Who You Gonna Call?

Ghostbusters is an absolute comedy classic. Honestly, who hasn’t seen Ghostbusters? You can’t say the words “Who you gonna call?” without thinking Ghostbusters. I first saw the movie when I was a kid. After I’d seen a trailer many times on a VHS tape. We got Ghostbusters on DVD as part of a 2 pack that included the sequel. I immediately fell in love with the movie and I’ve seen it numerous times ever since. Ghostbusters was originally conceived by Dan Aykroyd to be a paranormal space adventure called “Ghostsmashers.” With the team dressed more like a S.W.A.T. team and carrying wands to fight ghosts. Needless to say this version of the movie was smashed in favor of a more grounded ghost comedy. Everybody knows the story. Three scientists working at a university discover the existence of ghosts haunting New York City. They end up getting fired and decide to start their own ghost catching business. They move into an old firehouse and drive the famous Ecto-1 cadillac. All wearing grey jumpsuits and sporting porton packs. At first their only taking down small ghosts like the iconic Slimer, but eventually they have to contend with worse threats like Zuul, Gozer, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man…

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The Ghostbusters search for Slimer

Ghostbusters came out in 1984 (one of the best years for movies), it’s directed by then relatively unknown director Ivan Reitman, and it stars some of the best comedians of the time. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stantz, and Dr. Egon Spengler respectively. And also Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore who gets added to the team last minute and isn’t a scientist. No offensive to him, but it’s probably because they couldn’t get Eddie Murphy. Other cast members include Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts. It’s a terrific group of actors. They’re all funny in their own way, but Bill Murray is easily the biggest scene stealer. Ghostbusters is packed with iconic moments. The first encounter with the library ghost, the first mission with Slimer, fighting Gozer, and of course accidentally summoning the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Ghostbusters is also filled with memorable quotes such as, “He slimed me,” “Don’t cross the streams,” “Are you the keymaster?,” “This man has no d*ck,” “Dogs and Cats living together,” “Are you a god?,” etc. Ghostbusters holds up very well today, but its biggest contribution to the world is the song “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. You can’t listen to that song and not get in a good mood. Ghostbusters is one of the most iconic movies ever made. Even its logo with the a crossed out ghost is easily recognizable. In a whole, Ghostbusters stands the test of time not just as a comedy or even a paranormal movie, but as a movie period. “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”

“It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man”

Followed by: Ghostbusters II

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