The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is probably one of the infamous short story that was comparable to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Much as I enjoy the adaptations from the story, somehow this reimagining had done the story poorly despite the promising premise.
Set in modern days in Tarrytown, New York, the legend haunt the town after a college guy was killed after his ‘friends’ attack him with a beer bottle and tied him up over a railway track and threatened him over basketball scholarship and passing a grade. They left the beheaded body and keep the whole incident silent and the death was then ruled as a suicide. But, a headless horseman appears and started to kill the boys one by one.
Although I enjoy the legend and some of the artwork especially the gore and the horseman parts, as a whole, this is just a bad adaptation to the story. As classic Zenescope, the female characters are basically overly sexy sexual fiends while since all the male characters are jocks, the story just lost its steam. There are no quality toward the storytelling which is quite saddening since the artist are very talented. But the headless horseman seem to came out from Nicolas Cage’s movie, Ghost Rider. Then all went downhill from there.
If you like watching how easily heads popping out from the spine and the excessive blood sputtering out on the ground live a river, this is probably a good read for you. If you want blood and gore mixed with horror? This would be a miss for you.
The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.