Beetlejuice (or Beetle Juice) is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by the Geffen Company, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The plot revolves around a recently deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home, and an obnoxious, devious poltergeist named Betelgeuse (pronounced and occasionally spelled Beetlejuice in the movie and portrayed by Michael Keaton) from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder).


Barbara and Adam Maitland live in an idyllic Connecticut country home in Winter River. Barbara's cousin Jane Butterfield, a pushy real estate agent, hounds them to sell their large home but they refuse. While driving home from a trip to the hardware store, they swerve to avoid a dog and their car plunges into the river. When the two return home they find they cannot remember how they got back, having no recollection of the event, and when Adam attempts to leave the house he steps into an alien desert with monstrous sand-worms. They find a book titled Handbook for the Recently Deceased and realize they drowned in the crash and are trapped haunting their house.