In early 1700s New York, the terrifying legend of the HEADLESS HORSEMAN plagues the town of SLEEPY HOLLOW, whose residents seem to move a little slower as if they were under some kind of supernatural spell...
EXPOSITION and CHARACTERIZATION
ICHIBOD CRANE, a strange, thin, but fair teacher from Connecticut, arrives in SLEEPY HOLLOW to be the new schoolmaster of the village.
This town is so ugly!
ICHIBOD becomes more pleased with his relocation by the hour. He quickly falls for the flirtatious charm of one of his beautiful students, KATRINA VAN TASSEL.
However, KATRINA's flirtatious character captures the attention of other men in the village--including the formidable BROM BONES, whose seduction tactics include scaring off all the other men with his pranks.
Oh my! You are so strong and handsome!
Hey baby girl, how you doing?
During BROM BONES' conquest for KATRINA, he attempts to scare off ICHIBOD by filling his schoolhouse with smoke, training a dog to bark at him, and pulling numerous other pranks on the new schoolmaster.
Oh no! Who did this?
ICHIBOD recieves an invitation to a party at the VAN TASSELS'. At the party, BROM BONES taunts ICHIBOD by telling him of the terrifying tale of the HEADLESS HORSEMAN and the bridge that he cannot cross. The story quickly captures ICHIBOD's attention--just like it did the rest of the village.
It is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper...