“G” is for Ghostbusters (1984)
ozer was very big in Sumeria apparently, and he is also hiding in a young lady’s ice-box. Dana Barrett’s apartment is haunted, or possessed, or both and in order to get some answers, she hires a group of awkward scientists.
This band of misfit scientists have started a team for hire called The Ghostbusters to investigate. As their investigation proceeds, it becomes clear that the apartment building is not only possessed, but is actually the gateway for a demon to take over our world and destroy all that we hold dear.
This is a great example of how to make science fiction funny. The late Harold Ramis worked with a number of actors he had a close relationship with, namely Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd and he wrote a great script for a movie that would become a classic 80s movie. So what can I say about Ghostbusters? It is an all round good fun, feel good science fiction/comedy movie that ticks all the right boxes. Bill Murray gives a superb performance as the highly annoying, but always right Peter Venkman who falls in love with his new client, Miss Barrett who promptly turns into a dog.
There are some really good special effects on show here aswell and the storyline is very entertaining aswell. Now unfortunately, I haven’t been able to let my son watch this one yet (he’s 5) as there is a little bit too much in the way of swearing, otherwise I would let him see it because the actual main content of the film is quite suitable. Made on a very modest budget, Ghostbusters raked in the dollars and made well over $200M worldwide which for the time was some feat.
The success of this film spawned a sequel that wasn’t quite as good, but still very enjoyable. I guess since the passing of creator Harold Ramis just a few weeks ago all hope of a third movie is now completely gone. It has been one of those “will it/won’t it” happen movies and I don’t think it will happen now. A shame, but from what I heard about it, there were too many obstacles anyway for it to really get off the ground.
Fun Fact: Louis, the future “Keymaster,” gets locked out on three separate occasions.