Beetlejuice – Tamara’s Never Seen

We’re sure Tamara’s heard the phrase Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice but now she finally saw the movie. Tamara gives her thoughts on 1988’s Beetlejuice, starring: Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Michael Keaton.

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  1. Like usual, I’ve never seen Beetlejuice either. I don’t think this movie is my thing though. Also, I didn’t know that Beetlejuice was the villain and I didn’t know that Michael Keaton was Beetlejuice. O.O

  2. I still need to finish this movie. I’ve only seen the beginning of it at a friend’s Halloween party years ago. Hell, I remember watching an episode of the cartoon as a kid. The gross out effects are something that I’m definitely going to need some adjusting too (I still wince when I think of the scene where Geena Davis rips her face off in the closet when she’s trying to scare the people away from buying the house.)

  3. The Real Silverstar

    Beetlejuice the move was OK, but I honestly preferred the cartoon.

    Bit o’ trivia: when Warner Brothers was casting the title role, actors ranging from Steve Martin to Sammy Davis, Jr. turned the part down until Tim Burton suggested Michael Keaton.

  4. This is the movie that really made a lot of us 80s and 90s kids into Tim Burton fans. Yeah, Micheal Keaton was the absolute first appearance and only live action version of Beetlejuice ever. Then Tim Burton cast him as Batman and he rocked that too.

    Incidentally, my cynical theory is that the bulk of Jim Carrey’s early performances were just him ripping off Keaton in this.

  5. The Movie Explorer

    Yes, Beetlejuice the movie isn’t based on anything. You see, it was still made in the days when you could make a movie in Hollywood that wasn’t based on a pre-existing franchise.

    [takes off grumpy old Luddite hat]

    As you’ve probably already guessed, the character(s) were heavily softened for the animated adaptation. It still seems pretty edgy for Saturday morning.

  6. Snorgatch Pandalume

    While no sequel to Beetlejuice was made, in Kevin Smith’s classic monologue about his experiences writing a screenplay for a Superman movie for Warner Bros. (which is hilarious and easily viewed on Youtube), one of the other projects he says he was offered was “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian,” to which he supposedly replied: “Didn’t we say all we needed to say with the first Beetlejuice? Must we go tropical?”

    • I’ve seen that clip, it is quite funny, and an enlightening look into the mind of a typical hollywood producer. Say what you will about Kevin Smith the director, he’s a master of anecdotal story telling.

    • The Movie Explorer

      That’s hilarious. And totally sounds like something that could conceivably get made (and either get dumped direct to video, or even direct to TV).

  7. This movie really freaked me out as a kid. Although that’s not saying much, I was also terrified by Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

  8. Daniel Brizuela

    A movie I need to see.

  9. thatchickwithlonghair

    Lol I was scared of the movie as a kid (but I was afraid of EVERYTHING). The cartoon series turned Beetlejuice into less of a jerk and made him and Lydia friends/shiptease so you were not wrong to assume they were sort of a couple.

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