Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, 1988) Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder; 92 min.

Reading the credits, I was struck by the small number of people involved in the special effects. It seemed to have been made cheaply, but without any deleterious effect on the film. It's a silly little bit of nonsense, but great fun for all the family.

Kyle Counts: There’s inspired lunacy to be found in the Geffen Company's Beetlejuice, a stylized comic fantasy about a freelance “bio-exorcist” hired by ghosts to evict a family who moves into their home. Box office will depend largely on how Warner Bros. markets this thoroughly original visual bonanza, which is sure to baffle moviegoers who favor films with a conventional narrative. Hollywood Reporter, 30 March, 1988

Desson Howe: The joy of Beetlejuice is its completely bizarre -- but perfectly realized -- view of the world, à la Gary Larson's The Far Side, or The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Plaudits go to Burton -- a former Walt Disney animator who also directed the visually adventurous Pee-wee Herman's Big Adventure -- and scriptwriters Michael McDowell and Warren Skaaren; as well as an able list of professionals, including set designer Bo Welch, makeup and sculptured effects man Robert Short and visual effects coordinator Alan Munro. Washington Post, 1 April 2008.

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