Why Ghostbusters (1984) is My Favorite Film of All-Time


Ghostbusters (1984) has been my favorite movie for pretty much my whole life. Why exactly is it my favorite film? Let me tell

All images from “Ghostbusters” (1984) property of Sony Pictures

Ghostbusters (1984) has been my favorite movie for pretty much my whole life. The franchise keeps growing larger and larger with a sequel, video games, two cartoon shows, comic books, a reboot, and another sequel coming next year. Why exactly is it my favorite film? Let me tell you.

The First Time

The first time I watched Ghostbusters (1984) was when I was around three years old. I received it and the second film, Ghostbusters II (1989), for my birthday, but I immediately thought it was a horror movie. Throughout the rest of the birthday party, the cover featuring the “no-ghost” logo haunted me, but my parents assured me that it was a funny movie. I remember the night I first watched it almost perfectly. I watched it alone, and I was scared, but somewhat excited.

From the start, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the TV. The iconic Ray Parker Jr. theme song plays, there’s witty humor mere minutes in (which I likely didn’t understand most of), and then, Eleanor Twitty (The Library Ghost) appears. At first seeming harmless, she then leaps into her monstrous form, frightening me, but I kept watching. It was funny and action-packed. I was around three years old, again, did I understand most of the jokes? Of course not, but I laughed and was already pretending to bust ghosts on my first watch. Ever since that moment, I fell in love with my favorite movie.

Iconic Scene: “Get her!”
The Library Ghost’s terrifying form in Sony Pictures’ “Ghostbusters” (1984)

Why It Works So Well

It’s the perfect blend of comedy and action/science-fiction. The guys are cracking jokes and quipping in the midst of saving the world from a demonic god. The script is also really smart. Perfect timing, pacing, and you actually feel like these guys know what they’re talking about. It seems natural, partly because two of the Ghostbusters themselves, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, wrote the script. The natural feel also comes because the cast is just full of comedic geniuses. Now obviously a Proton Pack could never exist, but they did put some research into their writing, both supernatural and historical.

The characters are relatable. Peter Venkman is the funny guy, Ray Stantz is the heart of the Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler is the particularly smart one, and Winston Zeddemore is the every-man. All of these characteristics also don’t pertain to one character. Each have their own funny and heartfelt moments. Peter, Ray, and Egon, all have doctorates, and each guy has to ask a question every once in a while, There’s just something about it all that simply works, and I never get tired of watching it.

Iconic Scene: “He’s an ugly little spud, isn’t he?”
The Onion-Head Ghost, or Slimer, from Sony Pictures’ “Ghostbusters” (1984)
Iconic Scene: “It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.”
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, from Sony Pictures’ “Ghostbusters” (1984)

Ghostbusters and Me Now

As I said before, Ghostbusters (1984) has been my favorite movie for most of my life, and that love has only grown. It’s the movie I’ve seen the most, and the one I always want to watch. I’ve read the comics and books, I’ve played the 2009 video game a thousand times, and I’ve watched every episode of the cartoons. I have a great love for Ghostbusters II, I didn’t mind the reboot, and I’m intensely awaiting Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Aside from superheroes, Ghostbusters is probably the subject I’m a fan of most. The charm never stops, and in the end, I always smile when someone asks, “Who Ya Gonna Call?”

Video Credit: Ghostbusters.net on YouTube

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