History Film / Beetlejuice

7th Jan '17 3:39:15 PM LadyNorbert
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* ShoutOut
** The fly screams "[[Film/TheFly1958 Help me! Help meeeeeeeeee!]]" when trapped by Betelguese. The presence of Creator/GeenaDavis makes this an ActorAllusion.
** "[[Film/DirtyHarry Go ahead, make my millennium!]]"
** During the sequence where Adam and Barbara enter Juno's office and see her speaking to the recently deceased football team, a movie theater full of ghosts can be seen through Juno's office window. Two of those ghosts appear to be [[Film/TheBluesBrothers Jake and Elwood Blues]].
7th Jan '17 3:38:43 PM LadyNorbert
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* OnlyOneName: Beetlejuice, Juno, and Otho are only ever identified by those names. Presumably Otho has a full name, but whether "Otho" is his first name, his last name, or something else entirely is never stated.

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* OnlyOneName: Beetlejuice, Betelgeuse, Juno, and Otho are only ever identified by those names. Presumably Otho has a full name, but whether "Otho" is his first name, his last name, or something else entirely is never stated.
17th Dec '16 1:52:29 AM Xtifr
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The ghosts of the Maitlands return home, not knowing how, and discover they can no longer leave the place unless they want to be beset by {{Sand Worm}}s. Even worse, their home has been sold to the Deetzes, an eccentric yuppie family who want to do a complete overhaul of the house. With no idea what to do about the Deetzes and no real help coming from the CelestialBureaucracy that is the afterlife, the Maitlands learn of a... being named Betelgeuse (pronounced "'''''Beetlejuice'''''", of course) who claims he can rid the house of its new owners. Out of options, Barbara and Adam release him after [[SpeakOfTheDevil saying his name]] [[RuleOfThree three times]]. HilarityEnsues.

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The ghosts of the Maitlands return home, not knowing how, and discover they can no longer leave the place unless they want to be beset by {{Sand Worm}}s. Even worse, their home has been sold to the Deetzes, an eccentric yuppie family who want to do a complete overhaul of the house. With no idea what to do about the Deetzes and no real help coming from the CelestialBureaucracy that is the afterlife, the Maitlands learn of a... being named Betelgeuse (pronounced "'''''Beetlejuice'''''", "Beetlejuice", of course) who claims he can rid the house of its new owners. Out of options, Barbara and Adam release him after [[SpeakOfTheDevil saying his name]] [[RuleOfThree three times]]. HilarityEnsues.
11th Dec '16 2:34:10 PM LadyNorbert
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* OnlyOneName: Beetlejuice, Juno, and Otho are only ever identified by those names. Presumably Otho has a full name, but whether "Otho" is his first name, his last name, or something else entirely is never stated.



** Charles seems to be a straight example, but ends up as a subversion. Compared to Delia, Otho and Lydia, he ''is'' a perfectly normal guy who is openly frustrated with the behavior of the other three. But the speed with which he goes from trying to relax in his new home to trying to exploit his new hometown for profit shows he's obsessed with success and just as eager to destroy something simple and beautiful as Delia, only on a larger scale.

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** Charles seems to be a straight example, but ends up as a subversion. Compared to Delia, Otho Otho, and Lydia, he ''is'' a perfectly normal guy who is openly frustrated with the behavior of the other three. But the speed with which he goes from trying to relax in his new home to trying to exploit his new hometown for profit shows that he's obsessed with success and just as eager to destroy something simple and beautiful as Delia, Delia is, only on a an even larger scale.



* PeekABooCorpse: Subverted

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* PeekABooCorpse: SubvertedSubverted.



** Betelgeuse is no slouch at primping himself up. While he has some brutish skills, he's nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is.

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** Betelgeuse is no slouch at primping pumping himself up. While he has some brutish skills, he's nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is.
8th Dec '16 9:59:01 PM LadyNorbert
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* KilledOffscreen: Maxie Dean and his wife - maybe. [[spoiler:Betelgeuse sends them crashing up through a ceiling of the house, but whether they actually die or are just seriously injured is unclear. They're never mentioned again.]]

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* KilledOffscreen: Maxie Dean and his wife - maybe. [[spoiler:Betelgeuse sends them crashing up through a ceiling of the house, but whether they actually die or are just seriously injured is unclear. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse They're never mentioned again.again]].]]



* LackOfEmpathy: Betelgeuse's biggest trait. He really doesn't give a shit about ''anyone'' but himself.

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* LackOfEmpathy: Betelgeuse's biggest trait. He really doesn't give a shit about ''anyone'' but himself.himself; the closest we ever see him get to showing empathy is when he talks to Lydia about her suicidal impulses.



* {{Masquerade}}: The ghost world is hidden from the living--and that's how Juno wants to keep it. She demands a quick conclusion to the Maitlands' haunting so ''more'' morons don't commit suicide and make the afterlife even ''more'' complicated. (This doesn't explain the manual on how the living and the dead can ''co-exist'', though. It's implied the living who ''do'' know are inducted as a part of that masquerade.)

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* {{Masquerade}}: The ghost world is hidden from the living--and living, and that's how Juno wants to keep it. She demands a quick conclusion to the Maitlands' haunting so ''more'' morons don't commit suicide and make the afterlife even ''more'' complicated. (This doesn't explain the manual on how the living and the dead can ''co-exist'', though. It's implied the living who ''do'' know are inducted as a part of that masquerade.)



* MoodMotif: Ominous, spooky, but with a very quirky undercurrent. It ''is'' a Creator/TimBurton film, after all.

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* MoodMotif: Ominous, Ominous and spooky, but with a very quirky undercurrent. It ''is'' a Creator/TimBurton film, after all.



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* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** The Maitlands' "Day-O" haunting attempt only serves to ''entertain'' the Deetzes and their guests, not frighten them.
** The Maitlands let out Betelgeuse, they let Otho [[spoiler:steal the ''Handbook'']], and their lackluster haunting attempts have succeeded only in Charles thinking the town would make a neat tourist attraction. Juno calls them out on all of it.
* NightmareFace: Betelgeuse makes one to demonstrate his talents to the Maitlands. "Can I be scary? Well, whaddya think of ''this''?"

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Maitlands do this a few times.
** The Maitlands' "Day-O" haunting attempt only serves to ''entertain'' the Deetzes and their guests, not frighten them.
** The Maitlands let out release Betelgeuse, they let Otho [[spoiler:steal the ''Handbook'']], and their lackluster haunting attempts have succeeded only in Charles thinking the town would make a neat tourist attraction. Juno calls them out on all of it.
* NightmareFace: Betelgeuse makes one to demonstrate his talents to the Maitlands. "Can I be scary? Well, whaddya think of ''this''?"''this''?" The audience can't see it, but the Maitlands certainly seem terrified.



** When Lydia agrees to release him in exchange for saving the Maitlands from being exorcised by Otho, he lives up to his end of the deal and saves them. [[spoiler:He then immediately subverts this when he attempts to banish the Maitlands, albeit in a more temporary manner than exorcism, on account of them attempting to stop the wedding - and to be fair, Lydia ''did'' agree to marry him as the price for his aid. He also treats Lydia very affectionately throughout the whole wedding scene, although whether this is genuine or a continuation of his con artistry is up for debate. [[BigDamnHeroes In any case, the Maitlands return and promptly turn the tables on him.]]]]
* NonindicativeName: If the lead character's name had been spelled the same as the title of the movie, it would have made sense. However, he has nothing to do with what he's actually named after: a star in the constellation Orion, notably a home of the Elder Gods in the Cthulhu Mythos and the location of Hell in the poem "Betelgeuse, a Trip Through Hell".

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** When Lydia agrees to release him in exchange for saving the Maitlands from being exorcised by Otho, he lives up to his end of the deal and saves them. [[spoiler:He then immediately subverts this when he attempts to banish the Maitlands, albeit in a Maitlands; however, his chosen methods are much more temporary manner than exorcism, on account of them and he only does it because they're attempting to stop the wedding - and to be fair, Lydia ''did'' agree to marry him as the price for his aid. He also treats Lydia very affectionately throughout the whole wedding scene, although whether this is genuine or a continuation of his con artistry is up for debate. [[BigDamnHeroes In any case, the Maitlands return and promptly turn the tables on him.]]]]
* NonindicativeName: If the lead character's name had been spelled the same as the title of the movie, it would have made sense. However, he has nothing to do with what he's actually named after: a star in the constellation Orion, notably a home of the Elder Gods in the Cthulhu Mythos and the location of Hell in the poem "Betelgeuse, a Trip Through Hell".Hell."



* RuleOfThree

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* RuleOfThreeRuleOfThree: Repeatedly.



** And knocking three times on the chalk door to enter the afterlife offices.
** And Barbara getting her and Adam out of trouble by saying "Home, home, home!"

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** And knocking Knocking three times on the chalk door to enter the afterlife offices.
** And Barbara getting her herself and Adam out of trouble the model by saying "Home, home, home!"



* ScaleModelDestruction: This is averted by the town model, which only suffers minor damage... though that brothel will probably drive land values right down.



* ScaleModelDestruction: This is averted by the town model, which only suffers minor damage... though that brothel will probably drive land values right down.



* StellarName: The star named Betelgeuse is part of the constellation "Orion"--[[GeniusBonus the armpit, that is.]] This is also used by Lovecraft as a home of the Elder Gods and by Jean Louis de Esque as the location of Hell.

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* StellarName: The star named Betelgeuse is part of the constellation "Orion"--[[GeniusBonus Orion - [[GeniusBonus the armpit, that is.]] This is also used by Lovecraft as a home of the Elder Gods and by Jean Louis de Esque as the location of Hell.



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11th Nov '16 2:58:21 AM JamesAustin
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This legendary movie remains one of the most popular comedy films of all time and the film which made Creator/TimBurton a household name. It contains the typical gothic imagery you'd expect from Burton and memorable performances by Creator/AlecBaldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, Glenn Shadix, Creator/WinonaRyder, and Creator/MichaelKeaton as the B-Man himself, as well as the musical stylings of both Creator/DannyElfman and Harry Belafonte. Mix all of these elements together, and it's not hard to figure out why ''Beetlejuice'' soon became a Halloween staple.

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This legendary movie remains one of the most popular comedy films of all time and the film which made Creator/TimBurton a household name. It contains the typical gothic imagery you'd expect from Burton and memorable performances by Creator/AlecBaldwin, Geena Davis, Creator/GeenaDavis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, Glenn Shadix, Creator/WinonaRyder, and Creator/MichaelKeaton as the B-Man himself, as well as the musical stylings of both Creator/DannyElfman and Harry Belafonte. Mix all of these elements together, and it's not hard to figure out why ''Beetlejuice'' soon became a Halloween staple.



** The fly screams "[[Film/TheFly1958 Help me! Help meeeeeeeeee!]]" when trapped by Betelguese. The presence of Geena Davis makes this an ActorAllusion.

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** The fly screams "[[Film/TheFly1958 Help me! Help meeeeeeeeee!]]" when trapped by Betelguese. The presence of Geena Davis Creator/GeenaDavis makes this an ActorAllusion.
23rd Sep '16 10:31:15 AM LadyNorbert
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''Beetlejuice'' was originally conceived as a serious horror film titled ''The Maitlands'' in which Beetlejuice was a shape-shifting reptilian demon. The involvement of Tim Burton and Michael Keaton helped turn it into a comedy.

The movie was popular enough that [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} it spawned an animated]] RecycledTheSeries on Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/FoxKids. It bore little resemblance to the movie; the Maitlands and Juno were eliminated entirely, [[MyNameIsNotShazam the title character's name was spelt "Beetlejuice"]], he and Lydia were ''best friends'', and the stories largely took place in Beetlejuice's home dimension of the Netherworld.

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''Beetlejuice'' was originally conceived as a serious horror film titled ''The Maitlands'' in which Beetlejuice Betelgeuse was a shape-shifting reptilian demon. The involvement of Tim Burton and Michael Keaton helped turn it into a comedy.

The movie was popular enough that [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} it spawned an animated]] RecycledTheSeries on Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/FoxKids. It bore little resemblance to the movie; the Maitlands and Juno were eliminated entirely, [[MyNameIsNotShazam the title character's name was spelt spelled "Beetlejuice"]], he and Lydia were ''best friends'', and the stories largely took place in Beetlejuice's home dimension of dimension, called the Netherworld.
Neitherworld.



* AltarTheSpeed: Attempted by Betelgeuse, including doing Lydia's lines for her.

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* AltarTheSpeed: Attempted by Betelgeuse, including doing saying Lydia's lines vows for her.



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Betelgeuse does the following in his second summoning: kills Maxi Dean and his Wife, sexually harasses Lydia, and changes Otho's suit into one not his style.
* BedsheetGhost: The Maitlands, while trying to scare the Deetz family. It didn't work: Charles thought one of them was Lydia trying to play a prank, Delia was too doped out on Prince Valium to notice them, and Lydia thought it was Charles and Delia playing some kinky bedroom game (at first). Lampshaded by Barbara.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Betelgeuse does the following in his second summoning: kills Maxi Maxie Dean and his Wife, wife, sexually harasses Lydia, and changes Otho's suit into one not his style.
* BedsheetGhost: The Maitlands, while trying to scare the Deetz family. It didn't work: Charles thought thinks one of them was Lydia trying to play a prank, Delia was is too doped out on Prince Valium "Prince Valium" to notice them, and Lydia thought it was thinks (at first) that it's Charles and Delia playing some kinky bedroom game (at first).game. Lampshaded by Barbara.



* BeleagueredBureaucrat: The CelestialBureaucracy that runs the afterlife. They do the best they can, but pretty much every one of their clients is either hopelessly ignorant (the Maitlands) or painfully stupid (the football team). Juno is up to her eyeballs in paperwork and new arrivals. And the Maitlands went and hired a damned ''hitman'' to get the Deetzes out rather than dealing with the problem themselves.
* BerserkButton: He might not look it, but Betelgeuse takes great pride in his work as a bio-exorcist. When the Maitlands save Charles from being killed by Betelgeuse in his snake form, he gets pissed off at them for interrupting the work of a professional.

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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: The CelestialBureaucracy that runs the afterlife. They do the best they can, but pretty much every one of their clients is either hopelessly ignorant (the Maitlands) or painfully stupid (the football team). Juno is up to her eyeballs in paperwork and new arrivals. And then the Maitlands went go and hired hire a damned ''hitman'' to get the Deetzes out rather than dealing with the problem themselves.
* BerserkButton: He might not look it, but Betelgeuse takes great pride in his work as a bio-exorcist. When the Maitlands save Charles from being killed by stop Betelgeuse from continuing to menace the Deetzes in his snake form, he gets pissed off at them for interrupting the work of a professional.



* BlackComedy: Of course. Prime example: Betelgeuse says he'd better flip to the business section of his paper and look for a job - and flips to the obituaries, which colorfully and cheerfully list the dead as new arrivals to be greeted.

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* BlackComedy: Of course. Prime example: Betelgeuse says he'd better flip to check the business section of his paper and look for a job - and flips to the obituaries, which colorfully and cheerfully list the dead as new arrivals to be greeted.



* CessationOfExistence: This was nearly Barbara and Adam's fate when Otho summoned them in a séance and they began to crumble into dust - only for Betelgeuse to rescue them after Lydia promises to marry him. Otho, who knows quite a bit about the hereafter himself, confirms this for us with "They're already dead. They can't feel a thing."

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* CessationOfExistence: This was is nearly Barbara and Adam's fate when Otho summoned summons them in a séance and they began begin to crumble into dust - only for Betelgeuse to rescue them after Lydia promises to marry him. Otho, who knows quite a bit about the hereafter himself, confirms this for us with "They're already dead. They can't feel a thing."



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Barbara Maitland wangs the {{Sand Worm}} right on the nose, causing it to retreat... and then later befriends it!

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Barbara Maitland wangs the {{Sand Worm}} SandWorm right on the nose, causing it to retreat... and then later befriends it!



* EarnYourHappyEnding: After an entire film of being thrown through the wringer by the afterlife and Beetlejuice, [[spoiler: the Maitlands and the Deetzes instead learn to live in harmony, with the Deetzes even restoring part of the house to its original state. Lydia is also shown to be much happier, having let her hair down literally and figuratively, with the Maitlands treating her like the daughter they never got to have. ]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: After an entire film of being thrown through the wringer by the afterlife and Beetlejuice, Betelgeuse, [[spoiler: the Maitlands and the Deetzes instead learn to live in harmony, with the Deetzes even restoring part of the house to its original state. Lydia is also shown to be much happier, having let her hair down literally and figuratively, with the Maitlands treating her like the daughter they never got to have. ]]



* EatenAlive: Beetlejuice eating a fly early on in the film and [[spoiler:the Sandworm eating Beetlejuice]] towards the end of the film.

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* EatenAlive: Beetlejuice Betelgeuse eating a fly early on in the film and [[spoiler:the Sandworm eating Beetlejuice]] Betelgeuse]] towards the end of the film.



* EmotionlessGirl: Lydia

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* EmotionlessGirl: LydiaLydia, or at least she tries to be; she actually feels things pretty intensely.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Adam and the tarantula. Instead of squashing it, he only comments on its size and lets it go free, showing him to be a nice guy. Mirrored later on when Lydia sees a big spider and notes, "I could live here." It's a hint that she'll get on well with the Maitlands.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Adam and the tarantula. spider. Instead of squashing it, he only comments on its size and lets it go free, showing him to be a nice guy. {{nice guy}}. Mirrored later on when Lydia sees a big spider (possibly the same one) and notes, "I could live here." It's a hint that she'll get on well with the Maitlands.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Lydia gives Betelgeuse the implication she wants to die by telling him "I want to get in," he responds with a confused "Why?", pointing out that no matter how bad things get, death is still worse. Even in his current situation, he'd rather be alive. He doesn't care that she wants to be dead, however, handwaving that she probably has her own reasons. He would grant her wish if she helps him first.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Lydia gives Betelgeuse the implication she wants to die by telling him "I want to get in," he responds with a confused "Why?", pointing out that no matter how bad things get, death is still worse. Even in his current situation, he'd rather be alive. He It doesn't care entirely trouble him that she wants to be dead, however, handwaving as he observes that she probably has her own reasons. He would grant her wish reasons; if she helps she'll help him first.get out of the model, maybe they can discuss it and he can find a way to help her. He's by no means ''nice'', but to judge by his own words earlier in the film, she's the only person he seems to like at all and he does actually seem interested in helping her.



* ForcefulKiss: Immediately introducing himself to Adam and Barbara, Betelgeuse grabs her and gives her this kind of kiss. As you can imagine, they're immediately regretting their decision to meet with him, especially since he acts like a pervert around her the rest of the time.

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* ForcefulKiss: Immediately after introducing himself to Adam and Barbara, Betelgeuse grabs her and gives her this kind of kiss. As you can imagine, they're immediately already regretting their decision to meet with him, especially since he acts like a pervert around her the rest of the time.



** Delia is momentarily trapped by a piece of sculpture when her art collection is moved into the new house. Though he hadn't even been summoned yet, Betelguese somehow picked up on this.

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** Delia is momentarily trapped by a piece of sculpture when her art collection is moved into the new house. Though he hadn't even been summoned yet, Betelguese somehow picked picks up on this.this later.



** Beetlejuice momentarily controls Barbara, having her say in his voice, "Learn to throw your voice! Fool your friends! Fun at parties!" Guess what he does at Delia's party?
* FreeTheFrogs: Lydia gets a C in Biology because she refuses to dissect frogs. Though she clearly stated, she did it because she thought it was gross, not for animal rights. She tries to get out of it by claiming that it's [[AgainstMyReligion against her religion]], but gets the C all the same.

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** Beetlejuice Betelgeuse momentarily controls Barbara, having her say in his voice, "Learn to throw your voice! Fool your friends! Fun at parties!" Guess what he does at Delia's party?
* FreeTheFrogs: Lydia gets a C in Biology because she refuses to dissect frogs. Though However, she clearly stated, states that she did it because she thought it was gross, not for animal rights. She tries to get out of it by claiming that it's [[AgainstMyReligion against her religion]], but gets the C all the same.



** A more direct example comes at the climax when Lydia, suddenly garbed in her red wedding dress, slides effortlessly to Betelgeuse's side--though not of her own accord.

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** A more direct example comes at the climax when Lydia, suddenly garbed in her red wedding dress, slides effortlessly to Betelgeuse's side--though side as if on wheels - though not of her own accord.



* IGaveMyWord: [[spoiler:Betelgeuse does exactly what he promised to do after Lydia releases him: he saves Adam and Barbara from being exorcised. He's quick to try to dispose of them afterwards, though--he sends Adam into the town model, and he teleports Barbara to the SandWorm-infested desert of UsefulNotes/{{Saturn}}. Both tricks backfire: Adam uses the toy car Betelgeuse drove to distract him, and Barbara returns by riding a SandWorm, which swallows Betelgeuse.]]

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* IGaveMyWord: [[spoiler:Betelgeuse does exactly what he promised to do after Lydia releases him: he saves Adam and Barbara from being exorcised. He's quick to try to dispose of them afterwards, though--he though, when they attempt to stop the wedding; he sends Adam into the town model, and he teleports Barbara to the SandWorm-infested desert of UsefulNotes/{{Saturn}}. Both tricks backfire: Adam uses the toy car Betelgeuse drove to distract him, and Barbara returns by riding a SandWorm, which swallows Betelgeuse.]]



** And, of course, Betelgeuse himself, but unlike Jane he's a strangely lovable jerkass.

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** And, of course, Betelgeuse himself, himself; but unlike Jane Jane, he's a strangely lovable jerkass.



* KilledOffscreen: Maxie Dean and his wife - maybe. [[spoiler:Betelgeuse sends them crashing up through a ceiling of the house, but whether they actually die or are just seriously injured is unclear. They're never mentioned again.]]



** ''The [[EncyclopediaExposita Handbook]] for the [[AllThereInTheManual Recently Deceased]]'' attempts to be a ''[[AnimateInanimateObject helpful]]'' TomeOfEldritchLore. Barbara asks a question and the book just ''happens'' to open to the relevant section. Unfortunately, the Handbook was written by a bureaucrat.

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** ''The [[EncyclopediaExposita Handbook]] for the [[AllThereInTheManual Recently Deceased]]'' attempts to be a ''[[AnimateInanimateObject helpful]]'' TomeOfEldritchLore. Barbara asks a question and the book just ''happens'' to open to the relevant section. Unfortunately, the Handbook ''Handbook'' was written by a bureaucrat.



* MonsterRoommate

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* MonsterRoommateMonsterRoommate: The Maitlands are this for the Deetzes, although they seem to feel it's the other way around.



** From the fun and hilarious Banana Boat Song scene to the intense and frightening scene where Beetlejuice turns into a snake.
** Beetlejuice's unexpectedly serious and straightforward reaction when Lydia tells him she'd rather be dead. He snaps back almost instantly, but it's a surprising moment.

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** From the fun and hilarious Banana "Banana Boat Song Song" scene to the intense and frightening scene where Beetlejuice Betelgeuse turns into a snake.
** Beetlejuice's Betelgeuse's unexpectedly serious and straightforward reaction when Lydia tells him she'd rather be dead. He snaps back almost instantly, but it's a surprising moment.



** When Lydia agrees to release him in exchange for saving the Maitlands from being exorcised by Otho, he lives up to his end of the deal and saves them. [[spoiler:He then immediately subverts this when he attempts to banish the Maitlands, albeit in a more temporary manner than exorcism, and force Lydia into a much larger marital contract than she agreed to. [[BigDamnHeroes Fortunately, the Maitlands return and promptly turn the tables on him.]]]]
* NonindicativeName: If the lead character's name had been spelled the same as the title of the movie, it would have made sense. However, he has nothing to do with what he's actually named after: a star in the constellation Orion, notably a home of the Elder Gods in the Cthulu Mythos and the location of Hell in the poem "Betelgeuse, a Trip Through Hell".

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** When Lydia agrees to release him in exchange for saving the Maitlands from being exorcised by Otho, he lives up to his end of the deal and saves them. [[spoiler:He then immediately subverts this when he attempts to banish the Maitlands, albeit in a more temporary manner than exorcism, on account of them attempting to stop the wedding - and force to be fair, Lydia into ''did'' agree to marry him as the price for his aid. He also treats Lydia very affectionately throughout the whole wedding scene, although whether this is genuine or a much larger marital contract than she agreed to. continuation of his con artistry is up for debate. [[BigDamnHeroes Fortunately, In any case, the Maitlands return and promptly turn the tables on him.]]]]
* NonindicativeName: If the lead character's name had been spelled the same as the title of the movie, it would have made sense. However, he has nothing to do with what he's actually named after: a star in the constellation Orion, notably a home of the Elder Gods in the Cthulu Cthulhu Mythos and the location of Hell in the poem "Betelgeuse, a Trip Through Hell".



** Kmart gets a brief mention during Betelgeuse's big scene.



* RealityWarper: All ghosts seem to be able to do this to an extent, though they are limited to the place they are haunting. The Maitlands, being new to the whole Dead thing, take most of the movie to get the hang of it. Betelgeuse's powers, on the other hand, seem virtually limitless... though that is hampered by that whole [[AchillesHeel "call my name"]] business. His glaring weakness is touched upon a few times during the movie (particularly during the ScaledUp scene, where he nearly murdered one of Lydia's parents before Barbara was able to send him back), which leads him to seek out Lydia. Juno briefly displays powers on a similar scale by casually manifesting a whorehouse in Adam's town model and summoning the Maitlands into her office to chew them out.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Bernard (Delia's agent, play by Dick Cavett) lays into her when the Maitlands refuse to make a "live appearance":

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* RealityWarper: All ghosts seem to be able to do this to an extent, though they are limited to the place they are haunting. The Maitlands, being new to the whole Dead thing, take most of the movie to get the hang of it. Betelgeuse's powers, on the other hand, seem virtually limitless... though that is hampered by that whole [[AchillesHeel "call my name"]] business. His glaring weakness is touched upon a few times during the movie (particularly during the ScaledUp scene, where he nearly murdered one of murders Lydia's parents father before Barbara was is able to send him back), which leads him to seek out Lydia. Juno briefly displays powers on a similar scale by casually manifesting a whorehouse in Adam's town model and summoning the Maitlands into her office to chew them out.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Bernard (Delia's agent, play played by Dick Cavett) lays into her when the Maitlands refuse to make a "live appearance":



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Otho is all too happy to ditch the Deetzes when his seance gets out of control. He doesn't get far, though...

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Otho is all too happy to ditch the Deetzes when his seance séance gets out of control. He doesn't get far, though...



-->'''Beetlejuice''': Hey, this might be a good look for me.

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-->'''Beetlejuice''': -->'''Betelgeuse''': Hey, this might be a good look for me.



* SmallSecludedWorld: The Maitlands are stuck in their house and unable to have any contact with the surrounding world. They don't realize that they're dead and haunting the house in which they lived until after they try leaving.

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* SmallSecludedWorld: The Maitlands are stuck in their house and unable to have any contact with the surrounding world. They don't realize that they're dead and haunting the house in which they lived until after they try leaving.to leave.



* StealthPun: A brilliant one. The ending scene has the characters dancing along to Harry Belafonte's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic87SfqQAAM "Jump in the Line"]]. Midway through, we cut to a scene with Beetlejuice swapping his numbers with a witch doctor so he can be called earlier - or, in other words, "jumpin' the line..."

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* StealthPun: A brilliant one. The ending scene has the characters dancing along to Harry Belafonte's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic87SfqQAAM "Jump in the Line"]]. Midway through, we cut to a scene with Beetlejuice Betelgeuse swapping his numbers with a witch doctor so he can be called earlier - or, in other words, "jumpin' the line..."



* TerribleArtist: Calling Delia's work "terrible" may be unfair, but she's not exactly Picasso. [[spoiler:In the final scene of the movie, she actually sculpts a bust resembling Betelgeuse's "snake form", scaring Charles half to death, and then still presumes he likes it.]] Of course, [[spoiler:a brief image in the ending suggests Delia also managed to successfully get people to appreciate her art in the end, with image being a cover of Art In America with the advertisement of them being "images of the afterlife". Perhaps she fired her Jerkass agent?]]

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* TerribleArtist: Calling Delia's work "terrible" may be unfair, but she's not exactly Picasso. [[spoiler:In the final scene of the movie, she actually sculpts a bust resembling Betelgeuse's "snake form", scaring Charles half to death, and then still presumes he likes it.]] Of course, [[spoiler:a brief image in the ending suggests Delia also managed to successfully get people to appreciate her art in the end, with one image being a cover of Art ''Art In America America'' with the advertisement of them being "images of the afterlife". Perhaps she fired her Jerkass agent?]]
22nd Sep '16 6:36:06 PM LadyNorbert
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* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: A lot of what Delia wears could be considered this. In one scene she has a glove on her head as part of a sort of headband. Meanwhile, the red sweater Charles wears in one scene makes a reappearance later as Delia's ''pants'', held up with suspenders.



** Bernard, Delia's agent, belittles Delia and her work, calling her a flake and refusing to believe that anything happened after the dinner scene despite overwhelming proof, as well as refusing to let the other two witnesses who do believe in it to actually continue investigating. It goes a long way toward explaining why Delia is so uptight and neurotic.
** And, of course, Betelgeuse himself, but unlike Jane he's a strangely lovable jerk-ass.
* KarmaHoudini: Jane the realtor says the Maitlands' house is "too big" for the two of them and has been advertising their house against their wishes despite being told not to repeatedly--which is practically harassment. As Adam says, it isn't "any of Jane's business". And then they die, and she either inherits the house herself or sells it on behalf of whoever does, meaning that she gets what she wanted without repercussion (unless you believe her when she tells Lydia that she's "devastated" by their deaths). As written above, a deleted scene shows she tried this again with the Deetzes, but they don't want any of it.

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** Bernard, Delia's agent, belittles Delia and her work, calling her a flake and refusing to believe that anything happened after the dinner scene despite overwhelming proof, as well as refusing to let the other two witnesses who do believe in it to actually continue investigating. It goes a long way toward explaining why Delia is so uptight and neurotic.
** And, of course, Betelgeuse himself, but unlike Jane he's a strangely lovable jerk-ass.
jerkass.
* KarmaHoudini: Jane the realtor says the Maitlands' house is "too big" for the two of them and has been advertising their house against their wishes despite being told not to repeatedly--which is practically harassment. As Adam says, it isn't "any of Jane's business".business" whether the house is too big for them. And then they die, and she either inherits the house herself or sells it on behalf of whoever does, meaning that she gets what she wanted without repercussion (unless you believe her when she tells Lydia that she's "devastated" by their deaths). As written above, a deleted scene shows she tried this again with the Deetzes, but they don't want any of it.



* LawOfInverseFertility: It's possible that Barbara is infertile, especially when Jane says that their house should belong to a family--Barbara looks crushed and Adam looks at her sympathetically. At the very least, they've had no luck conceiving. It's no wonder they become almost second parents to Lydia.

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* LawOfInverseFertility: It's possible that Barbara is infertile, especially when Jane says that their house should belong to a family--Barbara family; Barbara looks crushed and Adam looks at her sympathetically.crushed. At the very least, they've had no luck conceiving. It's no wonder they become almost second parents to Lydia.



--->'''Beetle:''' Hiya! How are ya?

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--->'''Beetle:''' Hiya! Hi! How are ya?



* MeaningfulName: The Deetzes are ditzes.

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* MeaningfulName: The Deetzes are ditzes.ditzes - the parents, anyway.



** The Maitlands "Day-O" haunting attempt only serves to ''entertain'' the Deetzes and their guests, not frighten them.

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** The Maitlands Maitlands' "Day-O" haunting attempt only serves to ''entertain'' the Deetzes and their guests, not frighten them.
19th Aug '16 10:52:45 AM DrSlide
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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: The CelestialBureaucracy of suicides- they do the best they can, but pretty much every one of their clients is either hopelessly ignorant (the Maitlands) or painfully stupid (the football team). Juno is up to her eyeballs in paperwork and new arrivals. And these new dumbasses hired a damned ''hitman'' rather than dealing with the problem themselves.

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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: The CelestialBureaucracy of suicides- they that runs the afterlife. They do the best they can, but pretty much every one of their clients is either hopelessly ignorant (the Maitlands) or painfully stupid (the football team). Juno is up to her eyeballs in paperwork and new arrivals. And these new dumbasses the Maitlands went and hired a damned ''hitman'' to get the Deetzes out rather than dealing with the problem themselves.
17th Aug '16 9:18:51 AM Lyendith
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* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Betelgeuse doesn't physically appear until halfway through the movie, and only becomes an important character (that is, the villain) at the very end. 90% of the film is focused on the Maitlands and Lydia.

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* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Betelgeuse doesn't physically appear until halfway through the movie, and only becomes an important character (that is, the villain) at the very end. 90% of the film is focused on the Maitlands and Lydia.the Deetzes.
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