1988. USA. Tim Burton. 92 min.
Thursday, November 19, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1988. USA. Directed by Tim Burton. Screenplay by Michael McDowell. With Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Glenn Shadix. A recently deceased small-town couple are required to haunt their own house for 125 years, but when they are unable to frighten the insufferable urbanites who move in, they hire a “bio-exorcist” to reclaim their home. The director’s cynical version of hell as a bureaucratic waiting room is leavened by such sophomorically gruesome delights as shrunken heads and flattened corpses, creating an atmosphere that shuttles between the world-weary attitudes of adulthood and the unbridled imaginative possibilities of youth. 92 min.