The new Johnny Depp-Christina Ricci spooky vehicle premieres

By Carrie Bell and Will Lee
December 03, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

If the celebs at the Nov. 17 L.A. premiere of Sleepy Hollow weren’t unnerved by the film’s decapitated rider or Johnny Depp‘s twee accent, Paramount made sure the soiree afterward did the trick. ”It looks creepy,” Hollow star Christina Ricci said of Paramour Mansion, a cavernous ex-monastery reputed to be haunted. ”I wouldn’t want to be here alone.” Costars Depp and Casper Van Dien safely populated the bash (but so did rockers Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie). Guests slurped squash soup from cauldrons and watched a headless horseman gallop through the party periodically. ”He better be careful with these low doorways,” said costar Martin Landau. Meanwhile, Sleepy director Tim Burton looked on the bright side, explaining that the film will actually help America cope with the horror of another ordeal—Thanksgiving weekend: ”This will get [people] out of the house, away from their family.”