Tim Burton is a director known for creating an array of eccentric characters that populate his macabre films. In fact, it’s common for him to build his films around his characters – think how many Burton films are named after someone featured in it – making many of his works feel like character pieces.

Even those of his films that are adaptations contain Burton’s own spin on the source characters. Usually Burton’s own spin creates outcasts, misunderstood by the world around them. It’s true of household names such as Edward Scissorhands and Batman to his take on director Ed Wood. Arguably, as they are more personal to the man, these are the 10 best of Tim Burton’s weird and wonderful creations.

Oh, before you read on, you should probably prepare to see Johnny Depp’s face a few times over the coming pages.


10. Sweeney Todd & Mrs. Lovett


Played by: Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter

Appeared in: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

I’m slightly cheating here by letting these two share a space but my reasoning is that they belong as a double act. Embittered by years wrongfully spent in prison, Sweeney Todd decides to get his revenge on London but killing those that call at his barber shop – while his neighbour Mrs Lovett uses the ‘leftovers’ as meat for her pie shop. Depp and Carter are excellent as the brooding barbarous barber and his peculiar partner in crime; perhaps it’s down to these two that Burton’s’ macabre musical works so well. Although there are some catchy songs too.

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This article was first posted on January 26, 2013