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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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