When there’s something strange in your neighborhood. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!!
Three scientists, parapsychologists, working in New York City develop a system where they capture and remove ghosts and spirits from your establishment working to rid the city of these nasty paranormal parasites. Throw in the first “big special effects” for movies (relative here folks, this was the 80’s) and it sounds like all the right ingredients for a gripping, edge of your seat thriller designed to test the limits of your fear. Or even a heck of a reality show, right?
Now, close your eyes and imagine the casting of comedic icons Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis under the direction of Ivan Reitman and instead you have arguably one of the greatest comedy’s ever made. The chemistry of all the actors, bolstered by the always awesome Sigourney Weaver as Bill Murray’s love interest, leaves you in stitches from the opening credits, through the ups and downs of our “heroes” as they battle all sorts of funny, scary and goofy paranormal creatures. And during it all you have classic comedic banter between the leads, courtesy of an awesome screenplay written by Akroyd and Ramis.
And in the midst of all the chaos of the climactic final scene where seemingly every possible spirit is trashing the Big Apple, this film introduces the biggest, scariest undead creature ever, thanks to Ray. Words cannot do it justice. If you have seen the movie, watch below and re-live the experience. If you haven’t seen this film, it isn’t streaming on NetFlix so I urge you to head to the nearest Redbox or your local public library and rent this movie. You will not be disappointed.