Amidst all the movies in the 80s there were a few that seemed to take a slightly different tone, thanks to the emergence of directors like Tim Burton and movies like Beetlejuice. Don’t say his name three times!
Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy-fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Film Company and distributed by Warner Bros. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home, and an obnoxious, devious ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced and occasionally spelled Beetlejuice in the movie) (portrayed by Michael Keaton) from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder) permanently.
After the success of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Burton was sent several scripts and became disheartened by their lack of imagination and originality. When he was sent Michael McDowell’s original script for Beetlejuice, Burton agreed to direct, although Larry Wilson and later Warren Skaaren were hired to rewrite it. Beetlejuice was a critical and commercial success, grossing US$73.7 million from a budget of US$15 million. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and three Saturn Awards: Best Horror Film, Best Makeup and Best Supporting Actress for Sylvia Sidney, her final award before her death in 1999. The film spawned an animated television series that Burton produced and a planned unproduced sequel, Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. In 2012, new development on a sequel was announced
5. Cabbage Patch Kids
The 80s was the decade of the Toy Line. Were you lucky enough to get hold of a Cabbage Patch Doll? Do you remember the scenes of people fighting over them in the shops?
6. Fortune Telling Fish
These usually came for free in things or cost a few pence of your pocket money. Put it on your palm, ask a question and see which way it curls up! It was of course always right!