Tim Burton’s second film, about a recently deceased couple who hire a deviant “bio-exorcist” to rid their beloved home of its newest living inhabitants, was widely embraced upon its release by fans of fantasy, horror, and dark comedy alike. Setting the tone for Burton’s legacy in the gothic horror space, Beetlejuice makes innovative and frequent use of creepy practical and stop-motion effects, creating an endlessly fun and uniquely fascinating filmic world. Its wildly creative prosthetic work won makeup artists Steve La Porte, Ve Neill, and Robert Short Academy Awards at the 61st Oscars ceremony. 

DIRECTOR: Tim Burton. WRITTEN BY: Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren. CAST: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder. 1988. 92 min. USA. Color. English. Rated PG. DCP.
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