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3 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 1988 HUTS & CflTCATft.nfllCflT THE RECORD 1-17 A night with the living dead isn't exactly heaven on earth By Lou Lummick Record Movie Critic i If the makers of "Beetlejuice" had spent half as much effort on a decent script as on the film's won-'; drous special effects and sophisti-' cafed set design, they might have Z turned out one of the better fanta-sies of recent years. Instead, Vvj've got an interesting failure, a mild . "Topper" variation with a nod to ;; "Ghostbusters." Tim Burton, the former anima-- tor who directed "Pee-wee's Big t Adventure," imparts great style, if little clarity, to the unnecessarily confusing story of the Maitlands, a young couple who are killed when their car crashes through the side of a covered bridge in the picturesque New England village where they lived. "This can't be heaven," says Barbara (Geena Davis) when they turn up in a waiting room where dead folks take bakery-style numbers for an appointment with a world-weary caseworker (Sylvia Sidney). "In heaven there wouldn't be dust." "Barb, we're dead," replies patient spouse Adam (Alec Baldwin). "I don't think we have much to worry about anymore." Not true. Not only are the Maitlands confined to their Colonial-style home for the next 125 years for some reason, gigantic lizard-like monsters lurk outside the doors and windows but they have to share it with Charles Deetz (Jeffrey Jones), a Manhattan real estate developer, along with his bizarre wife, a stranger daughter, and a live-in interior decorator bent on transforming their formerly comfy house into a riot of leather, steel, and patterned mauve wallpaper. MOVIE REVIEW irkvi BEETLEJUICE: Dlractad by Tim Burton. Written bv Michael McDowell, Larry Wilson, and Warren Skaaren. Photography, Thomai Ackerman. Music, Danny EHman. Editor, Jane Kurson. Costumes, Aggie Guerard Rodgers. Production designer. Bo Watch. With Alec Baldwin (Adam), Geena Davit (Barbara), Jeffrey Jones (Charles), Catherine CHara (Delia), Winona Ryder (Lydia), Glenn Shadlx (Otho), Michael Keaton (Betelgeuse), Sylvia Sidney (Juno), Robert Goulet (Maxle Dean), Dick Cavett (Bernard), and others. Produced bv Michael Bender, Larry Wilson, and Richard Hashimoto. A GeHen Co. presentation released by Warner Bros. Opens locally Wednesday Running time: 90 minutes. Rated PG: moderate vulgarity. I iT-l raVllflT. I Ha 'TTiTTTi T I U 81 ,00 For Usdiofi NIGHT 200 (I Zee Ll NuH): Directed and written bv Jean-Claude Laujon. Photography, Guy Dufaux. Music, Jean Corrlveau. Editor, Yvon Benoil. With Roger Le Bel (Albert), Gllles Maheu (Marcel), Lynne Adams (Julie), and others. Produced by Roger Frap-pler and Pierre Gendron. A Les Productions Oi Inc. presentation, In association with the National Film Board of Canada, Telefilm Canada, La Soclete Generate du Cinema du Quebec, and La Soclete Radio-Canada. Released bv FllmDallas Pictures. Opens Wednesday at the Cinema II In Manhattan Running time: 1 15 minutes. Not rated: homosexual rapt, nudity, graphic violence. In French with English subtitles. When the horrified Maitlands resort to various ghost tricks from wearing sheets to transforming themselves into rotting corpses to scare the Deetzes out, it only prompts Charles to announce plans for opening a Supernatural Research Center and Amusement r - - o -t ; v. if iJ 7 f ii ' t v ( yffci x .:y Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder In "Beetlejuice." Park, in partnership with Robert Goulet. 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(The part was reportedly written for Sammy Davis Jr., who unwisely declined it). When Keaton is offscreen as he is for most of the picture watching "Beetlejuice" is a little like being in a coma where you're vaguely aware of what's going on around you, yet none of it makes a whole lot of sense. Screenwriters Michael McDowell (TV's "Amazing Stories") and Warren Skaaren ("Top Gun") never seem to decide on a level of sophistication for their humor, which ranges from crude sexual vulgarity (which on occasion seems to exceed the movie's PG rating) to jokes about equity and modern art. Besides Baldwin ("Knots Landing"), Davis ("The Fly"), and Jones ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off"), the large, underused cast includes Catherine O'Hara (TVs "SCTV") as Mrs. Deetz and Wynona Ryder ("Lucas") as her suicide-prone daughter, who stumbles on the Maitland's copy of the "Handbook for the Recently Deceased" in the attic. Glenn Shadix, a large character actor, makes a somewhat impressive screen debut as the Maitland's fey decorator Otho, given to such outbursts as: "Don't mind her, she's still upset because someone dropped a house on her sister." Bo Welch's expressionist-influenced sets are indeed a lot wittier than most of the lame jokes in this movie, handsomely photographed in burnished hues by Thomas Ackerman. "Beetlejuice" is one of a number of films that were rushed through production last spring in anticipation of a director's strike that failed to materialize. If they had had more time, maybe its makers could have come up with something better than a confusing movie whose comic high point is Goulet being launched through a ceiling. In brief: "Night Zoo," which prompted walkouts at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, last week swept the Genie Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Oscars. It's neither as bad as the former might suggest nor as good as the latter promises. While Jean-Claude Lau-zon's French-Canadian film has a peculiar charm all its own, it's definitely not for all tastes. The film's hero is a drug dealer named Marcel (Gilles Maheu), who gets gang-raped in prison in the film's unsettling opening sequences. Upon his release, Marcel sets out to retrieve $200,000 he squirreled away before his arrest and open a bar in Australia with his girlfriend, who has plans of her own. Further complicating matters are Marcel's elderly dad Albert (Roger Le Bel), who's dying of a bad heart, and a couple of corrupt cops who want to separate Marcel from his money. "Night Zoo" holds the interest because of the tension between its utterly incongruous elements: wildly sentimental one moment, violent the next. Le Bel is vastly appealing as the stricken father, whom Marcel eventually takes on a hunting expedition to a local zoo. It's a funny and tender scene, but audiences had better be willing to accept some gut-wrenching brutality as part of the bargain. 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