I still remember exactly how I came to watch this film. At the time I was a massive fan of the animated series ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ and from time to time would rent videos of episodes from the rental store. On one particular occasion, unaware, I picked up the Filmation Ghostbusters. I put it on at home and was so disappointed by it that my family brought me back into town to return the video and pick out something else. Probably thinking I was old enough by now they helped me pick out ‘Ghostbusters’ the live action movie. I say “live action” because for me the animated series came first. I had no idea there was live action movie. It blew my mind. I probably thought it was a movie version of the animated series.
Live action films of animated series are usually disappointing (although I wouldn’t have admitted that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was) but the animated series was based on the movie so seeing them in reverse is anything but disappointing.
I put it on and at first I wasn’t sure. The music and logo were the same but the Ghostbusters were just guys in ordinary clothes… yet, there’s Egon with his PKE meter and there’s Ray and Peter. Then about 20 or 30 minutes into the movie the guys get their first call, Janine hits the alarm and it’s Ghostbusters! Near the end of the film even the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man shows up and I can’t believe it. I was grinning from ear to ear throughout.
This year is the 30th Anniversary of the movie and I think it’s aged really well. For me it still makes me giddy to watch it. I think it’s a unique film. A creative moment of magic some might say but I think for the film to be so popular 3 decades later says something more than that. It’s a film and franchise that’s become iconic and deeply ingrained into pop culture.
Favorite Quote: Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “YES”! – Winston Zeddemore