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GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)

ghostbusters-movie-reviewFantasy/Comedy/Adventure with our team capturing ghosts and saving New York.

Producer/Director Ivan Reitman's "Ghostbusters" is a wildly entertaining off beat comic effort.

The fun cast includes Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, William Atherton, and Slavitza Jovan.

The story involves a group of parapsychologists who are kicked out of a university for their offbeat research, and unscientific practices, as shown in the Bill Murray scene with the young co-ed in the esp experiment, at the beginning of the film. After gathering physical data from a scary Specter they met in the basement of the New York City Public Library, they are able to set up a private company designed to rid people of pesky ghosts, through the use of unique nuclear proton/neutron guns, with wild results.

Bill Murray gives one of his most endearing performances as one of the Ghostbusters, who overcomes his personality faults to rise to the occasion of defeating demonic entities to save Dana Barrett (Weaver), and Louis Tully (Moranis), as well as the city of New York, and the human race. While its improbable that his character would end up with Weaver, following her dispossession, that's part of the fun.

Rick Moranis is particularly good as a nerd, with no savior faire, who besides being an exercise and vitamin nut, hosts parties where he invites only his clients, so he can write off the expense. He has a big-time crush on Weaver, but he doesn't generate any reciprocal feelings from Weaver until both of them are possessed by demons.

Who can forget that great theme song, by Ray Parker, Jr. It's almost impossible to not like, unless you're already dead and a ghost yourself.

Ghost Buster's imaginative, creative, hilarious script was written by the very talented Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Some of the premises about ghosts in this movie are the result of a very creative imagination, which ads up to to a very entertaining movie. Real apparitions don't leave a trail of gooey, slimy ectoplasm, that can be collected, & analyzed. Some have been photographed, filmed, and ghosts hunters do use instruments to detect such things as temperature changes. (NY: The "Gingerbread" Manor House; CA: The Whaley House; UT: Gibbs House)

Ghosts can't be caught, or contained, but most ghosts can be made to leave by exorcism, or by help from a medium and /or parapsychologist. (See WA: Monaghan Hall; NY: Morris-Jumel Mansion; KS: Fort Leavenworth; MI: Grand Rapids)

While many apparitions, like the one of the elderly lady in the basement of the library, reading, at the beginning of the movie, are clearly seen in detail, and do indeed float above the floor, they usually don't turn into such a scary form that chased the trio of soon-to-be ghost busters out of the library. (See SC: Legare Street House, OR: The Heceta House; IN: The Willard Library; MI: A Renovated House in Grand Rapids). If they are scary and mean, they usually are always that way toward the living. (See WA: Monaghan Hall; KY: Little White Flower; WI: The O'Brien House)

The film has many ghostly FX. The Visual Effects are courtesy of Richard Edlund. Toward the end of the movie, after the grid is shut down by the EPA, many ghostly apparitions, vapors, mists, etc. invade the city. A cloudy mist goes up the tailpipe of a taxi, and a ghoul is seen driving the taxi, crashing into the side of the street, with a passenger in the back. The coming of Gozer, the demon dogs, the activity in Dana's kitchen and refrigerator are brought to life with a scary reality.

Favorite Scenes: The "green spud" flying around the ritzy hotel, eating and drinking other's meals, and the battle scene in the main ball room between this green spud, and the Ghost Busters is most realistic and entertaining. The script also spoofs war movies, that have scenes of untried, rookie soldiers trying to cope before, during and after their first major battle, and how they learn to fight as a team to be victorious. The actual possession of Sigourney Weaver was pretty convincing and scary, and she is totally convincing as a woman possessed by a demon dog in the scene with Bill Murray, but the scariness was kept in check with Bill's funny lines, and reactions, creating a fun balance appropriate for a comedy. Also, the script also spoofs war movies, that have scenes of untried, rookie soldiers trying to cope before, during and after their first major battle. The grand battle at the end and the ending is also most enjoyable, scary, adventuresome, and funny at the same time.

If you enjoyed GHOSTBUSTERS, you may like GHOSTBUSTERS 2, BEETLEJUICE, GHOST CATCHERS, HOLD THAT GHOST, and TOPPER.

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