Edward Scissorhands (1990)
March 7, 2018 9:59 PM - Subscribe

“What happened to you?” “...I'm not finished.”

Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. After the inventor's sudden death, Edward lived alone in the darkness until a kind Avon lady took him home to live with her family. Trailer.

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton.

NYTimes Review: And So Handy Around The Garden

io9: 25 Years Ago, Edward Scissorhands Changed Monster Movies Forever

Buzzfeed: 31 Facts You Probably Don't Know About "Edward Scissorhands"

Mental Floss: 10 Hair-Raising Facts About Edward Scissorhands

Dazed: The secret history of Edward Scissorhands

Movieclips: Edward Makes Snow

Pinterest: Edward Scissorhands costumes (including the best ever)
posted by roger ackroyd (2 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
When Johnny Depp was still compelling.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:46 AM on March 8, 2018

That io9 retrospective is good. I too loved this movie as a teenager. It's kinda engineered to appeal very directly to adolescents, in the same way that Ender's Game is: hey, I too am AWKWARD and ISOLATED and SPECIAL and THIS MOVIE SPEAKS TO ME. I haven't seen it for years and at this point I'm a little afraid to.

And yeah, Johnny Depp is really good in this. The moment when Dianne Weist discovers him in the castle, which he plays as if he were a scared baby bird; the moment when Winona Ryder tells him "RUN!" and his heart breaks because he knows his life as part of society is over.

The Buzzfeed article lifts a lot from the annotations on the Dazed article, but I did not know this: "The crew took facades of the houses and reduced the size of the windows to make it slightly more paranoid-looking." And now I can picture it: yes.

I think the comments in the articles are exactly right: if it were made today, the pastel suburb would be a few houses on a lot plus a whole bunch of CGI set extension. It gains a lot by being entirely practical: it has a strong feeling of being a real, disconnected-from-our-reality place.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 12:01 PM on March 8, 2018 [3 favorites]

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