That movie was simply made of awesome.
— Anna Marquardt (@ajlobster) July 23, 2014
Seriously, if Ghostbusters was the only thing to survive of Harold Ramis’s body of work, it’d be enough.
I think that Hobby Lobby did a nice job on this one:
I’m not gonna put up a picture, because the guy’s trying to sell ‘em – but I know all of those quotes, and I can tell you when in the movie that they happened, and Ghostbusters is just you know Ghostbusters so I don’t even need a reason.
God only knows where I’m going to put it, though.
This Ghostbusters clip is, in its way, an excellent example of: a, why it’s hard to do cosmic horror properly in movies; and b, why horror leans on comedy quite a bit.
Without going too deep into the weeds; the problem here is that Spengler obviously should feel terrified – he’s facing a cosmic horror that’s attempting to destroy the planet – but it’s hard to show something like that on the screen and not make it look clunky. In a weird sort of way, making it funny can at least help making it clear that what you’re seeing is transgressive, or something like that. I don’t know. All I know is that there are at least three bits in this clip that I can quote from memory…