Nov. 17, 2021

#43 - "Ghostbusters" (1984) with Laramy Wells

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When this 80’s flick first hit the big screen, movie-goers were jump-scared by a ghostly librarian roaming the quiet aisles of a public library, a multi-story marshmallow man towering over the streets of New York, and slime, lots and lots of slime.

Fortunately, four wisecracking misfits were just a phone call away, ready to take down these paranormal pests with their proton packs and ghost traps, but behind the scenes, it took much more than a simple phone call to bring the poltergeist-ridden picture to life. So take a ride in Ecto-1, power up your proton packs, and whatever you do, don’t cross the streams, as Tim Williams and guest co-host, Laramy Wells, discuss “Ghostbusters” from 1984 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • Harvey Comics, creator of Casper, sued the producers, claiming the ghost in the logo was too close to the Casper character "Fatso". The court ruled against them, stating there were only so many ways to draw a ghost.
  • Sigourney Weaver recalled: "I once had a fire in my apartment [after the movie], and the firemen came to put it out. One of them opened up my refrigerator and said, 'Whoa, you better call the Ghostbusters.'"
  • In the middle of the film's initial release, to keep interest going, Ivan Reitman ran a trailer that was basically the commercial the Ghostbusters used in the movie, but the 555 number was replaced with a 1-800 number, allowing people to actually call in. Callers got a recorded message of Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd saying something to the effect of "Hi. We're out catching ghosts right now." They got 1,000 calls per hour, 24 hours a day, for several weeks.


Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes

Netflix presents “The Movies That Made Us”

“Ghostbusters” Blu-Ray Commentary

Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver

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