— Beetlejuice (1988), screenplay by Michael McDowell and Warren Skaaren, story by Michael McDowell & Larry Wilson
The Daily Dialogue theme for this week: One Word. Today’s suggestion by Will King.
Trivia: The original script was a horror film, and featured Beetlejuice as a winged, reptilian demon who transformed into a small Middle Eastern man to interact with the Maitlands and the Deetzes. Lydia was a minor character, with her six year old sister Cathy being the Deetz child able to see the Maitlands. Beetlejuice’s goal was to kill the Deetzs, rather than frighten them away, and included sequences where he mauled Cathy in the form of a rabid squirrel and tried to rape Lydia. Subsequent script rewrites turned the film into a comedy and toned down Beetlejuice’s character into the ghost of a wise cracking con-artist rather than a demon.
Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Will: “The only way to save Lydia and defeat Beetlejuice is to say his name, which proves to be harder that it seems.”