Halloween may well be effectively cancelled in 2020, but here at Beyond The Box Set we’re maintaining our annual tradition – from a safe social distance, naturally. This year, we’re dedicating the month of October to movies about ghosts – starting with Tim Burton’s 80s classic Beetlejuice.
If you think about Beetlejuice today, chances are you remember Michael Keaton’s gloriously demented turn as the title character. Yet as iconic as that performance is, he’s actually a relatively minor character in the movie, with less than 20 minutes of total screen time.
The movie instead focuses on Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a pair of recently deceased newlyweds attempting to expel a family of transplanted New Yorkers from their former home. These unwelcome tenants are played by Burton staple Jeffrey Jones, comedy icon Catherine O’Hara and a young Winona Ryder, who virtually steals the movie in what was only her second ever big screen performance.
In this week’s podcast, we take a look back at some memorable moments from the film, explore our complicated relationship with Tim Burton movies and attempt to pitch some sequel ideas to give everybody’s favourite ‘bio-exorcist’ a long-overdue comeback.
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Next week, we’ll be continuing our Halloween season with a true 90s classic, and another Hollywood icon who we’ve somehow managed to neglect until now. Until then, happy listening and remember – the Exorcist only really gets funny on the 167th viewing…
Which classic Ghost movies would you like to hear us talk about this season? Let us know in the comments…