Cinema: Funeral March to a Calypso Beat BEETLEJUICE

Directed by Tim Burton Screenplay by Michael McDowell and Warren Skaaren

SoHo chic has come to Winter River. Charles and Delia Deetz are hosts of their premiere dinner party in the charming old Connecticut house they have just bought. The Deetzes' teenage daughter Lydia, who dresses like Carolyn Jones in The Addams Family, sulks in the corner. The conversation fizzes, then fizzles; the guests shift uneasily. Time for a little . . . Day-o! Day-ay-ay- o! Daylight come and me wan' go home! What? Delia has risen and, to the astonishment of all, begun singing Harry Belafonte's banana-boat hit of 30 years past. Work all night on a drink of rum! Now...

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