A fairy tale about tolerance, difference, and creativity. Edward Scissorhands is the creation of an inventor who died before he could replace Edward's large shears with real hands. Edward remains in the dark and forbidding castle, overlooking a brightly colored suburb, until the Avon lady comes calling one day. Her motherly instincts tell her to take this poor, lonely creature home to live with her skeptical family and among her gossipy neighbors. There, Edward has a series of adventures, some of them funny, some of them frightening, while trying to find his place in the world and in his new community.
An Avon lady discovers the half-made creation of a mad scientist living in the neighborhood's old abandoned castle. The scientist died leaving the shy boy with scissors for hands. When she attempts to bring him into suburbia his hands, a metaphor for adolescence, make for some awkward and hilarious situatons. Academy Award Nominations: Best Makeup.
Filmed in the Land O'Lakes housing settlement, located north of Tampa, Florida. Forty-four of the fifty houses in this area were painted in pastel shades like pink, green, blue, and yellow to give the "previously subdued neighborhood a timeless, classic suburban look." Huge topiary statues consisting of chicken wire and metal frameworks with plastic greens attached and animal-shaped shrubs, meant to be examples of Edward's work, were later added to their front yards.
Color by DeLuxe; filmed in Panavision.
Opened in New York City and Los Angeles December 7, 1990. Released nationwide December 14, 1990.
Actor Vincent Price's last screen role; he died of lung cancer in Hollywood Hills, California October 25, 1993, age 82.
Price was born in St. Louis, Missouri May 27, 1911 and educated at Yale, in art history and English, University of London, in fine arts, and Nuremberg University in Germany. He began his career on the stage, both in New York and with Orson Welles' Mercury Theater. He made his film acting debut in "Service De Luxe" (1938) after coming to Hollywood, and was under contract at 20th Century Fox as a character player in dramas, such as "The Song of Bernadette" (1943), "Laura" (1944), "The Keys to the Kingdom (1945)" and "The Long Night" (1947). His first foray into villainous roles was "Shock" (1946).
In a film career than spanned 55 years, he appeared in over 100 films, only a fraction of which were either as villains or sinister protagonists in horror thrillers for which he was famous, as "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961), "Tower of London" (1962), "The Raven" (1963), "The Masque of the Red Death" (1964), "The Tomb of Ligeia" (1965), "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" (1971) and "Theatre of Blood" (1973). In 1983 he narrated rock star Michael Jackson's hit music video "Thriller" in a ghostly voice that brought him to the attention of a younger generation of Americans.
An art enthusiast and collector, he lectured at colleges near his home and published a number of books on art and cooking.
Married three times, first in 1938 to actress Edith Barrett, by whom he had a son, Vincent Barrett Price; they divorced in 1948. His second marriage in 1949 to Mary Grant, a costume designer, by whom he had a daughter, Mary, ended in 1973. His last wife was talented British actress Coral Browne, who died in May 1991.