Ghostbusters (1984) – Ivan Reitman

A chapter on ghosts in the cinema, as illustrated by DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, would be remiss without covering the 80s comedy classic, Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis.

I remember when I first heard about this movie, first heard the classic song, saw the first print ad… I even tried to write my own version of at the age of 12 without having seen it.

To this day, it remains one of my favorite comedies, and it’s always a delight to sit down and re-watch this film, and now, I get to do it for the blog.

Featuring a fantastic cast, a snappy score by Elmer Bernstein, able direction under the hands of Ivan Reitman, great effects… this film remains a classic.

Three New York parapsychologists who recently lost their position at the university see this as an opportunity to start up their own business, the premiere paranormal investigations and eliminations in the world, Ghostbusters.

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It seems like a great idea, but things don’t work out so great, as the boys can’t get a lead, but soon, something happens in the life of Dana Barrett (Weaver) and Venkman (Murray), Stantz (Akoyd), Spengler (Ramis) and new recruit, Winston Zeddemore (Hudson) and an ancient evil named Gozer is about to rain hell down on New York.

Filled with a great soundtrack, some of the most quotable lines in film history, the film works as a comedy, a horror, and is just plain fun. Murray is at the top of his game, and it’s a great idea to make these guys, despite their smarts, just come across as working class guys trying to make a few bucks in their quest for success.

This film has endured, and continues to make viewers laugh whether it’s the viewer’s first time, or their thirtieth. Everything about the film is pitch perfect, and it works so well. It was amazing then, it’s amazing now.

As Gozer makes its assault on Dana, her mysteriously built building, and poor Louis Tully (Moran), all of New York is in the crosshairs, and when it comes to the final climax, it’s go big or go home, and Gozer takes on an unsuspecting form to destroy the Ghostbusters…

…. the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

The boys came, saw, and kicked ass, and the film went down in cinematic history, and they would return to the big screen in five years with a sequel, which will be my next stop with DK Books’ Monsters in the Movies.

I could go on, I could wax poetic about the film, but so many people have done so before me that I’m not sure I have anything worthwhile to add to the discussion. Instead let’s bring it back to Monsters in the Movies! Pick up a copy today, and find something amazing and macabre to watch tonight!

And, remember… who ya gonna call?

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