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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 33. Ghostbusters (1984)

September 11, 2011

33. Ghostbusters [DVD] (1984)

Plot: After witnessing a ghost in a Library, a trio of parapsychology researchers—Drs. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), Raymond ‘Ray’ Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Peter Venkman (Bill Murray)—decide to go into business as ‘Ghostbusters’, a ghost extermination company.

Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) asks the team to investigate a strange occurrence in her home. While Venkman tries to get a date with her, Egon and Ray learn that Dana’s apartment building is a conduit for otherworldly energies, designed specifically to bring about the end of the word.

They’re Here To Save The World. (tagline)

Also Starring: Rick MoranisAnnie PottsErnie HudsonWilliam Atherton 
Directed by: 
Ivan Reitman
Written by: Dan AykroydHarold Ramis
Length: 105 min
Budget: $32,000,000 
Gross Revenue: $280,549,539 (Worldwide)

Favorite Quote: Dr. Peter VenkmanHe slimed me.


Review:  I was 11 years old the first time I saw this movie. It was the first “scary” movie I’d ever seen, and scared me it did. That ghost in the library scene proved too horrifying for the little eleven-year-old Swedish me and I was plagued with nightmares for weeks.

Today I don’t find it scary, but funny and entertaining.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: The role of Peter Venkman was originally written for John Belushi.

But it is not only funny and entertaining, Ghostbusters is also educational! Here are some of the things we learn:

1. Rick Moranis is a comedy genius.
2. Sigourney Weaver can be sexy even when possessed by a demon.
3. When told not to think of anything, don’t think of anything.
4. Although it’s very common name in Sweden, Egon is a weird name in the U.S.
5. A third Ghostbusters movie without Bill Murray is a bad idea.
6. Who you are going to call.

Oscar Count: 2 Nominations. Best Effects, Visual Effects (Richard Edlund, John Bruno, Mark Vargo, Chuck Gaspar) Best Music, Original Song (Ray Parker Jr.)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 34. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

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  1. Mark permalink
    November 10, 2011 10:59

    Remaking this movie is just a bad idea in general. ’80s movies should be left the hell alone. Let them remain classics and stop tainting them with remakes.

    Hey Hollywood, try being original. I know that being original if quite a foreign concept these days, but I believe in you.

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