Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara and Michael Keaton
Synopsis: Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis), have been involved in an accident where they have drowned and died. Unaware that they have died the Maitlands, return home but don’t have any memory of how they got home Adam decides to go outside to retrace their steps, but instead, finds himself on a strange desert planet, inhabited by striped sand worms. When he returns to the house, Barbara says he was gone for 2 hours, and shows him a book that she found on a table, titled “Handbook for the Recently Deceased.” While accepting they have died they also must deal with the house being sold to Charles (Jeffrey Jones) and Delia (Catherine O’Hara) Deetz, who also bring their daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder). Lydia is the only living person who can see the Maitlands and she forms a bond with them. In a desperate attempt to get the elder Deetz family members out of the house Adam and Barbara hire Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton), a bio-exorcist, to scare them out. Betelgeuse goes too far which forces Adam and Barbara to protect the Deetz family and get Betelgeuse out of their house.
Trivia: Michael Keaton spent only two weeks filming his part in the film, which lasts 17.5 minutes out of the 92-minute running time. It is Keaton’s favorite film of his own. The title character of Beetlejuice is named for a bright red star in the constellation of Orion, Betelgeuse. The studio disliked the title and wanted to call the film “House Ghosts”. As a joke, Tim Burton suggested the name “Scared Sheetless” and was horrified when the studio actually considered using it.
How scary is this really?: I love Beetlejuice it is one of my all time favourite films and Michael Keaton is wonderful as the titular character. Jeffrey Jones is pretty hilarious in the film as well as Catherine O’Hara. This is the movie that introduced me to Alec Baldwin who has recently become one of my favourite actors working today (mainly from his work on 30 Rock). This isn’t a very scary movie but that’s OK it is super entertaining and makes for another good October movie.