Directed by Tim Burton, Beetlejuice opened in movie theaters on March 30, 1988, to generally positive reviews. What can be best described as a comedy/horror/fantasy/family ghost movie, Beetlejuice stars Michael Keaton as a sleazy ghost named Betelgeuse (which is pronounced, more or less, "Beetlejuice"), Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder.
Upon the 30th anniversary of the release of Beetlejuice, SYFY WIRE is taking a look back at the movie that featured one of the best performances from the Spider-Man: Homecoming actor and also happens to be one of Burton's most beloved films. We've also unearthed some fun facts about Beetlejuice that perhaps you didn't know.
As you probably know, Beetlejuice centers on recently deceased newlywed couple Barbara (Davis) and Adam Maitland (Baldwin), who become ghosts (due to death by adorable puppy) haunting their own home. Not long after, the obnoxious New York Deetz family buys the Maitland's lovely Connecticut house, transforming it into a garish modern monstrosity. The Maitlands befriend the Deetzes' young Goth daughter, Lydia (Ryder), who can see ghosts because she’s, in her own words, "strange and unusual."
After the Maitlands unsuccessfully try to scare to Deetz family out of their house, they end up enlisting the help of Beetlejuice, who specializes in bio-exorcism (aka getting rid of the living), to scare the Deetzes away. But Beetlejuice actually has ulterior motives, which include getting rid of the Maitlands and the Deetzes... and marrying Lydia so he can escape the afterlife. Beetlejuice is foiled and everyone gets to (ahem) live together happily ever after.
Check out our exclusive video for our Beetlejuice retrospective and learn some fun facts about Burton's iconic film.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.