For the early 1980s, laughter, science fiction and an unbelievably catchy song made film goers go back to the movies over and over: Ghostbusters.
Written by Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters starred Bill Murray, Akroyd and Ramis as three New York City parapsychologists, who lose their jobs at Columbia University.
With no place to continue their ghost research, the three create their own business and become Ghostbusters. Capturing their first ghost at a hotel, the trio not only become busy but famous as the paranormal are under attack by the threesome throughout NYC.
Hired by Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), the trio capture some nasty ghosts in her apartment, including Zuul, who tries to possess Dana. But the Ghostbusters are visited by the EPA, saying they have no permissions to use a nuclear device and are forced to release all the captured ghosts.
As ghost havoc occurs in New York City, the Ghostbusters are in a battle against Zuul, his now possessed creatures Dana and her neighbour Louis (Rick Moranis) and the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man – who will win?
Akyroyd’s fascination with the paranormal resulted in him writing a screenplay for himself and fellow Saturday Night Live alum John Belushi, as ghost chasers who pursue ghosts through the past.
Ivan Reitman liked the idea of ghosts, but thought the screenplay wasn’t possible to film, so with Harold Ramis, they rewrote the idea to star Belushi, John Candy and Eddie Murphy. Belushi died during the writing of the screenplay and Candy and Murphy decided against being in the film.
Choosing Bill Murray, Akroyd and Ramis filmed the comedy in 1983 and the movie was released in June 1984, with a catchy theme song sang by Ray Parker Jr., which was released as a music video to MTV and MuchMusic. Deemed ‘wonderful summer nonsense’ by Newsweek’s movie critic, fans also agreed they loved the one liners by the trio’s on-screen entities as parapsychologists.
One of the most popular movies of the year, the film stayed for multiple weeks at number one and became the number two grossing film of the year, and the overall highest grossing film of the 1980s, earning $238.6 million.
The song was everywhere, the one liners were repeated and in the summer of 1984, it was all about Ghostbusters!.