How the 1988 Film ‘Beetlejuice’ Simultaneously Embodied and Defied Typical Hollywood Genres

The consistently excellent film and television analysis platform ScreenPrism went back 30 years to look at the sublime 1988 Tim Burton film Beetlejuice, noting how the film simultaneously embodied and defied typical Hollywood genres. While the film had certain scary elements, it wasn’t a horror film, it had funny moments but it wasn’t a comedy and it had a moody teenager but wasn’t an adolescent film. Instead the film took its own definition that’s still relevant today.

30 years after its release, we look at why Beetlejuice, Tim Burton’s strange and unusual brainchild left an indelible mark on pop culture

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.