It was 1984 and “Ghostbusters” was in theaters. At sixteen I had never been to a movie theater and was overwhelmed by a bigger-than-life experience. Until then everything I had seen was from network television.
Just standing in line at the ticket counter felt good. This country boy was going to see a real movie, on a real big screen, eating real movie-style popcorn soaked with real artificial butter.
The room looked bigger than the town I grew up in. I enjoyed the previews, the smells, even the exit signs. After the previews ended, the lights turned down even more and it felt like a new world enveloped me. I could hardly stay seated for the anticipation.
I literally swam in the “Ghostbusters” story. Like most movies it introduced the main characters through some conversations. Then a green, blobbish ghost was ransacking a university library basement, sliming files and people with, you guessed it, artificial butter. Not really, the slime was green like the ghost so my guess is it was pistachio pudding.
The “Ghostbusters” Story
In “Ghostbusters” three professors, Drs. Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler are fired from their university jobs where they study paranormal activity. In order to continue their research they hire out their services of capturing pesky ghosts. Their tools are all techie gadgets they invented themselves: backpacks hooked to guns to subdue ghosts, a trap to hold them temporarily, and a holding tank in a rented fire hall for permanent incarceration.
Things get out of hand when a major increase in ghost encounters is tied to a prophecy. An old Babylonian goddess possesses some neighbors and takes New York City hostage. Ghosts run rampant and openly terrorize the citizens. Eventually the goddess dukes it out as a giant marshmallow man with the brave scientists. And soon there’s more slime, this time white, all over our heroes.
My favorite line in “Ghostbusters” is, “Next time, if someone asks you if we’re gods, say yes!” I’m just waiting for a chance to use that advice.
“Ghostbusters” stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd so this movie is a hilarious comedy. It also stars Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver, two talented actors who add even more laughter and depth to the storyline.
“Ghostbusters” being my first cinema experience sealed the deal for sci-fi and fantasy. I enjoy all genres of movies, but anything with special effects will draw me to a theater. It’s just not the same to wait for a DVD release. And I’ll take extra butter-flavored grease on that popcorn, please.