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Ghostbusters (1984) Film Review


The actors and cast.

Dan AykroydRay Stantz

Bill Murray

Peter Venkman

Sigourney Weaver

Dana Barrett

Rick Moranis

Louis Tully

Harold Ramis

Egon Spengler

Annie Potts

Janine Melnitz


About the film

  • Director: Ivan Reitman
  • Producer: Ivan Reitman
  • Running time: 105 minutes
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Comedy
  • Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
  • Budget: $30,000

About the film

Egon, Peter and Ray are all scientists at a University in Columbia that investigate the paranormal. But following their dismissal from the university after seeing a ghost, they set up their own team of 'Ghostbusters.' They create their own ghost busting equipment to eliminate ghosts. But the trouble is, business is initially slow.

Dana, played by Sigourney Weaver, calls the Ghostbusters when she encounters a ghost in fridge of all places lol. The creature which spurts forth from her fridge says the word 'zuul.' As the team try to rid the city of ghosts, they come across a portal to another dimension which releases evil in New York. It is now up to the Ghostbusting team to try and get rid of the evil in the city.

Rick Moranis plays Louis, Dana's geeky but lovable neighbour. Apparently, they both live in a building which acts as a portal to the next world. So you can understand that the ghostbusters have a lot on their hands with this place. Although their ghostbusting business booms, they may have a lot on their hands! It's funny watching Dana get possessed by Zuul. Ironically, even when she's possessed she looks stunning.


My Thoughts

I think over the years this film has remained as one of those classics that people enjoy watching every once in a while. The scene with the giant marshmallow man is certainly a classic scene! I'm not sure if the film was actually intended to be a comedy, but it is certainly put into that category now. The storyline seems ridiculous really. But it's so well made and the special effects are really quite amazing considering this was made in the first half of the 80's.

Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis are the writers of this film, so you know you're onto a good thing when these 2 are involved. I think this really captured the imaginations of people around the world as they set to rid the world of ghosts with their proton guns. It's funny stuff, and it made me laugh. I mean really, you wouldn't think a 100 foot marshmallow man would terrorize the neighbourhood, would you? It really is classic stuff. I've always found Billy Murray to have a dry sense of humour and he proves himself right in this film. Personally, I don't think that many films age as well as this one has done. There's plenty of brilliant classic films out there, I know. But this is one of my favourites as it still makes me laugh today.

Ghostbusters Official Trailer

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Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on March 29, 2021:

Great roundup! I loved Ghostbusters as a kid, and the theme song is probably in my top 50 of all time songs.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 27, 2021:

I’ve never watched this film, even though I knew it was popular. Thanks for sharing the facts and the plot description.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 27, 2021:

I would agree that this is a classic. I was just surprised at how long ago it was made.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on March 27, 2021:

One of my all time favorite movies

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 27, 2021:

I loved this movie when I first saw it as it is just a fun movie. This is a good review, Louise. Thanks for this review of all the information pertaining to the film.

Iqra from East County on March 27, 2021:

very interesting story

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