Who you gonna call?
We’ve all seen this movie at least a dozen times, I’m sure of it. It’s an incredibly funny and charming movie with a few scenes that’s genuinely frightening (like you didn’t get chills when Winston and Ray were talking about end times). And the lines in the movie. So, so, so many incredibly funny lines! Check out some of these classics!
- Winston: Ray. When someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!
- Peter: You’re right, no human being would stack books like this.
- Ray: Listen. Do you smell something?
- Peter: Yes it’s true. This man has no dick.
- Peter: I’m gonna take back some of the things I said about you, Egon. You… you earned it.
- Peter: I make it a rule never to get involved with possessed people. It’s more of a guideline than a rule.
Or this wonderful exchange between Peter, Ray, and Egon:
- Ray: I think we should split up.
- Egon: Good idea.
- Peter: Yeah. We can do more damage that way.
This movie has lasting power. I can remember when it came out in 1984. It was all people were talking about. Ever since then, people dress up as them for Halloween. You can’t go to any comic book or gaming convention without seeing cosplays of them. There have been three great cartoon series: The Real Ghostbusters, Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters, and the Extreme Ghostbusters. And let’s not forget the comic books, roleplaying games, songs, music videos, sequels (a script for Ghostbusters III is currently being written), and the video games!
They made video games for the NES, Atari, Commodore, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Gameboy, PS1, PS2, PS3, Android, Xbox 360, Wii, and the PC. How many franchises can claim to have been on that many systems? Seriously! How many?
You see, I just re-watched Ghostbusters a couple of days ago. The movie holds up well. Really well. So it’s natural that Ghostbusters would be forefront on my mind. Why in the world would I re-watch that movie?
I love the larger than life qualities this movie has. Four guys using technology to combat the supernatural. Strangely, the technology itself has a supernatural feel, making the entire experience something almost magical. We see all that technology somehow measure, interact with, battle, capture, and ultimately defeat ghosts and gods. All without explanation of how they work. Just like magic. How often do we see a movie that has uses high-tech gadgets and we can see them as magic? Seriously. How many?
And yes, I realize I keep asking that question over and over again.
I love Bill Murray. He brought his A game in this movie. The scene where he got slimed is freaking classic!
There were so many fun little things in that clip. Like how Egon poked that guy. Or how excited Ray was that Peter got slimed. Oh lord, that entire video clip brings a smile to my face.
The movie’s fun. Are the graphics a little dated? Sure. The movie was made in 1984, so that’s expected. Unlike a lot of modern movies that rests on the special effects, the graphics don’t seem to matter as much as everything else in this masterpiece.
Well, I know what I’m going to be re-watching later this week.
- Who ya gonna call? Try Ghostbusters for iOS (reviews.cnet.com)