15 Movies That Are Just as Quirky and Gothic as "Beetlejuice"
Saying "Beetlejuice" three times won't magically summon a sequel to the classic Tim Burton movie (though one is coming, eventually, according to Deadline), but it will remind you just how delightfully weird the OG horror-comedy is. Michael Keaton gave the role of the troublemaking spirit 110 percent, and his performance — coupled with the hilarious story of a deceased couple trying to protect their home from beyond the grave — gives the tale both its dark sense of humor and gothic edge. For that reason, finding movies like "Beetlejuice" can be tricky. Burton aside, not many directors can combine comedy and horror so effectively. However, the movies on this list will give you "Beetlejuice" vibes, either in style or in their irreverent approach to serving up scares.
"Edward Scissorhands" (1990)
Directed by Burton, "Edward Scissorhands" is the story of a teenaged orphan with literal scissors for hands. This big-hearted story follows Edward as he tries to fit into the ordinary world, only to be rejected by everyone except for a loving realtor named Peg (Dianne Wiest) and her family, including her teen daughter, Kim (Wynona Ryder).
"James and the Giant Peach" (1996)
Based on the quirky book by Roald Dahl, "James and the Giant Peach" tells the story of a young orphan who, longing to escape his miserable life with his awful aunts, befriends some bugs and goes on a transatlantic journey to New York City aboard a giant peach.
"The Addams Family" (2019)
The animated version of "The Addams Family" is a fun, family-friendly horror movie with the same Gothic flair "Beetlejuice" possesses. In the movie, the family are busy prepping for a visit from their relatives (who are even spookier than they are) when a woman named Margaux Needler concocts a plan to force the family out of their creepy mansion so she can sell every house on the street.
"Ghost Team" (2016)
"Ghost Team" is a newer entry in the haunted-house movie canon, but thanks to its comedic touches, it's perfect for "Beetlejuice" fans who are looking for a laugh. The story follows a group of amateur ghost hunters who get more than they bargained for when they launch an investigation into a creepy barn on the property of an elderly man.
If you love the special effects and general weirdness of "Beetlejuice", then the underrated "House" might be the movie for you. When a Vietnam War vet tries his hand at becoming a horror novelist, he moves back into his childhood home, which just so happens to be full of grouchy (and sometimes gross) spirits.
There aren't a lot of laughs in "Labyrinth", but this stylish fantasy film is full of rock-and-roll touches thanks in no small part to David Bowie's spectacular performance as a goblin king. Most of the movie takes place in a maze full of dangers, which a teen girl must navigate if she wants to retrieve her baby brother from the goblin king before it's too late — and yes, it is as spooky as it sounds.
"Little Monsters" (1989)
"Little Monsters" is "Beetlejuice"'s sillier little brother. It doesn't revolve around the afterlife but rather the secret world where all of the monsters who live under children's beds live. After a young boy named Ben befriends the monster under his bed, he's whisked away to his monstrous new pal's strange world every night. And while it's fun at first, he quickly realizes not all of the monsters are as welcoming as his friend
"Mars Attacks!" (1996)
Another Burton classic, "Mars Attacks!" is a funny, gory, and utterly bonkers film about what might happen if Martians decided to take over Earth. At first, the people of Earth believe the Martians have come in peace, but in truth, the aliens are on a mission to take control of the planet, whether the humans accept them as their new overlords or not.
"Monster House" (2006)
Haunted-house movies are always a good time, but "Monster House" is one of the rare movies where the house itself appears to be alive. Unfortunately, this causes major trouble for the boy who lives across the street. He and his friends become determined to prove the house is actually a monster before it starts consuming trick-or-treaters.
"The Monster Squad" (1987)
In this '80s classic, Dracula, the Mummy, the Gill Man, and Frankenstein's Monster all descend on a small town that happens to be home to a group of tweens who love monster movies. However, meeting their idols proves to be a bad idea when it turns out the villains are after an amulet that'll give them the power to control the world.
In "ParaNorman", a boy named Norman possesses the ability to talk to the dead. Although his gift has led to his classmates labeling him weird, he becomes the town's only hope for survival when an ancient curse leads to a zombie uprising.
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975)
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a certified cult classic thanks to its campy humor, incredible musical numbers, and stylish costumes. Even if you don't know all of the songs by heart, it's hard to resist humming along as you watch a pair of newlyweds stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter's fabulously ghoulish mansion.
"The Spiderwick Chronicles" (2008)
Monsters prove to be real in "The Spiderwick Chronicles", a family film about a troublemaking young boy who discovers all manner of supernatural creatures on the estate of his family's new home. At first, Jared's brother, sister, and mother all blame him for the weirdness that occurs at the house, but it's not long before they realize there's more to their new abode than first meets the eye.
"Young Frankenstein" (1974)
If your favorite thing about "Beetlejuice" is the way it combines scary-movie tropes with a wicked sense of humor, then you absolutely must watch Mel Brooks's "Young Frankenstein". When he inherits his famed grandfather's estate in Transylvania, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein moves in and quickly creates a monster of his very own. As you can imagine, things get pretty silly (in a good way) from there.
Tim Burton puts a children-friendly twist on the story of "Frankenstein" by introducing an adorable zombie dog into the mix in "Frankenweenie." When young scientist Victor Frankenstein's beloved dog dies in a car accident, he brings him back to life with a bolt of lightning in his homemade laboratory. But when his classmates get wind of his miraculous feat, it sets off a chain of events that leads to chaos in his small town.