Movie of the Week: Beetlejuice (1988)

Tim Burton directs Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder and Geena Davis in the supernatural comedy where two recently deceased ghosts hire a skeevy bio-exorcist to scare the yuppie family out of their haunted home.

How is this rollercoaster of madness only 90 minutes long? Not enough Beetlejuice. Not enough Winona! I’m greedy. Feed me, Seymour! My Uncle Tony taped this off of Sky for me back in the day and since then it has informed my tastes and brought me joy in way few other movies have. Like Danny Elfman’s jaunty score or Keaton iconic comedy battering ram performance, this is a non-step pelt of nightmarish comfort and unpredictable ideas. A volcano of comedy and visual gold. Incomparable in its day … even if I have now outgrown it just a smidge.

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We also do a podcast together called The Worst Movies We Own. It is available on Spotify or here https://letterboxd.com/bobbycarroll/list/the-worst-movies-we-own-podcast-ranking-and/

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