I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

As previously noted, I am not a huge fan of Halloween, but I made an exception to my Grinchiness* last Thursday, when I joined sprite, Rudi, and John to see Ghostbusters on the big screen. While not strictly a Halloween movie, I think it counts for the season both for the ghosts and for inspiring countless costumes over the years.

Before the movie started, I was sure I’d seen it at least a few times since it came out in 1984, but as I watched, I realized that – with the exception of a scene here and there – I hadn’t. Because of this, it had a old-but-new quality that I wasn’t expecting.

Here are some random observations, 27 (!) years after first seeing the movie:

  • Despite the bad 80s hair and clothes, it holds up well – and is still funny. In fact, I think it might be funnier now, because I actually got the “adult” jokes.
  • I used to think the characters in this movie were grownups – and now I am older than all of the leads. Oof.
  • Despite this, I still would like to be Sigourney Weaver when I grow up.
  • As sprite noted, it’s clearly a movie written by boys – most notably in the fact that vanquishing the demon can only be done by “crossing the streams” of the ghostbusting machines. (If you thought I’d remember what they were called since I just saw it the other day, you’d be wrong.)
  • Bill Murray’s line “It’s true. This man has no dick.” still cracks me up, because apparently I’m still 13 on the inside. (And when that line came up, I suddenly remembered Brian and I laughing ourselves silly over it for days.)
  • Dan Aykroyd looks surprisingly like Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green. I think it’s the hair, combined with the kinda chubby-cheeked baby faces on both of them. (Or maybe all Canadians look alike?)
  • The giant globs of the Stay-Puft marshmallow man raining down at the end are bizarre and hilarious.

And since I’ve had this stuck in my head for four days now, I thought it only right to share…


* What is the Halloween equivalent of being a Grinch? There must be one, right?

3 thoughts on “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

  1. Common Loon October 31, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    Was that Sen. Franken in the video?

  2. Shannon November 1, 2011 / 11:33 am

    OMG. I *just* got the “crossing the streams” line. I feel like an idiot.

    The “It’s true…” line is also my favorite. I remember laughing til I cried the first time I saw it.

  3. wendalicious November 1, 2011 / 11:47 am

    I often find myself saying, “Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!” Also, “Mother Pusbucket!” (in fact, I said that one just yesterday).

    Ghostbusters is my #2 all-time favorite movie. I’ve probably seen it 100+ times.

    I remember the first time I saw it – opening weekend, with my uncle and his girlfriend at the long-gone Fox movie theater on Washington Avenue near SUNY Albany. I was instantly hooked, and I’ve had a weird crush on Bill Murray ever since.

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