Family Flashback Film Fest continues

Oct 19, 2016
Award-winning actor Michael Keaton, pictured in the title role of 1988’s “Beetlejuice,” has always put it all out there.

Rockland — “Beetlejuice” (1988, USA) will be screened Sunday, Oct. 30, at 12:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Doors will open at noon for Part Two of the Family Flashback Film Festival; admission is $3.

In this creepy comedy, newlyweds played by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident, due to the carelessness of a cute little dog. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that before they can earn their wings, they must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next 50 years.

Unfortunately, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies played by Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, the couple do their best to scare them away, with no success. In desperation they engage the services of a veteran scaremeister — a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent and gonzo spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton).

Beetlejuice, however, cannot be trusted, especially when he falls in love with the family’s gloomy, black-clad teen daughter, played by Winona Ryder. The film is directed by Tim Burton and rated PG-13.

“Beetlejuice” runs 92 minutes. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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