December 6th will mark the 24-year anniversary of the US release of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, released back in 1990.
The first collaboration between Burton and Depp, the film introduces Edward: an unfinished creation who, abandoned following his inventors death, is left with long, metal, scissor-like appendages in the place of hands. Having been found by Avon lady Peg Boggs he is then taken in by the suburban family, allowing events of teenage love, fame, spite and numerous complexities to arise. The movie ultimately acts as a modern day fairy tale of painfully doomed and youthful romance, coupled with striking comedy and a truly gothic overtone.
The Frankenstein reminiscent tale remains as an unmissable and wonderfully dark fantasy, inviting audiences to experience Depp’s iconic transformation of a misunderstood outcast among the talents of Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price, winning Burton the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. The film went onto win the BAFTA award for Best Production Design, and was nominated for a further three BAFTA’s, an Academy Award and gained Depp a Golden Globe nomination.
The film itself also inspired a number of successful stage adaptations. as well as acting as the origins of the Burton-directed, Depp-starring production duo.