Saturday, November 19, 2011

Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE!! 'The Ghost with the Most' is brought back from the afterlife thanks to Tim Burton's twisted imagination and the wacky writings of Michael McDowell and Warren Skaaren. In order to rid themselves of a pesky new family, a recently deceased couple hires the obnoxious ghoul Beetlejuice to perform a "bio-exorcism" and earn back their house! BEETLEJUICE is filled with oddball characters and eccentric performances from the entire cast. HOME ALONE's Catherine O'Hara is wickedly funny as the family's New Age hipster wife, who is married to Jeffrey Jones in another of his quirky character roles. A young Winona Ryder plays their morbid daughter Lydia, the one person who is able to communicate with the dead. And then, of course, there is Michael Keaton in the most unusual and unexpected performances of his career. Beetlejuice is crass, vulgar, and disgusting... And we love him! He is the undead equivalent to the classic Acme characters pushed to their fiendish extremes. The make-up and special effects are superb and highly original, combining traditional stop-motion animation with modern prosthetics to bring each of the otherworldly creatures back to life. Like GREMLINS and GHOSTBUSTERS before it, BEETLEJUICE is another classic comedy that 80's horror fans are sure to love!

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like BEETLEJUICE:
GREMLINS, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, DEATH BECOMES HER, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, GHOSTBUSTERS.

5 comments:

  1. My fondest memories of this film arent even about the film, but the poster that I saw every time I walked into the old video store downtown to rent my Disney movies. Always intrigued me, but it would be another decade or so before I ever saw it. I love Catherine O'Hara here, she is always such a blast!

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  2. I have overlooked oh the film. So Beetlejuice, too in German: Lottergeist Beetlejuice" is a marvellous horror comedy. Above all I like Jeffrey Jones, but also Catherine O'Hara as a really intolerable goat is simply magnificent. Michael Keaton as a Beetlejuice is unbelievable and also Baldwin and Davis are absolutely splendidly The idea of the film is unsedate really and the good old hand-made effects are fantastic.
    I like the film incredibly well. I do not know how he is in the original version, but the German synchronisation is perfect what not always is with the films which appear with us.
    A wonderful and unforgettable film pleasure, as it can prepare only the films him of 80th!

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  3. burton/elfman... yes.
    i love this film, it has everything from comedy to violence, to well dammit beetlejuice. long live otho... and danny elfman score, still one of my favorites.

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  4. The original voice track for Keaton is oddly hilarious. It is so out of character and crude. Jeffrey Jones has long been a favorite of mine, and this performance only falls second to FERRIS BUELLER in my opinions. A BEETLEJUICE sequel is now in the works from what I understand, with Keaton set to return!

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