Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for Ghostbusters

Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.

How can a film with comedians/actors Billy Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis not be funny? Throw in a bunch of paranormal elements including ghosts and demons, some proton packs, and green slime, and you have yourself a big 80s hit movie.

Ghostbusters is about a group of parapsychologists who lose their jobs at a university because of their work in the paranormal, and decide to go into business together busing ghosts. At first, they're not doing so well, but eventually, they make a name for themselves by catching all of these annoying ghosts and hire a fourth Ghostbuster to help out.

Everything's going great until they investigate a bunch of weird stuff happening at some lady's
apartment, and soon they find two demons who want to reunite and rule the world. Of course, the Ghostbusters kick some demon ass and save the day.

I think what makes this movie so great, apart from the funny acting, are all the memorable moments and lines. You've got the angry Stay Puft Marshmallow Man rumbling through NY City. The fantastic special effects - especially the cool proton packs. And then there's the infamous line: "I am the Keymaster, are you the Gatekeeper?"

Interesting little known fact: Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis originally wrote the movie with Eddie Murphy and John Belushi in mind.

Who you gonna call???

24 comments:

Cynthia said...

I remember watching this movie waaay back in the day as a little kid and thinking I was so tough now that I sit through a movie about ghosts.

Riann Colton said...

I loooooved this movie.

And apparently my nephews discovered this song not too long ago as the youngest was doing a dance routine complete with fist pumps with "Ghostbusters!" It was as awesome and epic as the movie itself.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I didn't know that it was originally written for John Belushi and Eddie Murphy. This was such a fun movie, and now I won't be able to get the theme song out of my head. I'm so glad Alex sent me over.

Julie

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Ghost Busters is a classic. The funny kind of supernatural movie you don't see much of today. Eddie Murphy? That would've been doubly hilarious. Great pick Jay.

speedingturtlegetsfit.com said...

Great post, Jay. I'm still humming the theme song to Ghostbusters... :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And most of us can still recite the movie line by line.
I think one of the (many) reasons it works is they just let Murray be Murray.

Melanie Schulz said...

That will have to be the next movie I introduce my kids to, right now I've got them hooked on The Neverending Story.

farawayeyes said...

Definitely a classic.

Jay Noel said...

Cynthia: There were a couple scary parts, but I remember thinking the same thing!

Riann: I remember you talking about that. You need to get that on video.

Empty: Thanks for coming! Hard to imagine any one else taking those roles.

Sheena-Kay: Eddie Murphy was probably busy filming Beverly Hills Cop!

speeding: I know, me too.

Alex: He's like Robin Williams and Jim Carey. You just let them go, and that's how you capture the magic.

Melanie: We just watched Neverending Story also!

faraway: I keep hearing rumors that another one might be coming. Who knows.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

And I now I have the theme song in my head. :) Fun post!

Happy A-Z!

Matthew MacNish said...

Oh wow. It would have been even funnier with Belushi and Murphy!

Rusty Webb said...

One of my favorite movies of all time. Great choice for G.

Morgan said...

This movie FREAKED me out as a kid!!!! But it doesn't get any more classic than this!!!!

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

There's supposed to be another Ghostbusters movie in the works but it keeps getting killed or put on hiatus.

Dana Martin said...

Loved the show. What a great G for the 80s! I just keep saying it because you keep bringing up really cool stuff from the greatest decade ever. :)

Dana
Waiter, drink please!

Robin said...

Actually, I can see Eddie Murphy and John Belushi in their heads. They are funny, funny guys. However, this film was cast perfectly as is. I haven't seen it forever. This posting makes me think I need to watch it again. It was hilarious.

Sonnia J. Kemmer said...

I wish they'd have a third. But Bill Murray is being a quack. LOL

I'm your newest follower. :-)

From A to Z Challenge,
Sonnia J. Kemmer

Tony Laplume said...

A classic comedy cast!

Nick Wilford said...

Hate to be picky but the Stay Puft man was actually from Ghostbusters 2. They are both awesome though!

The Desert Rocks said...

Love this movie and almost everything with Bill Murray and most everything with Dan Akroyd.

Jay Noel said...

Madeline: Sorry for the earworm.

Matthew: I wonder how it would have turned out.

Rusty: One of mine too!

Morgan: Which part? The freaky ghost that wanted to come back to life?

Michael: I hear the same rumors all the time. They'd better do it before one of the main actors die.

Jay Noel said...

Dana: I appreciate it!

Robin: I think they both would have excellent. But it's still hard to imagine anyone else in those roles.

Sonnia: Prima donna! And thanks for visiting.

Tony: I agree.

Nick: Yeah, I realized that after I wrote it, but heck - they were both in the 80s!

Eve: Don't forget Rick Moranis.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Ohmygod, are you seriously doing an 80's theme? How have I not seen your blog already. This is awesome. And Ghostbusters...so so so awesome. "Clear your mind". Haha.

Terrific blog and A to Z theme.

Deniz Bevan said...

Love this movie! There is no Dana, only Zuul...

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