Documentary for the Recently Deceased

By on December 8, 2018

Watch the teaser for the upcoming documentary about the making of Beetlejuice.

The Documentary for the Recently Deceased: The Making of Beetlejuice takes a look beyond the veil into the making of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice with original behind the scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew.

According to the Kickstarter campaign, the film will include:

  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Behind the scenes photos and videos
  • Rare production archives such as concept arts, blueprints…
  • Tour of filming location East Corinth, Vermont
  • Interviews with people of East Corinth who were there for the filming
  • Meet fans that create great stuff about the movie
  • Meet Props Collectors
  • Meet Tom Spina, who worked on restoring the props, 30 years later
  • Meet poster designer Kyle Lambert

Making of Beetlejuice documentary

The documentary will also feature never-before-seen archive footage, including stop-motion sequences digitized in 2K especially for the occasion.

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to complete the film with some great Kickstarter-exclusive rewards, including Blu-ray and DVDs, t-shirts and other merch featuring original poster art created by Stranger Things artist Kyle Lambert, and unique rewards from The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg, who is executive producer of this doc.

Making of Beetlejuice documentary
Poster art by Kyle Lambert

Back the Documentary for the Recently Deceased on Kickstarter right here.



Chalk and powder for hiding bruises and black eyes on corpses. From the Michael McDowell Death Collection.

The screenplay for Beetlejuice was written by Michael McDowell. The horror novelist spent three decades amassing a collection of death and funeral-related ephemera, including post-mortem photos, salesman headstone design samples, Victorian mourning hair work, spirit photographs, coffin plaques, accident and crime scene photography, funeral advertisements, and more.

McDowell’s collection was purchased by Northwestern University following his death in 1999.

He left behind an incomplete sequel to Beetlejuice.

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