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Ghostbusters (1984)

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– Gozo was very big in Sumeria. – Then what’s he doing in my icebox? This was the film that brought the National Lampoon/Saturday Night Live TV crews to the international consciousness in a family-friendly format – and boy did they hit it out of the park with a scary funny paranormal comedy that found a brilliant match with the best special effects available. Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis who also star, it was directed by Ivan Reitman, who handled Bill Murray perfectly in a script that would give him his best role to date. (It had originally been dreamed up as a project with John Belushi and was totally rewritten following his death.) They’re a team of parapsychologist scientists who lose their funding at Columbia University and have to find work in the private sector – and it’s not easy out there. An imperious cellist called Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) opens her refrigerator and is faced with demons – happens me all the time. She becomes the gatekeeper for a god of destruction and the entire city is at risk but the Environmental Protection Agency and the Mayor have an issue with bad PR and get in the way of halting the haunting  … Breathtakingly witty, inventive and the casting of everyone, from Rick Moranis to Annie Potts, William Atherton to Jennifer Runyon, is spot on. This of course spawned massive merchandising opportunities and the team was put under pressure to do a sequel which they resisted for five years and in the early teens a third was in progress when Harold Ramis died. And we all know what happened next … This, however, is marvellous!

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An occasional movie-watching diary.

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