After Barbara says Beetlejuice 3 times, her and Adam are transported into Adam's model where Beetlejuice is residing. Why did they have to dig him out of his coffin? Why was he just not there already?

I had two thoughts on this. The first is that the digging was symbolic to their commitment to Beetlejuice and they had to prove that they were serious. But later on, Juno yelled at them for, "letting him out" which to me suggests that he was somehow imprisoned and their digging was necessary to break him free. But earlier in the movie she tells them, "he has been lurking around your graveyard" which doesn't sound as if he's been imprisoned at all.

So, why did Adam and Barbara have to dig Beetlejuice out?

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They didn't.

This was just part of Beetlejuice's mind games to see how compliant Adam and Barbara were. IF they were willing to dig up a coffin from the model graveyard they were likely desperate for help, something which would give him the edge in manipulating them.

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    Based on the statements in my question I believe this to be true, but can you provide anything that might corroborate your answer? Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 16:31

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