Ghostbusters (1984) Movie Review

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Ghostbusters (1984)

1984 | PG | Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
105 minutes / 1h 45min

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Ghostbusters Plot Synopsis:

Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler work at Columbia University. where they delve into the paranormal and fiddle with many unethical experiments on their students. As they are kicked out of the University, they really understand the paranormal and go into business for themselves. Under the new snazzy business name of 'Ghostbusters', and living in the old firehouse building they work out of, they are called to rid New York City of paranormal phenomenon at everyone's whim. - for a price. They make national press as the media reports the Ghostbusters are the cause of it all. Thrown in jail by the EPA, the mayor takes a chance and calls on them to help save the city. Unbeknownst to all, a long dead Gozer worshiper (Evo Shandor) erected a downtown apartment building which is the cause of all the paranormal activity. They find out the building could resurrect the ancient Hittite god, Gozer, and bring an end to all of humanity. Who are you gonna call to stop this terrible world-ending menace?

Ghostbusters (1984) Review

Ghostbusters (1984) is a 1h 45-min American supernatural adventure-comedy film that contains fantasy and grossed over $295 million at the box office with an estimated budget of $30 million. Director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters II (1989), Up in the Air (2009), No Strings Attached (2011)) did a phenomenal job bringing us Ghostbusters with writers Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers (1980), Ghostbusters II (1989), Trading Places (1983)) started the film as a project for him and John Belushi with a story of the Ghostmashers traveling through space and time with magic wands in the future. Dan and Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day (1993), Analyze This (1999), Ghostbusters II (1989)) rewrote the script after John Belushi passed away.

Ghostbusters revolves around three unemployed New York City eccentric parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) who starts a ghost-catching business. The trio believes that something paranormal is occurring in NYC and is determined to stop it at any cost. Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray - Groundhog Day (1993), Lost in Translation (2003), Ghostbusters II (1989)) and his friends became unemployed after a failed ghost encounter at a library. They planned on capturing and storing the ghost/poltergeist.

The team rents an abandoned firehouse, made high tech paranormal activity detection devices and also made a few unstable weaponry that will help them to detect and capture the various ghost. They quickly depleted their bank account and everyone not believing in them does not help their business to flourish. Things took a quick turn around after a haunted hotel calls them and they catch their first ghost resulting in NYC respecting them. The trio needed more assistance and hired Winston Zeddmore (Ernie Hudson - Oz (1997-2003), The Crow (1994), Ghostbusters II (1989)), to help them out.

The group discovers that their equipment is starting to fill up and needs new equipment but have no time because they have a new assignment. Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver - Aliens (1986), Avatar (2009), Alien (1979), Alien 3 (1992)) to investigate a demon living in her refrigerator. The devil’s name is Zuul/The Gatekeeper, and he is waiting for the arrival of Gozer the Gozerian who is a Sumerian god of destruction and only wishes to conquer the world. The movie progresses with Peter falling for Dana and accountant Louis Tully (Rick Moranis - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), Spaceballs (1987)) who has a love interest in Dana becoming possessed by Vinz Clortho/The Keymaster.

Ghostbusters was such a major hit upon its release that it spawned an animated series, a sequel (about five years later), comic books, and video games. Watching the movie again brought back a lot of memories of how witty the script is although it was beautiful seeing the team again trying to save the world from malevolent spirits. Ghostbusters was and still is a highly rated entertainment film that was/is an incredible masterpiece that represented Hollywood special effects upon its release. Some of the special effects were corny not that I saw the movie again, but it was not corny back in the 1980s. There is tiny little jump scares that might not have any effect on hardcore horror fans but will do a little something to those who do not expect it. The comedy, special effects, and action were nicely blended. The three lead actors did not have so much chemistry together but works somehow giving us an entertaining ghost hunting adventure that became a family classic.

  • Ghostbusters Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.78
  • IMDB: 7.8
  • MetaCritic: 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.7

About Ghostbusters 1984

Title: Ghostbusters
Year: 1984
Runtime: 105 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.89/5 stars from 313,286 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 313,286
MPAA Rating: PG
Ghostbusters Cast Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Adrienne King, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Larry King, Michael Ensign, Harold Ramis, Willow Hale, William Atherton, Billy Bryan, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, John Rothman, Murray Bandel, Kathryn Janssen, Casey Kasem, Steven Tash, Ivan Reitman, Slavitza Jovan, Reginald VelJohnson, John Ring, Ric Mancini, Frank Patton, Paddi Edwards, David Margulies, Patty Dworkin, Jon Hayden, Patty Freedman, Alice Drummond
Ghostbusters Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
Ghostbusters Director: Ivan Reitman
Production: Columbia Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA