It has been 30 years to the date since Beetlejuice deceived his way into our hearts through ghoulish antics and cartoon debauchery. In an unexpected twist, the “Ghost with the Most” is taking to the stage with a musical adaptation.
According to the theatrical division of Warner Bros. the project has been in development for eight years. However, it will finally grace us with its gothic presence at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. in October with the hopes of moving production to Broadway. Beetlejuice the Musical is being directed by Alex Timbers, who is currently working on the musical adaptation of Moulin Rouge, he plans to bring Burton’s “handcrafted aesthetic and outrageous, edgy humor” into the play.
Timbers describes his vision of the adaptation:
“One of the things we’re focusing on is the emotional story of the character of Lydia, who has an interesting inverted arc — she’s a living girl obsessed with death, and Betelgeuse is a dead figure obsessed with life,” Mr. Timbers said. “The film is a family drama, with the two Deetzes and the two Maitlands and Lydia and Betelgeuse all in one house, and we’re also seizing on the house as a character, because it’s inherently emotional and theatrical and fun.”
The aforementioned “Bio-Exorcist” has been discussed through the years in terms of a possible sequel to the original film.
The 1988 film was met with critical and commercial success upon its release even going on to win the Academy Award for Best Makeup as well as three Saturn Awards.
Tim Burton’s unique vision, paired with Michael Keaton’s iconic performance, left many fans longing for a sequel.
Shortly after its release, Tim Burton began plans for a sequel titled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian during his production of the animated series.
But the project didn’t get off the ground until 2011. Warner Bros. hired Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg to write the script, but unfortunately, the project never came to fruition. In 2017 Mike Vukadinovich was hired to produce a new script, you might recognize his name from the film Rememory in which he was the screenwriter.
As of late, Burton and Keaton have expressed interest in a follow-up, but both are currently tied up with Disney’s live-action rendition of Dumbo.
[Fantastic Fest] ‘Wake Up’ Turns a Home Furnishing Store into a Gory, Gen Z Activist Hunting Ground
You don’t usually think of certain Swedish home décor places to be ground zero for horror films. But, the latest from Turbo Kid directors, 1,2,3 return to once again embody the 1980s and the films we loved from the era. Wake Up places us in a cross-pollination of brutal slashers and big action set-piece films.
Wake Up is king at bringing on the unexpected and serving it up with a nice range of brutal and creative kills. For the most part, the entirety of the film is spent inside of a home décor establishment. One night a gang of GenZ activists decide to hide in the building past closing in order to vandalize the place to prove their cause of the week. Little do they know one of the security guards is like Jason Voorhees with Rambo like knowledge of handmade weapons and traps. It doesn’t take long for things to begin to get out of hand.
Once things take off Wake Up doesn’t let up for a second. It is filled with pulse-pounding thrills and plenty of inventive and gory kills. All of this takes place as these young folks are trying to get the hell out of the store alive, all while the unhinged security guard Kevin has filled the store with a ton of traps.
One scene, in particular, takes the horror cake award for being very gnarly and very cool. It takes place when the group of kids stumbles into a trap of Kevin’s. The kiddos are doused with a bunch of fluid. So, my horror encyclopedia of a brain thinks, it might be gas and that Kevin is going to have a Gen Z BBQ. But, Wake Up manages to surprise once again. It is revealed when the lights are all cut off and the kids are standing around in pitch black that you reveal the liquid was glow-in-the-dark paint. This lights Kevin’s prey up for him to see as he moves in the shadows. The effect is very cool looking and was done 100 percent practically by the awesome filmmaking team.
The team of directors behind Turbo Kid are also responsible for another trip back to 80s slashers with Wake Up. The awesome team consists of Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell. All of whom exist firmly in the world of 80s horror and action films. A team that film fans can place their faith in. Because once again, Wake Up is a complete blast from classic slasher past.
Horror movies are consistently better when they end on down notes. For whatever reason watching the good guy win and save the day in a horror film isn’t a good look. Now, when the good guys die or can’t save the day or end up without legs or some such thing, it becomes a lot better and more memorable of a film. I don’t want to give anything away but during the Q and A at Fantastic Fest the very rad and energetic Yoann-Karl Whissell hit everyone in the audience with the very real fact that everyone, everywhere will die eventually. That is exactly the mindset you want on a horror film and the team makes sure to keep things fun and full of death.
Wake Up presents us with GenZ ideals and sets them loose against an unstoppable First Blood like force of nature. Watching Kevin use handmade traps and weapons to take down activists is a guilty pleasure and a hell of a lot of fun. Inventive kills, gore, and the bloodthirsty Kevin make this film an all-out explosive good time. Oh, and we guarantee that the final moments in this film will put your jaw on the floor.
Michael Myers Will Return – Miramax Shops ‘Halloween’ Franchise Rights
In a recent exclusive from Bloody Disgusting, the legendary Halloween horror franchise stands on the brink of a significant evolution. Miramax, which holds the current rights, is exploring collaborations to propel the series into its next chapter.
The Halloween franchise recently concluded its latest trilogy. Directed by David Gordon Green, Halloween Ends marked the final chapter of this trilogy, wrapping up the intense battle between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. This trilogy was the result of a collaborative effort between Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, and Miramax.
With the rights now firmly back with Miramax, the company is on the lookout for fresh avenues to rejuvenate the franchise. Sources revealed to Bloody Disgusting that there’s an ongoing bidding war, with several entities eager to breathe new life into the series. The possibilities are vast, with Miramax open to both film and television adaptations. This openness to diverse formats has led to a surge in offers from various studios and streaming giants.
“Everything is on the table at this time, and it’s ultimately up to Miramax to field pitches and decide what is most appealing to them in the wake of Gordon Green’s sequel trilogy.” – Bloody Disgusting
While the future direction of the franchise remains shrouded in mystery, one thing is crystal clear: Michael Myers is far from done. Whether he returns to haunt our screens in a TV series or another cinematic reboot, fans can rest assured that the legacy of Halloween will continue.
Indie Horror Spotlight: ‘Hands of Hell’ Is Now Streaming Worldwide
The allure of indie horror films lies in their ability to venture into uncharted territories, pushing boundaries and often transcending the conventions of mainstream cinema. In our latest indie horror spotlight, we’re taking a look at Hands of Hell.
At its core, Hands of Hell is the tale of two psychopathic lovers. But this isn’t your typical love story. After escaping a mental institution, these deranged souls embark on a relentless murder spree, targeting a secluded retreat as their macabre playground.
Hands of Hell is now streaming globally:
- Digital Platforms:
- Amazon Prime
- Google Play
- Cable Platforms:
- iN Demand
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