BEETLEJUICE (1988 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Stars ìììì

Beetlejuice—fun and comical—presents itself with great imagination and originality. It’s an offbeat, but interesting supernatural story with good special effects and relies on a novel story line. Without the character Beetlejuice, however, the story would fall flat. This Tim Burton film was a complete box office success and won the Academy and Saturn Awards for Best Makeup, the Saturn Award for Best Horror film, and the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Storyline

Charles Deetz (Jeffrey Jones) and his wife Delia (Catherine O’Hara) unknowingly purchase a haunted home in a small Connecticut town and, after discovering the haunting, pitch the entire town to an investor as an ideal opportunity to profit from tourists interested in the supernatural. But, the investor wants proof that the home is indeed haunted. While Charles Deetz’ daughter, Lydia (Winona Ryder), can see the two primary ghosts, there is a third presence that is far less innocent—the conniving Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton).

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Tim Burton for his directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Michael Bender, Richard Hashimotot, and Larry Wilson for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin), Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), Jane Butterfield (Annie McEnroe), Ernie (Maurice Page), Old Bill (Hugo Stanger), Little Jane Butterfield (Rachel Mittelman), Moving Man #1 (J. Jay Saunders), Moving Man #2 (Mark Ettlinger), Otho (Glenn Shadix), Maxie Dean (Robert Goulet), and Receptionist (Patrice Martinez).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes.


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