Beetle Juice (1988)
An auteur who presents a distinct visual landscape, Tim Burton is known for reinterpretations of folk and fairytales featuring his own unique characters—flawed personalities that are sometimes childish, grotesque, or simply insane. Despite employing such an eccentric and idiosyncratic storytelling technique, his films have earned mainstream acceptance and incredible box-office returns. The Kansas City Public Library explores the work of Tim Burton with An Attraction to the Horrific.
Beetle Juice (1988) on October 3. In this wacky special-effects driven film, Michael Keaton stars as the anarchist bio-exorcist hired by a recently deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to rid their former home of its new owners. When Betelgeuse becomes uncontrollable, the ghosts enlist aid from a goth teenager (Winona Ryder). Rated PG. (92 min.)
Edward Scissorhands (1990) on October 10. Written and directed by Burton, Edward Scissorhands stars Johnny Depp in an off-kilter fairytale about a socially exiled young man taken in by the local Avon lady. Romance with Winona Ryder naturally ensues. Rated PG-13. (105 min.)
Sleepy Hollow (1999) on October 17. The classic legend of the Headless Horseman becomes a true horror story in the hands of Burton. Witchcraft, the undead, and creepy forensic science flesh out the story of Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp). With Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken, and Miranda Richardson. Rated R. (105 min.)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) on October 24. Set in a 19th century European village, this animated feature follows the unfortunate Victor who inadvertently marries a corpse while traveling to meet his intended bride. Voices by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Rated PG. (75 min.)
Sweeney Todd (2007) on October 31. Based on the Tony Award-winning Sondheim musical, this story follows ex-con Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) after his return to England. With the help of the worst pie-maker in London, Barker seeks revenge on the magistrate who wrongfully convicted him. With Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman. Rated R. (116 min.)