Ghostbusters (1984)

31 years ago one of the best logos in the world burst into our lives.  Originally designed by

Dan Aykroyd it has become as iconic as the movie to which it is attached to.  If you haven’t seen Ghostbusters, then one has to ask to which rock you have been living under and at what point are you planning to join the rest of the human race?

Following 3 university professors who are studying the much mocked paranormal world discover their work is more relevant when a ghosts start popping up all over New York.   They then form a company to start capturing the ghosts and contain them within their converted fire-station ghost head quarters.

The cast here is perfect, with

Bill Murray,

Dan Aykroyd and the late

Harold Ramis heading up the ghostbusting trio, later expanding to include

Ernie Hudson.  Supporting is 

Sigourney Weaver and

Harold Ramis who have a wonderful interplay with not only each other but the ghostbusters.

Dr. Peter Venkman: She’s not my girlfriend. I find her interesting because she’s a client and because she sleeps above her covers… *four feet* above her covers. She barks, she drools, she claws!

Written by Aykroyd and Ramis, the dialogue has not aged in the slightest and still comes over as fresh and witty as it was first delivered over 30 years ago.  The special effects haven’t aged as well though, but that actually adds to the charm of the movie, in much the same manner as the stop-motion animation of the early Godzilla movies.

This movie spawned a franchise, with a follow up coming soon afterwards, and a kids cartoon series (which I watched at the time and it was good).  You will have heard that they are adding to the series, with an all female cast in the same named movie Ghostbusters.  Personally, I feel they should stay well alone and tell other stories and leave the stories that were communicated perfectly as the master pieces that they are.

Though no mention of Ghostbusters would be complete without a nod to the excellent theme song by Ray Parker Jr. Who ya gonna call? Watching that will inspire you to go after the movie if you haven’t seen it in the last year or two.


Viewing Date
Sunday, 18th October 2015


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Author: Alan Williamson

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