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Title: The House is Rockin'
Fandom: Beetlejuice (1989)
Music: The House is Rockin' by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
For: [livejournal.com profile] tam_cranver
Length: 2:25
Contains: No standard notes apply.

Beetlejuice is one of my favorite movies--not least of all because it was the best metaphor for my navigational disability I had seen at, like, 9 years old. Which sounds weird when you consider that the movie is about ghosts who want to get a familiy of yuppies out of their house. But see, the ghosts haunt the house because, if they try to leave, they end up in a desert with no landmarks (which also might be on Saturn) full of giant worms that will eat them and make the afterlife beaurocracy start over again.

Even as a kid, I was struck by how, although Adam and Barbara were frustrated by being stuck in their house (they can't clean anything because the vacuum is in the garage), the house still was where they were safest. (Which is ironic, considering that, when they were alive, their realtor kept trying to get them to move because she thought the house was too big for them. Or maybe not ironic at all, since she was pretty obnoxious.)

So when [livejournal.com profile] tam_cranver asked for a vid about Adam and Barbara's frustrations with the afterlife or about Lydia and her relationships with them and her family, I knew that the house was essential to all of those things. I also knew I wanted to focus on all the fun and affection everyone ended up having (especially between Lydia and her ghost friends), so, like, "Two Story House" by George Jones and Tammy Wynette didn't work.

So, basically, this vid is a bunch of things about Beetlejuice that I've wanted to say for 25 years. In dance party form.



Also, I'm very proud of this vid, because I'm used to working in iMovie 6 HD which came out a million years ago, but Mavericks broke it and my new computer is so new I can't put Snow Leopard on it. Long story short, I used iMovie 10 for the first time ever.

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