Special Effects: Beetlejuice
In Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988), Barbara and Adam Maitland (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) find themselves trapped as spirits haunting their old home after their untimely death in a car accident. To make matters worse, the residence has now been sold to the unbearable Deetze family (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder). When the Maitlands have little success in scaring the new residents away, they turn to rogue “bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), an unpredictable spirit whose “help” quickly turns dangerous. Burton’s classic film was lauded for its innovative makeup and costuming, and its macabre tone.
Oscar-winning makeup artist Ve Neill will join moderator Rachael Ball (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.