More Winona Ryder is always a good thing.
Tim Burton was damn near untouchable in the mid-late ’80s and early ’90s, directly deeply beloved films left and right. Classics like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Batman and Edward Scissorhands made Burton a visionary force to be reckoned with in his prime, and let’s not forget the film that is perhaps his masterpiece of bonkers creativity: 1988’s Beetlejuice.
We may never get a sequel, but we do have something fun to share today.
Recently, a Beetlejuice fan over on YouTube got his hands on three incredibly rare deleted scenes from the workprint version of Beetlejuice that have never been publicly made available, and lucky for all of us, he uploaded them to his channel. The three scenes, in black-and-white and with a timecode stamp over them, were excised from the film for various reasons; what’s odd, however, is that the film’s workprint was actually shorter than the version we all know and love.
This version of the film runs around 2 minutes shorter than the theater release, has a few extra scenes and is missing some. This version has 4 major differences.
Alternate scene: The scene were Adam attempts to leave the house after he and his wife die is different. Instead of a desert he sees empty darkness filled with rolling cogs.
Extra Scenes: There is an added scene were Lydia is developing the pictures she took of Adam and Barbra. Then after her mother yells at her and blames her for cutting holes in her sheets Lydia runs upstairs and tries to convince her dad the pictures are real. There is an added 10 seconds after the adults were in the attic searching for the ghost were we see the desert monster trying to eat Adam and Barbra as they hang from the attic window.
Finally there is an extra 2 minute scene at the end were we see Lydia riding her bike home from school and her parents talking to Jane on the phone telling her they do not want to sell the house.
Side note: Lydia’s dancing scene is cut short in this version, and there is no scene with Beetlejuice in the waiting room.
These scenes were actually uploaded to YouTube last year, but the low view-count suggests that not many people are aware that they’ve been unearthed. So we wanted to spread the word.
Check out three of the Beetlejuice workprint scenes below!