ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

Tim Burton's 1988 flick, Beetlejuice, has simply got to be one of, if not the best horror-comedy movies ever made. If you don't agree with me, I would suggest checking out the film again - just in case you change your mind! Since its release, I must have seen the film at least 10 times, if not more, and upon every viewing...I wonder just why Beetlejuice has been spelled as 'Betelgeuse' on both the TV advert and the gravestone.

This guy's name may be pronounced as Beetlejuice, but it is actually written as "Betelgeuse" (named after the 9th brightest star in the night sky). The reason that director Tim Burton decided to title the film 'Beetlejuice' opposed to 'Betelgeuse' is actually very straight forward.

A: Beetlejuice sounds funnier (for the younger audience)

B: Beetlejuice is a lot easier to remember, pronounce and spell compared to Betelgeuse.

The film studio actually disliked the title, and considered renaming the picture "House Ghosts." As a bit of a Mickey take, director Tim Burton put forward the idea "Scared Sheetless," but was horrified when he discovered that the studio was actually considering it!

So, as you can imagine... the original intent of Tim Burton was to name the film "Betelgeuse," but they later decided on the name change for the movie, but not for the title character, hence why we see "Betelgeuse" in the TV advert and gravestone. Confusing for those who don't know, but actually pretty straight forward for those of us who do!

What do you think? Should the film have been titled Beetlejuice, Betelgeuse, House Ghosts, or even Scared Sheetless? Let me know in the comments section below!


Latest from our Creators