When a movie you loved while growing up, like Beetlejuice, celebrates its 30th anniversary, it makes you feel old…or is that just me? Putting those feelings aside, I can’t believe that this classic has been around for so long. While I am not a fan of “scary” movies, the fact that this movie seemed more like a comedy allowed me to enjoy it numerous times.
In honor of its 30th anniversary (and for my love of the movie), here are 7 Beetlejuice Fun Facts.
- Beetlejuice was named for Betelgeuse, a star in the constellation Orion.
- Even the movie is titled “Beetlejuice” and is about him, Beetlejuice is actually only on screen for less than 18 minutes total.
- The number 3 is not only used with making Beetlejuice appear (saying his name 3 times), it is also significant when the Maitlands say the word “home” three times to escape Beetlejuice, and it is also the number of times they knock on the door to get to the After Life.
- Apparently Tim Burton wanted Rat Pack-member Sammy Davis Jr. to play the role of Beetlejuice.
- Warner Bros. executives didn’t like the name Beetlejuice originally, they wanted it to be changed to House Ghosts and even considered the name Scared Sheetless.
- There were quite a few actresses that turned down the role of Lydia Deetz (Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Justine Bateman, Molly Ringwald, and Jennifer Connelly). Juliette Lewis also auditioned for the role of Lydia but instead it was given to Winona Ryder.
- Delia Deetz, played by Catherine O’Hara, was almost played by Anjelica Huston but she became ill.
Ok, tell me the truth…were you scared to say Beetlejuice 3 times? I might have been just a tad bit scared then but 30 years later I have no problem doing so. I mean, I won’t do it (you know, just in case) but I totally could if I wanted to. When was the last time you watched Beetlejuice?
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