‘BeetleJuice’ with Glenn Shadix

beetlejuiceposterFilm: BeetleJuice (1988)
Rated: PG
Directed by:
Tim Burton
Written by:
Michael McDowell
Starring:
Michael Keaton as Beetlegeuse
Alec Baldwin as Adam Maitland
Geena Davis as Barbara Maitland
Catherine O'Hara as Delia Deetz
Jeffrey Jones as Charles Deetz
Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz
Glenn Shadix as Otho Fenlock

 

By Scott Knopf of He Shot Cyrus

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Pre-screening memoriesNo R-rated movies.  PG-13 movies only with parental consent.  That was my childhood.  Being raised in a strict religious family is just as fun as you’d imagine, and if you were one of those kids who got to watch whatever you wanted, consider yourself lucky.  I was the movie ratings expert.  I knew the rating for EVERY movie Blockbuster had to offer.  Before even reading what the movie was about, I’d flip over the box, scroll down to the bottom, and search out that powerful box that would determine my movie-watching fate.  PG-13  YES!  I can watch this one!  R Dang!  That one looked good.  The MPAA directly contributed to my unhappiness in the 90s.  Looking back on those years, it’s either a miracle that I enjoy film at all or it was those restrictions that made movies the forbidden fruit that I had to obtain by any means possible.

PG-13 Movies I Wasn’t Allowed to Watch: 

  • Jurassic Park – Heartbreaking.  We couldn’t even watch the VHS tape my brother got for his birthday!  I don’t know how old I was before I finally got to watch Jurassic Park.  Luckily, the hype didn’t ruin the movie and when I did see the movie it was still incredible.  Forgiveness is difficult to find when it comes to Jurassic Park
  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do America – I still can’t believe that this was PG-13, maybe it’s because they knew that no one over 17 would watch this garbage.  In retrospect, I have to thank my parents for not allowing me to waste my time with Beavis and Butt-Head.  
  • Gremlins – When I asked my Grandma to take me to Gremlins, she said that my parents wouldn’t approve (she was probably right) and we watched White Fang.  Needless to say, White Fang was absolutely terrible and still holds a spot on my Top 5 Least Favorite Movies of All-Time list.

And then there’s Beetlejuice.  It didn’t make that list for one reason, because it’s rated PG!  I can’t describe the frustration of not being allowed to watch a PG movie.  Hell, I wasn’t allowed to watch the Beetlejuice cartoon on Nickelodeon.  Maybe it had something to do with subject matter but I have no clue why such a strict ban of Beetlejuice was held in my house.  It was like Beetlejuice drove his car through my mom’s flower bed or borrowed my dad’s lawnmower and never brought it back.  We’re talking about a vendetta situation, a Romeo and Juliet scenario. 

But rather than poisoning myself, I just set up a secret screening at my friend’s house to watch The Forbidden Film. 

And to quote the Lord: it was good.   

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Our featured guest: Glenn Shadix

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(courtesy of Glenn’s personal collection)

In a film filled with countless arresting visuals, dialogue and performances, Glenn’s Otho, the interior decorator/paranormal expert still manages to steal every scene he is in.

Beelejuice marked Glenn’s first real foray into film (one line involving a chicken salad sandwich in The Postman Always Rings Twice remake doesn’t count).
After a fateful meeting with a young up-and-coming film director named Tim Burton, Shadix went on to collaborate on three films: BeetleJuice, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Planet of the Apes(Shadix also provides the voice for Burton’s animated webisodes titled Stain Boy, which can be found on Shadix’s site GlennShadix.com).
20th-Beetle27Glenn went on to star in a host of other popular titles (many of which we hope to grab him back here at Natsukashi to recall). He then relocated to his hometown in Alabama, working on both sides of the camera as well as the stage. Of course, you can follow all of Glenn’s adventures on GlennShadix.com, as well as staying tuned to Natsukashi, as we are planning to share memories with him on several of his iconic roles.

‘Troll’ with fx legend Jim Aupperle

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Film: Troll (1986)
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: John Carl Buechler
Written by:John Carl Buechler and Ed Naha
Starring: Noah Hathaway as Harry Potter Jr.
                   Michael Moriarity as Harry Potter Sr.
                   Shelly Hack as Anne Potter
                   Jenny Beck as Wendy Anne Potter
                   Sonny Bono as Peter Dickinson
Tagline: Come closer…

By Jason Plissken and El-Ron
Jason’s pre-screening memories: As mentioned before, I was a fan of scary movies. Ironically, I would always get scared and turn them off. Troll was no different. I was perhaps not even in high school when I first started to watch Troll on television, and I can remember watching it up until the part where little Wendy Anne has become inhabited by the eponymous monster and her voice morphs into his guttural growl.

I guess I could blame Poltergeist, or perhaps even The Village of the Damned or The Bad Seed, to know that when a cherubic little blonde girl shows up on screen, bad things follow.

Troll was no different.

El Ron’s pre-screening memories: Trollwas released during the evil puppeteering heyday of the mid- to late-80s, which included Ghoulies, Gremlins, Critters and Munchies, and I ate all of those films up, despite being terrified by them. There was more than one evening that I swore one was trying to push his was up past the floorboard under my bed, causing me to sleep with the lights on.

Troll stood out, though, for I remember its mix of fantasy in the everyday world. Was our old neighbor a former witch? How about our mailman? Did he possess some supernatural power that I was unaware of? What about my Uncle? Was that a magic potion on his breath, or just whiskey?

I remember all the faces familiar to me at the time — Michael Moriarity, Moe from The Stuff, Sonny Bono, Gary Sandy from WKRP in Cincinnati.

But it was not until I sat down to rewatch this that I realized…Holy Crap! It’s Harry Potter! I had no idea that the main character’s name was shared by a certain literary creation that has received some press as of late. Not only that, but as I recall, the Harry Potter of Troll was also practicing to be a wizard of some sort as well.   I suppose my updated viewing of this will answer all these questions for me.

All I know is that I have the light close to the bed tonight, just in case I hear a rumbling under my floorboard.

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jim-aupperleOur featured guest: Jim Aupperle Chances are good, if a film had groundbreaking stop-motion special effects work done, Jim’s fingerprints can be found on those little miniatures. He has worked with visual effects for such films as Dreamscape, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Ghostbusters, Evil Dead 2, BeetleJuice, Critters 2: The Main Course, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Hellboy (to name but a few!).

His name is mentioned alongside such stop-motion legends as Willis H. O’Brien, Randall William Cook and the master himself, Ray Harryhausen. Jim also wrote and produced his own feature, Planet of Dinosaurs, where he was able to live out his childhood dream of bringing dinosaurs to life.

We were very fortunate to have Mr. Aupperle for this little podcast and hope to have him back to discuss other films in his expansive resume.

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