These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Alternative Character Interpretation: It's been argued that the whole thing is simply a fairy tale the old woman is telling her grandchild. This seems to be a case of some people failing to understand Burton's little twist at the end - i.e., the opening is supposed to give the viewer the impression that an old lady is recounting a mere story to her grandchild but in the end that story is revealed to be true as the old lady reveals herself to be Kim. The alternate explanation not only negates the twist but makes the old lady rather strange given that she's therefore getting all emotionally attached to, and involved with, a fiction.
Bait and Switch: It varies between viewers, but when this troper watched the movie for the first time, he thought Peg was the Grandmother. Since Peg had more screentime than the rest of the cast and was the first to meet Edward. When it turned out to be Kim, it became this for this troper.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Johnny Depp plays a guy with scissors for hands. When you consider that he was one of Freddy Krueger's victims in his first film, it's kinda funny.
It's even funnier when they were casting the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street. Depp was one of the original choices to play Freddy.
The film has this effect on The Breakfast Club, as it's a bit jarring to see Anthony Michael Hall go from a sweet, picked-on nerd to a slightly more psychotic version of John Bender.
Misaimed Marketing: In the mid-'90s, this was repackaged on VHS as one of Fox's "Family Features", even though it's rated PG-13. Guess that makes Jim's death at Edward's blades a Family Unfriendly Death.
One-Scene Wonder: Though he was in a few scenes, his screen time was still short, but Vincent Price as the inventor just about steals the film from Johnny Depp.