Everyone’s favorite “ghost with the most, babe” is coming to Broadway for the 2018–2019 theater season, The New York Post reports.
The Beetlejuice adaptation will be produced by Warner Brothers and directed by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson‘s Alex Timbers. Other information about the musical is scant thus far, but we can only imagine that it will be a creepy, slightly perverse, grand ol’ time. One of the 1988 film’s most iconic scenes features a choreographed dance number performed to an original recording of Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song,” and it’s easy to see how a hammy story with larger-than-life characters could be well-suited to the stage.
The Australian short film “The Army Within”, by Andy Sutton, is a Cloverfield-style alien invasion piece with elements of zombie madness and the ever-popular “they’ve come for our women” motif of 50’s pulp fiction. The production values are excellent and the acting is well done, although the dialogue is a bit stilted. The newly met protagonists calmly discuss alien invasion, infection, and impregnation the same way we might discuss the failure of a particular flu-season vaccination. But, I was enjoying the story, right up until the alien birth\attack scene, where the film goes totally off the rails… An alien-human newborn is savagely trying to claw out the eyes of the good doctor, and the young hero, who is apparently unsure of his aim, looks away before he fires a shotgun that may or may not take out the baby and, possibly, the doctor. Then, when the gun miss-fires, he reloads and shares a meaningful glance with his post-partum girlfriend – perhaps he is asking her opinion on his dubious aim? Overall, I liked the short, and I really liked the look and feel of the adult alien invaders. Give it watch and let me know what you think!