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Films to See Before You Die: #16 Ghostbusters


Ghostbusters (1984)

Director: Ivan Reitman

Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, William Atherton, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson

Synopsis: Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) are three scientists in the Paranormal studies wing at Columbia University in New York City. When there is a disturbance at the New York Public Library where one of the old librarians saw a ghost and it had stacked the books in one row very strangely. When they go to investigate they are unprepared for what is about to happen and get scared right out of the library. When they arrive back at the University they are met by the dean who has informed them that their grant has been terminated because he is tired of their insanity. While looking for a new place to work they decide it is just smarter to go into business for themselves trying to develop equipment that would help catch and contain ghosts. After they find a good place to set up shop and Ray takes a mortgage out on his parents house and they call themselves the “Ghostbusters”. At 55 Central Park West, classical musician Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) arrives home with groceries. Her neighbor, Ă¼bernerd and accountant Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), stops her in the hall, telling her that her television had been left on. Louis badgers her about an upcoming party he’s hosting, and Dana finally brushes him away and enters her apartment. As she is putting away her groceries, she notices that her eggs are now leaping out of their shells and cooking themselves on her countertop. She then hears a growl coming from her refrigerator, opens it, and sees an otherworldly temple, and a doglike creature that growls the word “Zuul”, before Dana frantically slams the door shut. After doing more research Egon finds out that Zuul was the minion of Gozer who was to bring about the end of the world and Dana’s apartment is right in the middle of where all this is supposed to happen. Realizing they need more help the boys hire Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), as the fourth Gohstbuster making the team complete. Along with worrying about Gozer and what it will do to Dana the boys are vistied by EPA agent Walter Peck (William Atherton), who is convinced that their whole operation is a big scam and he gets a court order to shut down the storage container. When the storage container is open all of the ghosts they have captured all escape at once terrifying the citizens of New York, on top of that both Dana and Louis have been abducted by Zuul to fulfill the prophecy. It is now up to the Ghostbusters to save Dana and the entire city of New York from Zuul and his minions.

Trivia: In the middle of the film’s initial release, to keep interest going, Ivan Reitman had a trailer run, which was basically the commercial the Ghostbusters’ use in the movie, but with the 555 number replaced with a 1-800 number, allowing people to call. They got a recorded message of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd saying something to the effect of “Hi. We’re out catching ghosts right now.” They got 1,000 calls per hour, 24 hours a day, for six weeks.

Why I think you should see this: Ghostbusters is one of those films that I have seen more times than I can count and have been watching it since I can remember. I have always loved this film and in my opinions it is one of the funniest films ever made. Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver have great chemistry and Dan Aykroyd is pretty great in his role. Harold Ramis is pretty awesome as Dr. Egon Spengler. This is an awesome film and I suggest you check it out sometime.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

2 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #16 Ghostbusters

  1. noa834 ⋅

    Very funny movie!

  2. Oh, oh, I’ve seen all the films you’ve listed so far (and I agree, they’re all must-see films). I hope this doesn’t mean I can die now… Great list with excellent synopsis and comment lines. I don’t know what the rest of your list includes, but one film I absolutely think is a Must-See is WITNESS. When I was teaching creative writing classes, this was the perfect film to teach The Hero’s Journey…for both Samuel Lapp and John Book. There are a dozen other reasons as well, but I won’t bore you. Thanks for the list!

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