Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Glenn Shadix, Sylvia Sidney
One of the coolest things about Frankenweenie is that it reminds us just how playfully imaginative Tim Burton can be when he's not coasting through obvious reboot material like Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Burton was creating at his highest threshold back in 1988, and Beetlejuice, loaded with bizarre imagery and gallows humor, ranks as one of his all-time great movies.
Hugely responsible for that acclaim is star Michael Keaton, whose turn as the afterlife's merriest jokester is a thing of spot-on, manic beauty. The script, written by Warren Skaaren (not Burton, it's worth noting), treats the hereafter like it's a carnival of screw-ups, not souls, ghosts of all shapes, sizes, and personality disorders. Honestly, it's a place that doesn't seem all that bad, save for those humongous sandworms that devour the worst of deceased troublemakers.