(The Nostalgia-Ween opening for 2014 plays, before showing NC in his chair)

NC: Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to. Every Nostalgia-Ween, I always wrap up the holidays by watching one of my favorite timeless classics, Disney's Sleepy Hollow.

(Clips from the Headless Horseman segment from Ichabod and Mr. Toad are shown)

NC (vo): I grew up with it as a kid and still enjoy it to this day, with its rich atmosphere, clever storytelling, and ingenious payoff right out of a classic ghost story, which is...what it was to begin with.

[Clips from Tim Burton's version of Sleepy Hollow are shown]

NC (vo): So as you can imagine, I was pretty excited to see one of my favorite directors at the time, Tim Burton, with some of my favorite actors at the time, Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci and so forth, bring to life the Gothic tale of the infamous Headless Horseman. My reaction was...something like this.

[A clip from Spaceballs is shown]

Co-Pilot: What the hell was that?

NC: When the film came out, I had no idea what to make of it.

[Footage from Sleepy Hollow is shown]

NC (vo): I mean, it looked beautiful, and even to this day, I'm blown away by its atmosphere. But the story seemed totally insane, it seemed to have practically nothing to do with the original, and it pissed me off that the kids' version was more grown-up than the grown-up version! Where's all the smart stuff I was promised when I was a kid?! Throughout all of my confusion, though, there was one question that stuck out the most to me. Is this meant to purposely be a bad movie?

[Posters of what NC is about to mention are shown]

NC (vo): You know, along the lines of, say, Army of Darkness or even the Steven Sommers' Mummy films?

[Back to Sleepy Hollow footage]

NC (vo): Was this a tongue-in-cheek satire that a lot of us just weren't getting? If so, did that technically make it better or worse?

[Clips of Batman & Robin are shown briefly]

NC (vo): Batman & Robin was a satire, but we all know what a classic blunder that was. But still, it was hard to get a grip on if this was even what the movie wanted to be. There seemed to be a lot of humor to it, Ichabod being a coward, the excessive amount of gore, and, good God, the greatest use of Christopher Walken ever.

Headless Horseman (Walken): Aaah! Aaah!

NC (vo): If you're gonna have Christopher Walken, give him crazy-ass hair, sharp teeth, and only have him growl. That is fucking ingenious.

Headless Horseman (Walken): Aaah! Aaah!

NC (vo): But still, for years, I couldn't get an idea about what this movie was trying to accomplish.

[Several clips from several episodes of Monster Madness are shown]

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