Though exactly 25 years have passed since Edward Scissorhands debuted on December 7, 1990, it’s hard to forget those opening scenes: manicured lawns and pastel paint, watched over by the creepiest black brick castle your pre-teen mind could dream up.

The character of Edward Scissorhands formed in Tim Burton’s mind many years prior to its filming, and he’d already shot Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice and Batman before the beloved Edward — played by Johnny Depp in a role that ostensibly put him back on the movies map — got to the screen.

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‘Edward Scissorhands’ celebrated otherness 25 years before it was cool