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  • Accidental Aesop: You don't need company to be happy. The last we see of Edward, he's once again cut off from the rest of the world - including the girl he loves, but the peaceful look on his face as he tends to his garden shows that he's going to be okay.
  • 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.
  • Awesome Music:
    • It's called "The Grand Finale" on the soundtrack album for a reason.
    • Danny Elfman has named the whole score as his personal favorite of his work.
  • Crossover Ship: Edward has several, with him and Lydia from Beetlejuice being the most common Theme Pairing.
  • Epileptic Trees: Is this a huge metaphor for mental disorders? If so, that makes it ten times more upsetting and depressing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Edward repeatedly being mistaken for hurting Kim and others, after Johnny Depp was accused of abusing his wife Amber Heard.
  • He Really Can Act: At this point in his career, Johnny Depp was just regarded as a television hunk, which was not the image he wanted to make for himself. This was the first film that let him really flex his acting chops and gain a reputation as something more.
  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Jim was always a mundane creep and one of the least remarkable or interesting Burton villains but once he attempts to murder Edward and hits Kim for daring to stand against him he shows that he is as vile as they come, and they come very vile.
    • Joyce started a smear campaign that ruined an innocent person's life accusing Edward of rape for the crime of not giving in to her seductive techniques. This is one insecure human being.
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  • Moe: Edward, with his innocence.
  • Narm Charm: Bet you never thought Vincent Price holding a cookie up to a robot's chest could be so moving.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Edward ripping apart the curtains and tapestry in a fit of jealousy over Kim and Jim.
    • Edward can get a pretty unsettling expression whenever he's scared or angered, particularly the latter.
    • Jim is a more mundane kind of nightmare fuel. On the outside he's a clean-cut well-to-do kind of guy. Get his girlfriend's attention and the illusion shatters, revealing a murderous thug who won't stop until the source of his hatred is dead.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Though he was in a few scenes, his screen time was still short, but Vincent Price as the inventor (in what would end up being his final role) just about steals the film from Johnny Depp.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys can be seen at the beginning of the film. He's confirmed it in interviews.
  • Special Effects Failure: The makeup for Winona Ryder as the old woman is a little unconvincing.
  • Ugly Cute: This trope applies to Edward both in-story and outside it.
  • Uncanny Valley: Intentionally so with Edward.
  • The Woobie: Edward.


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