of you shall pay the final sum! Cry for mercy; the reckoning has come!”

Did you know: The 1999 film features three actors who played Sith Lords: Ray Park(Darth Maul), Christopher Lee (Darth Tyrannus), and Ian McDiarmid (Darth Sidious).

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