The Script Was Originally Way Darker
Beetlejuice is undeniably dark – it deals largely with ghosts and the afterlife. It also has some pretty silly – but definitely graphic – scenes. No matter how graphic, the special effects border more on craft store whimsy than intense, realistic gore. As it turns out, the original screenplay was a whole lot darker. It was seriously, seriously grim.
According to The Playlist, the original script had way more graphic violence than the Beetlejuice we know and love. This was particularly evident in the scene where Bee tries to marry Lydia. Instead of the lovelorn climax, Betelgeuse was originally supposed to rape Winona Ryder’s character.