At the beginning of today’s post I have to say – I have never had so much fun being photographed like for this photo shoot. There are a lot of goth-inspired clothing items in my wardrobe and I really wanted to use them – story about Beetlejuice and Lydia was perfect for that. It was interesting to portray two complete opposites – quiet, eternally depressed Lydia, and slightly crazy and always scheming Beetlejuice – Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde indeed. After the shoot I stayed in a little bit crazy over-the-top Beetlejuice mood. I cannot even imagine how hard it is for actors who portray these kind of characters to return to normal, everyday lives – they really possess you! They can be really fun to play, because every one of us wants to escape reality sometimes and outleash our inner emotions. But also, after a while they can be quite dangerous, so it’s better to use them in small dosages 🙂 !
Black lace fingerless gloves by Iwanine Rukotvorine
Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. The plot revolves around a deceased young couple Barbara and Adam Maitland, portrayed by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis who die after a road accident and become ghosts haunting their former home.
Adam and Barbara Maitland portrayed by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis
In their home now lives The Deetz family which consists of father Charles, a real estate developer; his wife Delia, a sculptor; and their gothic-lover daughter Lydia, portrayed by Tim Burton’s muse, Winona Ryder. Lydia can see the ghost couple and befriends them.
The Maitlands hire an obnoxious, devious “bio-exorcist” ghost named Beetlejuice, fantastically portrayed by the talented and often underrated Michael Keaton. Beetlejuice comes from the underworld and tries to scare away the new inhabitants, the Deetz family.
Beetlejuice is hired for a new job – big mistake 🙂 !
Beetlejuice quickly offends the Maitlands with his crude and morbid demeanor, and they reconsider hiring him, though too late to stop him from wreaking havoc on the Deetzes. Finally, the Deetzes and Maitlands agree to live in harmony in the house.
Beetlejuice cartoon, was produced by Tim Burton, and describes new adventures and friendship that developes between Beetlejuice and Lydia.
Beetlejuice portrayed by Michael Keaton and Lydia portrayed by Winona Ryder in the movie …
….and their cartoon versions
Lydia is the only human who knows about Beetlejuice and the Neitherworld where he lives. She often goes there and back by saying his name three times. She also calls him to her world and back the same way. Lydia is unlike other humans – she likes all things spooky, has a black cat named Percy and loves to photograph everything dark and creepy. She serves as the voice of reason to Beetlejuice.
Lydia loves photography – especially dark and scary subjects
Before she met Beetlejuice, Lydia was a loner that believed nobody ever truly cared about her interests, let alone her, similar to the version in the movie.
Beetlejuice really likes to eat bugs (especially beetles, which may be why his name is Beetlejuice). His favourite outfit consists of black and white striped suit, with purple shirt and black high heeled shoes.
Beetlejuice – always fashion forward
His favourite activities include pulling pranks and scamming people. He really cares about Lydia Deetz and will often go to great lengths to ensure her safety and well-being.
His greatest weakness, though, is that he “Doesn’t Work Well with Others”, and his poor social skills tend to get him into trouble… and makes it hard for even Lydia to put up with him. He often falls “dead-over-heals” in love with pretty ghouls/girls, but although his lust-driven ways do not apply to his “best friend”, he cares about Lydia the most!
Beetlejuice’s budget was $15 million, with just $1 million given over to visual effects work. Considering the scale and scope of the effects, which included stop motion, replacement animation, prosthetic makeup, puppetry and blue screen, it was always Burton’s intention to make the style similar to the B movies he grew up with as a child. “I wanted to make them look cheap and purposely fake-looking,” Burton remarked. The film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup, quite deserved!
Beetlejuice with his “friends”
On October 18, 2013, it was reported that the screenplay for the sequel is complete and that Burton is looking to return as its director, hoping to find time to film the second Beetlejuice installment. It was later confirmed that Burton is indeed in talks to direct the sequel with Michael Keaton attached to star.
On November 19, 2013, Winona Ryder hinted at a possible return for the sequel as well by saying, “I’m kind of sworn to secrecy but it sounds like it might be happening. It’s 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia Deetz so much. She was such a huge part of me. ” Ryder confirmed that she would only consider making a sequel if Burton and Keaton were involved.
We can only hope!!
Beetlejuice and Lydia as fashion inspirations:
Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2013
Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2014
Ann Demeulemeester autumn/winter 2012
Acne spring/summer 2013
Photo shoot inspired by Tim Burton movies in Harper Bazaar
And who can forget this outfit by Robin Thicke at 2013 VMA’s ?!
Scenes from Beetlejuice – Shake Senora by Harry Belafonte