By Maria Mitchell
Sleepy Hollow (1999). Composer: Danny Elfman.
This film’s beautiful cinematography keeps vivid color to an effective minimum and relies on dreary, overcast, gray atmosphere to create dread. The score employs a similar concept by relying heavily on low-end orchestral instruments like contrabass, bassoons and tubas, and cuing gentler instruments like harps and solo violins sparsely.
“Introduction”: The ideally ominous way to begin a film like Sleepy Hollow. I’ve always been partial to the decapitation sequences in …