Holy Retro Flashback, Batman! There are few movies I’d re-watch five years from now; even fewer that I’d re-watch ten years from now. The list of movies I’d watch again twenty-eight years after they were made number roughly the same as brain cells left rattling around in Courtney Love’s noggin. Ghostbusters does the “Possimpible” (How I Met Your Mother– describing where the possible and the impossible meet) and manages to be just as awesome, if not more so, as the day it came out in theaters.
Ghostbusters follows a disgraced, and dismissed, trio of parapsychology professors who set up shop in New York City as its first, and only, supernatural spook squad. In the course of their work they stumble upon The Gatekeeper, The Keymaster, and an inter-dimensional portal that spells inevitable death, destruction and doom for Ye Olde Planet Earth unless the Ghostbusters can find a way to defeat what has to be the most delicious villain of all time.
Ghostbusters is, hands down, one of the best comedy/horror spoofs ever made. Filled with wisecracks, puns and deadpans galore, this movie hits the ground running and doesn’t stop. Though the special effects have transitioned throughout the years from groundbreaking, to decent, to charmingly retro, the quality of the film shines through and keeps it in the mix as a must-have movie for SciFi nerds both young and old. If this film were a middle-school dance, I would dry hump the shit out of it then let it get to second base. I’m classy like that.
Ghostbusters’ tongue-in-cheek satire serves as the gold standard by which even movies made today should aspire toward. The combination of Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis,and Bill Murray (honorable mention to Ernie Hudson) is comedic nuclear fusion; together they explode, leaving audiences gasping for air due to an overabundance of maniacal laughter (that one may just be me). The clever script and stellar acting help both major leads and minor characters sizzle non-stop on screen. The film is superbly casted, directed, produced, and the final showdown is nothing short of genius. Ghostbusters’ legacy to us is one of the most baddass and eminently recognizable theme songs/catchphrases of all time. I leave you with but one question… WHO YOU GONNA CALL?!?
Ghostbusters will make you shit excellence and puke sheer awesomeness by osmosis alone. Watch it. Right now. I’ll go make the s’mores.
Take a Drink: every time Louis gets locked out of his apartment.
Take a Drink: whenever you see someone smoking.
Do a Shot: if you can catch the special effects gaffe during the final showdown. Hint: it’s earthquake related.
Take a Drink: anytime there’s a reference to The Keymaster, The Gatekeeper, Gozer, or Zhuul (pace yourself).
Take a Drink: whenever proton packs or “crossing streams” are mentioned.
Shotgun a Beer: anytime someone gets violated by home furniture.