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The 14 Most Disturbing Moments From 'Edward Scissorhands'

Updated December 6, 2019 25.8k votes 3.7k voters 471.7k 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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    Edward Kills Jim And Pushes Him Out A Window

    At some points, Edward Scissorhands resembles a lighthearted, romantic spin on the classic Universal Monsters formula, but the movie veers straight into Gothic horror when the townspeople turn against Edward and chase him into his mansion. Jim, Kim's cruel and jealous boyfriend, breaks into the mansion and tries to kill Edward.

    Though Edward doesn't fight back at first, he lashes out to protect Kim, impalin Jim with his scissor hands before pushing him out a window.

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    Edward Slices Open Kevin's Face

    Toward the film's end, Edward saves Kevin from getting run over by a car driven by Jim and his drunk friends. In saving the boy, Edward accidentally falls on top of him and cuts Kevin's face.

    Even when Edward wants to be a hero, he can't help but almost kill an innocent kid.

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