To celebrate Halloween I will post 13 of my favorite Halloween movies or T.V. Shows, with a short review, every night until Halloween!
“After Barbara and Adam Maitland are killed in a car crash, they find themselves trapped as ghosts in their beautiful New England farmhouse. Their peaceful ‘existence’ is disrupted when a yuppie family, the Deetz’s, buy their house. The Maitlands are too nice and harmless as ghosts and all their efforts to scare the Deetz’s away are unsuccessful. They decide to call to Beetlejuice, a people-exorcizing ghost, for help.”
In my opinion, Tim Burton films are a staple to any movie collection. One of my favorite Tim Burton films is Beetlejuice. When I first watched the film, I may have been a little too young, but as I watch it now as adult I can’t help but say it gets funnier each time you watch it. Beetlejuice follows the couple, Adam and Barbara, after they accidentally die while on vacation. Once back at their house, they grapple with the idea of their death and the strange nuances of the afterlife, including their “social worker” who has to aid them in moving on. But when a quirky and strange family move into their home from New York, Adam and Barbara are desperate to find ways to drive them out of the house, even if it is calling upon the crooked con-artist Betelgeuse (the character’s name spelling was purportedly changed to Beetlejuice for the catchy title).
Michael Keaton was perfect in his role as Betelgeuse. He was funny, but more often cocky, and it provided great comedic relief. The cast, overall, were phenomenal in their roles, especially with Winona Ryder’s role putting her on the map. The film perfectly balances the gruesome idea of death and the afterlife with quick and witty humor. I can understand the dark humor not being everyone’s cup of tea, but I feel as though Beetlejuice is a classic in the sense of the dark humor comedy genre. Tim Burton, in my opinion, is a true visionary and is creative in every respects of the word. It’s a fast-paced, dark humor movie perfect for the older members of the family after the kids have tuckered out from trick-or-treating.
Fun fact: Although The Nightmare Before Christmas wasn’t released until 1993, 5 years after Beetlejuice, you can catch a glimpse of Jack Skellington.
Summary and image taken from catalog.ccls.org.