The 'Edward Scissorhands' Influence on Modern Movies

Edward Scissorhands
Twentieth Century Fox

While his hands are full of blades, his heart is filled with love. In the first Johnny Depp/Tim Burton pairing, Depp plays Edward, an innocent hermit that is discovered by a local Avon representative. As Edward attempt to assimilate into his new suburban surroundings, he falls in love with Kim (Winona Ryder), who gradually returns Edward’s affection. His ignorant neighbors eventually force Edward out of town, and he retreats back into his hilltop mansion, but he never stops loving Kim.

Even 'Twilight' has been inspired by the seminal Tim Burton film, celebrating its 24th anniversary this weekend

Edward Scissorhands opened in theaters on Dec. 7, 1990, and its influence continues to be felt today. 

The film not only solidified the careers of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton but also changed the course of cinematic history. Here are five recent movies that prove it's still beloved by filmmakers, 24 years later.

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Big Hero 6

A number of characters in recent blockbusters are similar to Edward, including Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, who is also kindly and rather scary looking. But even more Edward-esque is Big Hero 6's Baymax, especially since he is incapable of harming others. 

Twilight

The first names of the main male characters isn't the only thing Twilight and Scissorhands have in common, as the two Gothic-tinged films both feature gentle guys who get involved in a difficult romance. Of course, whether or not Edward Scissorhands sparkles in the sunlight is another question.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Coming-of-age movies have frequently shown influence from Scissorhands, including this drama from last year.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Today's sci-fi dramas definitely owe a debt of gratitude to Scissorhands, including Eternal Sunshine, featuring a guy who wants to forget his past.

Elf

Even comedies can learn a thing or two from the film, as Will Ferrell's blissfully naive title character in Elf proves.

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