|This article is about the 1984 movie. You may be looking for the 2016 film with the same name.|
Ghostbusters is a 1984 comedy horror film with an ensemble cast including Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, the late Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver. The film was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film was directed by Ivan Reitman who would also direct the sequel Ghostbusters II.
After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction.
Why It Rocks
- Creative idea about ghost exterminators.
- Our main characters have superb chemistry (such as Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore).
- Memorable theme song.
- Spectacular special effects.
- A lot of amusing dialogue.
- The ghost designs are awesome, especially on Slimer.
- The scene where the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man goes berserk in the third act was exciting and his fate was interesting.
- The Ecto-1 car is another great iconic '80s movie car along with the DeLorean from Back to the Future, which was released the following year in 1985.
- Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Slimer are very entertaining and likable villains.
- The poster is one of the most iconic in film history.
- There is an underrated deleted scene where a ghost gives a blowjob to Ray.
The Only Bad Quality
- The CGI may not have aged well by today's standards.
Ghostbusters received positive reviews from critics and audiences. The film currently holds a 97% "Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 8.1 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray's hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns". Roger Ebert gave the film a 3.5 out of 4 stars and stated in his review, "This movie is an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy ... rarely has a movie this expensive provided so many quotable lines". Both he and Gene Siskel gave the film a thumbs up.
Ghostbusters grossed $13.6 on its opening weekend and would overall gross $295,212,467 worldwide.
- Peter Venkman, Stay Puft and Slimer are playable characters in LEGO Dimensions.
- It was released the same day as Gremlins (1984) was released.