More by accident than by design, today's entry completes a three day consecutive hat-trick of horror movies made in the 80's and set in the Big Apple. It's admittedly stating the obvious to say that everyone has a movie they've seen more than any other. Nonetheless, I should probably preface this post by telling you that for me, Ghostbusters is that very movie, due to it being one of the first VHS tapes that appeared in my house as a kid, its general cultural ubiquity in these formative years, via the excellent Real Ghostbusters cartoon series and assorted merchandise, and the fact that Ghostbusters II was, if I'm not mistaken, the first film I ever saw at the cinema. Therefore, it also goes without saying that I'm more than slightly preconditioned to love this movie; so much so, that I'm almost inclined to not trust someone if they don't like it.
I'll skip the obligatory synopsis as I'm sure you're all familiar with the movie; if not, get the hell out of here and please rectify that heinous situation. I think one of the key things that makes this film so fun is that it's essentially a supernatural take on the buddy comedy/caper movie; in other words, another hangout movie, where you revisit it as much for the characters as the actual events that transpire. Plus, when you're a kid, the idea of being able to hang out with your mates pretty much everyday, battling ghouls and ghosts and then sleeping over together every night in your very own fire station, seems just about the coolest thing ever. Groovy gadgets and portable nuclear laser beams are always a bonus as well.
It's certainly tantalising to imagine how the movie could alternatively have turned out, that is if the studio had enough money to realise Dan Aykroyd's original script. It was originally set it the future, where Ghostbusters are as everyday as firemen and paramedics; the Stay Puft marshmallow man was just one of many Godzilla-esque monsters the team had to fight. Reitman says it would have cost something like $300 million dollars in 1984 money. I'm sure most of us would love to have seen that version, self included, but I'd also vouch that just as many wouldn't change a thing about the film as it stands.