Beetlejuice (1988)

Mike Matei / October 15th, 2014

A non-perfect, but highly enjoyable stylized nightmarish film from Tim Burton, starring Michael Keaton before he was Batman.


  • Clawshawt

    October 15, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Aaaahhhhhh I LOVE this movie!! The make up and puppetry really shine in this film~

  • Don Skiver

    October 15, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Great film, truly a classic. I love the miniature train sets that were “blown up” for this movie, it looks awesome.

  • Matthew Mercurio

    October 15, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Love this movie. Easily my favorite Tim Burton film. I watch this movie every year around Halloween.

  • batratspidercrab

    October 15, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Cool, I’ve always wanted to see this movie but ive never gotten round to it.

  • Rag

    October 15, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I also love this movie. I wasn’t expecting to see a review for this here, but it’s a pleasant surprise. I’ve been wanting to watch the first two Batman movies as well, which I’ve never seen. I was born in 89.

  • Goobian

    October 15, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I love this movie. The first time I watched it, it was at my sister’s 13th birthday slumber party. She rented it. The next Christmas my other sister asked for the soundtrack on cassette. I was about 8 at the time.

    This movie is so quotable and rewatchable. I try to watch it at least once a year. I have one of the action figures that came out for the cartoon. Sometimes I see things in the movie I didn’t notice before. I want to get more toys, and even the lunchbox that came out for the cartoon. The living dead doll of Beetlejuice is awesome.

    I also relate to Lydia a lot. I relate to keeping to myself and being misunderstood. I also relate to the insecure feeling of being pushed into something and being really confused and lost.

    I love the waiting room scene, the small town feel. How it’s not just set up for jokes, but their is an actual storyline and depth. And character development. I love how he has a model of the town in his attic.

    I think that people that are older may not get the movie like we do. If you grew up with this movie, you understand it the most. And yes I did watch the Saturday morning cartoon. I think it gets better with age. Not brilliant, but solid for what it was.

  • herbsuperb

    October 15, 2014 at 1:07 am

    That part where he hocks a loogie in his pocket was my favorite. Thought old James was going to forget about that little gem. Great review. Great flick. Keep em’ coming.

  • October 15, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Great review really enjoying monster madness thanks James!

  • Shane

    October 15, 2014 at 1:49 am

    This movie was fucking crazy!

  • October 15, 2014 at 2:16 am

    One of the movies of my life !!!
    I’m currently working on a website about it with some never before seen content !
    Open on Halloween 🙂
    Check the fb !

  • October 15, 2014 at 3:33 am

    James, I think you have under rated this movie a little bit.
    One of the best movies ever…

  • diddymuck

    October 15, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Michael Keaton’s voice was plainly influenced by John Heard’s in the cult fave Cutter’s Way.

    • diddymuck

      October 15, 2014 at 4:40 am

      further his look was a combo of Heard’s and apparantly Alice Cooper’s

  • October 15, 2014 at 4:39 am

    I bet that this year’s AVGN Halloween review is going to be the NES Beetlejuice. I mean, it was published by LJN, and this movie review was just posted for Monster Madness.

  • jasonjrf

    October 15, 2014 at 4:56 am

    GOD DAMN i wanna get first just once this season. But Alas ill i can do is…..


  • Deathbringer

    October 15, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I used to watch that Beetlejuice cartoon all the time as a kid.. I was born in 1988. Ah that nostalgia, sitting there before school watching cartoons.

  • Roger Todd

    October 15, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Honestly I don’t know what to say about BeetleJuice. I never like the movie. Now that I think about it I never really liked any Tim Burton films because the were always so messed up a nightmareish. To explain Tim Burton films in 3 words “Dark and Freaky”

  • Sean Smith

    October 15, 2014 at 7:01 am


  • Roger Todd

    October 15, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Sorry for bad grammar btw. I just woke up xD

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 15, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice

  • October 15, 2014 at 7:39 am

    This movie rocks. Can’t count how many times i’ve seen it.
    Your right James, it does keep getting better the more you watch it.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I wish i could watch it again for the first time.
    I want to experience again all the noppity nope it had and the regret when was over.

  • Joker83

    October 15, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Instead of “non-perfect” I would go with “nearly perfect” this movie is absolutely amazing and gets better with age. This movie was all the rage when I was six, and I’m glad to say it holds up better than most. Brilliant

  • October 15, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Truly a great Tim Burton film.. Loved it when i saw it on VHS as a kid and still love it now… can’t call yourself a Tim Burton fan without seeing Beetlejuice.. cause it’s that fucking good..

  • Wayne

    October 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

    There has been talk about making a sequel since 1990, and there have been a couple more recent updates:

    “On November 19, 2013, Winona Ryder hinted at a possible return for the sequel as well by saying, “I’m kind of sworn to secrecy but it sounds like it might be happening. It’s 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia Deetz so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later.” Ryder confirmed that she would only consider making a sequel if Burton and Keaton were involved.”

    “On February 14, 2014, Keaton confirmed that he had spoken to Tim Burton regarding the production of a sequel, and that preliminary talks are underway.”

  • October 15, 2014 at 9:17 am

    this is my favorite movie of all time, period. I mean nothing is close…maybe monster squad haha. but it is incredible, I always say thank god it was before depp because now burton would only have him. burton was so great beetlejuice, batman, nightmare but then…ehh willy wonka and alice in wonderland remakes…turrrible

  • Griff

    October 15, 2014 at 9:50 am

    this was one of my favorite movies as a kid

  • October 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Is it just me, or has AVGN lost the charm it once had? All the videos in the past say year or two seem too “rehearsed” now, and the cockiness/anger of the nerd doesn’t seem genuine as it once was in past episodes. And it’s not because we’ve had over 100 episodes and are getting used to it – the way James is portraying the nerd has changed. Oh well – it was nice to see a video, but I didn’t laugh like I did with the older ones.

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Looks like the Ultimate Fun!!!!!

  • frostare

    October 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

    The cartoon was directed by Robin Budd wasn’t it? He also directed Ruby Gloom, amazing.

  • Lodmot

    October 15, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This is the only movie I’ve ever seen that is PG and drops the f-bomb. Freaking awesome XDD

  • Iron65

    October 15, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Hi guys. I have some trouble watching all you new videos. They keep getting stuck and I have no idea why. Already reboot internet and choose different formats, but still the same :(. I love Monster Madness but man It’s getting impossible to see.

    BTW, great speech at the end about movies nowadays

  • Satnav

    October 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Yeah, this was before Tim Burton’s style got repetitive and when it was truly a different thing. I did like Mars Attacks, not only because it didn’t have curly twisty things and black everywhere.

  • October 15, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I really hope that Little Monsters is in your manifest for this years Monster Madness! I only say this because you busted out Beetlejuice! Awesome review!

  • Marvipe

    October 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    “I myself AM strange and unusual…”

    GOD I love Lydia…..

  • Richard Klos

    October 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Wow! A Monster Maddness AND a AVGN Review at the same time?! What a treat! 😀

  • October 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Beetlejuice is incredibly good, especially when you´re a kid. It has the right mixture of comedy, horror and fantasy – a masterpiece!

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Jesus fucking Christ! Just watching this review had me rolling in laughter! Beetlejuice is such a goddamn classic and the cartoon itself is so bad ass. I really hope to see Burton and Keaton work together again because that duo was awesome. The cartoon was just as fun and I’d love to see Cinemassacre do a review on cartoons again like they did for Ninja Turtles.

  • Claude Lilford

    October 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Cinemassacre, why did you have to do the one movie I’m still afraid of?
    I pride myself at being able to handle nearly anything as long as it’s in a review but the scene where Barbara rips her face off and her eyes pop out…it came on TV suddenly TV when I was younger and put me off this film forever.
    But on the other hand I love watching Monster Madness.
    In the end I watched the review with my eyes closed.

  • Pablo1989

    October 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Everything what made Tim Burton are crazy, no no not crazy Werid :).

    The Crazy are Johnny Depp

  • Jimmy Reed

    October 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Love it!

  • Sean Ewing

    October 15, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    So, THIS is the movie that Doug Walker accused Monsters Inc. of ripping off?… Yeah, he’s an idiot.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Keaton was the bomb in this.

  • Tim Eriksson

    October 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I know how you can sum it up nicely. SHIT HAPPEND.

  • October 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Back when Tim Burton was still creative

  • taykel

    October 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

    My favorite scene from the movie was the one with the Banana Boat Song. I like watching it over and over again.

  • John Labrie

    October 16, 2014 at 10:45 am


  • October 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

    lol i was actually thinking of playing this movie on halloween using my projector on the back of my house!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Nice review. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I love this movie and I never get tired of watching it.

  • October 17, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Why does the lightning bolt sound like stock recording of a shotgun blast?

  • October 17, 2014 at 9:19 am

    This is rated 15 in the UK, so the use of the word “fuck” isn’t really out of place over here. How on Earth did this warrant a PG rating in the US???

  • TagaZok

    October 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I was waiting for that one for sooooo long for you to review this film and it’s one of my favorite of Burton’s movie ..scary and funny . Elfman did (and always does) a good job with the music ! Excellent review James … Oh and don’t forget the extraordinary role of Michael Keaton in this film !


    October 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    My sister has always been a huge fan of Tim Burton and I’ve seen all his movies a shitload of times. This has always been my all time favorite. Probably since I saw it when I was so young and for a kid this is pure cocaine. Bright colors, distorted scenery and huge monsters. A huge trip for a child’s mind. I couldn’t stop laughing like a crazy person throughout the whole movie and every character and setting was amazing to me. Beetlejuice is the best part of it all. He’s a devilish and cunning motherfucker but is likeable. He’s like the crazy guy you hang out with because you’re guaranteed to have fun. Genius movie.

  • October 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    This review made me tear up a little.

  • Hypoxic

    October 18, 2014 at 2:08 am

    I watched this last year for Halloween. It had been years. It doesn’t hold up. Visually stunning, sure, but it’s ultimately a pile of shit. I’ve been finding that with Burton’s movies in recent years. I hate his new ones and re-watches of old ones ruin my childhood love for them. Burton is all flash and no substance.

  • JT

    October 18, 2014 at 4:38 am

    This was the family Halloween movie growing up. We all loved it and it is a Masterpiece of a film.

  • JD_ger

    October 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    After so many years i finaly write a comment xD
    Thanx for this video and all of emm befor and after.
    You made my life better !
    Thanks James and Mike !

  • November 1, 2014 at 10:05 am

    The Beetlejuice website is now opened !

  • November 1, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    this review is downright poetic.

  • William Parham

    February 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I watched this at a young age and I Enjoyed it.

  • M. Ryan

    April 12, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    James is generous here – this film has major pacing problems, and is only saved by the little bits of Beetlejuice himself.

  • Maoji Wang

    July 6, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I think Lydia is so beautiful. I wish I could know a girl like her.

  • Nicole Meyer

    October 10, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    the scene where the married coupled die is by a asshole dog getting off the thing

  • October 12, 2015 at 8:54 am

    There’s a part of my childhood! SO much memory coming back to me! I must have seen that movie over 20 time!

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  • August 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Awesome Movie review man Love the character so much I end up collecting action figures and video games and more

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