That quote is just one of many memorable quotes from the terrifyingly comedic film, Beetlejuice. 25 years ago, Beetlejuice came to theaters on March 30th, 1988 and was the number one movie in the box office for 4 weeks. Many can see why because of the plot and the cast was very well selected and worked great. The starring cast consisted of Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice), Alec Baldwin (Adam Maitland), Geena Davis (Barbara Maitland), Winona Ryder (Lydia Deetz), Jeffrey Jones (Charles Deetz), Catherine O’Harra (Delia Deetz), Glenn Shadiz (Otho) and Sylvia Sidney (Juno).
The movie starts off with Adam and Barbara Maitland deciding to spend their vacation on decorating their New England country home. However one day, returning from town, Adam swerves the car out of the way so he doesn’t run over a dog and crashes through a covered bridge and plunges into the river killing both him and Barbara. Upon returning home they realize that they are ghosts and a new family called the Deetzes move into their house. To make the family they have to scare them away. Without any luck they call upon the help of Betelgeuse, a bio-exorcist, to scare the family away.
Tim Burton is known for his dark themed movies such like “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” This film shows a different side of the director. It shows that he also has a humorous side to him and it is seen throughout the film.
“Because if I tell you, you’ll tell your friends, your friends are callin’ me on the horn all the time, I gotta show up at shopping centers for openings and sign autographs and sh*t like that and it makes my life a hell. Okay? A living hell,” said Betelgeuse.
This film is one of a kind because it’s the only movie that most people know to be a comedy, horror, and fantasy film. The horror of living in a haunted house where the ghosts are trying to scare you out of the house. The comedy of a wisecracking demon and the ghosts’ attempts to scare the family. The fantasy of what life maybe like after death. This one of a kind film is really wonderful to watch especially during October with the feeling of Halloween in the air. Sadly October is several months away!