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You know, Fright Night always had a deeper effect on me. Beetlejuice was inventive and humorous, and I enjoyed the calypso music, but the movie never really got to me. Fright Night has characters that I felt bad for and cared about. Particularly Peter Vincent, who Roddy McDowall gave a certain humanity that touched me. Beetlejuice didn't have any characters like that. Also, I miss late night horror movies from back in the day. I kind of was like Charley Brewster, staying up late and succumbing to midnight paranoia. Ahhh, to be young in the 80s again...
I don't know if Fright Night touched me in any way, but I agree that it is a more accessible entertainment. Tim Burton has always had a problem finding a balance between style and substance and that is the biggest flaw in Beetlejuice. I enjoyed aspects of Beetlejuice, but I feel that Burton's career would have been more consistently great had his early films (including Batman and Edward Scissorhands) been more heavily criticized for their lack of character development and more inventive plot lines.