Beetlejuice Movie Review 1988

Information and Film Reviews for Beetlejuice the Movie

Staff rating

Visitor rating
3.0 4.0 from 2 reviews

The after-life is confusing for a pair of ultra-nice novice ghosts Adam Maitland (Baldwin) and his wife Barbara (Davis), who are faced with chasing an obnoxious family of post-modern art lovers who move into their house. Then they hear of a poltergeist who promises to rid the house of all trespassers for a price. Things go from bad to impossible when the maniacal Keaton (as the demonic "Betelgeuse") works his magic. The calypso scene is priceless. A cheesy, funny, surreal farce of life after death with inventive set designs popping continual surprises. Ryder is striking as the misunderstood teen with a death complex, while O'Hara is hilarious as the yuppie art poseur.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 92 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Horror Comedy, Death & the Afterlife, Yuppie Nightmares, Ghosts, Ghouls, & Goblins, Special FX Extravaganzas, Special FX Extravaganzas: Make-Up, Supernatural Comedies
Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren
Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Sylvia Sidney, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, Dick Cavett, Glenn Shadix, Robert Goulet
Thomas Ackerman
Tim Burton
Danny Elfman


Oscars 1988: Makeup; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1988: Actor (Keaton).

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