Way back in July 1984, I was abysmally ill thanks to morning sickness. So Gizmo Guy decided we should do something to get my mind off it and took me to a movie. And it worked. I laughed so hard I forgot to be nauseous at the overpowering scent of movie-theatre popcorn. (Heck EVERYTHING made me nauseous back then.)
And when I say obsessed, I mean GH was REALLY obsessed. For at least 18 months, he refused to answer to his real name, insisting to strangers everywhere that his name was EGON. He’d throw traps and zap ghosts and take readings. He wouldn’t go anywhere without his … whatchamacallit reader. He had the movies completely memorized. And over time, certain of the lines have been accepted into the regular vernacular. I actually used a line from it the other day when I wanted a character to swear, but not too badly. I had them use the term “Mother Pus Bucket” something Bill Murray says when they first get slimed. And who can forget the line, “When someone asks if you’re a God, you say, YES!” or “This chick is TOAST.”
(The pictures show my attempts at placating him because they hadn’t YET come out with the toys. But once they did, whoa boy, we had everything to do with Ghostbusters. He had the hearse, the trap, all the action figures, slimers galore, the proton packs. If they made it and it had a Ghostbusters logo on it, Guitar Hero had to have it. In fact, I think we still have some of the toys around.)
Did you know Arsenio Hall did the voice of Winston Zeddemore the first year of the cartoon? He won the audition over Ernie Hudson, the REAL Winston of the movies. Or did you realize that the script was originally written to star John Belushi, John Candy and Eddy Murphy?
Well, according to this article, Columbia is planning on producing a third movie. My first reaction was “Has anyone looked at these guys? They’re getting a little paunchy and old for those roles.” My second reaction was “They’re going to destroy what was a good thing. They should just leave well enough alone.”
But if you read the article carefully, they say they’re going to be doing the movie as a CGI project. Hmm. Not sure what I think about that.
So what do you think? Do you think movies that were hits 20+ years ago should be left in their glory? Or should they be resurrected? Is there a movie you’d like to see redone or brought back? Or is there one you really liked they did a sequel to that just made you cringe?