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The 14 Most Disturbing Moments From 'Edward Scissorhands'

Updated December 6, 2019 24.9k votes 3.6k voters 446.0k views14 items

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Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands is a timeless classic that inverts a typical monster movie by telling the story from the creature's perspective. It's a macabre fairy tale of acceptance and true love that's also incredibly disturbing. From the opening credits, the film reveals traumatic details that remain with the audience long after the movie ends.

Edward Scissorhands signaled the start of an extensive, lucrative relationship that created many beloved Tim Burton and Johnny Depp movies. The pair has specialized in movies about misunderstood outsiders, but none is more unsettling than this film, which brings up questions about mortality, immortality, and identity.

Whether it's Edward slicing up the people he loves or having his "father" expire in front of him, these moments from Edward Scissorhands prove Burton meant for this film to hurt.

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    The Opening Credits

    The opening credits of Edward Scissorhands take you through the rundown mansion where Edward lives, and it's all Tim Burton-like and weird until the final two images in the montage: a pair of severed hands and the face of a dead Vincent Price.

    These unsettling visuals hint at the dark tale that awaits.

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    Kim Finds Edward In Her Bed

    Kim's introduction to Edward is a terrifying take on a meet-cute. She returns home from a camping trip with her friends, and after coming home early, she slips into her room to find a leather-clad man with razor-sharp blades for hands in her bed.

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    Kim Covers Up Her Ex-Boyfriend's Passing

    After Edward kills Jim by stabbing him through the chest and throwing him out a window, Kim covers it all up by telling the townspeople Edward and Jim killed each other. Then she lives with that lie for decades.

    It makes sense, though, because her neighbors would have killed Edward otherwise.

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    Edward Never Sleeps

    Edward seemingly never sleeps. After the barbecue, Edward stays awake all night, thinking about his past. Apparently, only alcohol is enough to knock him unconscious.

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