Last Seen In: Beetlejuice (1988)
You know the plot: a young New England couple discovers that they aren’t actually living in their starter home anymore, but haunting it as ghosts. To remove the family moving in, the newly-dead call upon the help of none other than the hedonistic being known as Beetlejuice.
Hilarity ensues as the filthy, rotting, rude and ghoulish bio-exorcist (brought to life by Michael Keaton) goes to work. It’s rare for a comedy’s best moment to hinge not on plot, slapstick, gags, or even ‘jokes,’ just a character’s absurd devotion to sowing disgust and revulsion among his audience.
No wonder Tim Burton is interested in a sequel, which is now in the early stages of development with Michael Keaton apparently pitching it for the last twenty years. Keaton’s time away from the screen is a shame in itself, so returning to one of his best roles would make two of our wishes come true.
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