History Film / Beetlejuice

28th Jan '17 1:20:11 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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*** Since her name is on the realty company's sign, Jane's apparently constantly trying to resell the house for repeat commissions, which would make her a much bigger jerkass than she appears.



* 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" 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.

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* 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" 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, her agency, 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.
28th Jan '17 12:24:42 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* NoFourthWall: Played with. The theater seating full of ghosts behind the Maitlands in Juno's office is Tim Burton's way of suggesting that the dead on the other side are watching the story unfold along with the living audience, and for a brief moment the two can see each other staring back.
23rd Jan '17 10:26:42 PM ThallianGold
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** [[spoiler: The Deetzes also get what they want: Charles adjusts more, Deelia gets a new inspiration for her art, and Lydia finds a reason to live.]]
23rd Jan '17 10:00:35 PM ThallianGold
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** Subverted when a few moments later she attempts to say it anyway before Barbara and Adam intervene.


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** Otho is portrayed as a pompous and opportunistic con man at best. Even he's horrified at what his bumbling nearly does to the Maitlands.
** Subverted with Juno and the rest of the afterlife bureaucracy. They don't care about the damage Betelgeuse causes, per se, just that he attracts too much attention.


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** The Lost Souls Room foreshadows the potential fate of the Maitlands.


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** Especially bad since Barbara did this earlier in the film.


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** Betelgeuse inflicts Otho with this in the climax.


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** Maxie Dean and his wife are strangely unmoved at the Maitlands withering away in front of them, instead wowed by Betelgeuse's antics.


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** Otho seemingly gets off with nothing more than a torn suit and a bad replacement.


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** The Deetzes as well, particularly Delia. Lydia is something of a ColdHam as her suicide note illustrates.
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.
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