Who Ya Gonna Call? 4


“Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?”

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.)

The movie?

Ghostbusters.

Little did I know that three years later, Guitar Hero (the reason for the morning sickness) would became absolutely obsessed with the movie. (I’ve often wondered if he could ‘hear’ it in the womb.)

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?


4 thoughts on “Who Ya Gonna Call?

  • Wylie Kinson

    Not answering the question about which old movie I want/don’t want resurrected ’cause I haven’t had morning coffee yet — in other words, my brain isn’t on ๐Ÿ˜‰
    but DID want to say… I loved GB way back when and you planted the seed that perhaps I should rent it for my kids. I’m sure they’d love the StayPuff Marshmallow dud at the end ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Amy Ruttan

    AIM FOR THE FLAT TOP!!

    Oh I love GB! I think if they had of done the third one in the late 1990’s it would have been good.

    They were fiddling with the idea of having Chris Farley come in as an apprentice, but he died before they were able to get into production.

    My little brother had everything. Heck we still have the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man.

    And since I was the tender age of, six, I can say that Bill Murray was my first ever crush. ๐Ÿ™‚

    “GET HER!”

  • Leah Braemel

    Wylie – yeah, I started humming the song afterwards and thinking we should watch it again.

    Amy – OMG, yes, GET HER! I loved that line.

    Don’t cross the streams, y’all. Which takes on a whole ‘nothing meaning for those of us with slightly dirty minds.

  • Marley Delarose, Author

    You know I think those seeds to transfer. I made Navy Guy watch Top Gun about 25 times when he was growing up and he actually went into the Navy and started flight school, now a very successful lieutenant over a squadron of helicopters.

    I think part of what made Ghostbusters and Poltergeist (eeeww), and Gremlins so good back then was that we had to use our imagination more because cinematography wasn’t what it is now. So I can’t imagine it being as good. Probably would be just too slick and artifical.

    Hmm, I’d like to see Top Gun II – OF COURSE!

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