From the dark and mysterious opening to the more humour-spiked yet no less horrific end this is one of my favourite films ever! Depp is great as an Englishman (only slipping into American twang in one syllable early on in the movie) who will battle the horseman and inspect headless, beetle filled corpses with gusto but then leap onto a chair, screaming when he sees a spider! Usually, her parts are beautiful yet rather evil characters that look innocent and pure until you look into her eyes not this time though. She's softly spoken, and very caring and that's it, no daggers in the pupils, no sly frowns to the camera.I'm a big horror film fan and was so looking forward to seeing what take Tim Burton would have a true horror film. The look of the piece is both extremely dark and evil (the Horseman kills men, women and children with equal relish) but it retains scenes of beautiful, dreamlike states once again making good use of Mr. Christopher Walken made the small role he had in the headless horseman (he played him on the few occasions he actually had a head) his own with his usual evil visage and a load of screaming! The real masterstroke of this film though, or at least its main bad guy is the use of Ray Park.With an antenna of irrefragable insight I sensed that my guru knew God, and would lead me to Him. This was not the first sun to find me at these holy feet! B.), from Serampore College, the college having two entities, one as a constituent college of the Senate of Serampore College (University) and the other as an affiliated college of the University of Calcutta.
In 1920, Yogananda went to the United States aboard the ship City of Sparta, as India's delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals convening in Boston.
During this time he attracted a number of celebrity followers, including soprano Amelita Galli-Curci, tenor Vladimir Rosing and Clara Clemens Gabrilowitsch, the daughter of Mark Twain.
It was while at this hermitage that Yogananda wrote his famous Autobiography of a Yogi and other writings.
Also at this time he created an "enduring foundation for the spiritual and humanitarian work of Self‑Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India." The last four years of his life were spent primarily in seclusion with some of his inner circle of disciples at his desert ashram in Twentynine Palms, California to finish his writings and to finish revising books, articles and lessons written previously over the years.
The deaths, most of which decapitations of course, are all seen onscreen in their full, gory glory.
Not a single piece of blood escapes the cameras here!
The plot is both intriguing and whimsical, the acting excellent, it has a cameo from Hammer Horror master Christopher Lee and it boasts one of the most evil, most frightening, most superbly realized supernatural baddies I've ever seen and I've seen plenty!
Our world is a dream within a dream; you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here. Him you must find." – from the book The Divine Romance Yogananda's seeking after various saints mostly ended when he met his guru, Swami Yukteswar Giri, in 1910, at the age of 17.
He lived there from 1920—1952, interrupted by an extended trip abroad in 1935–1936 which was mainly to visit his guru in India though he undertook visits to other living western saints like Therese Neumann, the Catholic Stigmatist of Konnersreuth, and places of spiritual significance en route.
In 1935, he returned to India to visit Yukteswar and to help establish his Yogoda Satsanga work in India.
The following year, he established an international center for Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles, California, which became the spiritual and administrative heart of his growing work.