Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, which turns 25 this year
Tim Burton makes the type of movies meant to inspire Halloween costumes, so it is entirely fitting that the 25th anniversary DVD and Blu-Ray release of his classic Edward Scissorhands will be celebrated in the midst of one of the nation’s largest Halloween celebrations. During the afternoon hours before revelers pack the streets of West Hollywood (noon to 4 p.m.), the Abbey hosts an event open to the public that, in keeping with the spirit of Burton’s most famous works, will have Sugarpill Cosmetics make-up artists on hand to inspire attendees still looking for the right look for the night.
While Johnny Depp will not be on hand as the character from his first major leading role, the event features a renowned impersonator in costume as Edward. One can presume that, for the safety of all involved, he will be prohibited from tipping the go-go boys who are a main attraction at the Abbey.
Edward Scissorhands marked the first collaboration between Depp and Burton, as well as Depp’s transition into a leading man after supporting roles in Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon and the television show “21 Jump Street.” It began a working relationship between two artists as perfectly matched as Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, replacing the Italian-American machismo of the former with a macabre, Gothic sensibility.
The two followed up their partnership with Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows, most of which featured Depp in fantasies requiring requiring elaborate costuming and styling. It speaks volumes about their partnership that the most subdued costumes that Depp has worn while working with Burton were in Ed Wood, where he played a famous cross-dresser.
The 25th anniversary celebration of Edward Scissorhands marks the perfect confluence of setting and subject matter. There is no better way to honor the beginning of the partnership between Burton and Depp than dressing up in an elaborate disguise and applying enough make-up to completely change one’s look. After all, the one way to recognize a Burton-Depp film is to not recognize Johnny Depp.
The 25th Anniversary Edition of Edward Scissorhands is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The Abbey is located at 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood.