Flashback Friday: ‘Frankenweenie’ Star Winona Ryder in ‘Beetlejuice’ (VIDEO)
On Friday, the Nightmare Before Christmas director and “king of all-things Halloween” will spook audiences in another one of his family-friendly, comically creepy films, Frankenweenie — but not without the help of one of his favorite leading ladies.
In the modern-day take on the age-old tale of Frankenstein, Ryder stars as Elsa Van Helsing, the girl-next-door love interest to Victor, a young boy who attempts to bring his beloved dog Sparky back from the dead with a science experiment.
And the apple doesn’t fall very far from the Tim Burton tree.
Ms. Van Helsing bears a striking resemblance to an iconic Burton character played by Ryder in a cult classic 20 years prior.
So what was the classic film that lead to Ryder’s silver screen success?
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!
The 1988 fan-favorite ghost story starred Ryder as young goth girl Lydia Deetz, who, along with her pretentious family, moves into a home inhabited by a ghost couple. Ever the rebel, young Lydia befriends the ghosts. It’s not until the couple summons the lewd, twisted Beetlejuice to frighten away her parents, that Lydia must come to their rescue.
As Ryder told Celebuzz in an interview earlier this week, Burton & Beetlejuice are largely responsible for the star’s fame. “On a professional level, he did sort of give me a career, cause I don’t honestly know what other roles I would have.”
For a little taste of Ryder’s eerie career-spurring role, check out this signature scene in the clip above.
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