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watch it: “Ghost Busters (1954) Trailer”

What if Ghostbusters was made in 1954 instead of 1984?

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  • JoshDM

    Haven’t seen it, but that’s the Ghost Busters with the gorilla, right?

    Back when Ghostbusters (1984) was being made, “Ghostbusters” was bandied around as the name of the movie, but when they had the crowds outside shouting “GHOSTBUSTERS GHOSTBUSTERS GHOSTBUSTERS” when they were done taking down Gozer (SPOILER!), Reitman called up the execs in charge of licensing and said “you really need to make sure we don’t have any copyright issues; we can’t go back at this point; need to use the Ghostbusters name,” and held the phone out to the shouting crowd.

    All that paraphrased from the commentary on the DVD.

    When the cartoon series came out, the one based on the movie was called “The Real Ghostbusters”, because the license holders of “Ghost Busters” came out of the closet with a somewhat lousy competing cartoon called “Ghostbusters”, based on the ye olde material, with two schlubs, a talking flying car, and a gorilla.

    Anyway, this.

  • JoshDM

    OK, forget it. The post I wrote above is factual, but irrelevant to the video at hand, which is a modern mash-up of 1950’s era cinema and The Ghostbusters, to awesome win.

  • stephanie b

    Terrific mash-up.

    But I just watched Ghostbusters for the first time the other day, and I have to say that I *hated* it.

  • stephanie b (Tue Aug 04 09, 5:18PM):

    Terrific mash-up.

    But I just watched Ghostbusters for the first time the other day, and I have to say that I *hated* it.

    This doesn’t make sense… I think you misspelled a word in there.

  • @stephanie: yes, i agree with Newsb; that’s the wrong word. it should be “loved”… i’m sure that’s what you meant. because otherwise, that would be, well… just sad. and wrong. and… sad.

  • mashup trailer very creative.

  • What? No Paulette Goddard?

    Now I am disappointed.

    And for what it’s worth, some members of my family actually thought that Ghostbusters wasn’t all that great when it first came out.

    They liked it well enough when I taped it off cable but they didn’t necessarily love it.

    So much for the notion that people didn’t complain about overrated movies in the days before the dang ol’ Internet…

    yes, i agree with Newsb; that’s the wrong word. it should be “loved”… i’m sure that’s what you meant. because otherwise, that would be, well… just sad. and wrong. and… sad.

    I’m thinking of a brick wall.

    I’m thinking of a brick wall.

    I’m thinking of a brick wall.;-)

  • stephanie b

    No, I *hated* it. I thought it was sexist, badly acted, and not that funny.

    I also have personal issues with films that involve a lot of destruction, so that was also a turn-off. The road in front of the apartment building breaking up was pretty cool though, I must admit.

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