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Beetlejuice trailer 1988

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Published on Feb 11, 2011

Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam (Alec Baldwin) Maitland decide to spend their vacation decorating their idyllic New England country home. While the young couple is driving back from town, Barbara swerves to avoid a dog wandering the roadway, and crashes through a covered bridge, plunging into the river below, killing the Maitlands. They return home in spirit form and, based on the fact they have no visible reflection in the mirror, realize that they might be deceased. A book entitled Handbook for the Recently Deceased confirms the couple's suspicion that they are, in fact, dead. Adam then attempts to leave the house to retrace his steps, but finds himself in a strange otherworldly dimension referred to as Saturn, which happens to be covered in sand and populated by enormous sand worms, which he abruptly encounters.

After fleeing back into their home for refuge, the Maitlands' peace is later disrupted when their house is sold and the obnoxious new residents, the Deetzes, arrive from New York City. The new family consists of Charles (Jeffrey Jones), aspiring sculptor and Charles' second wife Delia (Catherine O'Hara), and Charles' goth daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) from his first marriage. Under the guidance of interior designer Otho (Glenn Shadix), the Deetzes transform the house into a gaudy piece of pastel-toned modern art. The Maitlands seek help from their afterlife case worker, Juno (Sylvia Sidney), who informs them that they must remain in the house for 125 years, and that if they want the Deetzes out of the house, it is up to them to scare them away. The Maitlands' attempts at scaring the family away prove utterly ineffective.

Although the Maitlands remain invisible to Charles and Delia, their daughter Lydia can see the ghost couple and befriends them. Against Juno's advice, the Maitlands contact the miscreant Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton), a freelance "bio-exorcist" ghost, to scare away the Deetzes, but Betelgeuse becomes more interested in marrying Lydia so that he can re-enter the land of the living. It takes the combined efforts of the Maitlands and Lydia to defeat Betelgeuse and banish him permanently to the afterlife. The Deetzes and the Maitlands decide to live together in harmony. At the film's conclusion, Betelgeuse is seen waiting in the afterlife reception waiting room, where he angers a witch doctor, who shrinks his head.

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