10 for 30: Ghostbusters

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Sitting there, watching Ghostbusters for the umpteenth time, I had to remind myself that this film was 30 years old. Sure the CG is a dated and in parts frankly, looks terrible But who cares, when you’ve got the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis on your screen?

Trying, and failing, to pinpoint the first time I saw Ghostbusters in its entirety and drawing a blank. I have vague memories of parts of the film; the opening scene in the library and actually being pretty damn terrified of that first ghost, Slimer, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the noise of the hell hounds growling. I really wish I could remember that first time I saw Ghostbusters.


Venkman, Stantz and Spengler. Honestly, where on Earth did these names come from?

30 years on and the jokes are still as funny as they were in 1984. The comic timing is just so perfect. The only thing that dates this film is the CG. ONLY THING. Ghostbusters has that perfect balance of comedy, horror and action that so many films try to mimmick these days but they just won’t. Maybe Shaun of the Dead was close.) There is no way the feeling of Ghostbusters will ever be able to be recreated. There’s just something magical about it.

Previous 10 for 30 films

  1. Beverly Hills Cop
  2. Broadway Danny Rose
  3. The Terminator


  1. I actually don’t recall EVER watching Ghostbusters in its entirety. I remember bits and pieces from when I was younger, but I don’t think I’ve sat down for a proper and complete viewing of this movie yet (can you believe that?).

    As for Shaun of the Dead, I love that movie! Definitely a nice combination of quirky and funny, while still being intelligent.

    • You definitely need to sit down and watch Ghostbusters, from beginning to end, in its entirety. You won’t regret it. Timeless!

  2. Great to hear your love for Ghostbusters Jaina – it’s one of my favourites too! I’m looking forward to checking out the new blu-ray!

  3. I first saw it in the Hippodrome in Wrexham with my Dad and my best friend. I also remember being terrified of the ghost in the library at the beginning; of course it actually looks like plasticine but to the overactive imagination of an 8-year old it was very scary! I also remember that there was a big dried bogey on the cinema seat I was sat on. Perhaps it had been pre-slimed to add more atmosphere!

    • Haha, a pre-cursor to 4D cinemas, eh? Pre-slimed seats!

      Our imaginations as children are so wonderfully active and we’re not “tainted” by our exposure to everything we are as adults. Sad we can’t go back to that state!

      I do remember that opening the fridge became a sort of event for me. A “quick find what i need, close your eyes, grab it” sort of event!

  4. That’s a sign of a great & entertaining movie when the only thing dated is the CGI. I always remember the catchy song too every time I even hear the word Ghostbusters!

  5. Another iconic movie from an iconic year in film! Still an entertaining movie. I agree the SFX are somewhat dated(the big dog comes to mind). Marshmallow man scene still rocks though!

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