Beetlejuice is one of Tim Burton's most memorable films. His world is one made of everything weird and fantastical that we've come to love at CultSub T-shirts. One of our favorite Beetlejuice scenes was the hilarious, strange and unforgettable Day-O shrimp possession dance scene (lead by Delia Deetz) set to "Day-O (Banana Boat Song) by Henry Belafonte. During a dinner party thrown by the Delia Deetz, her and her guests are possessed and sing Harry Belafonte's Day-O (The Banana Boat Song). At the end of the song the shrimp on their plates become the fingers of monstrous hands that reach out to grab them by the face and throw them backwards on their chairs.
If you don't remember it or just want to watch it for the millionth time, this Day-O shimp dance from Beetlejuice is attached below.
Did you know this scene actually proved logistically difficult? Apparently, the people controlling the monster hands couldn't see the faces of the actors they were aiming for, so I imagine this led to quite a few unpleasant eye pokes and ruined takes. Nowadays the shrimp hands would probably be completely CG, or there would be a quick digital fix for this issue. But practical solutions were needed for production problems such as this, and they often required some outside the box thinking like Dick Cavett, who played Delia Deetz's art agent Bernard, proposed:
"It's safe to say this, I think I made a contribution to the film. There was a scene at the table. My contribution had to do with the attacking shrimp. They kept shooting it, but the guys under there couldn't really see where their hand was going and they poked each other in the face. And there were minor injuries... what I recall is saying, 'Why don't you shoot it in reverse?'... I was hailed as a genius." - Dick Cavett