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fig. 1 (Click on images to enlarge) fig. 2 fig. 3
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Tim Burton is to be commended for properly presenting the pentagram as a warding sign rather than an emblem of evil, but his inclusion of an eye is perhaps unique. The symbol is first presented as representing evil:
Young Masbath : "The evil eye! It is someone casting spells against you." [fig 1. 01:09:00]
Katrina later draws the diagram on the church floor. Ichabod sees it upside down, further reinforcing its negative interpretation. [fig 2. 01:19:00]
At the denouement, Ichabod realizes that the symbol was actually intended to protect him. [fig. 3 01:22:11]
There is no mention of pentagram, five pointed star, evil eye, spell or curse in Washington Irving's short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820).

Sleepy Hollow (1999). Directed by Tim Burton, written by Kevin Yagher. Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Griffiths, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gough, Christopher Walken, Marc Pickering, Lisa Marie, Steven Waddington, Claire Skinner, Christopher Lee, Martin Landau. 105 min Country: USA | Germany, English | Latin, Color, Dolby.
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