Thursday, October 11, 2007


"Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!"

Beetlejuice - the name in laughter from the hereafter - is the star role in this morbidly funny movie by Tim Burton, which was released in 1988. If you've seen it, you have to admit the plot is a little off-the-wall, the story line revolving around two recently deceased people and everything, but there's just something about it that just pulls you in.

The centers around the lives - and afterlives - of Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), who live in a small town in Connecticut. One day, on their way to hardware store, everything takes a turn for the worst when a dog runs out in front of their car while they are crossing a bridge. They swerve to hit the dog and end up falling into the river to their demise. They do not realize this, however, until they return to their house and there is a book sitting on the table called The Handbook for the Recently Deceased, and their yard and turned into a giant desert.

To add insult to injury, the Maitlands soon find out that a new family, called the Deitzs, is moving into their home. Adam and Barbara immediately discover that they are completely different from them and want to completely gut the house because Delia Deitz (Catherine O'Hara) is a modern sculptor.

The Maitlands realize that they are in a severe predicament and therefore, when Adam sees an ad for

"Betelgeuse the Bio-Exorcist," which reads, "Troubled by the living? Is death the problem and not the solution? Unhappy with eternity? Having difficulty adjusting? Call Betelgeuse Betelgeuse Betelgeuse!"

They decide first, however, to draw on the walk and knock three times, something they read in the book they found. The door opens and they are in a kind of waiting room with other recently deceased people, some of which did not meet their ends in as pleasant a fashion as Adam and Barbara did. When this gets them nowhere, they decide to call Beetlejuice, and when he appears they realize he is more of a nuisance than a help. In the meantime, the Maitlands had befriended the Deitz' daughter named Lydia (Winona Ryder) because she is the only one that can see them, and when Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) arrives, among other obnoxious things, he decides he wants her as his wife.

The rest of the movie shows the Maitlands playing various tricks on the Deitz's, such as the famous scene when they possess Delia and her family and make them sing "Day-O" by Harry Belefonte. After this encounter, the Deitz's want to meet the Maitlands and when doing so they steal the afterlife book from them.

In the end the two families reconcile, and decide to share the house with each other, and Beetlejuice gets eaten by a giant sand worm. I personally really like these movie, even though it does have kind of morbid undertones. If you want to check it out for yourself, click here to see the trailer:

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