‘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.

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ with producer Dennis Murphy, fx artist Hank Carlson

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Film: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (PG-13)
Directed by: Fran Rubel Kuzui
Written by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Kristy Swanson as Buffy
                   Luke Perry as Pike
                   Donald Sutherland as Merrick
                   Paul Reubens as Amilyn
                   Rutger Hauer as Lothos

actionflickchickBy Action Flick Chick

One of the first things I remembered from Buffy the Vampire Slayer was that vampires were getting their asses kicked and I freakin’ loved it. It was an added bonus that all of the damage was being done by a highly capable female. That was the cherry on top of the pile of dead vampires. This flick is the first movie I saw that had a lead female role doing all the butt kicking and saving the day, which is another reason why it stands out to me even after all these years. She wasn’t the damsel in distress needing to be saved. Luke Perry was the damsel needing saved this time, and I loved it.

buffyfightI wanted to be like Buffy, a strong female saving all the men from vampires. Of course, my skill and coordination at the time had other ideas, but I was still a little sad when I never got to try to protect my school from the undead. Oh well. Other than that, I didn’t remember much else from the movie.

There was one scene that stuck with me throughout the years, though. It was at the end where Buffy is at the dance. The vampires are trying to come in and, naturally, suck everybody’s blood. Everyone is screaming in terror, even the boys, when Buffy grabs a bag of stakes, the frilly part of her dress gets ripped off and she goes outside to face the vampires alone. That scene is the embodiment of the Buffy character for me. She wasn’t afraid, she was on an vampire ass-kicking mission and everyone else was content to hide behind her. What more can you ask for?

buffy promNew memories: After watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer again, it was somewhat different from what I remembered as a little kid. So it was not nearly as full of action as I thought it was; however, it was a lot more focused on empowering women that I’d ever realized. For instance, there’s a part where a guy grabs Buffy’s butt in the hallway at school and she totally takes him to the floor and tells him to not ever do that again. He was shaking in his awful 90’s sweater. How many times has this happened in a movie and the woman wasn’t able to do anything about it? There were a lot of little things like that that I really enjoyed this time around.

Overall, even though this flick is not as full of action as I remembered, it’s got so many other aspects that keeps it on my list of favorite movies.

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Our featured guests: Dennis Murphy, Hank Carlson

Dennis Murphy: Dennis has produced features and television for over 20 years. Fans of this site might recognize such titles as Friday the 13th Part 2 (with our buddy, Stu Charno!), Re-Animator, Dolls, Powder and Blind Fury among others.

On television he served as producer for the pilot episode of a little hospital drama known as ER, as well as the long-running family drama Wildfire.

He has shot all over the U.S. including New Mexico, California, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, Washington, Connecticut, Florida, Puerto Rico and New York. Outside of the U.S., he has shot in Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and Italy.

He is a member of the Directors’ Guild of America (as Unit Production Manager and Director).

Awards include the Humanitas Award for “Wildflower”, the George Peabody Award, Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award, and an Emmy nomination for “E.R.” (the pilot episode).


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wickedwoodHank Carlson: Hank was the man who literally added bite to all the background characters in Buffy, as we was responsible for vamp-ing up the cast at a lightning speed. It is a skill he has honed over the years in various independent films, such as Doppelganger with Drew Barrymore, Mindwarp with Bruce Campbell, Jigsaw, and has several other works wrapped and ready for a distribution deal (including Wicked Wood, pictured).

Carlson’s prowess for prosthetics took his career on a different trajectory of late. To find out just what it is, I guess you will have to listen to the podcast, now, won’t you?

 

A big Natsukashi thanks to both Buffy backers who returned to the set in their mind and recalled their time making the film that started an industry.

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