I've just watched Frankenweenie (2012). It has a windmill scene towards the end which was very similar to the windmill scene in Sleepy Hollow (1999). I'm not arguing if it was intentional or not because the connection is crystal clear. Did he do it just to reference one of his own movies like many of the other references to horror classics? This one was way too long to be just a simple reference. Are there any statements from him or the film crew about it?

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It may in homage to the classic Universal Frankenstein from 1931 starring Boris Karloff. In the final scene the Monster takes Frankenstien to the local windmill where he is trapped by a mob of villagers. The Monster throws Frankenstein from the mill but he survives. The villagers burn the windmill down with the Monster trapped inside it.

I do not have any direct quotes from Tim Burton confirming this but the similarity is clear.

  • Interesting. I watched the classic Frankenstein when I was a kid so I can't remember it in detail anymore. This means that Sleepy Hollow was making references to some classics, too.
    – Montag451
    Aug 31, 2016 at 18:53
  • I've just found it on Vimeo and watched the ending which is in essence the same twist as in Sleepy Hollow and Frankenweenie. Thanks.
    – Montag451
    Aug 31, 2016 at 19:00

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