Looking Back…Ghostbusters (1984)

The time has come for judgement day. Many have been bracing for this moment for a good couple of years. Ever since the announcement of an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, the obsessed media have been torn asunder like the gates of hell during the rise of Gozer. The split caused a tirade of shite to pop up on the interwebs. Many people were appalled by the whole womanly aspect of these new Ghostbusters whilst others had genuine concern that it was propagating the reboot heavy landscape of Hollywood. Between the good, the bad, and the downright despicable, there has been a lot to ruminate on and today, we can finally rest in ease: The reports have been good.

But what inspired the arguments? Why were people wetting themselves to disparage Paul Feig’s latest outing? Well, it’s because of the all-encompassing love for this film: The original 1984 film Ghostbusters. Yes, people just couldn’t shake the superb, rambunctious, and fun-addled eighties classic out of their minds and any
But why is the original Ghostbusters so brilliant?

Starring the late Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson, Ghostbusters revolves around a team of paranormal investigators who discover who to ensnare and entrap spectres. After they are kicked out by their University, they are inspired to start the titular business to rid New York City of any spooks that ordinary folk may have. However, their adventures with the dead become more catastrophic when the gates of hell literally open in Sigourney Weaver’s fridge and the Ghostbusters must prevent the demons from taking over the world.

From the screeching alarms to the trapped ghost logo, there is not one part of Ghostbusters that isn’t iconic. Generations of families have been entertained by this brilliant film and heaps more are bound to enjoy the original film as waves of parents teach their children a lesson or two in great cinema. If you ask any adult, they’d bring up the fantastic ultra-violent? film and all the greatness within it.

Thanks to the writing of Ramis, Aykroyd, and Peter Torokvei, Ghostbusters is an ECTO-1 kit broiling with wit, humour, adventure, and spooks. Helped by the team of actors at the core of it, this charming escapade into supernatural hijinks is overcome with otherworldly joy and fantastic chemistry between the core team. With Bill Murray’s stoic flippant moments that underlie two nerdy conversations between Aykroyd and Ramis, both of whom are energetic believers, Ghostbusters is rife with hilarious moments and tender bromantic scenes too. The kinetic drive of the Ghostbusters and their mysterious investigations allow the comedy to come like a stream of ectoplasm on your face.

The biggest draw of Ghostbusters, beyond the fantastic special effects of the ghouls and the weapons that they mastered, is the heart. You can be funny and witty as much as you’d like but the friendship between the four men and their interest in human (and un-human) activities is what gives this family friendly adventure an extra kick. There is no denying that this film is superb.

Look, what else can I say? Ghostbusters is something terrific that spiked eighties wonderful. The high-spirited, funny, and I must stress, wholly original adventure will forever be in our hearts until we ourselves become ghosts and will need to be busted.

And, heck, if we can make a little room for the reboot then we’ll be happy people!


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Highlander 30th Anniversary Edition – Review

Thirty years ago was a different time. Shoulder pads were large, hair was larger, and all our favourite family film adventures were made. Music was electronic pop and neon rampaged in fashion whilst television greatness was also crafted and created. There was a bunch of brilliance, a whole heap of rubbish, and actual original movies that fragrant ourtheatres before the rise of online, downloads, and piracy.

Oh, and there were immortals romping around.

Ok. Maybe not in real life but certainly across cinemas everywhere in the cult classic Highlander. Now fast forward to our era and the movie is getting another release to celebrate thirty years of head-chopping action.

Does it stand the test of time? Well…

Starring, Sean Connery, Christopher Lambert, Clancy Brown, and featuring music by Queen, Highlander tells the saga of a group of people called Immortals, who cannot be killed except for beheading by another Immortal, whereupon the victor absorbs the loser’s strength. This sets all the immortals against each other as they try to be the “only one” who has the most power and rules the world.  In 1985, the remaining Immortals gather in New York City for the final battle with the sole survivor claiming “The Prize.”


Thirty years is a very long time. Heck, I’m not even thirty. All those years gone by can certainly downgrade the best of movies and the same can be said for Highlander. Now, a lot of movies do stand the test of time due to wet-eyed nostalgia or the fact they are beyond masterpieces. But Highlander struggles to find a footing in this modern setting and its appeal relies in the ridiculousness. The likes of Lambert, Connery, and Brown literally frolicking over New York and the rolling hills of Scotland is silly and fantastical, brooding and brilliant. Watching the immortals try to dispose their heads from necks is beyond stupid and, therefore, makes it appealing. Imagine all those childish games you played when you were young and how ludicrous they would be now and you have a sense of the kind of adventure you are expecting here.

The reason it is dated is because there is a backdrop of misogyny and garish uncouth jokes. The film revolves around several men trying to secure dominance and therefore, everything they say must be revolting or cheesy. The dialogue is atrocious and forced, feeling wooden in the tongues of actors who – lets be fair – aren’t seasoned thespians. And then they, of course, have to sleep around and treat women horrendously. It’s just… no one talks like this anymore and the horrendous insults they throw at one another could be found in a teenage boy’s diary….from the eighties. It sticks out, it’s garish, and completely dulls what would be a prancing good time, best left in the era that it came from.


So immortal Highlander isn’t but it’s a riotous good time. If you can put the issues aside then you can immerse yourselves into a whole world of sword-flinging hoopla. Or, you can watch it purely for the intensely brilliant soundtrack composed entirely by Queen. Who Wants to Live Forever is one of the greatest songs of all time. There. That’s what Highlander birthed and the soundtrack is truly what lasts the test of time…

Thirty years to be more precise…


HIGHLANDER IS OUT ON DVD AND BLU-RAY NOW! 

Sasquatch – Brand New Trailer!

Do you believe in Big Foot?

The furry man-beast has stalked the wooded areas of America for a long time and one blurry photograph has set “believers” on hunts for decades since it was taken. The idea that an amalgamation of a human and gorilla preys on the weak and destroys them in a few chomps. Chomp. Chomp. Chomp.

Anyway, there have been a few horrors that have dealt with the phenomenon and now a British independent horror has decided to tackle the creature in the aptly named Sasquatch….only with a twist.

The film revolves around Will and Harvey who trick a small lake town that the creature is real, armed with a cheap costume and a sick sense of humour. However, their act is so good because the locals believe them and chase the pair down. Welp.

This funny coming of age story looks to be something entirely fantastic with a hilarious twist on the lore!


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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Convention at BFI Southbank this Halloween

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the biggest cult movie of all time. Whilst never fully appreciated when it first came out, generations and legions of fans since have swarmed around the tale of decadence and being who you are. Yearly, the movie comes back to cinemas to showcase its brilliance.

And now the BFI have announced a whole weekend of debauchery as they’ll do the Time Warp this October at it’s very first The Rocky Horror Picture Show convention.

The film will be a double bill of the aforementioned show and its sequel Shock Treatment. The performances will also have shadow actors developing the tale on the stage too. As well as this there will be Q&As, moments with the cast, lots of special events across the BFI and more! Kicking off on the 29th of October, find out more about the special season at the BFI!

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Ghostbusters – Brand New Clips!

Look. Look at this photo. Look at their faces:

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How could you deny those girls these heroes?

For whatever reason, this reboot has happened and we have to deal with it. I’ve genuinely been excited for the film as I love the ladies at the core of it and, happily, the film is now out in cinemas! Here are the brand new clips of it!

For those who have absolutely no idea what Ghostbusters is (of which, I’ll assume that you are a ghost and you need to be busted,) the film revolves around four women who become the titular spectre fighters and try to save New York! Starring Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Leslie Jones, this homage to the original series could be the funniest film of the year!

Look, this may not be as good or as innovative as the original but the collection of ladies on the big screen have already titillated initial audiences and critics alike. It’s going to be fun and that’s all you need this summer!

 


GHOSTBUSTERS IS OUT NOW! 

Looking Back…Ghostbusters 2 (1989)

Ghostbusters is probably the only word you’ve heard for the last few months; today sees the release of Paul Fieg’s reboot of the classic film, with Kirsten Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones taking up the mantle. Some people aren’t happy about that. Like, really aren’t happy about that. But let’s not open that can of worms, let’s take a trip back to 1989 and review Ghostbusters 2, the sequel to the hit original that wasn’t as well received. As a film fan, there are certain films that you’re conditioned to hate; when you’re starting out, there are so many films that have these reputations and you go along with it because you think it’s right (The Godfather Part III is a good example of that), and Ghostbusters 2 definitely falls into the category. History would have you think it’s an absolute abomination, but truthfully, it’s not.

It’s just very weak.

Ghostbusters 2 picks up five years after the original film, and the team is disbanded, and are no longer allowed to conduct their paranormal studies. Venkman is a TV host, Spengler works at a university, and Stantz and Zeddemore have turned the Ghostbusters into children’s entertainers, albeit failing ones. Everything changes however when a mysterious substance appears in the sewers, feeding off the negative emotions of New York, while an ancient being trapped inside a painting looks for an infant whom it may host. Before long, the Ghostbusters are back in business.

There is a lot to like about this film; it’s definitely fun, and quite funny too, and that’s largely down to the cast. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson still have perfect chemistry that absolutely elevates the film and makes it engaging. Sigourney Weaver is great too, as is Annie Potts in an extended role, and of course Rick Moranis as loveable loser Louis Tully. Their romantic subplot is pretty well handled, as is the one between Dana and Venkman. Things turned sour after the first film, and the chemistry between Murray and Weaver conveys it perfectly. It’s a very enjoyable watch, and hardly a chore to sit through.

That being said, the film seriously lacks the charm of the first one; it’s funny, but it’s not as funny. It’s fun, but it’s not as fun, and that’s due to how ridiculous this film becomes. Maybe it’s unfair to criticise a film like this for being stupid, especially since the first one is hardly grounded, but the first one had a sense of wonder to it. It was entertaining because the dosage was perfect. This time around, all of the ghostly activity in the city just feels a little bit overkill, and it gets far too ridiculous.

If there’s any part of the film that’s hard to watch, it’s the gang walking through New York in the Statue of Liberty to Higher and Higher. It’s downright cringe-worthy, as is the ending of the film with the painting of the four guys. But the film’s biggest problem is it’s villain; Vigo is so freaking boring. Fair enough, Zuul isn’t exactly a complex, fleshed out villain but at the very least he was interesting. Vigo is just some ugly guy in a painting who wants to be a baby. What’s even worse than Vigo is the annoying little German guy (who’s in love with Dana) that he possesses. His presence in the film is Jar Jar Binks level irritating, and he’s just unbearable.

But saying all that, this definitely isn’t one of the worst sequels ever made. Hell, it’s not even that bad; it suffers from a lot flaws, and on the whole is rather disappointing, but as it stands, it’s a very enjoyable watch.

Now, the real question is…Will the new Ghostbusters be better than this?


GHOSTBUSTERS IS OUT IN CINEMAS NOW!