It was a Horseman, a Dead One. Headless: Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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It was a headless horseman… But it was a headless horseman…you must believe me. It was a horseman, a dead one. Headless.

I saw this years ago with my sister. She probably shouldn’t have shown it to me as I was too young to be watching an “R” rated film, and all I mostly remember is being confused.

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Ichabod Crane was detective not a teacher?

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What?

The horseman didn’t follow the correct rules of not being allowed to cross over the bridge. That made me so mad as I had read the book!

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And there were these weird flashbacks of Ichabod; lots of witchcraft; and the worst performance of Christopher Walken…I don’t know it didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

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So whenever I do Horrorfest, I always plan out ahead of time the things I will review and then because of life when I actually do the reviews, half the things I choose end up not making it into Horrorfest, but are changed out with other films. This film, however, was not one of those. From the beginning of Horrorfest I had wanted to review it.

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You see I had decided it was time to do a Tim Burton film, and choose Sleepy Hollow. I then ended up adding Corpse Bride into the mix as that film I just happened to see. So with Corpse Bride filling that quota, did I need to review Sleepy Hollow?

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Well , yes. You see I decided this year I am going to go through my old posts and do films I mention in them, along with remakes and sequels. Tying the old to the new. As I reviewed Disney’s Sleepy Hollow during the original Horrorfest, I decided to bring it back.

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Ghosts are bad, but the one that’s cursed,
Is the Headless Horseman; he’s the worst!

So now as an adult, older I decided to watch it. And what did I think?

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I thought it was horrible. First let’s look at Johnny Depp’s character Ichabod Crane. In New York he is “forward thinking” and “ahead of his time”.

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Tim Burton really needs to move on from that theme it is boring to see it in every film he does. Anyway, Ichabod is a constable, police officer, but America didn’t have a police force until 1838, and New York didn’t have it until 1845. If the film takes place in 1779, he couldn’t be a police officer.

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Does Burton do any historical research?

Or do anything

Or do anything

So he’s all advanced that no one understands him.

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He gives a powerful speech, but is sent to Dutch area of Sleepy Hollow to solve their murders.

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Now when he gets there he turns into the wimpiest person ever. He faints at everything, everything turns him into a shudder; he is brave enough to go into the forbidden woods but too afraid of a Legend. You can’t have him a scaredy-cat and super brave at the same time. It just makes no sense.

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Then we have this whole storyline that witches are good, the church is bad. Ichabod’s mother was a witch, or excuse me “a child of earth and nature” killed by his father the minister. Katrina Van Tassel, is a witch and they go on and on that witches are good, pure, kind, etc.

Young Masbath: A strange sort of witch, with a kind and loving heart. How can you think [her guilty]?

But then the villain of the film is a Witch! You constantly go on about witches being good and misunderstood, and end with your crazy, vengeful, psychopath villain being the thing you are defending.

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And more importantly WHAT DOES WITCHES HAVE TO DO WITH THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN????!!!!

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But it isn’t really the films fault per say. You know how everyone is obsessed with zombies? Well I know you thought the ’90s were only obsessed with dinosaurs and ninjas, but we also had a witches craze. There was The Witches, The Craft, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Hocus Pocus, The Crucible, The Blair Witch Project, Practical Magic, Halloweentown, and even Scooby-Doo got in the act with Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost.

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So it doesn’t surprise me. I just think it is stupid that they can “control” the horseman and provide better barriers than “holy ground” or THE BRIDGE HE ISN’T SUPPOSED TO CROSS!!!

Yes I am still angry about it.

Yes I am still angry about it.

And Christopher Walken…

I love this man but he was a horrible Headless Horseman. He WASN’T scary! Not at all. All he did was go rah, rah. BORING! Now the Disney one, that was SCARY!

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This one:

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I don’t recommend it. Visually it is beautiful but that isn’t enough for me.

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To start Horrorfest V from the beginning, go to Who You Gonna Call?: Ghostbusters (1984)

For the previous post, go to Dracula. Not Myth, Nor Ravings of a Mad Irish Novelist, Oh No, He’s Real: Dracula 2000 (2000)

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For more on Sleepy Hollow, go to A Fright on Halloween Night: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

For more witches, go to A Book Considered Too Dangerous to Keep: The Magician’s Nephew, Midsomer Murders (2008)

For more Tim Burton films, go to He’s Married to a Corpse. He Has A Corpse Bride!: Corpse Bride (2005)

For more Johnny Depp, go to Whatever You Do Don’t Fall Asleep: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

For more Christina Ricci, go to Someone Very Special: The Addam’s Family Values (1993)

For more films based on books, go to I Came Upon a Shattered Glass Jar and Four Baby Turtles Crawling into a Strange Glowing Ooze: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

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Episode VI: Return of the Favorite Movie Lines List

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So since this is Disney month I decided that for this month all the lines on the list will be disney films. Some are films I am sure you know by heart,  others will probably be new, but all are randomly placed and I hope you enjoy!

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501)”Ned Land: [singing] Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads, a whale of a tale or two, ’bout the floppin’ fish and the girls I’ve loved on nights like this with the moon above. A whale of a tale and it’s all true, I swear by my tattoo. There was Mermaid Minnie; met her down in Madagascar. She would kiss me anytime that I would ask her. Then one evening, her flame of love blew out. Blow me down and pick me up, she swapped me for a trout! Got a whale of a tale to tell ya, lads, a whale of a tale or two, ’bout the floppin’ fish and the girls I’ve loved on nights like this with the moon above. A whale of a tale and it’s all true, I swear by my tattoo. There was Typhoon Tessie; met her on the coast of Java. When we kissed, I bubbled up like molten lava. Then she gave me the scare of my young life. Blow me down and pick me up, she was the captain’s wife!–20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

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502)”Little Elf Judy: Not too hot. Extra chocolate. Shaken, not stirred.”–The Santa Clause (1994)

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503)”Little John: You know somethin’, Robin. I was just wonderin’, are we good guys or bad guys? You know, I mean, uh? Our robbin’ the rich to feed the poor.
Robin Hood: Rob? Tsk tsk tsk. That’s a naughty word. We never rob. We just sort of borrow a bit from those who can afford it.
Little John: Borrow? Boy, are we in debt.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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504)”Genie: I can’t help you, I work for Senor Psychopath now!”–Aladdin (1992)

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505)”The Blue Fairy: Now, remember, Pinocchio: be a good boy. And always let your conscience be your guide.”–Pinocchio (1940)

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506)”Captain Nemo: I am not what is called a civilized man, Professor. I have done with society for reasons that seem good to me. Therefore, I do not obey its laws.”–20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

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507)”Lyle: Ursula, I found your scrunchie.”–George of the Jungle (1997)

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508)”Genie: [normally] Uh, rule #1, I can’t kill anybody. [cuts his head off] So don’t ask. A-rule #2! [fixes his head] I can’t make anybody fall in love with anybody else. [smooches Aladdin] You little punim there. RULE #3! [turns into a slimy Genie, and imitating Peter Lorre]I can’t bring people back from the dead. It’s not a pretty picture. I DON’T LIKE DOING IT! [he returns to normal] Other than that, you got it!”–Aladdin (1992)

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509) “Sharon McKendrick: ‘Cos that’s how true love creates its beautiful agony. All splendid lovers had just dreadful times! Er, Pelias and Melisande, Daphnis and Chloë. History’s just jammed with stories of lovers parted by some silly thing!”–The Parent Trap (1961)

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510)”Grumpy: Hah! Women! A fine kettle of fish.”–Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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511)”Prince Phillip: Now, father, you’re living in the past. This is the 14th century!”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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512)”Max: Thor, were you fighting with the Narrator?
Thor: Well, he started it.
Narrator: Did not.
Thor: You did too.
Narrator: Did not.
Thor: You did too.
Narrator: Did not.
Thor: You did too!
Max: Thor, stop it. “–George of the Jungle (1993)

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513)Robin Hood: Marian, my darling, I love you more than life itself.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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514)”Meg: Thanks for everything, Herc. It’s been a real slice.”–Hercules (1997)

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515)”Prince Edward: [talking to a TV] Magic Mirror. I beg you. Tell me where she is!
Mary Ilene Caselotti: [on TV] Reporting from 116th and Broadway.
Prince Edward: One hundred and sixteenth and Broadway! [hugs the TV] Thank you mirror!”–Enchanted (2007)

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516)”Maleficent: Touch the spindle. Touch it, I say!”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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517)”Belle: Gaston, you are positively primeval.

Gaston: Why thank you, Belle.”–Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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518)”Queen: Magic Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”–Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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519)”George: No people here to look stupid for. Just George.”–George of the Jungle (1997)

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520)”Robin Hood: Faint hearts never won fair lady.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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521)”Hercules: But, Father, I’ve defeated every single monster I’ve come up against. I-I’m… I’m the most famous person in all of Greece. I’m… I-I’m an action figure!”–Hercules (1997)

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522) “Fauna: Maleficent doesn’t know anything about love, or kindness, or the joy of helping others. You know, sometimes I don’t think she’s really very happy.”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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523)”Gaston: How can you read this? There’s no pictures!

Belle: Well, some people use their imagination.”–Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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524)”Cinderella: [singing] A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams, and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”–Cinderella (1950)

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525)”Ape: George, what on earth are you doing?
George: [George is wearing flower lei] George just feel like looking a little special today. That all.”–George of the Jungle (1997)

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526)”Skippy: You gotta take the oath.
Toby: The oath?
Tagalong: Put your hand on your heart and cross your eyes.
Skippy: Spider, snakes and a lizard head.
Toby: [repeats] Spider, snakes and a lizard’s head.
Skippy: If I tattletale, I’ll die till I’m dead.
Toby: [repeats] If I tattletale, I’ll die till I’m dead.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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527)”The Blue Fairy: A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as plain as the nose on your face.”–Pinocchio (1940)

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528)”E.L.F.S. Leader: We’re your worst nightmare. Elves with attitude.“–The Santa Clause (1994)

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529)”Verbena: You didn’t know what a good thing you had when you had it.”–The Parent Trap (1961)

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530)”Gaston: Lefou, I’m afraid I’ve been thinking…

Lefou: A dangerous pastime?

Gaston: I know.”–Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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531)”Thor: I’m chafing, Max. I’m chafing big-time.

Max: Didn’t I tell you not to wear twenty pounds of black leather in the jungle? Didn’t I tell you? Cotton, I said. Cotton breathes.”–George of the Jungle (1997)

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532)”Toby: I’m scared of Prince John. He’s cranky.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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533)”Hades: He’s gotta have a weakness, because everybody’s got a weakness. I mean, for what? Pandora, it was the box thing. For the Trojans, hey, they bet on the wrong horse, okay?”–Hercules (1997)

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534)”Susan’s roommate at camp Inch: The nerve of her! Coming here with your face!

Susan’s other roommate: What are you gonna do about it?

Susan Evers: Do? What in heaven’s sake can I do, silly?

Susan’s other roommate: I’d bite off her nose. Then she wouldn’t look like you.”–Parent Trap (1961)

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535)”Fauna: [Fauna finishes lighting the candles on Aurora’s birthday cake and it begins to fall over]Well, what do you think of it?

Flora: Why, it… it’s a very unusual cake, isn’t it?

Fauna: Yes… of course, it will be much stiffer after it’s baked.”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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536)”Beast: I want to do something for her… but what?

Cogsworth: Well, there’s the usual things: flowers… chocolates… promises you don’t intend to keep…”–Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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537)”George: Sleep sweet, Ursula.
Ursula Stanhope: Sleep sweet, George.”–George of the Jungle (1997)

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538)”Friar Tuck: [singing] A pox on the phony King of England.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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539)”Roberta ‘Bertie’: Do you read a lot, Fritz?
Ernst Robinson: Who, him? He practically doesn’t ever read at all!
Fritz Robinson: Never really needed to. Sooner or later, Ernst tells me everything he knows.”–Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

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540) “Pip in New York: [as Nathaniel] Apple?
Pip in New York:[as Giselle] No, thank you.
Pip in New York: [as Nathaniel] It’s good.
Pip in New York: [as Giselle] Oh, okay.”–Enchanted (2007)

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541)”Mr. Stork: Here is a baby with eyes of blue, straight from heaven, right to you. Or – straight from heaven up above, here is a baby for you to love”–Dumbo (1941)

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542)”The Coachman: Give a bad boy enough rope, and he’ll soon make a jackass of himself.”–Pinocchio (1940)

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543)”George: To swing or not to swing?
Man: Help!
George: Swing.”–George of the Jungle (1997)

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544)”Tarzan: No matter where I go, you will always be my mother.
Kala: And you will always be in my heart.”–Tarzan (1999)

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545)”Gaston: [singing] I use antlers in all of my decorating!”–Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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546)”[Prince Edward knocks on a random door in Robert’s apartment building, trying to find Giselle]
Pregnant Woman with Kids: [taking in Edward’s “Prince Charming” getup] … You’re too late.
Prince Edward: [stricken] My apologies.”–Enchanted (2007)

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547)”Narrator: “You can’t reason with a headless man.”–The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

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548)”Lyle: Hey! The important thing, Kwame, is that I was outnumbered.
N’Dugo: [in Swahili, subtitled] It’s easy to be outnumbered when you’re a zero.”–George of the Jungle (1997)

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549)”Charlie: These are Santa’s reindeer, aren’t they?

Scott Calvin: I hope not. These are… A gift. Probably from the cable company. We’re getting the Disney Channel now. Merry Christmas.”–The Santa Clause (1994)

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550)”Zeus: You ought to slow down. You’ll work yourself to death. Hah. Work yourself to death.[all laugh] Oh, I kill myself.
Hades: [to himself] If only. If only.”–Hercules (1997)

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551)”Timothy Q. Mouse: You all oughta be ashamed of yourselves. A bunch of big guys like you, pickin’ on a poor little orphan like him. Suppose you was torn away from your mother when you was just a baby. Nobody to tuck you in at nights. No warm, soft, caressin’ trunk to snuggle inta. How would you like being left out alone, in a cold, cruel, heartless woild? And why? I ask ya, why? Just because he’s got those big ears, they call him a freak. The laughing stock of the coicus. And when his mother tried to protect him, they threw her into the clink. And on top of that, they made him a clown! Socially he’s washed up! Aw, but what’s the use of talkin’ to you cold-hearted boids? Go ahead! Have your fun! Laugh at him! Kick him now that he’s down! Go on! We don’t care.”–Dumbo (1941)

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552)”Verbena: I’m not saying a word. Not one single word.”–The Parent Trap (1961)

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553)”Merryweather: It looks awful.

Flora: That’s because it’s on you, dear.”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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554)”Brom Bones: I’m telling you, brother, it’s a frightful sight for what goes on Halloween night.”–The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

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555)”Jane Porter: I was saved! I was saved by a flying wild man in a loincloth.”–Tarzan (1999)

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556)”Phil: [training Hercules in knife-throwing] Rule number 95, kid: concentrate. [Hercules misses the targets and pins Phil against the wall with his knives] Rule number 96: aim.”–Hercules (1997)

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557)”Giselle: Now if only I can find a place to rest my head for the night.
Robert Philip: What kind of place?
Giselle: I don’t know. Maybe a nearby meadow or a hollow tree.
Robert Philip: A hollow tree?
Giselle: Or a house full of dwarves. I hear they’re very hospitable.”–Enchanted (2007)

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558)”Princess Aurora: I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream. I know you, the gleam in your eyes is so familiar a gleam. Yet I know it’s true, that visions are seldom all they seem… but if I know you, I know what you’ll do: you’ll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream…”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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559)”Neil: What about Santa’s reindeer? Have you even seen a reindeer fly?

Charlie: Yes.

Neil: Well, I haven’t.

Charlie: Have you ever seen a million dollars?

Neil: No.

Charlie: Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean is doesn’t exist.”–The Santa Clause (1994)

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560)”Clayton: Even if you hadn’t grown up a savage, you’d be lost. There are no trails through a woman’s heart.”–Tarzan (1999)

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561)”Phil: The one and only Thebes. The Big Olive itself. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.”–Hercules (1997)

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562)”Taran: What does a girl know about swords, anyway?

Eilonwy: “Girl”? “Girl”? If it wasn’t for this *girl*, you would still be in the Horned King’s dungeon.”–The Black Cauldron (1985)

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563)”Merryweather: I’d like to turn her into a fat ol’ – hop toad.

Fauna: Now, dear, that isn’t a very nice thing to say.

Flora: Besides, we can’t. You know our magic doesn’t work that way.

Fauna: It can only do good, dear, to bring joy and happiness.

Merryweather: Well, *that* would make me happy.”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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564)”Cinderella: Oh, no. No, it isn’t true. It’s just no use. No use at all. I can’t believe. Not anymore. There’s nothing left to believe in. Nothing.

Fairy Godmother: Nothing, my dear? Oh, now you don’t really mean that.

Cinderella: Oh, but I do…

Fairy Godmother: Nonsense, child. If you’d lost all your faith, I couldn’t be here. And here I am.”–Cinderella (1950)

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565)”Sir Hiss: Snakes don’t walk, they slither.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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566)”Tarzan: Kerchak, forgive me.
Kerchak: No. Forgive me, for not understanding that you have always been one of us. Our family will look to you now.”–Tarzan (1999)

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567)”Narrator: Don’t worry. Nobody dies in this story. They just get really big boo-boos.”–George of the Jungle (1997)

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568)”Street Salesman: Hey, Mack.[opens his coat]
Phil: Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Street Salesman: You wanna buy a sundial?”–Hercules (1997)

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569)”Giselle: What about you? How long have you known your Nancy?
Robert: Uh, five years.
Giselle: And you haven’t proposed?
Robert: Well, no, I…
Giselle: Well no wonder she’s angry.”–Enchanted (2007)

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570)”Prince Phillip: [Hearing Aurora’s singing] You hear that, Samson? Beautiful. [Samson snorts] What is it? Come on, let’s find out. [Samson refuses] Aw, come on. For an extra bucket of oats? And a few… carrots? [Samson nods yes] Hup, boy! [They ride through the forest; Samson jumps over a river but Phillip falls off and into the water] Whoa! [Samson goes back for him and Phillip splashes water on his face] No carrots.” –Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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571)”Timothy Q. Mouse: Aw gee, Dumbo, I think your ears are beautiful!”–Dumbo (1941)

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572)”Sir Hiss: A mere slip of the forked tongue.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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573) “Jane Porter: [Hanging from a tree] It can’t get any worse, can it? [it starts to rain] Obviously, it can.”–Tarzan (1999)

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574)”Narrator: [after George is shot] Whew! Okay, kids, let’s settle down and review the important information. Lyle is a big doofus. Poor George was really shot, but can’t die because let’s face it, he’s the hero.”–George of the Jungle (1997)

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575)”Pain, Panic: [disguised as kids trapped in a rockslide] Somebody call IX-I-I.”–Hercules (1997)

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576)”Flora: Thou sword of truth, fly swift and sure, that evil die and good endure!”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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577)”Clucky: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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578)”Mowgli: The jungle speaks to me because I have learned how to listen.”–The Jungle Book (1994)

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579)”N’Dugo: Bad guy falls in poop: Classic element of physical comedy. Now comes the part where we throw our heads back and laugh. Ready?
Guides: Ready! [they all throw their heads back and laugh]”–George of the Jungle (1997)

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580)”Panic: If? If is good.”–Hercules (1997)

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581)”Princess Aurora: Yes, it’s only in my dreams. But they say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true, and I’ve seen him so many times.”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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582)”Yori: [to Tron] I knew you’d escape. They haven’t built a circuit that could hold you!”–TRON (1982)

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583)”Dallben: Untried courage is no match for his evil.”–The Black Cauldron (1985)

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584)”Colonel Brydon: I think a man lucky who could count you as a friend.”–The Jungle Book (1994)

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585)”Genie: PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS! [shrinks down inside the lamp] Itty-bitty living space!”–Aladdin (1992)

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586)”Timothy Q. Mouse: ‘Dumbo! The ninth wonder of the univoise! The woild’s only flyin’ elephant!”–Dumbo (1941)

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587)”King Hubert: Nowadays I’m still the king! And I command you to come to your senses!

Prince Phillip: [mounting his horse] And marry the girl I love.

King Hubert: Exactly!

Prince Phillip: [riding off] Goodbye, father!”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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588)”King Richard: Oh, Friar Tuck. It appears that I now have an outlaw for an in-law.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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589)”Katherine ‘Kitty’ Brydon: Birds are beautiful.
Mowgli: Birds are beautiful. So is you.
Katherine ‘Kitty’ Brydon: So *are* you.
Mowgli: Yes. You are.
Katherine ‘Kitty’ Brydon: Thank you.
Dr. Julien Plumford: Picking up fast, isn’t he.”–The Jungle Book (1994)

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590)”[Abu is swinging a stolen sword at the guards]
Guard: [frightened] He’s got a sword!
Razoul: [to his subordinates] You idiots. [louder] We’ve all got swords!”–Aladdin (1992)

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591)”Fauna: Now, yeast, one tsp. Tsp?

Merryweather: One teaspoon.

Fauna: One teaspoon, of course!”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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592)”Crows:But I be done seen about everything, when I see an elephant fly.”–Dumbo (1941)

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593)”Nutsy: [shouting] One o’clock and all’s well.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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594)”[Mowgli is staring at a painting]
Katherine ‘Kitty’ Brydon: What are you looking at?
Mowgli: I’ve seen that hat before.
Katherine ‘Kitty’ Brydon: That’s King Louis. Of France.
Mowgli: King Louis? If you see him, tell him I know who took his hat.”–The Jungle Book (1994)

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595)”Genie: I’m history! No, I’m mythology! Nah, I don’t care what I am; I’m free-hee!”–Aladdin (1992)

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596)”Prince Phillip: But when will I see you again?

Princess Aurora: Oh never, never!

Prince Phillip: Never?

Princess Aurora: Well, maybe someday.

Prince Phillip: When, tomorrow?

Princess Aurora: Oh no, this evening!”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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597)”Movie Mason: Children… Children… Children… When we arrive in this world magic is all around us. You simply have to see a baby chuckle at a butterfly or a toddler splash in the bath for the first time… Yet as the years pass, simple pleasures aren’t quite so simple to find. Myths… Legends… Fall away. Santa’s secrets are revealed. Card tricks lose their fascination. True wonder is hard to come by… But there is always magic at the movies. Pirate ships… bicycles that fly… angels earn their wings, beautiful women marry handsome men and we all learn that there is no place like home.”–Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)

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598)”Little John: Ah, come one, Robby. Climb the castle walls. Sweep her off her feet. Carry her off in style.”–Robin Hood (1973)

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899)”Jafar: [hypnotizing the Sultan with his snake staff] You will order the Princess to marry me.
Sultan: [hypnotized] I will order the Princess to…[suddenly breaks out of the trance] But you’re so *old*!”–Aladdin (1992)

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600)”Flora: Wait, Prince Phillip. The road to true love may be barred by still many more dangers, which you alone will have to face. So arm thyself with this enchanted Shield of Virtue, and this mighty Sword of Truth, for these weapons of righteousness will triumph over evil.”–Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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For more movie lines go to Episode V: The My Favorite Movie Lines List Strikes Back

For more on Aladdin go to Episode III: Revenge of the Favorite Movie Lines List

For more on Beauty and the Beast go to Belle of the Ball

For more on The Black Cauldron go to A Hidden Wonder

For more on Cinderella go to Cinderelly,Cinderelly

For more on Enchanted go to I Don’t Dance or Sing, Except When I’m With You

For more on Hercules, go to According to Disney

For more on the Phantom of the Megaplex go to When Horror Doesn’t Stay on the Screen

For more on Robin Hood and The Swiss Family Robinsons go tSnakes on a Post

To read more on Snow White go to Snow White of a Day

For more on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow go to A Fright on Halloween Night

For more on The Parent Trap (1961) go to At the End of the Rainbow

For more on The Santa Clause go to On the 11th Day ‘Til Christmas

For more on Sleeping Beauty go to Prince of a Man

Looking Back, Moving Forward

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Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you all had a fun new years eve and safely enjoyed yourself. I went to two parties; both of which bored me :(, oh well there’s always next year. 🙂

Anyways, I thought it might be fun to do a year in review type thing as I start out with the great things that happened this year and what I hope to bring in the future! 😀

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1) The Views

So according to WordPress I received 2000 views on my blog this year. Wow, that is more than I thought I would get and I would like to thank all of you for being a part of this. It really makes me feel as if I am doing something special to see that.

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2) #1 Post

Also according to WordPress, my most popular day was October 31st . Surprisingly; instead of the number one post being Everyone’s Entitled to One Good Scare: Halloween (1978), which I posted that day; I Bid You Welcome: Dracula (1931) took the lead. It still remains the number one viewed post. #2 was A Fright on Halloween Night: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949), #3 Grimwood Ghouls’ Gym Teacher: Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988), #4 A Monster Race: Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988), #5 Quite A Horror Story: Agatha Christie’s Poirot Hallowe’en Party (2011), and #6 being By George He’s Perfect.

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3) The Followers

I just found out that I know have fourteen followers! That’s amazing! I want to thank each of you that chooses to come back and check out my blog. It really puts a smile on my face to know that my thoughts and views interest others.

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Now that we have reviewed some stats lets move on to reviewing the highlights of the past posts!

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The many handsome men who have played Mr. Darcy

4) Mr. Darcy

I also started the first of Mr. Darcy filled posts. There will be many, many more to come as there is just so much to say about him. My favorite Darcy filled posts were Darcy’s Dream Date and The Beauty of Darcy. I recommend reading both, but especially the second!

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4) The Verne Saga

In September, a guy named Verne tried to hit on me, but I brushed him off never thinking I would see him again. That was proved wrong as he kept popping up. To read the whole story check out Flirting With Disaster, Bowled Over, Bad Penny, and Return of the Verne.

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5) Character Sketches

I did two posts of literary/film characters I really like and admire. Forney Hull from Where the Heart Is, and George Knightly from Emma. I hope to do more later on, as it is something I enjoy doing.

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I always have embarrassing moments, and I did post a few. If you want a good laugh; check out Doors of Death, Walkin’ Round, Color Me Red, etc.

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7) Horrorfest

For the month of October, I posted a blog everyday that reviewed/had to do with a monster/horror/suspense movie. It was an enormous feat and took a lot of time to do. There were many days when I almost gave up, but I ended up completing my goal and posting all 31. This is something I plan to do again next October, along with possibly doing something in February for Valentine’s Day. The films I reviewed were The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949), The Bad Seed (1956), The Giant Behemoth (1959), Carnival of Souls (1962), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978), Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980), Poltergeist (1982), Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Black Cauldron (1985), Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988), Scooby-Doo and the Reluntant Werewolf (1988),  Arachnophobia (1990), The Addam’s Family Values (1993), The Cable Guy (1996), Phantom of the Megaplex (2000), The Secret Window (2004), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2005), Perfect Stranger (2007), Aliens in the Attic (2009), and Agatha Christe’s Poirot: Halloween Party (2011).

The days I didn’t review a film I talked about Universal’s classic monster films, the internet movie Butterfinger the 13th, the Even Stevens Halloween Special, Archie’s Weird Mysteries: Attack of the Killer Spuds, and the Austen men in Halloween costumes.

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8) Christmas Failure

I tried to do 12 posts of Christmas reviewing Christmas films, but I just became too sick to continue it. I was only able to do five posts about Christmas films-The 12 Men of Christmas, The Santa Clause, Borrowed Hearts, Holiday in Handcuffs, and The Bishop’s Wife. I did one Jane Austen birthday post that I tied into Christmas, a post I know you Austenites would love. And I did a final post listing off six of my favorite songs of Christmas to “equal” 12 “posts”. I’m sorry I had to disappoint you.

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Well I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts of this past year, I loved writing them. Here’s to a new year full of new surprises, ideas, and adventures. I wish you all the very best in the upcoming year; may it satisfy you all and me a memorable time. Happy New Year!

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I think it will be one lucky year, no matter what the superstitious say!

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For another holiday post go to It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

A Fright on Halloween Night: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

You can’t reason with a headless man.

As a kid I remember that this movie used to scare the bejeezus out of me. The headless horseman was uber creepy.

Ghosts are bad, but the one that’s cursed,
Is the Headless Horseman; he’s the worst!

But the film was amazing!

One reason why it was so fantastic was that they had the very handsome, and very charming Bing Crosby be the narrator and singer.

I love this man!

He doesn’t even have to show his face, just listening to his sexy voice is enough for me.

So Disney actually manages to do an extremely good job and creating a fun, but still creepy children’s film. They also managed to keep the story very similar to the short story, in fact taking pieces from the actual text and placing it in the film.

FYI Spoiler Alert

So the cartoon starts out with the classic Disney opening:

All fairy tales or films based on short stories and novels used to open with the pages of a book. I miss that opening and wish they portrayed it in more films. I know they brought it back for Enchanted, but I still wish there was more of it.

The first person we are introduced to is Brom Bones

I never liked Brom. He always seemed like a jerk to me. He was big and brawny, “handsome” to some; but a mean bully. He reminds me of a lesser cool Gaston. (I love Gaston, even though he is a jerk. His song is awesome)

I mean he gives liquor to animals. That’s abuse right there.

Anyways, Brom is shocked at the appereance of a new man in town. In fact this stranger suprises everyone. It’s Ichabod, Ichabod Crane the school teacher.

“Debonair and devil-may-care
It’s the new schoolmaster
What’s his name
Ichabod!
Ichabod Crane!”

He’s tall, rail thin, and has one heck of a schnozza; but I always liked him better as he was well-read and not a loser like Brom.

Icabod also loves to eat. He goes to his student’s homes to partake in their food, making it a complete part of his lifestyle.

Even though Ichabod isn’t really a looker he still has all the girls in town’s hearts a flutter.

With a voice like Bing Crosby’s who could blame them?

This of course upsets Brom, who tries his best to prank Ichabod and make him seem dumb.

Next to enter the scene is the lovely Katrina Van Tassel. Not only is she the prettiest in the town, but her father is the richest man.

“Narrator: Oh, Katrina, my love. Who can resist your grace, your charm? And who can resist your father’s farm? Boy, what a set-up! There’s gold in them acres…Dear Katrina, my love, my treasure. Treasure? Ah, that barn’s a gold mine. How I’d love to hit the jackpot. Sweet Katrina, Papa’s only child. Papa? Well, the old goat can’t take it with him, and when he cuts out, that’s where I cut in.” 

Every guy in town wants to get with Katrina, Ichabod included. The only problem is that Brom is interested in Katrina, in fact he is planning on marrying her. Katrina however is enjoying the attention of Ichabod. She likes the fact that he is so different from anyone she’s ever met.

Ichabod is able to to best Brom in every way, by using his brain over brawn.

However, Ichabod is a very superstitous person. We saw in his song how he doesn’t like black cats, walking under ladders, salt over the shoulder, etc.

Brom catches on to this and tells a horrific story about the Headless Horseman.

“Brom Bones: [singing] When the ghosts have a midnight jamboree, they break it up with fiendish glee. Ghosts are bad, but the one that’s cursed, is the Headless Horseman; he’s the worst! 
Chorus: [singing] That’s right, he’s a fright on Halloween night! 
Brom Bones: When he goes a-jogging across the land, holding his noggin in his hand, demons take one look and groan, and they hit the road for parts unknown!…I’m telling you, brother, it’s a frightful sight for what goes on Halloween night.” 

Its midnight and Halloween, and after hearing the story, Ichabod is doubly freaked out on his walk home.

Of course on his way home he runs into THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN!

 “Next morning, Ichabod’s hat was found, and close beside it, a shattered pumpkin, but there was no trace of the schoolmaster. It was shortly thereafter that Brom Bones led the fair Katrina to the altar. Now, rumors persisted that Ichabod was still alive, married to a wealthy widow in a distant county. But of course, the settlers refused to believe such nonsense, for they knew the schoolmaster had been spirited away by the Headless Horseman.”

I always thought that the horseman was Brom and not a ghost, but I like how they end it so that you can draw your own conculsion as to what has really happened.

Hope you enjoyed this hair-raising tale. More to come!

Here is a cover page I made for my facebook for my Halloween countdown

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To go to the beginning of Horrorfest, go to I Don’t Belong in the World

For the previous post, go to They’re Here

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For more on Disney Animated Films, go to The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind

For more on Disney, go to Doors of Death