Beetlejuice at 30: the ghoulish comedy-horror that had us laughing behind the sofa: "Tim Burton’s terrifically ghoulish 1988 film Beetlejuice turns 30 next week. And the anniversary is likely to bring back both happy and nerve-jangling memories for those growing up at the time.
The comedy-horror hails from a distinctly pre-12A certificate era, when the likes of Gremlins and Poltergeist delighted adults and children alike – but were a scary prospect for kids.
Beetlejuice definitely falls into that honoured company. Rated ’15’ by the BBFC on its release, but enjoyed by whole families on home video, it remains an inventive, spooky and amusing treat.
The plot revolves around happily married couple Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis), who are drowned when their car careens off a bridge and into a river.
Arriving instantly back at their beloved house on the hill, they find a Handbook For The Recently Deceased on their coffee table – and something very nasty lurking outside of their front door should they attempt to leave."