Thursday, 09 April 2015 08:39

The Ghost With the Most Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli - BEETLEJUICE

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"I'm feeling a little, ooh, anxious if you know what I mean. It's been about six hundred years after all. I wonder where a guy, an everyday Joe like myself, can find a little action!"

“Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose!”

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BEETLEJUICE plays this weekend (April 10th and 11th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.

It’s showtime! The spring season of the Tivoli Theater’s ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ midnight series really kicks off this weekend (unless you count this past weekend’s ROCKY HORROR) with the 1988 favorite BEETLEJUICE


There’s never been a horror comedy like Tim Burton’ BEETLEJUICE before or since. The film is a nugget of precise mayhem that never seems to get old. Tim Burton and Danny Elfman’s partnership is at or near its peak at this point in their careers, delivering a perfect blend of wildly original visuals and unusually appropriate musical cues, and they get plenty of extra help from the cast; Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice (Burton originally wanted Sammy Davis Jr for the role!!) is filthy, vulgar, and has a bad case of gingivitis. Although all of these aspects are unappealing, there is something to love about Beetlejuice,and that’s his personality. He’s funny and crude because what would you do if you’ve lived through the black plague and seen the exorcist about 167 times? If I was him, I’d be bored with myself by now but somehow Keaton puts life into this character like he just died yesterday. Many times during BEETLEJUICE we see other dead specters. What’s funny about these ghosts is that the way they died is the way they’re portrayed so you know exactly how they met their end. A fellow wearing a chicken- eating bib has a chicken leg stuck in his throat. A man is flat as a poster board because along his front side is a tire track. That’s one of the fun parts of this movie. Other fun parts are the rest of the cast: Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder and a borderline-unrecognizable Alec Baldwin. A genuinely hilarious script dances in awkward beauty from comedy to horror and back again, leaving plenty of room for scalding improvisation and keeping even the most tenured viewer guessing about what’s around the next corner.


Reel Late at the Tivoli takes place every Friday and Saturday night and OnSTL's own Tom Stockman (that’s me!) is usually there with custom trivia questions about the films and always has DVDs, posters, and other cool stuff to give away. Ticket prices are $8


The Tivoli is located at 6350 Delmar in The Loop. Visit Landmark’s The Tivoli’s website HERE

Here’s the Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight schedule for the rest of April and May:

April 17-18           HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE  subtitled

April 24-25           BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT

May 1-2                BETTER OFF DEAD

May 8-9                MAD MAX

May 15-16           WATERSHIP DOWN

May 22-23           THE THING