Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice.

Last Thursday we nearly had a meltdown of apoplectic proportions – we couldn’t find our VHS of Beetlejuice. Yes we still use VHS – the video player still works and we’re not forking out on DVDs when we’ve already got them on tape. We need our funds for our world take over campaign. Umm, you know nothing about any world take over campaign, right? 😉 Anyhoo, Channel 5 must’ve bugged our house and heard our despair, because they showed Beetlejuice yesterday 🙂 We haven’t seen it for about 10 years and now we’re older, we can appreciate the full extent of its geniusness. It’s a masterpiece. We forgot how much we loved it.

But there was something else we noticed – the film subconsciously influenced our novel, Majesty of Darkness. We haven’t seen the film since we wrote the book, but there are similarities in ideas – we have a receptionist who’s a funny colour & slit her wrists. The scene where the trapped souls are behind the window – we have trapped souls under a staircase in Legion of the Damned, and that book was only written a few years ago. We have leaflets about being recently deceased – though they’re not informative like the handbook, just insulting. The receptionist wrote them. The scene where Betelgeuse has spikes coming out of him? Our hero’s right hand man has spikes, but only on his arms and legs. And we also have weird sculptures like Delia’s, though they don’t look like hers. And when Adam’s jaw fell off – we’d just read a scene where one of the dead’s jaw falls off and he has to clip it back on. It’s weird how these things must’ve stuck with us, even through a ten year gap from watching the film. Luckily that’s where the similarities end. Unless of course we can get MOD published and convince Tim Burton to make it into an animation or a film. Anyone know of an eight foot tall skeleton looking for acting work? Maybe if we call him, he’ll come. “Burton. Burton. Burton.” *Crossing fingers and opening one eye.* Is he here yet?