I have not yet seen Sweeney Todd, however, I did watch Edward Scissorhands and the poster similarity seemed striking. From what I have read about Sweeney Todd, I concluded that both movies involve main characters cutting hair and both being played by Johnny Depp.

So is there been any relationship between the two movies/characters?

  • 7
    Well, and they were made by (frequent Depp-collaborator) Tim Burton, which could be a reason for quite some stylistic similarities (as most of Burton's films have). – Napoleon Wilson Apr 13 '16 at 15:45
  • 4
    @NapoleonWilson Or depending on your outlook they both contained frequent Burton-collaborator Johnny Depp. – Pharap Apr 13 '16 at 19:36
  • 1
    The character Sweeny Todd has been around since the 1800s and the musical version that was produced (Sondheim's) was written in 1979. – Catija Apr 13 '16 at 19:37
  • 1
    @Pharap Except that Depp doesn't control any of the project. He's an actor not a producer or director... I like to think of him as Burton's Muse... but he had no control over the film other than his character. – Catija Apr 13 '16 at 19:58
  • 2
    @Catija - Although the film Sweeney Todd largely focuses on his shaving skills, I assume that a barber (even a demon one) would also cut hair :-) – user7812 Apr 14 '16 at 5:32

Excluding the obvious connection (Tim Burton as Director/Producer / Johnny Depp as Star Actor) there are two other members of crew who were involved with both productions

As you say, there are notable thematic similarities (Mr Burton's trademark faux-gothic look & feel is especially rampant in both films) but there's no clear connection between the two main characters. Sweeney Todd is largely a retelling of a Sondheim musical (itself based on a fictional character from a "penny dreadful") whereas Edward Scissorhands was largely based on Burton's own experiences as a child and his feelings of isolation. He did, however envision Edward Scissorhands as a possible musical film so there's some match there.

  • They are kind of opposites in terms of character. Sweeney Todd is a ruthless serial killer, while Edward is just misunderstood, but a generally nice guy. Sweeney kills his daughter, Edward kills his father (both by mistake, though Sweeney's case was one of mistaken identity, while Edward's was an honest accident). – Darrel Hoffman Apr 13 '16 at 21:58
  • 1
    @DarrelHoffman no, Edward did not kill Vincent Price. He died of old age/heart attack. Edward accidentally cut up the corpse and the new hands attempting to hold/catch him. – cde Apr 15 '16 at 6:21
  • @cde - Maybe I'm remembering it wrong, but I thought he had a heart attack and Edward tried to catch him - but he might've survived the heart attack if he hadn't been impaled on the scissors... – Darrel Hoffman Apr 15 '16 at 13:11
  • @DarrelHoffman, I believe Sweeney spares his daughter and kills his ex/wife through mistaken identity – m1gp0z Aug 6 '18 at 21:25

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .