It has been rumored for quite some time that a Beetlejuice sequel is on the way, as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith had buddied up with Tim Burton and wrote a screenplay for the Michael Keaton classic. Whether or not that will happen – and given Burton’s and Keaton’s recent track records, it probably needs to happen – is up in the air, but there’s one man in New York City who would presumably be the happiest man on the planet the day that Beetlejuice 2 opens in theaters.
Bruce Christensen is a 48-year old jack-of-all-trades, having worked in the music industry and as a stand-up comic, but his greatest feat in life and claim to fame is that he owns and operates the world’s only Beetlejuice museum. And yes, it’s in his home. Between this guy and the old bro who built a gigantic replica of Giants Stadium in his garage, I’m starting to think that New Yorkers might be a little eccentric.
According to Oddity Central, Christensen’s museum is approximately 400 sq. ft. and contains more than 80 items related to the film. Just 80 items? If that’s all it takes to open a museum, then I currently operate the world’s only Kate Upton hair doll museum. So what’s in this guy’s apartment, I mean museum, anyway?
When the 400 sq. ft. museum opened, he had only 57 artifacts, but now the collection has grown to over 80. Some of the other gems in Christensen’s collection include a VHS tape of the movie, Michael Keaton’s autograph, and a Beetlejuice comic that he purchased off EBay. And in case you’re wondering about those bottles of Beetlejuice, well, they do contain a liquid of some sort, which according to the label is five-and-a-half percent alcohol.
Christensen refers to his Beetlejuice tribute as “one of the top 10 attractions in New York City”, which is incredibly ambitious, because there are easily nine strip clubs that I would visit first, but you have to admire the man’s dedication to something that he loves.