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The 14 Most Disturbing Moments From 'Edward Scissorhands'

Updated December 6, 2019 30k votes 4.6k voters 639.3k 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 Probably Lived With His Inventor's Corpse For Months

    When Peg finds Edward in the mansion, he has been living there alone since his inventor passed the previous winter, if not earlier. None of the townspeople appear to acknowledge his existence, but gossip travels quickly in the community. This means that after Edward saw his creator die in front of him, he didn't call an ambulance or a morgue to get rid of the body (dialing the phone would have been tough).

    Instead, Edward likely let his creator decompose in the mansion while he puttered around on the property.

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    The Local Housewives Have An Unhealthy Obsession With Edward

    One of the more unsettling aspects of the film is how Peg's housewife friends start swooning over Edward. From the moment he shows up, they find him titillating because he is different. They invite themselves over and inquire about his life.

    Joyce is especially bold, as she tries to start a business with Edward as well as seduce him. 

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    Edward Shreds Up His Own Hands

    One of the film's mysteries is why Edward has scissors for hands. One flashback shows his creator, played by Vincent Price, replacing Edward's parts piece by piece, with his hands being the last body parts to go.

    The inventor presents him with the perfect hands on Christmas, but in a cruel twist, he has a heart attack and falls forward. As he slumps, Edward's scissors impale the hands and destroy the final gift he might have received from the closest thing he has to a father.

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    Peg's Neighbors See Edward As A Tool, Not A Person

    Though Peg genuinely cares for Edward, her neighbors see him as nothing more than a tool that can cut lettuce, trim hedges, make shish kebabs, and groom dogs. Edward may have scissors for hands, but he's still a person.

    The darkest part of this is that all along, his creator might have intended for him to be a tool.

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