It’s not Halloween if you haven’t watch Beetlejuice at least twice. I don’t think I need to preach about how amazing this entire movie is. The production design, the music, everything about this is fantastic.
Factoid: Back before the internet had every screenplay known to man available at the click of a button, I went to a shop in the Castro that specialized in scripts. I paid $5.80 for a copy of the first draft of Beetlejuice and became obsessed with figuring out how the film ended up so different. The first draft was much more violent and centered around Cathy, the youngest Deetz who befriends the Maitlands. Beetlejuice is a shapeshifter who is often seen in the form of a bird with he head of a “middle eastern man.” A rewrite by Warren Skaaren (who also wrote Tim Burton’s Batman) changed the tone of the script to what we know today.