It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Beetlejuice.
Adam and Barbara (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are renovating their dreamhouse, until their Volvo goes “Glub!”, with them inside. New people eventually move into their home, systematically destroying the dreams of the couple, who are now haunting the premises. When their efforts at scaring these people off fail miserably, Adam and Barb, with the aid of a believing child of the interlopers (Winona Ryder), call upon the services of the ghostest with the mostest, Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton), to really scare these peoples’ pants off.
Just Tim Burton’s second feature (after the best accident we ever seen in the fab Pee-wee’s Big Adventure), and already his second with composer and Oingo Boingo member Danny Elfman, Beetlejuice really cemented the director’s vibe for seeing things through somewhat gothic, and accessibly macabre, eyes (which are likely popping out of the shrunken head of one of his characters).
Four reasons why Beetlejuice rocks:
1. Watching Tim Burton finding his feet in what would become his trademark world of off-kilter, creepy-tinged fiction.
2. The slightly odd, very entertaining Banana Boat Song (Day O) bit.
3. Michael Keaton’s awesomely OTT anti-audition for Burton’s Batman.
4. “It’s show time!”
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.