SummerScreen shows its audience pick tonight, and Beetlejuice has beaten out The Life Aquatic, She’s All That, and a few others in this year’s online poll. Either that, or someone said Beetlejuice three times in a row and Tim Burton’s 1988 classic magically appeared on SummerScreen’s slate. Either way, go see Alec Baldwin in one of his most enduring roles (this was way before his Trump impersonation turned his life into a “living nightmare”).
SummerScreen’s invite for the free showing says don’t bring alcohol (they’ll be selling their own) and don’t bring “high hopes for Beetlejuice 2.” Michael Keaton and Tim Burton are reuniting, but it’s for a live-action remake of Dumbo. It doesn’t look like Beetlejuice 2 will be made in time for next year’s 30th anniversary, if it’s ever made at all; in the meantime, some fans of the original are trying to raise money for a making-of documentary. The Indiegogo campaign for Documentary for the Recently Deceased is attempting to raise $23,000 so the filmmakers can begin interviewing the denizens of East Corinth, Vermont, where the film was shot in 1987. They’ve got over a dozen of Tim Burton’s crew members on board to appear, and are promising “never before seen photos from the set,” some of which can be peeped in the teaser above. Plus, deleted scenes and the film’s alternate ending.
While you wait for the doc to happen, head over to North 12th and Bedford for tonight’s screening in McCarren Park, which begins at 6pm with a performance by Sad13, the solo project of Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz. Needless to say, the place to head after the movie is Beetle House.