LUTZ, Fla. (WFLA) – A lucky couple from Florida share their love for Tim Burton’s classic “Edward Scissorhands” at his home – a house that happens to be where parts of the 1990 film were filmed.
It is a case of serendipity. Owner Joey Licalzi actually worked as a dishwasher on the set of the movie. He and his wife Sharon were looking for accommodation, but their offers were repeatedly turned down. They even made an offer for a house across from the “Edward in Silver Hands” house in Lutz.
When this offer was turned down, Sharon started using a real estate website – and that’s when the “Edward Scissorhands” house itself appeared on the market.
The couple made an offer on a Saturday. The next day, TMZ had picked up the story and offers on the house were coming in from all over the world, Joey said.
âWe only went by the comments, because it was crazy. We read the comments. Some of them, you could see ‘see the translation’ and some of them couldn’t even translate, you couldn’t read it. It was weird to see someone [posting that] the house was for sale without being able to read it. And you couldn’t even translate it, âhe explained.
Sharon said they had increased their offer for the house twice and it only took the following Friday to accept it.
âWe were pretty happy. I cried instantly, âsaid Sharon.
Fans of “Scissorhands” have only lived in the house for 10 months, but they have already decided to give back to their community – and fellow Tim Burton and “Edward Scissorhands” fans – by turning part of their house into a museum. free .
Joey affectionately calls him “Scissorland”.
Outside the house, the front yard has been redone with film-like topiaries, carved by Sharon herself. The house has a new coat of paint and a colorful garden, with seating and lighting in place in the back yard.
The mushroom wallpaper in the kitchen is not original from the movie (a London company recreated it), but the couple exhibited a square of the original wallpaper from the first owner, as seen in the movie.
Joey and Sharon both said it’s the most unique thing they have in their home museum, but anything inspired or original from the movie seems to have an impact on die-hard fans.
âPeople are crying. Well I mean our FedEx guy cried in the garden. We had a father and a daughter [shaking] in the kitchen. I’m telling you, it’s really weird, âJoey said.
Sharon said meeting the original owner of the house was thrilling for her.
âShe must have thought I was crazy when I called her out of the blue and thought, ‘You own the house? Can you come?’ And she said to me, ‘Okay?’ And that she gives us this wallpaper. I wiped away tears when she sat at our kitchen table.
Sharon said the woman’s stories were “amazing”. It’s very special, she added, because despite owning the house, the Licalzi obviously don’t have all the stories.
âSo we met a new friend and she promises to come back with more gifts and just different memories and photos, so we’re pretty excited,â Sharon said.
The Licalzi are waiting for cooler weather to resume screenings of the film – also free – for small groups in their garden.
âOnce the weather is cooler, you can just sit in the garden and watch the movie,â Joey said.
” We do not have [got] all the logistics because we’re pretty sure we’re going to get a lot of requests, so it’s on the list, âSharon said with a laugh.
Inside the house museum, the couple are planning more paintings and, hopefully, a few autographs from Johnny Depp. The original neighbors are also looking for memorabilia from the filming. One such search revealed a promotional t-shirt that was gifted to neighborhood residents by Tim Burton himself at the end of the film.
The Licalzi said about 30 families and guests had come during the week since they painted the house. But now that the free museum is open, many more fans are flocking to the house.
“We’re getting 20 just today!” Joey said.
The couple are happy to have people on the property to take photos or even just to drive by and admire the house from the outside.
Fans who wish to book tours of the interior of the house can visit @Official_Scissorland on TikTok and Instagram.