Ghostbusters Flashback Review - 9.5/10
When it comes to instant classic movies, Ghostbusters ranks right up there with the best (I'm just saving you all from writing my "film list of classic movies") that have been made. What more could you want from the guys that were writers and performers from National Lampoon and Saturday Night Live.
Directed by Ivan Reitman, this movie is the perfect comedy storm. Three men that are researchers into the paranormal are whiling their way as college professors, hoping for tenure when their lives change for the better. They get a call that something happened at the New York Public Library. One of the librarians has seen a ghost. When our three heroes arrive, they are a bit skeptical about what she has seen, but they play the part and investigate what is going on there. Ramis, who plays Egon, the ultra-nerdy scientist, is the most interested in what's happening, Akroyd (Stanz) and Murray (Venkman) are along for the ride. Akroyd's character is excited and Murray seems to not even care about the situation, but he's there for support.
As they roam through the cavernous library, they come across card catalogs that have been opened and the cards have been thrown all over the place. Books stacked to the ceiling, slime coating the cards, walls and books, and Egon wants Venkman to get a sample of some of it so that he can research the properties. That's when they come across the librarian ghost. Floating in the air, reading a book. Venkman, Egon and Stanz are standing there, amazed, confused and not really knowing what they should do until Stanz yells "Get her!" as they rush at the ghost, she turns to look at them and her face turns into a vile, vampiric ghost image. Scaring them out of the library, and that is how the story is set up.
The reason why Ghostbusters works so well is the story, the cast, and the director. It was unique in a time when studios were pushing out as many Star Wars and Indiana Jones type clones as they could. Ghostbusters gave us what we wanted in an action adventure movie. Along with great comedy, they had a cast that could act, it even felt real. The backstory and the history they came up with made us want to find Tobin's Spirit Guide and all these cool occult type things.
The movie revolves around Sigourney Weaver's character Dana, a musician and eventual love interest to Peter Venkman. Her first introduction to the team is when she gets home and is putting away groceries, she opens the fridge and a bright light and something that almost looks like a temple is seen, then a voice out of nowhere is heard, "ZUUL". She freaks out and calls the Ghostbusters. Venkman arrives, but it's already too late, there is no sign of the disturbance, other than the fried eggs on the counter and the fridge full of junk food and cokes. Dana has no explanation of what happened, only what she heard.
As we ride along with this movie, watching the Ghostbusters do their thing, we get introduced to Walter Peck, a representative of the EPA, who has an interest in what the Ghostbusters are doing. He immediately sets himself off as a condescending jerk, demanding to know what they do and how they do it. Venkman immediately dislikes him, he sees Peck as this unnecessary and dangerous person that is only there to cause problems for them. When Peck doesn't get what he wants, he forces the Ghostbusters to shut down their containment unit, because it's a new technology that the government doesn't understand and they want to investigate this tech to make sure it's not harming the environment, The problem then becomes widespread, as the ghosts are able to escape into the world and cause havoc.
We come to find out that Dana's place is a lightning rod of ghost activity. The building itself is attracting spiritual energy and is acting as a doorway to bring about Gozer The Gozerian. Gozer the Gozerian comes about from a coupling between Vinz Clortho (The Keymaster) and Zuul (The Gatekeeper). They are the heralds or the harbingers of doom. It's their job to open the gate to bring about Gozer the destructor. When the Ghostbusters finally arrive to take on the God, they are given a choice of their destruction. The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
We've all seen the movie. Multiple times in fact. It's a staple of television, especially during October. It's a movie that's so good, that it never gets boring. Every minute that goes by, you get sucked into the story. Box Office numbers only predict what's going to be a money maker, you can't ever predict what's going to be a movie that is so beloved that it becomes part of pop culture. This movie is the quintessential 80's film. From the actors to the special effects to the soundtrack, it's a film that every director wants to make, every actor wants to be in and everyone wants to see.
If you have kids, this is the film to introduce them to. If you have never seen this film before, what's wrong with you? Get out there and get a copy and watch it!
Ghost Busters (original title)
PG | 1h 45min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 8 June 1984 (USA)
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Director: Ivan Reitman
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver