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Edward Scissorhands – an uncommonly gentle man


One of my favorite movies is Edward Scissorhands – a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Winona Rider.



Edward Scissorhands is a modern day fairy tale which tells the story of Edward, a man created by an old inventor who died before finishing him and left him with scissors where he should have hands. Edward is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter Kim. He has to adapt to the new life and environment that he isn’t used to. Soon he shows a talent in cutting dog and human hair as well as hedges. Edward wins every body’s heart, or does he?


This beautiful movie starts with a grandmother telling her grandchild why it always snows at Christmas. Edward’s finest hour sees him sculpting ice for the girl he loves, producing a shower of snow in which she dances. At the end of the movie, you realize that Edward makes snow for her every year despite their separation.

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15 interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about Edward Scissorhands

1. At one point, when Edward’s driven a car in the yard the children play. This is a running boy Nick Carter, who in the future become a party to Backstreet Boy (source: http://www.alltopmovies.net/) backstreetboy
2.  For the filming of all the inhabitants of the town of Tampa, Florida were moved to the hotel and the houses are painted in four different colors. (source: http://www.alltopmovies.net/) tampa
3. Johnny Depp only says a total of 169 words through the whole film. (source: http://blog.truffleshuffle.co.uk) da12dd2cb59feb628cf7000992412eed
4. The first draft of the script was written as a musical (source: http://acidcow.com) musical
5. The ‘death scene’ was later to become Vincent Price’s last ever screen performance. (source: http://blog.truffleshuffle.co.uk). He died October 25, 1993. 9d4d2b5441c02c1c051d0cb67d284574
6.  Burton first asked Robert Smith of The Cure to score Edward Scissorhands, but Smith turned him down because he was too busy working with his band on their next release, Disintegration. Others who were considered for the role included Tom Cruise Jim Carrey, and Robert Downey Jr. (source: http://blog.truffleshuffle.co.uk) robert smith the cure
7. All of Edwards make up took around an hour and 45 minutes to apply each day. (source: http://blog.truffleshuffle.co.uk). On the photo you can see a young Ve Neill applying Johnny’s make-up. edward-scissorhands-johnny-depp-makeup-ve-neil
8. Because of this film and its success, Depp and Tim Burton went on to work together a further six times in the films including Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, and Alice In Wonderland! (source: http://blog.truffleshuffle.co.uk) Johnny_Depp_meets_Tim_Burton
9. “When I first started drawing the characters, they were more sharp instruments, and the emotional thrust of it was a character who couldn’t touch, a character who had emotions, who wanted to feel things, but, because of the sharpness of his fingers, couldn’t actually touch somebody.” Burton goes on to note they weren’t scissors in the initial drawings, just sharp items. He mentioned using things from your own environment for how he came up with scissors. (source: http://filmschoolrejects.com) conceptart
10. Scars on the face of Depp in the film in different scenes at different locations and vary in length and depth. (source: http://www.alltopmovies.net) cce712e695b1f14039e5326b9768f7a3
11. The mansion was built on a Fox set. Burton was happy they got to build it themselves, the way they wanted so “it could feel really real and like they were actually there.” He called it “Martha Stewart’s house when she’s old and crazy.” (source: http://www.pajiba.com) mansion
12. This was Burton’s second time working with Winona Ryder (the first being Beetlejuice). He thought it would be fun to see her “playing a more normal, suburban character, which she’s not. (source: http://www.pajiba.com) article400_winona_scissorhands-420x0
13. The scene in which several women neighbors feed Edward giant spoons of their concoctions is one of two that made Johnny Depp get sick. He had to do about twenty takes of that scene, after which he vomited. The second time was after Depp had to run from the police (at full speed). After the sixth run, Johnny never came back; he was in the bushes, throwing up.  (source: http://www.pajiba.com) ambrosia-salad
14. The shots of all the neighbors running (especially at the end of the film) were for Burton, reminiscent of the angry villagers in Frankenstein. He decided against having them carry torches. angryvill
15. According to the director Tim Burton, Edward’s suit was made of (among other things) latex, leather, the old sofa in his first apartment and tape. http://blog.truffleshuffle.co.uk edwardsuit



 Spinoffs / sequel


In 2014, IDW comics released a series of comic books based on Edward Scissorhands. The all-new adventure revisiting Edward Scissorhands two decades after the end of the fan-favorite movie was launched at NYCC with a convention-variant cover featuring beautiful line art by Gabriel Rodriquez!

The long overdue all-new adventures began in October, with New York Times best-selling author Kate Leth (Adventure Time) on writing duties and Drew Rausch (Haunted Mansion) lending his delightfully spooky style to the interior art. Rounding out the creative team will be acclaimed Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez, who will provide a stunning and suitably creepy cover for the debut issue.



In May 2015, a combined effort of the comic books will be released by Amazon.com, written by Kate Leth, released in May 2015 in the United States. Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown Paperback – May 19, 2015


Herewith an excerpt from an interview with Kate Leth as found on www.comicbookresources.com

Kate Leth: My book picks up with the granddaughter that Kim’s talking to at the end of the movie. It’s moved forward in time a little bit so she’s older and in her teens now. At this point, the legend of Edward Scissorhands has become more of a myth. Everything that’s happened has become obscured. So she’s grown up and some interesting, weird things start happening in town that causes her to reconnect with Edward, who’s been living secretly up in the castle on the hill.

Is Kim in the book then? No, she has passed away at this point. We’ve got an almost entirely new cast. A whole new set of people. Her granddaughter and her daughter. It’s a new story, just set in the same universe.

And Edward’s just been sitting in the attic all these decades twiddling his scissors? Yeah, he’s been hiding. He’s gone into seclusion after everything that’s happened and somehow become even less socially capable. Sort of the way he was before the movie started. He got exposed to the world in a harsh and very quick way in the movie and after everything he sort of reverts into himself. The way you would in a traumatic situation. He has very fond memories of Kim, obviously, and he holds on to that. He’s kept track of the world, he reads the newspaper, but other than that he’s faded into obscurity.

5c04b37f34842acae3c584f40f3240d5How did you get involved with “Edward Scissorhands?” The way anybody gets involved with these things — I got an e-mail from Chris Ryall at IDW last year asking what I knew about “Edward Scissorhands.” They had wanted to work with me, I had done a few little things for them so we talked back and forth. I pitched them a few ideas that were very, very lengthy and involved. It sat for a while in development hell, as these things do, then one day I got a note that things were coming together and moving forward.

Read more here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=54299

There is a full-ballet based on Edward Scissorhands. Watch excerpts from the ballet here:


Watch the original trailer of the motion picture here:

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