Ghostbusters-One Big Twinkie

In Movies, Random Rants by Beyond The Geek1 Comment

1984.

What a year, the Mac was introduced to the world by Steve Jobs; Band Aid reminded Africa they were missing Christmas after all; the world was still Cold; a thing called the Video Music Awards popped up; Transformers were more than meets the eye; Turtles mutated; Cosby became America’s dad; and I was 4 years old. All cool things, but what about the movies of 1984?

Just some the best made during the entire decade!

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Gremlins
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • The Karate Kid
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Police Academy
  • The Terminator

And what about the Horror films? (this is another article all together)

  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Children of the Corn
  • CHUD
  • Friday the 13th: the Final Chapter
  • The Toxic Avenger

All classics in my book, but the film that has stayed with me above all is Ghostbusters. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, the late Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson strapping on proton packs blastin’ the Stay Puft Marshmallow man and Zual to the nether world to save a K-9ed Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis and town that we all love, New York.

Oh, and that song, how catchy is Ray Parker Jr.’s theme song!?

The script is magic. Every line is memorable. Ivan Reitman’s direction is perfect, not heavy handed, he let’s the characters breath. Every joke feels as natural as air around us. It’s one big Twinkie, man.

Why was 1984 such an amazing year for cinema?

“for whatever reasons,…call it… fate, call it luck, call it karma, I believe everything happens for a reason.”

I’m not sure, but it really was a magical year.  Studios were really having fun and taking chances. But everyone wanted to leave a mark, I think. So many stars in their prime looking to doing something people would be talking about, and 30 years on,  we are.  Job well done!

Confession:

Being 4, I did not see Ghostbusters in the theater, I remember members of family talking about it. My earliest memory of watching the film is around 7 at a pizza restaurant that showed movies on Friday nights. I totally dug it.

What connected me and so many kids my age, was the Saturday morning cartoon show, “ The Real GhostBusters”, and the awesome toys! Remember Ecto Cooler?

Five years later when the sequel hit, I remember wanting to see the film so badly, but had to choose between it and Batman. Well, Batman won out. (C’mon it was Batman!)

So I did not or have I seen any of the original films on the silver screen. (tear)

Then why does is still hang with me so?

I remember sometime between my junior and senior year of high, catching the first Ghostbusters on tv, it was some where in the middle the film. It was like being reunited with a long lost friend.

Ever since then I’ve been a Ghostbuster junkie.

(For the record, I enjoy both films, the first one is better, no doubt, but 2 is fun and holds some best lines in the franchise…”Let’s see what happens when we take the puppy away…” )

Now, that I am old (34 for whose trying to do the math), I’ve had the pleasure to introduce Ghostbusters to my son, he’s 8. My son doesn’t sit through most of the films, but he does enjoy when they blast the ghosts, oh, especially Stay Puft. What kid doesn’t like a giant Marshmallow man?

He has a little Marshmallow Man man that sings…”something strange in your neighborhood, who ya’ gonna call…Ghostubsters!” It’s great.

I’ve taken my family to meet Winston Zeddermore himself, Ernie Hudson (one of the nicest people you’ll meet) at a Con.  (Again Sorry Mr. Hudson for Brian pinching you, he wanted to make sure he wasn’t dreaming, but but reversed the joke). We’ve taken photos of the real and always rad Ecto-1. Been able to read the excellent comic book series by Erik Burham, Dan Schoening, and Tristan Jones, with my son.  He loves the ghosts.

(Sidenote: the current arc “Mass Hysteria” is what the 3rd Ghostbusters film should be based on. Unfortunately, the series by IDW is ending in October. But they are doing a crossover with TMNT, sweet. Oh, and if anyone at IDW is reading we’d love to review, contact info is on here somewhere).

We’ve been able to really be part of the Ghostbusters universe, ya’ know?

Ghostbusters gave birth to not only great memories to my youth and now into adulthood. My hope is that it will give my son’s equally great memories, maybe that’s why I cherish it so much. Perhaps this means more to me than the fantastic characters, superb wit, and all around fun Ghostbusters radiates like an unlicensed nuclear reactor.

(man this is sappy. why is this on a horror movie review site? )

So will I ever get a chance to see Ghostbusters in all it’s big screen glory?

Yes!

This coming Friday, August 29th is National Ghostbusters Day, Sony will commemorating the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters with a release. How unreal?

The film has been restored and remasters in 4k, not sure what it means but sounds cool. Supposedly, the film has never looked better.

Bad news is that it is only being release for one week and only in 700 theaters.

But rest assured, come demon dog or river of slime, I will be there!

P.S. –Obligation

There is an unwritten rule about writing an article on the Ghostbusters films, you have to discuss the possibility of a third film. The PKE meter on this topic is off the charts,man.

It’s gonna happen. When? You’ll need to tune into World of the Psychic for the answer.

Should it happen, like Egon’s Crunch Bar, we’ve earned it.

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