Monday, October 8, 2012

Movie Monday: Ghostbusters II

Okay, this may seem a bit random, especially as I usually wouldn't cover a sequel without covering the first installment. But if you've seen the last episode of Doctor Who season 7 ("The Angels Take Manhattan"), you'll know why I've been wanting to watch this for the past week or so! (And don't worry if you haven't - there are no spoilers, sweetie)


I actually have a huge soft spot for this movie. It's the first thing I ever remember seeing at the movies. I went with a friend and her parents in Toronto at the ripe old age of six, and ended up having to sit in her mum's lap and hide my face because I was so terrified. Hey, those special effects were top of the line in 1989!!!

Reasons why Ghostbusters II is awesome:
1. The theme song. I mean, come on.
2. Bill Murray. He's pretty fantastic as Peter Venkman, regardless of whether it's this or the first one.
3. The Statue of Liberty. GENIUS.

4. Dan Ackroyd. Hilarious.
5. The bad 80s hair.
6. Peter Macnicol. He. Is. BRILLIANT in this.
7. Runaway baby carriages.
8. Venkman taking the piss out of the psychic guy on his TV show about not leaving enough time between publishing his book and his predicted end of the world.
9. The dancing toaster.
10. Signourney Weaver.
11. The ghost of the Titanic arriving at the docks.
12. Spontaneously combusting photos.
13. Rick Moranis. No late 80s movie was complete without him!
14. The creepy talking painting and its ability to electrocute people.
15. The scene in the courtroom with the electric chair ghosts.
16. The hilarious TV commercial they make.
17. Slimer.
18. The scene where Venkman is taking photos of the creepy painting and acting like it's a model.
19. The river of pink slime.
20. The mink coat coming to life and running down the street (this is what tipped 6 year old me over the edge).
21. The ridiculous painting of the Ghostbusters and the baby at the end.
22. "Higher and Higher" by Jackie Wilson. It never fails to get stuck in your head.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker's God-given right!"
- "Named after a hot dog? You poor man. You poor, poor man."
- "It looks like a giant jello mould." "I hate jello." "Oh, come on. There's always room for jello."
- "I think you guys are making a big mistake. I do mostly tax law and probate stuff occasionally. I got my degree at night school." "Well, that's fine, Louis. We got arrested at night."
- "Well, better late than never."
- "It's late, I really ought to put him down." "May I?" "Yeah, if you want to." "You're short, your belly button sticks out too far, and you're a terrible burden on your poor mother!"
- "No respected psychic will come on this show. They all think you're a fraud!" "I AM a fraud."
- "You mean you never even had a Slinky??" "We had part of a Slinky. I straightened it."
- "Everything you are doing is bad. I want you to know this."
- "Ungrateful little yuppy larvae. After everything we did for this city!" "Yeah, we conjured up a hundred foot marshmallow man, blew the top three floors off an uptown high rise, and ended up getting sued by every city, county, and state agency in New York." "Yeah, but what a ride!"
- "Venkman, would you get a stool sample? "Business or pleasure?"
- "You know, I have met some dumb blondes in my life, but you take the taco, pal! Only a *Carpathian* would come back to life now and choose New York! Tasty pick, bonehead! If you had brain one in that huge melon on top of your neck, you would be living the sweet life out in Southern California's beautiful San Fernando Valley!"
- "Your Honour, ladies and gentleman of the audience, I don't think it's fair to call my clients frauds. Sure, the blackout was a big problem for everybody. I was trapped in an elevator for two hours and I had to make the whole time. But I don't blame them. Because one time, I turned into a dog and they helped me. Thank you." "Very good, Louis. Short, but pointless."
- "Okay, but after dinner, don't put any of those old cheap moves on me. It's different now." "Oh, no! I have all NEW cheap moves."
- "Have you been outside lately? Do you know how weird it is out there? We've taken our own head count. There seem to be six million completely miserable assholes living in the tri-state area." "Oh, please!" "Excuse me, six million and one."
- "You know, I'm a voter! Aren't you supposed to lie to me and kiss my butt??"

So. Who you gonna call?

K xx

PS. Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!! 


  1. Every line in this post, I heard as if I was watching the movie. I do love this movie, but I have one complaint: That damn "Higher and Higher" song is stuck in my head now!


    1. If it's any consolation, it's STILL stuck in my head and it's been well over 24 hours!

  2. Every line in this post, I heard as if I was watching the movie. I do love this movie, but I have one complaint: That damn "Higher and Higher" song is stuck in my head now!



    I have nothing more to add.

    1. It pretty much sums up everything I need to know!! ;)

  4. 2 things:
    1. I started this thinking: Of course I've seen Ghostbusters II, I mean who hasn't? And then you started talking about ghost Titanic and now I'm starting to think I may not have seen this movie. I'm just as horrified as you are.

    2. Hocus Pocus terrified the BEJESUS out of me, I literally had nightmares for YEARS. YEARS. People raved that it was funny and I was quaking in my boots. My point is, I get you, and I'm a wuss too.

    1. The ghost Titanic is literally like two seconds of the movie, so don't dress about not remembering it! ;) Also, Hocus Pocus scared the crap out of me as a kid too. Watching it again now? HILARIOUS.

  5. That painting is going to give me nightmares tonight. THANKS, KIRSTI.

  6. I have this memory from when I was really young and watched this for the first time. When the Titanic came in, I asked my mom what it was. And rather than bothering to explain the whole thing, she just said "an old ship." While true, didn't really answer my question. That part became actually funny once I learned about the titanic and saw the movie again.

    1. Hahaha, that's kind of awesome. And totally the sort of thing my mum would have said to get me to stop asking questions.


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