- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Geffen Records
Entertainment Weekly - 10/12/01, p.86Ranked #98
in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...One of the most slavishly imitated comedy scores of the '80s..."
All music written by Danny Elfman.
All Danny Elfman tracks are DDD while the 2 Belafonte tracks are AAD.
Composer: Danny Elfman.
Audio Mixer: Bob Fernandez.
Photographer: Jane O'Neal.
Unknown Contributor Role: Harry Belafonte.
Magic always happens when Danny Elfman teams up with director-producer Tim Burton. BEETLEJUICE represents this team's second outing together, the first being 1986's PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE. Elfman has a knack for combining classical motifs with pop and ballroom dance to create bouncy yet mildly creepy scores. BEETLEJUICE is no exception. Elements of waltz and samba are heard throughout the album, but they are warped to sound like dance lessons for the dead. Drawing heavily on Bernard Herrman's creature motifs from the 1960s, Elfman effortlessly blends the macabre with carnival amusement. Echoes of PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE can be heard throughout many of the action cues, especially through the use of harp, strained violin, and heavy piano. However, those cues that feature ominous tuba passages truly give this tale of love and bio-exorcism schizophrenic life.