Beetlejuice | Chicago Reader


An appealing mess. Director Tim Burton joins forces with writers Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren, and Larry Wilson, and a cast headed by Michael Keaton as the eponymous lead—a scuzzy miniature "bio-exorcist"—to create a rather original horror comedy out of what appears to be a strong first-draft script and a minuscule budget (1988). Faces stretch like Silly Putty and a ghost couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) try to oust a yuppie couple (Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O'Hara) from their New England mansion. The pasteboard special effects, which have a special charm of their own, make up in verve and imagination what they sometimes lack in polish, and Keaton has such a time with his extravagant turn as a demonic hipster bum that one can forgive the less inspired contributions of Glenn Shadix, Sylvia Sidney, and Dick Cavett, among others.



  • Tim Burton


  • Michael Keaton
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Geena Davis
  • Jeffrey Jones
  • Catherine O'Hara
  • Winona Ryder
  • Sylvia Sidney
  • Robert Goulet
  • Glenn Shadix
  • Dick Cavett
  • Annie McEnroe


  • Larry Wilson
  • Michael McDowell
  • Warren Skaaren


  • Michael Bender
  • Richard Hashimoto
  • June Petersen
  • Larry Wilson
  • Eric Angelson

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