Taking a little trip into town and winding up dead is a real bummer. But having to haunt a house inhabited by a bunch of nitwits? Intolerable.
That's where everyone's favorite 'bio-exorcist' comes in.
In Beetlejuice, arguably one of Tim Burton's best films, Barbara Maitland, played by Geena Davis, and Adam Maitland, played by Alec Baldwin, die in a car crash, only to find that they must haunt their country estate for the next 125 years.
If that's not bad enough, the home is sold to Charles and Delia Deetez, and Charles' angsty teen daughter, Lydia. The undead couple can't stand the Deetezes, and they try to scare them away to no avail. It turns out Lydia can't stand her family either. She soon befriends the Maitlands, whom she alone can see.
And thus enters the real star of the picture, Betelgeuse, inspiringly played by Michael Keaton. He is hired by the Maitlands to get rid of the Deetezes. But once he meets Lydia, he's soon after more than a quick poltergeist job.
High on Burton-esque visuals, laughs and general weirdness, this is a film we're always ready to jump in the line and rock our bodies in time to see.