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Beetlejuice (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  30 March 1988 (USA)
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A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

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A follow-up to the 1988 comedy, "Beetlejuice", about a ghost who's recruited to help haunt a house. The sequel introduces Beetlejuice's older cousin Beetle Bernie.

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Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate the house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but ends up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping. Written by simon

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In This House... If You've Seen One Ghost... You Haven't Seen Them All. See more »

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30 March 1988 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$73,326,666 (USA)
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In the first waiting room scene several methods of death are shown. These include: A camper who was bitten by a rattle snake; a diner who choked on what looks like a chicken bone; a surfer who was attacked by a shark; a girl (evidently a magician's assistant) who was sawed in half at the torso; and a smoker who is a burn victim. In addition to the "New Arrivals" in the room, several "workers" show other causes of death which include: The Receptionist slitting her wrists; a worker who was flattened by a bus or truck; a file clerk who is seen hanging from a noose all while Juno appears to have succumbed to a slit throat. The only deaths we actually see on camera are the Maitlands who show no sign of drowning in the afterlife. See more »

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When Adam and Barbara first get to their house after dying, we can see their reflection in a mirror in a hallway to the left of them. A couple shots after that we see that they are not supposed to have reflections. See more »

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[last lines]
[in the waiting room, Betelgeuse is sitting next to a witch doctor, who is next in line]
Beetlejuice: Pardon me. Did you do that?
[points to explorer with shrunken head]
Beetlejuice: That's very nice work. Let me ask you something. How do you get them so sma... Hey, there goes Elvis! Yo, King!
[as the doctor looks away, Betelgeuse switches numbers]
Beetlejuice: Well, looks like I'm next. Good thing, too. I gotta do a photo shoot for GQ in about an hour and a half. Yeah, they've been after me for months. Doin' some underwear...
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Marcha funebre, Sonata Piano No. 2
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Burton's true masterpiece, and one of the ten best 80s movies.
7 December 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Watching this one more time on TV yesterday reminded me of the first time I saw it all those years ago at the movies when Tim Burton was just the guy who had directed that funny Pee-wee Herman movie. Walking into 'Beetlejuice' then, without knowing anything about it, was an amazing experience. Along with 'Blade Runner', 'Blue Velvet', 'Videodrome', 'Brazil', 'Paris, Texas', 'The Terminator' and 'Repo Man' it was one of the most astonishing and memorable movies of the 1980s, an era dominated by Hollywood dreck like 'Flashdance', 'Top Gun', and 'Footloose'. The whole Bruckheimer/Simpson/Spielberg/Hughes zeitgeist that dumbed down popular movies as never before. Movies like 'Beetlejuice' were a glimmer of hope in a truly awful period.

The big question is - how does it stand up today? The answer is better than ever! In fact I would argue that 'Beetlejuice' is Tim Burton's most successful and least compromised film. Everything about it is perfect. A great cast lead by the very appealing and likable Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as the newly dead Maitlands, a star turn by Michael Keaton as the gonzo "bio-exorcist" title character, and strong support from Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, and especially Winona Ryder (a performance that really put her on the map), as the new occupants of the Maitlands house. 'Beetlejuice' juggles gruesome, trippy and genuinely witty sequences, and ends up becoming one of the freshest and surreal movies to find a mainstream audience since the heyday of 60s/70s "head" movies. Forget Burton's more recent hit and miss big budget efforts, and try this for the real deal, Luis Bunuel meets Tex Avery meets George Romero, and then some! 'Beetlejuice' is a blast!


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