15 Things You May Not Know about Beetlejuice

15 Things You May Not Know about Beetlejuice

Tim Burton directed Beetlejuice (1988) is one of my favorite kid’s movies when I was younger and also now for my children. Being a fan of the film and Tim Burton’s work, here are some remarkable fun facts about Beetlejuice. Seeing that Beetlejuice went from a hardcore horror movie to the comedy we enjoy today, Beetlejuice went through many revisions. The alternative film titles were also hilarious, and Beetlejuice, where did that come name from?


15 Things You May Not Know About Beetlejuice

  1. The number 3 is used for more than summoning Beetlejuice. The Maitland’s say "Home" three times to escape Beetlejuice and knock on the door to the After Life.

  2. Actor Glenn Shadix (who played Otho in the film), passed away in 2010 and Harry Belafonte’s hits "Day-O" was played at his funeral.

  3. Tim Burton added Calypso music like Harry Belafonte‘s hits "Day-O" and "Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)" to lighten up the film and make it more fun and playful.

  4. Beetlejuice was originally set to be destroyed during an exorcism.

  5. Beetlejuice won an Oscar Award. Makeup artists Ve Neill, Steve LaPorte, and Robert Short won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Makeup.

  6. Test audiences wanted a happier ending for Beetlejuice instead of him being plagued by sandworms in Maitland’s model town. Tim Burton then created the epilogue where Beetlejuice is hassling the sawed-in-half woman ending in a witch doctor shrinking his head.

  7. Actors Geena Davis and Michael Keaton immediately signed on to film Beetlejuice after meeting with Tim Burton.

  8. Beetlejuice was named after the star Betelgeuse, a star in the constellation Orion.

  9. Beetlejuice is only onscreen for 17.5 minutes of the Beetlejuice film’s 92-minute runtime.

  10. Lydia Deetz played by Winona Ryder was originally turned down by actresses Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Justine Bateman, Molly Ringwald, and Jennifer Connelly.

  11. Juliette Lewis was almost Lydia Deetz, but Winona Ryder won the role after Tim Burton viewed her performance in Lucas. Ryder also pulled off the goth look so much better!

  12. Anjelica Huston was originally cast as Delia Deetz but could not continue the role due to sickness. Actress Catherine O’Hara filled in last moment after Tim Burton convinced her and delivered a great performance.

  13. Beetlejuice was almost called House Ghosts (1988) by executives, and Tim Burton joked around calling this film Scared Sheetless (1988).

  14. Originally Beetlejuice (1988) was intended to be a full horror movie. Tim Burton lightened up the horror elements making Beetlejuice a comedy fantasy film. Beetlejuice was supposed to be a winged demon with his human form being a Middle Eastern man.

  15. Michael Keaton was not the first pick for director Tim Burton. Sammy Davis Jr. was Tim Burton’s first pick for Beetlejuice.

Beetlejuice (1988)

Directed by Tim Burton


Movie Overview | Review | Trailer

Official Synopsis: Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate their house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but end up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping.
Cast: Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, Duane Davis, Michael Keaton, Glenn Shadix, Carmen Filpi, Simmy Bow, Hugo Stanger, Catherine O'Hara, Jack Angel,…
Genres: Fantasy, Comedy