Beetlejuice

A recently-deceased ghost couple hire a dimensional being to scare the family that invaded their home.
Feel-Good
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
1988
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Kid Friendly
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Genie Film
Animals: 
Imaginary
Snake
Relative: 
Mother
Father
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Prankster
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Dimensional: 
Unknown
Giant: 
Colossus
Statues: 
Sculpture
Wizards: 
Evoker
Conjurer
Transmuter
Abjurer
8
Watch it three times!
8
7.04
8
7.04
3
4
3
Photography
Effects
Ambiance
In Beetlejuice, not all ghosts are malicious. Our two main protagonists, for instance, die in the first act. Soon enough, their house is sold and they have no choice but to haunt the place in hopes that the new family will leave. It’s not half as dark as it all sounds. We go through a wide range of emotions through this film, but it is, at the core, a fantasy comedy.
The script is as imaginative as they come. Tim Burton directs with a singular vision that expands as we get deeper into the story. He uses stop motion, puppetry, amazing practical effects of all kinds, revolutionary make-up effects and a bunch of chroma key compositions. The actors are dynamic. Calling their characters colorful would be an understatement.
Expect sporadic marginal slapstick humor at every corner. These moments can be just as scary as they are amusing. Beetlejuice has a great soundtrack and is scored by Danny Elfman, of all people. Some effects could use a touch up, but there is virtually nothing wrong with this movie. It’s highly rewatchable, accessible for kids of a certain age and the perfect gateway to horror movies.
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