1988 Certificate: 15


Tim Burton's rollicking ghost train has Michael Keaton at the helm as Betelgeuse, a crazy 'bio-exorcist' summoned from the afterlife by a recently deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who want to rid their home of its horrible new occupants. Winona Ryder is the teen-goth daughter who can see and empathise with the dead - but even she has to baulk at the sneaky Betelgeuse's indecent proposal. An otherworldly treat with visual gags to die for... and worthy winner of best makeup Oscar.


  • Tim Burton


  • Michael Keaton

  • Geena Davis

  • Alec Baldwin

  • Winona Ryder

  • Catherine O'Hara

  • Jeffrey Jones


A wild comic fantasy from the director of Batman.

Tim Burton's visually delightful live-action cartoon provides Michael Keaton, looking like Ken Dodd after an accident with a hair-dryer, with a non-star-billed but definitely star part as the raucous and repulsive 'bio-exorciser' Betelgeuse, who can only be contacted when his name is pronounced (correctly) three consecutive times.

Among the ghosts who feel the need to get in touch with him are Mr and Mrs Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis), a couple of newly-deads who are confined to a living hell in their own home, which is being destroyed by its obnoxious new owners, a city couple with a daughter (Winona Ryder) majoring in weirdness.

Burton's quirky vision of the after-life springs into life especially when Keaton's grotesque character is on screen.