20 years, six months and 15 days ago, Tim Burton‘s Beetlejuice opened. Great ending, more than a few great scenes, classic absurdist film. And with primitive special effects! Tim Burton was hip and happening and relatively fresh meat. Michael Keaton had been down but was now back up again in the cool role of his lifetime. And Alec Baldwin was thin and puppydog cute.

17 year-old Winona Ryder was just breaking through. Geena Davis was enjoying her last career surge (Earth Girls Are Easy and The Accidental Tourist were soon to follow). And it seemed as if Michael Dukakis might be the guy to beat George H.W. Bush.