As I'm sure many of you have already heard, Tim Burton's horror comedy classic Beetlejuice is getting a long awaited sequel. But my question to you is, is 26 years too long a gap between movies? Do you think they could pull it off, or will it totally ruin the original?
Although I'd normally say that a sequel is a better option over a remake or reboot any day, I honestly think that Beetlejuice is a brilliant stand alone movie, and doesn't need sequels this far down the track (or a remake for that matter). But despite the fact that Michael Keaton (who played 'Beetlejuice' in 1988) is now 62, he still jumped at the opportunity to play the character again. Do you think he would still be able to do a convincing portrayal of the character 26 years down the track?
I guess even if we were against a Beetlejuice 2, there's nothing we can do about it right? Besides, although I do think that having a sequel 26 years after the original film isn't generally a great idea, I do have faith in Tim Burton as he has made some of the BEST films I have ever seen! He's well known for his alternate style and stop motion animation cinema, and has made many films with composer Danny Elfman, as well as actors Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
While we wait for more news on the upcoming Beetlejuice 2, let's have a look at some of Director Tim Burton's best work!
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 'stop motion animation' musical fantasy film, and probably Burton's most famous work. Based around Jack Skellington, who is the King of 'Halloweentown', who goes on to discover Christmas Town, but doesn't seem to quite understand the concept.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne West and Vincent Price, Edward Scissorhands is another one of Burton's timeless classics. Centering around a 'robot' who was left to fend for himself before being 'completed' after the death of his creator.
Alice In Wonderland (2010)
Ahh Alice in Wonderland. A movie I must have seen at least 100 times by now! Okay, maybe not THAT many times, but I've seen it more than once I can assure you. With a star studded cast, I was very impressed with how this live action adaptation of the original cartoon movie turned out, and would highly advise it!
My ALL TIME favorite movie! Ever! In my opinion, move over TDK because this is the best Batman movie EVER made! Granted, The Dark Knight may be close on its heels, but in my honest opinion it will never be as good as this family friendly classic (Well, family friendly apart from the scene where the Joker fried the guy alive, which mentally scarred us all as kids). Batman brought us the best Batman and Joker to date (Sorry Christian and Heath), and had a killer soundtrack. If you haven't already seen this gem, then you'd better hurry up, because you're missing out big time!
Oh and while we're on the topic, would it not be just the coolest thing EVER to see a mix up movie with these four? Or maybe just two separate movies, Ledger vs Keaton and Nicholson vs Bale?
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)
It's not often that we see musical horror films, so this movie is truly one of a kind. Although I will admit openly that this one wasn't really my cup of tea, I still think that it was very well made and has a very morbid theme. It's gory, it's brutal, and it's great to sing along to. So if that's your thing, I say go for it!
Dark Shadows (2012)
Based on the hit TV series of the same name (1966 - 1971), Dark Shadows was incredibly popular. No surprises there, it's brilliant! It's another one of Burton's works that I have seen several times over, and will never get bored of. Besides, what's cooler than having vampires, werewolves and witches all in the same movie?
Mars Attacks! (1996)
A favorite movie of mine when I was younger, Mars Attacks is one of those movies that is kinda made for kids, but kinda not at the same time. Starring too many well known actors to list, it's a brilliant one to put on for a 10th birthday party!