May we hold our hats to our chest in solemn remembrance of two great figures from the ookey-spookey world of black-and-white cult horror.
If you remember, Lydia dropped a “Night of the Living Dead” reference in Beetlejuice when confronting the rather hapless, innocent spooksters in sheets with cut-out eye-holes and worse acting.
Not to say, that you couldn’t “achieve an effect” as the original 1968 classic ran on about similar production values.
And not forgetting Ed Wood who cobbled together his movies with manic haste and far littler talent to win “The Golden Turkey” award. Somehow, he enlisted the fading, raspy talent of a resurrected Bela Lugosi who probably should have remained “unexhumed” from a deep drug habit.
Played in the actual movie, “Ed Wood” by Martin Landau—who passed away.
And not forgetting George Romero who came up with the original “Night of the Living Dead”.
Midnight showings of transgressive celluloid, you might even call “Beetlejuice” another entry in the projection-room of cult hits and buttered popcorn mayhem.
No one ever went broke “underestimating the bad taste of the American public” though Martin Landau won an Academy Award.
You can’t “spin shit into gold”, or can you? You’re looking at this very website! And it’s for you, my undead mindless legions zoning in to this forsaken corner of the WordPress blogosphere.
Like that movie, “Die Hard”. The sequel should have been “Die Harder”. The third entry should have been “Die Hard with a Vengeance”. The fourth installment, “It won’t Die!”
Where there’s a sequel, there’s an after-life.
Beetlejuice won’t remain buried, I’m sure.