DIRECTOR: Ivan Reitman
May Contain Spoilers!
Back in 1984, I was just six years old when the phenomenon that was Ghostbusters hit. It was far from supernatural though its record-breaking box office did hint at a deal or two having been made with the Devil or possible Gozer herself! But 28 years later, Ghostbusters still has it.
It’s sharp, witty, cine-literate and knowing as it looks at a subject normally reserved for the horror genre and whist still tapping into these roots, manages to both shock, scare and make you laugh in equal measure. The comedy is great, whilst still owing a lot to the decade in which it was made, but the scares are equally so.
And in all fairness, even though the film is almost thirty years old, the effects still hold up really well, and who doesn’t want a proton pack! The ideas are fun and the execution is enjoyable but its all boils down to the ingenious characters devised by the film’s stars, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis who penned the screenplay and the brilliant portrayal of Peter Venkman by Bill Murray. But this is one of the best examples of screen chemistry as it is the relationship between our three original Ghostbusters which drives the plot and lends plausibility to the ludicrous!
All in all, this is a classic that is clearly as timeless as the ghosts themselves and something that gave me great pleasure to watch with my kids, a film which I myself, had seen and loved as a child. They don’t make ’em like they used to.