Whenever I’m asked to name my favourite film I don’t need to hesitate. Â Quite simply, there’s something about Ghostbusters that grabbed my attention as a kid, and still holds it today. Â I guess part of the reason is that the idea of ghosts and hauntings has always fascinated me, and I used to love watching programmes such as Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World. Â I’ve even been known to watch the odd episode of (cough) Most Haunted…
This year Ghostbusters is 25 years old (crikey, that makes me feel old) so to celebrate I’m making this Ghostbusters Week on Child Of The 1980’s.
What I like most about Ghostbusters though is the fact that, proton packs and free roaming vapours aside, it almost seems plausible that these guys could actually go round sucking up ghosts. Â The fact that doctors Venkman, Stantz and Spengler are all highly educated people going about with massive backpacks and guns yet still trying to blend in as though they are just cockroach exterminators I find very amusing.
The film is so full of quotable lines, most of which it has to be said are given to Bill Murray as Peter Venkman (incidentally I ran a Saturday Survey a while ago asking which of the Ghostbusters people would most like to be, and Venkman won hands down, unsurprisingly). Â I must admit I’m guilty of throwing the “dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria” line into heated conversations before now.
The special effects for the proton beams are probably the thing which dates the film the most today, but I still think the way the ghosts are created, especially Slimer and the Marshmallow Man, looks really cool today. Â Bathing slimer in a shimmery green glow helps disguise the fact that he’s a puppet, and the Marshmallow Man really does look as though he’s stomping through New York.
A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to visit New York, and whilst there I visited both the New York Library from the beginning of the film and also went on a tour of movie sites which stopped us at the firestation that was used as the Ghostbusters HQ – I had a big smile on my face that day I can tell you. Â Didn’t get a chance to see if the pole still worked though…
If you want to learn more about the films check out my previous posts on Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, and there’s also my post on The Real Ghostbusters, which was the spin off cartoon show. Â This week I’ll be writing about more Ghostbusters topics including the original eighties videogame, and the new big budget one that’s just been released. Â You can also check out the Official Ghostbusters site for some great images and their Ghostbuster Is Hiring competition where you can submit your audition video to become a Ghostbuster (worth checking out if only to see how Harold Ramis, who player Egon, has gone all Grizzly Adams), and create your a desktop wallpaper featuring you as one of the Ghostbusters!