With Paul Rubens as Gozer.
June 9, 2014 1:46 PM   Subscribe

Belushi as Venckman, Bill Murray handing out cash to homeless folks, and a bus full of schoolkids yelling "Dickless!" at William Atherton: on the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, here's an informative infographic full of movie trivia.
posted by gottabefunky (26 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I always thought the bad guy's name was Dozer.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 2:03 PM on June 9, 2014

"What did you do, Ray?!"
posted by arcticseal at 2:12 PM on June 9, 2014 [3 favorites]

Any one else's Lego Ecto-1 missing parts from their kit? I had to raid my 4 year old's collection, all the while refusing to look at him or my own reflection in the mirror lest I realize I'd turned into the dad from The Lego Movie.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:14 PM on June 9, 2014 [2 favorites]

"Actor Peter MacNicol spent a lot of time in his trailer creating Dr. Janosz Poha's origin story, unique accent, and mythology for Carpathia."
posted by Earthtopus at 2:40 PM on June 9, 2014 [2 favorites]

Mrs. Bastard and I just went to a baseball game featuring the Saint Paul Saints (partly owned by Bill Murray) this past Saturday and there we learned that there is a Twin Cities-based Ghostbusters club (who were at the game in honor of the 30th anniversary of the film). They were fully kitted up with cars, plasma blasters, and all the cool gear. They reminded me how much I loved that film.
posted by BigLankyBastard at 2:43 PM on June 9, 2014 [2 favorites]

It's fascinating to watch those movies fresh - I just did a couple months ago - and realize how just about everything that goes wrong in both movies is because Venkman is a big loud idiot who takes all the credit for Egon and Ray's work. Especially considering that the movie was written as a labor of love by Ramis and Aykroyd, with Murray being at least a fourth choice for the role.
posted by kafziel at 2:47 PM on June 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

Wow, imagine how different a movie it would have been with Belushi, Murphy and Candy in those roles.
posted by me3dia at 2:57 PM on June 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

Oh, I think there are ghostbusters clubs all over the place! There is usually a contingent walking down Main Street during the Twilight Parade here in town. Big hit with the kids.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 2:59 PM on June 9, 2014

Ghostbuster clubs are pretty cool. Living in Halloween City, USA (Salem, MA), we usually end up with two or three Ectos-1 tooling around the city, Ray Parker Jr blaring away. When different group meet, they pretty much all get along and fall into character with each other, which is a stark contrast to how 'actual' ghost hunting clubs respond to encountering each other on 'their' turf (and everyone considers Salem their turf)- with petty airing of grievances and finger pointing.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 3:01 PM on June 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

robocop is bleeding: "Lego Ecto-1"

Why oh why does Metafilter make me lust after so many things....
posted by Big_B at 3:01 PM on June 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

We just gave my 13 year old son the LEGO Ecto-1 for his birthday today. If he'd just been born a day earlier, he could've shared a birthday with the movie, rather than Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman...
posted by Lucinda at 3:58 PM on June 9, 2014

Ghostbusters II gets a raw deal, in my opinion. But it was the first Ghostbusters movie I saw and actually enjoyed. Since I was 3 years old when the first came out, instead of finding it funny it actually scared me to death. The Slimer scene in particular I remember would cause me to go into uncontrollable screaming crying hysterics, my mom still jokes about it.

Also, "On Our Own" is objectively a superior song to "Ghostbusters", and 100% less Huey Lewis plagiarizing.
posted by mediocre at 4:01 PM on June 9, 2014

And now I'm trying to find out if there are any Ghostbusters Clubs in New England. Please hope me?
posted by pxe2000 at 5:11 PM on June 9, 2014

...finding an NYC Ghostbusters club is proving surprisingly difficult.
posted by griphus at 5:20 PM on June 9, 2014

Paul Rubens would have been freaking great as Gozer.
posted by smoothvirus at 6:25 PM on June 9, 2014 [2 favorites]

potsmokinghippieoverlord: "Here are our local Ghostbusters!"

I need to enable Java to look at their site? Are they trying to make me think that my computer is haunted?
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:32 PM on June 9, 2014

I loved the original Ghostbusters and can quote large sections of it (child of the 80s) but I'm not sure I've ever seen Ghostbusters II. Perhaps I will remedy that.
posted by immlass at 8:33 PM on June 9, 2014

> Paul Rubens would have been freaking great as Gozer.

Hopefully with a comically-prolonged death scene which is his other, or maybe other-other, stock-in-trade.
posted by Sunburnt at 8:34 PM on June 9, 2014

Venkman is a big loud idiot who takes all the credit for Egon and Ray's work

I watched it fresh on a long flight recently. It's _VERY_ open to reinterpretation. One of my most random thoughts is that Ghostbusters has a very pro-Reagan anti-big-government, anti-high-culture thread running through it. Although part of that may be that every Bill Murray picture of the period is slobs vs. uptights. But just look at everyone Venkman clashes with: stuffy academic dean, officious hotel manager, agent of the EPA.... Even the people he eventually charms (Dana and the mayor) are the prissiest of prissy prisses at first.
posted by aureliobuendia at 9:45 PM on June 9, 2014

Well, it's made perfectly clear that the only reason they got kicked out of the university was Venkman's big mouth. And the EPA agent was being perfectly reasonable and could have been given a tour, shown the safety precautions, and sent on his way with no further incident, except for Venkman being an ass.
posted by kafziel at 10:04 PM on June 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

I love this movie, but it did foster an irrational distrust of the EPA for years in my ten-year-old self.
posted by sevensixfive at 10:15 PM on June 9, 2014

To this day, I've never understood the ghost-plowchops scene. The ghosts are "bad" or at least being captured... I mean, what's the ghosts motivation in this scene? Although, looking now, I see that it's supposed to be a dream...?
posted by blueberry at 11:54 PM on June 9, 2014

Also little-known trivia: I could have hocked a loogie onto Bill Murray while he and Dan Aykroyd filmed a scene below the window of my French class at Columbia.
posted by underthehat at 5:49 AM on June 10, 2014

immlass: "I'm not sure I've ever seen Ghostbusters II. Perhaps I will remedy that."

posted by Chrysostom at 7:08 AM on June 10, 2014 [2 favorites]

Yeah, just to be clear, the answer is never, ever "Ghostbusters 2".
posted by Elementary Penguin at 4:05 PM on June 10, 2014

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