If there’s somethin strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Can anybody name a better sci-fi comedy movie to come out of the 80’s than this one. I didn’t get to see this in theaters but I remember watching it at my Granny’s house when it came on PPV and thought it was incredible. Watching it again today and I still think it is a fantastic movie. So grab your proton packs and let’s blast on into today’s movie, Ghostbusters.
The plot: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, and Egon Spengler are parapsychologists who just lost their jobs at the university, in spite of the fact that they just recorded proof that ghosts exist. They decide to go into business as paranormal exterminators or “ghostbusters”. The first case they get is from Dana Barrett, whose apartment appears to be haunted by a entity called Zuul. As paranormal activity increases in the city, the Ghostbusters start to become celebrities and hire Winston Zeddmore to help deal with their case load. Meanwhile, Dana winds up becoming possessed by Zuul and claims to be the “gatekeeper” while her neighbor, Louis, is attacked by a demonic dog and possessed by Vinz Clortho and calls himself the “Keymaster”. As Egon does some tests on the “Keymaster”, a lawyer for the EPA shows up with a court order and shuts down the Ghostbusters’ spirit containment unit, causing a massive explosion and releasing all the captive ghosts back into the city. While the Ghostbusters are detained by the police, the “Keymaster” and the “Gatekeeper” join and begin the process of opening the portal to bring Gozer the Destroyer to Earth. The mayor releases the Ghostbusters and the head off to face Gozer, but a stray thought from Ray causes Gozer to appear as The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and attack them. The Ghostbusters cross the streams from their proton packs in an attempt to close the portal and succeed in defeating Gozer, as well as freeing Dana and Louis from their possession.
The critics were very favorable towards this movie, giving it a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Most of the critics praised the comedic timing of the three male leads as well as the special effects. Roger Ebert said “This movie is an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy … rarely has a movie this expensive provided so many quotable lines.” Ghostbusters was nominated for 2 Academy Awards, for best song and special effects, and would wind up earning over $295 million dollars, making it the highest grossing comedy from the 80’s.
What an awesome movie. Bill Murray definitely stole the show with this one but Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis helped make his performance even better. Sigourney Weaver was great and, in my opinion, never looked better. Rick Moranis was fantastic in his role of comedic relief. The effects were some of the best I had ever seen for an 80’s movie. The writing and story were incredible and showed the comedic talent that Aykroyd and Ramis both have. The best part about this movie is the awesome cartoon show that was spun off from it. I am slightly kidding on that because the cartoon was great, but this movie is still way better.
So if you have not seen one of the best 80’s movies of all times, then you really need to come out of your hermit cave and watch this movie.
Rating: 5 out of 5