Screenwriter Caroline Thompson reveals behind the scenes details about 'Edward Scissorhands' (2022)

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When Thompson first heard the idea for the movie, she thought it was the 'stupidest idea' she'd ever heard Edward Scissorhands was inspired by a drawing Tim Burton did as a teenager Thompson told Insider that Edward was inspired by her dog, Ariel Edward says less than 150 words in total Peter Pan and David Lynch were big inspirations to Thompson for the movie The movie was originally going to be a musical, and Thompson even wrote a song for it titled 'I Can't Handle It' Robert Downey Jr, Tom Hanks, and Jim Carrey were considered, while Michael Jackson pursued Burton for the role Gary Oldman turned down the role of Edward because he didn't understand the film Tom Cruise lost the role after asking Burton how Edward went to the toilet Thompson's original choices for Edward and Kim were John Cusack and Laura Dern It was Winona Ryder who pushed for her then-boyfriend Johnny Depp to be cast Johnny Depp and Alan Arkin both asked Thompson to explain their characters to them Each scissor-finger is completely different from the next Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys makes a cameo appearance Tim Burton fainted on set, and Johnny Depp refused cooling agent despite wearing a full leather costume in Southern Florida heat The filmmakers paid real-life residents to paint their houses bright colors, and put them up in Disney World during filming The topiaries were all fake But the dog haircuts were actually real This was Vincent Price's last film Price's role was supposed to be larger, but it had to be reduced as he was seriously ill When Peg enters the mansion, the statue behind her looks eerily similar to the Oogie Boogie man from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' When Peg drives up to the castle, one of the clouds is shaped like scissors The waterbed moment was one of the few details that wasn't in Thompson's original script, and was Burton's idea Thompson was insistent that Edward had to kill Jim at the end despite some resistance Thompson said that she gets a lot of disabled fans thanking her for writing Edward FAQs Videos
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Screenwriter Caroline Thompson reveals behind the scenes details about 'Edward Scissorhands' (1)

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  • Screenwriter Caroline Thompson spoke to Insider about her experience making "Edward Scissorhands," which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
  • Thompson told Insider that she never actually saw the famous drawing Tim Burton reportedly drew before he made the film, and that Edward was based on her dog, Ariel.
  • Thompson also said that the movie was originally going to be a musical, and that she wrote a song called "I can't handle it."
  • Thompson also originally wanted John Cusack and Laura Dern as Edward and Kim, while Tom Cruise lost the lead role after asking Tim Burton how Edward went to the toilet.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

When Thompson first heard the idea for the movie, she thought it was the 'stupidest idea' she'd ever heard

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Thompson told Insider that when director and friend Tim Burton first told her about his idea for a movie about a guy with scissors for hands, she thought it was "the stupidest idea [she'd] ever heard in [her] life."

Thompson told Insider: "It's brilliant. There is no struggling for understanding what that means, it's right there on its sleeve. If I can't understand a movie with the sound, it's not worth watching to me. Movies are movies. Not words. What could be more clear than a guy with a set of scissors for hands not being able to fit in?"

Edward Scissorhands was inspired by a drawing Tim Burton did as a teenager

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There are reports that Burton had drawn a picture of Edward while he was in high school, and that this was the inspiration for the movie.

Thompson told Insider: "He told me about the drawing that he had made many years earlier. When he told me about that, for reasons I can't understand, I suddenly knew exactly what the story was. Never has that happened to me before or since, unfortunately. It was like a gift from the heavens."

However, Thompson said she never actually saw the fabled drawing.

"He just told me about it. Later I saw the drawing, but I didn't see it until we were in production. I'm not even sure it was the original drawing, he might have created it and called it that."

Thompson told Insider that Edward was inspired by her dog, Ariel

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The mostly-silent Edward was actually based on Ariel, Thompson's beloved dog who died about six years before the movie went into production.

Thompson told Insider: "I could walk her in New York off-leash. She was magic. She was so curious and interested and loving. I always felt she was just short of truly participating because she didn't have the ability to speak, that's how present she was. So that kind of enthusiastic presence is what inspired the character of Edward."

Thompson said that Depp was confused about his character, but once she explained Edward was based on her dog Ariel, Depp got it immediately.

"I've actually heard him in interviews say it was about his dog, and that's such bulls---. It was my dog. But he got it, and luckily he got it."

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Edward says less than 150 words in total

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Edward Scissorhands isn't exactly the loquacious type. Throughout the movie, the leading role doesn't have many lines at all.

In fact, as Edward, Johnny Depp says less than 150 words in total.

Thompson told Insider that the character was always going to be non-verbal and that Edward was just "a pair of eyes in terms of emotion."

Thompson said that, thankfully, Depp understood this and "delivered a beautiful, beautiful performance."

Peter Pan and David Lynch were big inspirations to Thompson for the movie

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Aside from the fabled drawing and Ariel the dog, David Lynch was also a big inspiration for Thompson when writing the movie.

Thompson told Insider: "There were a lot of David Lynch moments in 'Edward.' I don't know why this was a David Lynch moment, and they actually shortened it in the movie, but when the old man says to Edward at the barbecue, never let anybody tell you you're a cripple, and it knocks his leg and it sounds hollow. That was a David Lynch inspiration, somehow, from 'Eraserhead.'"

Meanwhile, JM Barrie's seminal "Peter Pan" and the neverending movie adaptations of Neverland also served as a touchstone for Edward and Kim.

Thompson said: "The great sadness of Edward is the same as it is for Peter — he never ages. I was evoking Wendy with Kim at the end when her granddaughter says 'why don't you go see him?' And she says 'I want him to remember me the way I was.' That moment was very important to me."

The movie was originally going to be a musical, and Thompson even wrote a song for it titled 'I Can't Handle It'

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Burton has done a few musicals, including "Sweeney Todd," "Corpse Bride," and, to a certain extent "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

"Edward Scissorhands" could have joined that roster, too.

Thompson told Insider: "Tim thought it should be a musical because he thought surreality was more acceptable if you were doing a musical. So I wrote lyrics for a song. One song I remember was called 'I Can't Handle It.'"

However, the idea of the movie being a musical didn't get that far.

"Tim read the lyrics and said 'I don't think we need to do a musical,'" Thompson said. "He read the story and thought it had enough presence to handle not being a musical."

Robert Downey Jr, Tom Hanks, and Jim Carrey were considered, while Michael Jackson pursued Burton for the role

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Edward Scissorhands seems to have been the sort of role that was touted for every young actor at the time it was in production.

Along with Tom Cruise and Gart Oldman, Robert Downey J.r, Tom Hanks, and Jim Carrey were all considered for the part.

Thompson told Insider: "There was a party somewhere where Robert Downey was feted as Edward. I'm not sure why that happened."

It didn't work out for any of them, but the latter three actors would later go on to play their own iconic characters, including Iron Man, Woody, and the Grinch, respectively.

Thompson also said that Jackson was snooping around for the role: "I imagine Michael Jackson wanted to do it. I imagine he pursued Tim. Tim didn't pursue him."

Gary Oldman turned down the role of Edward because he didn't understand the film

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One of the actors considered was Gary Oldman, who actually turned down the role. In a 2016 interview with Larry King, Oldman said: "I read the script and I went, 'It's ridiculous. A castle at the end of this road and then an Avon lady comes round selling makeup and this kid's got scissors hands? This is nuts. I don't get this at all.'"

However, Oldman also stated that once he saw the finished movie, he immediately understood it: "The camera pans over these multi-colored houses in this very sort of suburban neighborhood and then you see the sort of Dracula castle on the hill. Literally, two minutes in and I went, 'Yeah, I get it.'"

Tom Cruise lost the role after asking Burton how Edward went to the toilet

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That's right, Tom Cruise could have played Edward Scissorhands.

In an almost unimaginable move, 20th Century Fox, the movie studio behind the film, wanted Cruise, who was a better know actor at the time, over Depp. However, Cruise blew any chances he had of landing the role by asking too many questions.

Thompson said: "In his interview with Tim, he asked how Edward went to the bathroom. If you start asking those questions, the whole thing falls apart. You can't ask questions like that. If you ask questions like that, you're fucked. You've missed the metaphor, you've missed the point."

Director Burton also wasn't keen on the "Top Gun" actor.

In the book "Burton on Burton," the director said: "He certainly wasn't my ideal, but I talked to him. He was interesting, but I think that it worked out for the best. A lot of questions came up."

Thompson's original choices for Edward and Kim were John Cusack and Laura Dern

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Thompson said that while she never wrote with any particular actor in mind, she did think of John Cusack and Laura Dern for the roles of Edward and Kim, respectively.

Thompson told Insider: "John Cusack was the actor I proposed. I didn't write with him in my head, but if somehow they said who do you want, I was like, 'I have a crush on him.' I also thought Laura Dern would have been a great Kim to his Edward. That was when she was in those David Lynch movies ["Blue Velvet" and "Wild at Heart"]. She was brill'."

Eventually, of course, the role of Kim went to Winona Ryder, while the role of Edward went to Depp.

It was Winona Ryder who pushed for her then-boyfriend Johnny Depp to be cast

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Thompson said that Ryder was Burton's sole choice for the movie, and was "on board" from the very moment "the project was a go."

Ryder happened to be going out with Depp at that time, whose biggest movie was "Cry Baby" back then. But his relationship with Ryder helped to win him the part.

Thompson told Insider: "Winona pushed for Johnny. I didn't know who he was. I didn't watch television, he was cut out of 'Platoon.' 'Cry Baby' was hard to get a beat on him with. He was a teen idol, and seemed like a dopey kid. But I met him and he carried a gravitas and a sorrow and a whimsy. He really did turn out to be a fantastic choice."

Johnny Depp and Alan Arkin both asked Thompson to explain their characters to them

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While shooting the movie, a couple of actors said that they didn't actually get their characters, including Depp.

Thompson said that at the time, Burton wasn't very "proactive" or "articulate" with the actors on set. "He would move his hands around, and no one would have any idea what he was talking about except for me and a few other friends."

This led to both Depp and Alan Arkin, who played Bill, Kim's father, to go to Thompson for advice. Thompson said that she didn't know that "writers aren't supposed to talk to the actors," and said she was supposed to say "go ask the director."

Thompson said: "I didn't know that so I didn't. Johnny came up to me and asked what was what, so I explained. But I'm glad because I don't think Tim would have been able to articulate something so simple."

Thompson continued: "Alan Arkin came up to me and said 'I don't get it at all.' So I explained that my dad had a habit of saying the most irrelevant things as if they were the most important things in the world, and Alan said okay, I get it. His performance may well be my favourite. He was wonderfully dry."

Each scissor-finger is completely different from the next

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Special make-up effects creator Stan Winston was the person entrusted with making the titular and now-iconic scissorhands. He researched every type of scissors and shears he could find for the character.

The end result is a mismatch of various scissor designs and styles, making each finger unique from the next.

Burton said he originally "didn't think he'd actually have scissors for fingers. I thought they'd just be long sharp pieces of metal that weren't finished – but this is much better!"

Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys makes a cameo appearance

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In one of the strangest cameos in movie history, a member of the Backstreet Boys is actually in the final cut of Burton's gothic movie.

Nick Carter, appearing before he was famous as a member of the boy band, is seen briefly as the boy who runs across the front lawn and dives onto a slip 'n slide.

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Tim Burton fainted on set, and Johnny Depp refused cooling agent despite wearing a full leather costume in Southern Florida heat

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The heat was so extreme while filming "Edward Scissorhands" that Thompson actually got a rash on set.

"I went back to my room at one point, I took off my clothes and I felt like Linda Blair in the Exorcist. It washot."

Despite this, Depp refused to use a cooling agent despite wearing an all-black, all-leather costume.

Thompson told Insider: "He was wearing this leather suit, a very hot costume in extreme heat in Southern Florida in springtime. They had some kind of cooling agent they could use inside of Johnny's suit, but I don't think he ever used it. He was really, trooper beyond trooper. Tim fainted, and he wasn't wearing a hot suit."

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The filmmakers paid real-life residents to paint their houses bright colors, and put them up in Disney World during filming

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In an interview with The Huffington Post, production designer Bo Welch spoke about the difficulties of shooting the movie in a real-life neighborhood.

"We went door-to-door and got them all to agree to allow us to cut out all of their shrubs and paint their houses," Welch said. "The people were paid money for the use of their yard, and if they wanted to be put up in Disney World or something they could do that during the shoot."

Welch also said that one household was being stubborn and wanted more money before agreeing. But the filmmakers decided to film around their house.

Welch said: "We treated all the houses, painted all of them, did the shrubs and the topiary to every house but theirs, and they eventually realized that we're just going to do it regardless, so they caved in, too. Thank God they did because then we would have been hamstrung by that one odd man out in the center of the neighborhood."

The topiaries were all fake

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Disappointingly, the topiaries and shrubbery were actually movie magic rather than genuine lawn-keeping genius.

Production designer Bo Welch told The Huffington Post that they designed them in the art department: "They're light-weight steel armatures wrapped with chicken wire and stuffed with artificial greens. They were light enough to move around."

Welch said: "We said, 'OK, how about one is a dinosaur and one is a turtle and whatever?' They tended to be fantastical animals.

But the dog haircuts were actually real

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Conversely, the dog's getting haircuts by Edward was actually real.

Welch told Buzzfeed: "This was 25 years ago — the things you see in the movie are actual, physical things. There's not the digital green screen, CG element you have that pervades movies today. So, you see a dog getting a haircut, it's a dog getting a haircut."

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This was Vincent Price's last film

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Vincent Price had a gargantuan career, amassing a huge amount of movie and TV credits — 211 to be exact, according to his IMDB page. Price had a big impact on Burton, who idolized him growing up.

Unsurprisingly then, the role of the Inventor was written with Price in mind. Sadly, this role was his last, but what a fitting part for an actor of Price's status to play in a movie directed by the man he inspired.

Price's role was supposed to be larger, but it had to be reduced as he was seriously ill

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Price's role as the Inventor, who creates Edward, was meant to be significantly larger.

However, Price was reaching the end of his life and was suffering with both emphysema and Parkinson's disease.

This meant that he was unable to carry out an extensive role, so the role was made shorter for Price.

When Peg enters the mansion, the statue behind her looks eerily similar to the Oogie Boogie man from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

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Burton's visual style and use of imagery is one of the most recognizable in movie history, so it's no surprise that there is some overlap in his gothic films.

Here, the statue at the bottom of the staircase looks remarkably similar to the Ooogie Boogie man in "The Nightmare Before Christmas," which Burton produced.

That Halloween/Christmas movie was released three years after "Edward Scissorhands," but the comparison is clear nonetheless.

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When Peg drives up to the castle, one of the clouds is shaped like scissors

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The Dracula-like castle at the end of the colorful suburban neighborhood is one of the best images of the movie, as well as in Burton's entire filmography.

But if you look closer, you can see a sneaky little reference to scissors that makes the image even better.

To the right hand side in one scene, there's a cloud shaped exactly like a pair of scissors. Neat.

The waterbed moment was one of the few details that wasn't in Thompson's original script, and was Burton's idea

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Thompson said that they practically shot exactly what Thompson wrote, but there was one moment that was added after Thompson's finished script. The water bed. The scene itself, in which Edward scares Kim while in her bed, was in the script, but Burton added the water bed detail.

"When Tim was scouting in Florida, he saw a waterbed. I hadn't thought that it would be a water bed, but when he saw it he thought it was funny. That came from Tim. That was maybe one of the few moments that wasn't in the original script."

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Thompson was insistent that Edward had to kill Jim at the end despite some resistance

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There was some resistance to the idea of Edward killing high-school jock Jim at the end of the movie, but Thompson told Insider that this plot point had to happen.

"Edward had to kill Jim. Jim never would have left him alone. And for the trajectory of the tale, he needed to be left alone at the end," Thompson said.

"Jim was such an asshole, he had to get his comeuppance. And Edward killed him by accident. The way I wrote it, and the way Tim shot it, Jim basically impaled himself on Edward's scissors. It's not that Edward thrust him as much. It was an inevitable part of the story. Denise Di Novi, who was the producer, questioned it. People were worried it would turn audiences off. But I can't imagine the movie without it."

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Thompson said that she gets a lot of disabled fans thanking her for writing Edward

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Thompson told Insider that the fact that so many disabled fans have thanked her for the movie is "one of the great joys of having contributed Edward to culture."

Thompson said: "Recently, I was interviewed as apart of a disability film festival. And this is the 30th anniversary of the ADA [American Disability Act]. I did not realise what an icon Edward is for the disabled community and how much confidence and comfort and clarity about themselves he gave many people."

Thompson continued: "I started to cry. How touching can that be? People who are suffering otherness that is so visual and people are so cruel — to have been a support was a beautiful feeling."

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FAQs

What's the story behind Edward Scissorhands? ›

Is Edward Scissorhands based off a true story? ›

The mostly-silent Edward was actually based on Ariel, Thompson's beloved dog who died about six years before the movie went into production. Thompson told Insider: "I could walk her in New York off-leash. She was magic. She was so curious and interested and loving.

How many words does Edward Scissorhands say in the movie? ›

This is a frequently asked question on google i'm providing an answer here in the edward scissorhand

What was Edward Scissorhands accused of? ›

Jim's drunken friend drives him to Kim's house and nearly runs over Kevin, but Edward pushes Kevin to safety, inadvertently cutting him. Witnesses accuse Edward of attacking Kevin; when Jim assaults him, Edward defends himself, cutting Jim's arm before fleeing to his mansion.

What is the irony in Edward Scissorhands? ›

In his film, Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton exposes society's inability to truly accept and integrate "the other." No matter how much it appeared that Edward was being integrated into the community, he could never leave the realm of "the other," they never truly accepted him, and would always see him as "special."

What happens to Edward Scissorhands at the end? ›

Kim confesses to Edward the love she has for him and leaves after kissing him goodbye. After taking a spare part of Edward, Kim shows it to the neighbors, telling them that Edward died from the collapse of the roof and that the two boys killed each other.

Is Edward Scissorhands a human or robot? ›

Edward started out as a (presumably mindless) machine used to cut things up. When the inventor built that, he never intended to eventually make him into a human/android. Eventually he got the idea to do just that, but again, it's not like he started out creating a human robot and kept the scissor hands for the lulz.

Do Edward and Kim end up together? ›

The film ends with Kim professing her love for Edward after her ex-boyfriend Jim (Anthony Michael Hall) dies.

Does Edward Scissorhands not age? ›

Edward is an artificial and ageless man who acts as the main protagonist of Edward Scissorhands. Despite his artificial nature, his emotions are quite real and the love he has for those he cares for is very strong.

Can a 12 year old watch Edward Scissorhands? ›

Is It Appropriate For Kids? The Tim Burton classic received a rating of PG-13, which feels exactly right. Pre-teens will absolutely appreciate the themes of this film, but there's a bit of sexuality (when one woman tries to seduce Edward) and some violence in the movie that might make it too mature for younger kids.

Will there be a Edward Scissorhands 2? ›

Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again Paperback – October 20, 2015. After settling in with Megs and her family, Edward becomes curious about a television "miracle doctor" named April Wells, and enlists the help of friends and townspeople to send her a homemade audition tape.

What age is Edward Scissorhands for? ›

I'm rating the film age 5+ because I think some younger kids might be frightened by Edward. However, I believe parents should view ag their own discretion and what they feel their kids can handle. It's dark, but in a sweet way.

Does Edward get hands? ›

As the creation of an old inventor, Edward is a humanoid who is almost completed. The Inventor homeschools Edward, but suffers a heart attack and dies before giving real hands to Edward, leaving him permanently "unfinished".

Why does Edward Scissorhands have a sad ending? ›

At the very end, Kim kissing Edward and telling him she loves him before they separate forever. The Reaction Shot of Edward's eyes upon her confession is what really seals it. The saddest thing of all is that Peg was the one who took Edward from the castle, showed him the outside world, and treated him like a son.

What type of character is Edward Scissorhands? ›

shy, doleful, and artistic. A born outsider, Edwards longs for nothing more than to be normal. Despite his strange appearance and perceived misbehavior, he carries a heart of gold. In the words of a psychologist, "His work—the garden sculptures, hairstyles and so forth—indicate that he's a highly imaginative…

Is Edward Scissorhands a tragedy? ›

Edward Scissorhands doesn't follow the conventional love story model: the intimacy shared between Kim and Edward is brief, and unlike most fairy tales, this one has a tragic and soul-crushing ending.

Who does Edward Scissorhands fall in love with? ›

Kim Boggs is the love interest of Edward Scissorhands in the 1990 film of the same name. She was played by Winona Ryder who had previously played Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice and later Elsa Van Helsing in Frankenweenie, both films were directed by Tim Burton.

How is Edward Scissorhands an example of satire? ›

Throughout the film, satire is used to define people and the neighborhood as a whole. For example, when Edward was in the car with Peg, he banged his head on the car window in a stupid and funny fashon in an attempt to look around. This shows us that Edward is ignorant of modern technology.

Does Edward Scissorhands have autism? ›

As I mentioned earlier, most people with Asperger's develop hyperfixations that overtake their lives, and are often linked to their eventual careers. Edward is no exception to this - his hyperfixations are topiary and ice sculpting, which he makes with his Asperger's (scissor hands).

Is Edward Scissorhands alive? ›

She also mentions that Edward is still alive, seemingly immortal since he is artificial and can never age, and he "creates snow" from his ice sculptures, which falls upon the neighborhood below.

Does Edward Scissorhands have happy ending? ›

It is still a happy ending, but Edward didn't get the girl, nor does he appear to be the hero. As a bonus, being in that mansion forever, he 'cut off' every contact to Peg and her family as well.

Who is the true monster in Edward Scissorhands? ›

And in both stories, the real monster was hidden. It was the doctor in Frankenstein and the town, in Edward Scissorhands.

What did Bill drink Edward? ›

He serves Edward “lemonade”- the brown variety, which knocks him out cold. My cocktail this week is definitely not for the faint of heart, and it's definitely not actual lemonade, though it does contain lemon juice.

Who is the villain in Edward Scissorhands? ›

James, simply known as Jim, is the main antagonist of Tim Burton's 1990 live-action film Edward Scissorhands. He was Edward's arch-nemesis and Kim's ex-boyfriend. He was portrayed by Anthony Michael Hall.

Why does Kim leave Edward Scissorhands? ›

Edward and Jim had a fight and Edward killed him . At the end, Kim confess her love to Edward by saying " I Love You" in his ears and then she left. The actress Winona Ryder played Kim Boggs in the movie, Edward Scissorhands. Her character Kim is a very likeable person with a humble personality.

Did Edward Scissorhands make you cry? ›

We're not going to lie, Edward Scissorhands makes us cry every single time we watch it. And whilst part of the reason for that may be personal, we charge anyone not to be at least slightly emotionally affected by Tim Burton's fairytale masterpiece.

What should I watch if I like Edward Scissorhands? ›

Here are the movies we recommend you watch after Edward Scissorhands (1990).
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  • Blue Is the Warmest Color, 2013. ...
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 2008. ...
  • Stand by Me, 1986. ...
  • Nowhere Boy, 2010. ...
  • Babette's Feast, 1987. ...
  • Running on Empty, 1988. ...
  • Only Lovers Left Alive, 2013. ...
  • The Last Family, 2016.

What year is Edward Scissorhands set in? ›

Edward Scissorhands blends '90s culture with a mid-century aesthetic. The kids of today might find themselves a little confused by some of the trappings of life in 1990. To begin with, Peg's job as an Avon saleswoman who goes door to door will seem obsolete in this age of the internet.

How much did Johnny Depp make for Edward Scissorhands? ›

In 1990, Depp made his first movie millions when he played an animated human being in Edward Scissorhands. The film brought in $1.5 million (£1.2m) for Depp, which was soon about to become just a bit of pocket change.

Why is Edward Scissorhands so good? ›

With Burton's surreal illustrative ingenuity, Depp and Ryder's marvelous, career-making performances, and a story filled with both simplicity and complexity and an intangible element of wizardry that stands the test of time, Edward Scissorhands is one of the greatest films ever made.

What does 13pg mean? ›

(piː dʒiː θɜːrtiːn ) In the United States, films that are labelled PG-13 are not considered suitable for children under the age of thirteen, but parents can decide whether or not to allow their children to see the films. PG is an abbreviation for 'parental guidance'.

What is the age rating for Coraline? ›

Children's film Coraline arrived at the BBFC with a PG category request. It was based on the popular, award-winning, children's book by Neil Gaiman and is a stop-motion animated film in a similar style to The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride.

Why does Edward Scissorhands have scissors for hands? ›

The character was based on an early drawing that Tim Burton did while still in high school. It was rough and only showed long line sketches for his fingers. It was Winston who took this basic idea and actually put real scissors in place of the fingers.

How old was Johnny Depp when he played Edward Scissorhands? ›

Winona Ryder was nineteen. Edward is of course ageless but his appearance is that of a teenager. Johnny Depp was twenty-six. One of two films released in 1990 in which Johnny Depp plays the title role, for the first time.

Where is the house from Edward Scissorhands? ›

The house at 1774 Tinsmith Circle, on the Pasco County side of Lutz, is where Johnny Depp's Edward Scissorhands character stayed with the Boggs family in director Tim Burton's 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands.

How much did it cost to make Edward Scissorhands? ›

How long is Edward Scissorhands? ›

Is there an Edward Scissorhands book? ›

The Edward Scissorhands book series by Kate Leth includes books Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown and Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again. See the complete Edward Scissorhands series book list in order, box sets or omnibus editions, and companion titles.

Will Johnny Depp be in Beetlejuice 2? ›

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Is the Edward Scissorhands neighborhood real? ›

The town they set the film in was actually a suburb of Tampa, Florida. They painted all the houses pastel colors for the shoot, to make them look almost like toys, or Monopoly pieces.

Why is Edward Scissorhands rated PG 13? ›

MPAA explanation: violence, brief language and sexuality.

How old is Winona Ryder? ›

What is the meaning of Edward Scissorhands? ›

Edward's inability to touch others without hurting them with his razor-sharp fingers was a metaphor for Burton's own difficult youth in the suburban town of in Burbank, California. Alienated from his own environment as a young boy, Burton found a creative outlet in drawing.

What's the plot of Edward Scissorhands? ›

How would you describe Edward Scissorhands appearance? ›

He looked kind of pale…" His hair is intensely black and oddly grown for the society he finds himself in. His clothing is an all-black cladding his inventor had left him before his death. Despite his strange looks, Edward has a gentle voice, and one notices his loneliness when he closes his eyes (Scissorhands, 1990).

Why did Edward have scissors for hands? ›

Edward Scissorhands was played by Johnny Depp and is now defined as his career-making role. The name of the character is inspired by the fact that he has scissors for hands, due to his inventor not completing his construction because of his untimely death.

Do Edward and Kim end up together? ›

The film ends with Kim professing her love for Edward after her ex-boyfriend Jim (Anthony Michael Hall) dies.

What does Tim Burton say about Edward Scissorhands? ›

Burton remarked in an interview with David Breskin that he went through a "strong teenage feeling of not being able to touch or communicate,” which is symbolized in Edward's physical inability to touch others without cutting them or speak beyond a few utterances.

Does Edward Scissorhands talk? ›

Depp's performance was full of emotion and pain as the character had a tough life, and Depp didn't even need to talk much to connect with the audience, and as it turns out, Edward speaks less than 150 words throughout the whole movie. Here's every word Edward Scissorhands says in the movie and when.

How did Edward get Bella pregnant? ›

Bella gets pregnant after one night of passionate sex with her husband Edward the vampire, sex that leads to the destruction of their idyllic honeymoon suite.

Does Edward Scissorhands have autism? ›

As I mentioned earlier, most people with Asperger's develop hyperfixations that overtake their lives, and are often linked to their eventual careers. Edward is no exception to this - his hyperfixations are topiary and ice sculpting, which he makes with his Asperger's (scissor hands).

Why didn't Edward Scissorhands take the scissors off? ›

Edward started out as a (presumably mindless) machine used to cut things up. When the inventor built that, he never intended to eventually make him into a human/android. Eventually he got the idea to do just that, but again, it's not like he started out creating a human robot and kept the scissor hands for the lulz.

Will there be a Edward Scissorhands 2? ›

Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again Paperback – October 20, 2015. After settling in with Megs and her family, Edward becomes curious about a television "miracle doctor" named April Wells, and enlists the help of friends and townspeople to send her a homemade audition tape.

Is Edward Scissorhands alive? ›

She also mentions that Edward is still alive, seemingly immortal since he is artificial and can never age, and he "creates snow" from his ice sculptures, which falls upon the neighborhood below.

Does Edward get hands? ›

As the creation of an old inventor, Edward is a humanoid who is almost completed. The Inventor homeschools Edward, but suffers a heart attack and dies before giving real hands to Edward, leaving him permanently "unfinished".

What Edward Scissorhands want most? ›

He is put up on a pedestal because of the way he is. In a way, the movie is a metaphor for people with disabilities who are treated differently. All Edward wants is to be like everyone else or at least treated like everyone else.

Is Edward Scissorhands a satire? ›

The entire world of "Edward Scissorhands" is satire, and so Edward inhabits it, rather than taking aim at it.

How is isolation represented in Edward Scissorhands? ›

For instance, in Edward Scissorhands, Edward was introduced when Peg found him sitting in a corner all alone. As Edward walked out of the corner, there is low-key lighting used. This makes the corner feel terribly dark and cold, and reveals that Edward is extremely isolated from the rest of society.

Is Edward Scissorhands OK for kids? ›

Is It Appropriate For Kids? The Tim Burton classic received a rating of PG-13, which feels exactly right. Pre-teens will absolutely appreciate the themes of this film, but there's a bit of sexuality (when one woman tries to seduce Edward) and some violence in the movie that might make it too mature for younger kids.

Does Edward Scissorhands not age? ›

Edward is an artificial and ageless man who acts as the main protagonist of Edward Scissorhands. Despite his artificial nature, his emotions are quite real and the love he has for those he cares for is very strong.

How old is Edward Scissorhands meant to be? ›

Edward Scissorhands is an ageless being and was made to look the same way for as long as he lives, and as Johnny Depp was 26 years old when filming, it would be fair to say that Edward was made to look like a young man in his 20s.

Videos

1. Mythgard Movie Club - Session 07: Edward Scissorhands
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3. Edward Scissorhands Makeup Artist Interview - LIVE@IMATS 2015
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4. Slated Screenwriting Tips Series - What Makes Tim Burton Great?
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5. Edward Scissorhands (1990) - A Thrilling Experience Scene (2/5) | Movieclips
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