Faneuil Hall Marketplace
4 South Market Street
Boston, MA 02109
Film, Kid Friendly
Join Faneuil Hall on Fridays this September for the Masterpieces portion of our "Musicals and Masterpieces" movie series!
Every Friday we'll be screening a different fan favorite film from the 80s and 90s, carefully chosen by our summer staff, who both recently graduated from Emerson College's film program. Some are funny (Planes, Trains, and Automobiles), some are totally silly (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure), and some are underappreciated gems (Iron Giant). To us, they are all movies that make you want to curl up at the end of a long day, the kind of classic popcorn flicks you used to get at your local video store or that catch your eye while browsing Netflix, films that showcase the wondrous ability that storytelling has to alleviate any bad day.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Our last film of the series ushers us into the Halloween season (or maybe the afterlife... who knows?) A little background from the critics, Devon and George:
Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder star in the film which placed director Tim Burton in the Hollywood spotlight. In this dark comedy, newlyweds Adam and Barbara Maitland, played by Baldwin and Davis, meet an untimely demise after moving into their new home in Connecticut. Now ghosts, the couple are bound to roam the house as it is sold off to a new family. Desperate to reclaim their home from the recent inhabitants, they call upon the dubious spirit known as Beetlegeuse (pronounced Beetlejuice) in an infinitely quotable performance by Michael Keaton. While Beetlegeuse claims to serve and help the newly deceased couple, his actual goals are revealed to be far more nefarious.
While not his debut feature, "Beetlejuice" marks the arrival of Tim Burton as a unique vision in American film. While his macabre style would become more apparent throughout the following decade, this was when audiences were introduced to his idiosyncratic eye. The film also marks the breakthrough performance of Winona Ryder (Heathers, Stranger Things), the proto-goth daughter of the family moving into the Maitland house. With eye-popping visuals and a memorable soundtrack, "Beetlejuice" has managed live on as a cult classic due to the appreciation of its fans who refuse to see this movie “dead and buried.”