My Favorite Movies #37 – Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters - PosterGhostbusters

1984

Directed by Ivan Reitman

Quick synopsis… After losing their academic posts at a prestigious college, a team of parapsychologists creates a business exterminating ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests — and are soon hired by a cellist to purge her digs of a demon.

  • As a kid, I remember thinking this movie was terrifying.
  • Even that opening shot of the lion statue in front of the library freaked me out.
  • It got worse with the librarian walking through the stacks all alone…
  • Except she wasn’t alone, was she?
  • Books floating off shelves… the card catalog spitting cards into the air… and then finally confronted by an off-screen apparition…
  • But, kids, make no mistake, this is a comedy.
  • A hilarious one at that.
  • Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) is proof of that as we meet him as he’s holding a fake ESP experiment designed to hit on a student.
  • Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) interrupts with news of what’s happened at the library, where Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) is already taking readings.
  • This trio of scientists is excited about their potential encounter with a ghost, but are grossly unprepared as they get scared and flee the library.
  • But the data they’ve gathered further excites Ray and Egon, who think they could use what they’ve learned to capture and hold a ghost indefinitely.
  • Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), the university for which they all work dismisses them on the grounds that their field of science is not credible.
  • This inspires Peter to suggest that they go into business for themselves… as Ghostbusters.
  • I have no doubt you’ve seen this movie, so you already know this leads to the guys meeting Dana (Sigourney Weaver) after she experiences something disturbingly paranormal in her apartment.
  • While they research what Dana allegedly saw and heard in her refrigerator, business takes off.
  • They wind up hiring a fourth Ghostbuster, Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), and everything comes to a head as Dana and her neighbor, Louis (Rick Moranis), are possessed by Zuul the Gatekeeper and Vinz Clortho the Keymaster, respectively.
  • When EPA Inspector Walter Peck (no relation) forces the Ghostbusters to shut down the containment facility, it releases all the captured ghosts into Manhattan, which is the catalyst that Gozer the Gozerian needs to invade our dimension.
  • The Ghostbusters manage to save the world against all odds.
  • And there’s a Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, too.
  • If you’ve gone the last 36 years without watching this movie, you need to change that status immediately.
  • Ghostbusters is endlessly quotable.
  • Also, if you have Netflix, check out the episode of The Movies That Made Us focusing on Ghostbusters for a great look behind the scenes at the ups and downs of how the movie got made.

Seriously, watch it if you haven’t yet. And then come back next week for something a little more musical… Cats. Just kidding. But it was made by the same director. I’m really talking about Les Miserables. You know, a musical that was actually good.

Sorry to all the Cats lovers out there. I’m just more of a dog person.

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