LUTZ, Fla. (AP) – Memories of her time on the set of Edward Scissorhands have been stored in Tandova Ecenia’s attic not long after director Tim Burton last screamed in 1990.
“I was looking for a good home for them,” said Ecenia, a Tampa resident who was employed as a prop on the Johnny Depp film.
In late September, she found one – the house where Depp’s character with hand scissors temporarily resided with the Boggs family from the film before faking his death and living in seclusion in a castle.
This home, located at 1774 Tinsmith Circle on the Pasco County side in Lutz, was purchased a year ago by Joey and Sharon Licalzi. The couple then opened it to the public as Scissorland, a museum dedicated to the quirky love film.
Those who want a visit should send a direct message to Licalzis’ Instagram account at instagram.com/official_scissorland.
“Epic,” was all Joey Licalzi could muster as Ecenia unveiled her contributions to the museum and told behind-the-scenes stories.
His gifts included an original screenplay, an autographed photograph of Burton, a team schedule, photographs of the construction team building the castle at the end of the cul-de-sac where the museum is located, the prototype of the paper dolls that Edward Scissorhands creates in a scene and a photograph of the whole team that worked in the Lutz neighborhood.
“I cleaned their dishes,” Licalzi said with a laugh. He wasn’t kidding.
Licalzi, who now makes cabinets for guitar amps, has a unique connection to the film. He was working at a nearby Denny’s in 1990 when a producer pulled up with an offer. The film’s craft services department needed a kitchen for washing dishes and a dishwasher.
Licalzi volunteered for the extra duty which lasted for months.
He was confined to the restaurant kitchen and never saw the plateau a few miles away, “but I was proud to help,” Licalzi said. “But my friends and family thought the story was stupid. The only person who cared was the previous owner of this house.
A little over a year ago, another house was for sale in the neighborhood. Its exterior was seen in the film.
“We wanted it,” Licalzi said. “It was like a fate to live in the Edward Scissorhands neighborhood. But our offer was turned down. Then this house was put on the market the very next day.
Licalzi made the first offer and informed the real estate agent of his connection. That was all the former owner, Susan Linville, needed to hear, Licalzi said. “She turned down the cash offers because I was a dishwasher. Can you imagine that? But she knew I would appreciate the house.
A few weeks before the official closing for $ 230,000, Licalzi and his wife received the key so they could start planning their interior design. On their first visit, Licalzi said, five families of Edward Scissorhands fans were walking around the block to get a glimpse of the house.
“I was like ‘Come in’,” Licalzi said.
Such traffic from vehicle fans was a norm for the neighborhood, he said, so they came up with an idea to alleviate this problem while appeasing the fans.
“We have decided to offer free tours,” said Licalzi. “Contact us in advance and we’ll let you in.” But don’t go around the block.
Tours are limited to classes, kitchen and family room. Rooms are prohibited because the Licalzi also live there.
Fans donated movie theater items to decorate the house – a piece of the real mushroom wallpaper the house had during filming, a pair of scissors the team used to cut the created dinosaur topiary by Edward Scissorhands in a scene and a blade of scissor hands.
The Licalzi also covered the kitchen walls with new mushroom wallpaper and designed their own funky topiaries. The kitchen counters are old and should be replaced, Licalzi said, but they will stay because they are from production on the film.
“Edward Scissorhands used these kitchen counters,” Licalzi said.
Other fans donated original artwork inspired by the film.
Ecenia has provided the biggest contribution to date, and her stories have won over super fan owners.
“I wish she would write all of this for us,” Licalzi said.
Ecenia owned a business that rented and designed props and sets for theatrical productions when she learned that a Hollywood movie was looking for a local crew.
“On my CV, I described a pair of scissors,” she said. “That’s what got me the job.”
Ecenia’s main job was to buy the props and make sure they were on set and in the right place when the director cried out for action.
But she had other tasks added to her list.
Depp was a die-hard smoker, Ecenia said, but couldn’t hold a cigarette with scissor-shaped hands that took too long to take off.
“So I made a clip that could attach with the scissors and hold a cigarette,” she said.
When Depp threw cigarettes on the road, the neighborhood kids grabbed the litter box.
“They were selling the butts for five dollars,” Ecenia said.
When Edward Scissorhands unlocked the front door to the house with his scissor hands, it was Ecenia’s job to open it from the other side.
“It wasn’t really unlocking it,” she said, then added with a laugh, “I guess that’s what you call movie magic.”
And when the silver-handed Edward was clipping dogs or combing women’s hair, Ecenia was on the ground, tossing her hair in the air for effect.
“Again, he didn’t really cut the hair,” she said.
Licalzi’s favorite story involved the tent house seen at one point in the film.
It was not part of the script, Ecenia said. This house was actually a termite tent.
Burton “thought it was great,” Ecenia said. “He thought that made the neighborhood perfect. “
Ecenia estimates that she spent three or four months on Silver Handed Edward, from preproduction to the final scene. She had never returned to the neighborhood until she visited the museum.
“It was an exciting job,” she said. “But it was still a job. I moved on and returned to my business.
She retired in 2018, sold her warehouse inventory, and then began looking to unload personal items from her career that occupied an attic.
“I have no doubts that this is the right place for my Edward in the Silver Hands business,” Ecenia said. “Hope everyone who visits appreciates it.”