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Here’s What Really Went on Behind the Scenes of Ghostbusters


“Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!” Pretty much everyone has heard the popular phrase from the Ghostbusters theme song, regardless if they have actually seen the movies or not! The first film in this beloved sci-fi film franchise hit theaters in 1984 followed by a great sequel in 1989. It’s remains as popular as ever and in 2016, the world was given a reboot of the original movie but with female Ghostbusters instead. Despite the huge popularity of the movies, there is still so much that not many people know about. If you’re still a Ghostbusters fan after all these years, you’re going to want to read on!

1. Growing Up With Ghosts

Ghostbusters screenwriter and star Dan Aykroyd was already a rising comedian and actor when he decided to write the script for Ghostbusters. It turns out that the idea was inspired by his childhood upbringing in an incredibly unusual family fascinated by all things supernatural.

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His great-grandfather was a psychic investigator, his grandfather also had fascination with all things paranormal, and his own father collected books about the spirit world. It’s no surprise that this fascination rubbed off on Aykroyd too.

2. Reading for Inspiration

While actor and screenwriter Dan Aykroyd was largely inspired to create Ghostbusters because of his family’s interest in paranormal activity, he was actually compelled to turn his idea into a reality after reading an article by a paranormal research organization.

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The American Society for Psychical Research published an article about parapsychology, which studies “paranormal and psychic phenomena”. The article he read was about the relationship between parapsychology and quantum physics. He had been reading this journal since he was a kid but it was this particular article that inspired him.

3. First Script

The original concept for the movie that Dan Aykroyd developed was very different from what viewers eventually saw onscreen. Aykroyd really went wild with his imagination and planned for a much different idea than having the Ghostbusters fight crime around New York City.

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He set the movie in the future. The Ghostbusters would travel across time and space to fight a series of huge monsters. The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was still one of the monsters but it was just supposed to be one of many.

4. Do-over!

Director and producer Ivan Reitman liked the original idea that Dan Aykroyd came up with but said that some serious changes needed to be made. One of the reasons why he suggested a rewrite was because a movie based on the original script would have been very expensive.

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It was estimated it would cost as much as $300 million to create a movie based on the original script — and that was in 1984 dollars, the equivalent of $702 million today. Aykroyd wasn’t too upset about the changes and asked director and actor Harold Ramis to help him rewrite it all.

5. Tragedy

When Dan Aykroyd was writing the script, he had his former Saturday Night Live castmate and fellow talented comedian John Belushi in mind. Belushi was supposed to play one of the movie’s lead roles: Peter Venkman.

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Sadly, John Belushi never got to play this role. He died from a drug overdose in 1982 before filming started. Bill Murray, another of Aykroyd’s SNL castmates, ended up stepping in to play the character but some changes to the script had to be made.

6. Replacing Belushi

Bill Murray wasn’t the first person that Dan Aykroyd asked to play the character of Dr. Peter Venkman following the shocking death of comedian John Belushi died. He turned to several talented actors that he felt could adequately take on the role.

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First, Aykroyd offered the part to Chevy Chase and then Michael Keaton. However, both of them turned down the offer to be the leader of the ghostbusters. Chase, however, made a cameo appearance in the Ghostbusters‘ theme song music video.

7. John Belushi in Spirit

Aykroyd, who is a believer in paranormal activity, has said on many occasions that he felt Belushi’s “energy coming back” during the production of the movie and wanted to find a way to be pay tribute to his friend in some way. What resulted were some of the movie’s most iconic characters.

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The writers of the movie paid tribute to Belushi with one of the ghosts the team had to bust. That funny looking, outgoing ghost by the name of Slimer, and also the first ghost they catch, is how they channeled the spirit of Belushi.

8.  “Ghost janitors in New York”

After a new script was written, all they needed to do was get a major movie studio to take on the film. Fortunately, Dan Aykroyd had a way with words and the director had some close connections as well.

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Reitman was able to secure a meeting with Columbia Pictures in May of 1983 because he had a relationship with Columbia from when they produced his movie Stripes. At the meeting Aykroyd gave an incredible one-line pitch to the head of the studio, Frank Price, by referring to the film as “Ghost janitors in New York!”

9. Movie in a Crunch

Head of Columbia Pictures Frank Price liked the unusual movie idea and decided to take on Ghostbusters because he figured that with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis all starring in it, the movie was bound to be a hit. However, there was a catch.

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Price agreed to a $30 million film budget but they had to complete it in time for the 1984 summer movie season. That meant the movie had to be finished, special effects and all, in just 12 months.

10. Martha’s Vineyard

As soon as their meeting with Frank Price was over, the writers immediately got to work since they had a relatively limited time frame. One major issue was that when Ghostbusters was pitched, the script had only been partially written.

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Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ivan Reitman needed to hurry up and finish the script as fast as possible so they could start production. To make this happen, the trio worked at houses they rented on Martha’s Vineyard for three straight weeks to finish the script at lightning speed. Now production could begin!

11. Sigourney Weaver’s Audition

The first production task was to find the right actors for supporting roles in the movie. That meant a lot of auditions. Sigourney Weaver, who had recently risen to fame for her role in Ridley Scott’s Alien, gave a very memorable audition for the role of Dana Barrett.

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After she read the script, she came up with the idea that her character should become possessed by the dogs she encounters and literally got on all fours, climbed onto the coffee table, and started growling!

12.  John Candy as Louis Tully?

Just as the role of Venkman was originally written for Belushi, the character Louis Tully was supposed to go to beloved actor and comedian John Candy. The actor, however, declined the role because of creative differences.

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Candy believed that Tully should be a very serious German character and also wanted him to be one of the main roles. The filmmakers didn’t want that character to be rewritten so the part of Louis Tully was given to Rick Moranis, who portrayed him perfectly!

13. The Inspiration for Egon Spengler

In the movie, the brains behind the Ghostbusters crew was Egon Spengler. This character was masterfully played by Harold Ramis, who also co-wrote the screenplay. His character was actually inspired by three different people, including some from his past.

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The first inspiration came from a Hungarian exchange student that Ramis went to elementary school with in Chicago, who was named Egon. Meanwhile, the character’s last name was inspired by Oswald Spengler, who was a German philosopher and historian. Who was the third inspiration?

14. Geek Chic

The third person that inspired the character of Ghostubster parapsychologist Egon Spengler was actually a mysterious person that Ramis didn’t know at all. What he did know was that this person had the perfect “geek” look!

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Ramis was inspired by a person he spotted on the cover of a journal about abstract architecture. The person on the cover was wearing a three-piece tweed suit and distinctive round glasses with wire frames. Egon Spengler was born.

15. Huge Plot Hole

Did any of you catch this plot hole in the move? Many remember the scene where Peter Venkman arrives at Dana’s house to go on a date, only to discover she has been possessed by the demon Zuul. In order to quell Zuul for a bit, he gives Dana/Zuul a sedative which knocks her out.

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He tells Egon over the phone that he gave her “300CCs of Thorazine.” However, this leaves one wondering: why was Venkman bringing a powerful sedative on a date? Furthermore, why such a strong dose? That much Thorazine would definitely be lethal — a dose of 300CCs is enough to be lethal for 1,800 people! Fortunately, Dana magically awoke from this!

16. A Mix of NYC and LA

While Ghostbusters is famous for taking place in New York City, most of it was not actually filmed there. For only the first four weeks of production, starting in 1983, the producers filmed the movie in Manhattan, hence all those iconic city shots.

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While a lot of the outside shots were actually filmed in the Big Apple, most of the interior scenes happened on in Los Angeles. After the initial four weeks of filming, the set moved to Los Angeles and stayed there for the rest of production.

17. Real Life Locations

While the indoor scenes of Ghostbusters may have been shot in Los Angeles, the outdoor shots were of real places, including the fire station. The iconic FDNY Hook & Ladder #8 building that was the Ghostbusters’ headquarters is a real place in New York City and can be found in the Tribeca neighborhood.

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Another real location was the apartment building that was Dana Barrett and Louis Tully’s in the movie. It can be found at 55 Central Park West. Obviously, the New York Public Library, Columbia University, and Tavern on the Green are real-life places as well.

18. The Rooftop Temple

Even though Dana and Louis’s apartment building was a real place in New York, the dramatic scenes that took place on the rooftop were not filmed in the city. Rather, they were filmed on a soundstage across the country.

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A set was specifically built for the rooftop scenes at Columbia Pictures’ famous Stage 16 in Los Angeles, including the Temple of Gozer. What appeared to be a New York City rooftop was in fact a soundstage filled with a series of large paintings and props.

19. Truth About the Hotel

In the movie, the first time the Ghostbusters were called up to to capture a ghost, they went to the luxurious Sedgewick Hotel, supposedly located in New York City. Similar to the rooftop scenes, the reality couldn’t have been further from the truth.

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All the exterior and interior shots of the “Sedgewick Hotel” were actually filmed at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, although the elevator and hallway scenes were re-created on a set for convenience. No matter the real location, the scene is crucial because it was where they captured their first ghost, Slimer.

20. Reading in LA

Ghostbusters is famous for its exterior shots of the New York Public Library at 42nd and 5th streets. Any New Yorker would recognize those iconic lions that the building is known for! However, they probably didn’t recognize the interior while watching the movie.

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That’s because while the exterior shots of the library were of the real New York City location, the interior shots were not. The scenes that take place inside the library were filmed at the Los Angeles Central Library, using their basement to mimic the New York one.

21. Jail Gets Real

In the movie, the ghostbusters are arrested by EPA agent Walter Peck for operating unlicensed waste handlers. Rather than being filmed at a studio set, these scenes that took place at the city jail were actually filmed in a real jail.

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The out-of-commission jail, located in Manhattan, was as real as they come and apparently, it was perfect for the movie in more ways than one. In interviews, Aykroyd said that he felt it was haunted!

22.  Time to Party

Many people remember the scene where Louis Tully, played by Rick Moranis, hosts a party to celebrate his fourth anniversary as an accountant. It ends with Vinz terrorizing everyone and chasing Tully all the way to Central Park.

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Well, that scene was actually shot in one long take as suggested by Ivan Reitman. This was done in order to keep Moranis’ comedic juices flowing. He actually improvised most of the lines and that’s what made it all the more funny.

23. The One and Only Ectomobile

The Ectomobile is one of the most recognizable cars in movie history and it is hard to look at any similar vehicle without immediately thinking about the Ghostbuster’s crew. The car itself was actually a souped-up 1959 Cadillac ambulance.

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It was outfitted with the unique devices and the recognizable Ghostbusters logo on the outside. This movie vehicle is more unique than others. Usually, movies that need a specific car create more than one version it, but due to the rushed filming schedule, they only had time to make one Ectomobile.

24. Ectomobile’s End

Since there was only one version of of the Ectomobile, everyone on the set had to be extra careful when using the 25-year-old car. Nonetheless, the car eventually ended up breaking down while filming the scene that takes place on the Manhattan bridge.

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The car could not be repaired at this point and therefore, the one-and-only Ectomobile no longer exists. R.I.P Ectomobile! Fortunately, in later films in the series such as the movie’s 1989 sequel and the 2016 reboot, new versions were made.

25. Special Effects in a Snap

The short production period only gave the movie’s visual effects team, led by Richard Edlund, 10 months to complete everything that needed to be done. That’s quite a feat for a movie heavily dependent on special effects.

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It was a very rushed time for all those involved in the design, creation, and filming of the special effects. It meant that everyone had to be very creative while practically working against the clock. As a result, some unusual tactics were thought up!

26. Peanut Ghosts

In one instance, Terry Windell, the film’s animation supervisor, was having trouble finding a way to film the scene where Slimer spins around the chandelier in the hotel. He had to get very creative and food turned out to be part of the solution.

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In the end, he found his solution by spray painting a peanut green to create the ghost effect. It seems to have worked because no one noticed that the green blob spinning around the chandelier was actually a peanut!

27. Fright at the Library

Actress Ruth Oliver portrayed the librarian ghost wandering around the basement of the New York Public Library that the Ghostbusters encountered early on. However when she gets annoyed in the scene, the ghost librarian turns into a terrifying demon.

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To make this effect, a mechanical puppet was used. However, it turns out that the crew originally created an even scarier version of it! It was deemed too frightening and was used instead for the 1985 horror movie Fright Night. 

28.  Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is certainly a memorable villain. He looks so innocent but is actually the evil Gozer in disguise! The brains behind this unforgettable mascot-turned-demon was Bill Bryan, a special effects sculptor for the movie.

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Bryan not only created the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man; he wore the latex suit himself! Three of the suits were created and they cost $20,000 each! The outside was made of a flammable layer while the inside was fire-proof.

29. Director’s Vocal Cameo

The two screenwriters, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, played the movie’s main characters but they weren’t the only ones on the production team that showed up somehow in the movie itself! Ivan Reitman may not have appeared in person but his voice is heard throughout Ghostbusters.

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He is both the voice of Slimer and Zuul, which also means he created the disgusting sound effects. Remember when Dana says, “There is no Dana, only Zuul?” Well, that deep voice was actually the director’s with a few special effects added on.

30. The Lost Caddyshack Scene

Ghostbusters was not the first movie that Bill Murray and Harold Ramis worked on together. A few years prior, they were both in the 1980 movie, Caddyshack. Ramis was a co-writer/director and Murray played one of the lead characters, Carl Spackler.

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In a deleted scene, Bill Murray’s character conversation with Dan Aykroyd’s seemed to be an ode to his Caddyshack character! It is a shame that this scene was cut but luckily you can still watch it on the DVD’s bonus features.

31. Ghastly Logo

The Ghostbusters symbol may seem like a simple logo of a crossed-out ghost but a lot of time went into crafting a perfect symbol. It was actually Associate producer Michael C. Gross who came up with the symbol that would appear on the car and uniforms.

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Before working on Ghostbusters, he had been an art consultant for the The Muppets, musician John Lennon, and rock band The Rolling Stones. Who knew his talent would come into use in such an unexpected—but iconic—way?

32. Closing Up Shop

When the filming was going on in New York City a the beginning of production, the production team had to shut down some streets in order to film. For the exterior shots in front of Dana’s apartment, the production team got permission to close the area temporarily around 65th street and the western part of Central Park.

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When they received complaints about the delays, they told everyone it was because Francis Ford Coppola was filming The Cotton Club that day too! It might have temporarily quelled people’s complaints but soon the crew was about to cause an even bigger disturbance.

33. Traffic Jam

Closing off a few streets didn’t initially seem like it would be that big of a deal. That is, until they realized they had caused a massive traffic jam throughout Manhattan! Sci-fi author Isaac Asimov actually walked onto the set to personally tell Aykroyd how much they inconvenienced him!

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When rush hour happened, cars started to get backed up past Columbus Circle. Some people, including Dan Aykroyd, were concerned that traffic was getting backed up all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge. Fortunately, everything was back to normal soon enough.

34. Improv on the Set

Spoiler alert! At the end of the movie, the ghostbusters finally gain victory over both Gozer the evil demon and the Marshmallow Man by crossing their proton packs’ energy streams. This deus ex machina wasn’t actually in the original script.

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It was later added after the writers figured out what to do with the final scene. Ramis and Aykroyd needed their gang to get out alive after defeating their enemies and decided that doing a “crossing of the streams” would create a powerful explosion.

35. Proton Pack Science

There is actually some complicated science stuff in this movie, which is why the writers, at first, decided to leave any scientific explanations to the viewer’s imaginations. This was apparently not good enough so they had to devise some way to explain how the proton packs work.

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Originally, a scientific explanation of the nuclear technology in the proton packs was given. It was one that most viewers couldn’t understand. After the crossing of the streams was added, the writers included a foreshadow about it earlier in the film when Egon warns everyone to never cross the streams.

36. Proton Wands?

When the script was first written, Dan Aykroyd envisioned the ghostbusters using wands to capture ghosts instead of the proton packs that eventually became their preferred method of fighting ghosts.

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That idea for wands was later squashed because the writers wanted it to be more believable that the Ghostbusters’ created their gear themselves. The wands were replaced with laser guns and referred to as proton packs.

37. Larry King on the Big Screen

“Hi, this is Larry King. The phone-in topic today: ghosts and ghostbusting.” Yes, the talk show host Larry King made a cameo in Ghostbusters, appearing as himself. In real life at the time, he was hosting a popular radio show.

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Similarly, in the movie, he also plays the host of his national radio show in New York City and mentions that there are rumors going around that the Ghostbusters are causing a ruckus all around town.

38. Marshmallow Explosion

After the “crossing of the streams” explosion, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man blows up, causing marshmallow goo to rain down all over New Yorkers below. However, the crew had to get creative to find some sort of alternative to actual marshmallow.

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That goo we see on screen was actually shaving cream since it was a lot easier to use than tons and tons of melted marshmallows. The special effects cinematographer, Richard Edlund used 500-gallons worth of the stuff in order to portray the messy end of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

39. Shaving Cream Tests

One person who was concerned about the Stay Puft explosion was William Atherton, who played the role of annoying EPA agent Walter Peck. To ease his nerves, they first used a stuntman to test things out before he filmed the scene himself.

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The crew wanted to see how many pounds of shaving cream they could safely dump on someone. They first tried 75 pounds of shaving cream but it ended up being too much as it caused the stuntman to fall over. In the final takes, they used a lesser amount.

40. The First Ghostbusters

Dan Aykroyd wasn’t the first person to come up with a ghost busting concept. In the ’70s, there was a TV series of the same name! In 1975, Filmation, which would later be acquired by Universal Studios, created a kids TV series called The Ghost Busters.

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The show was about a team of detectives that dealt with ghost sightings. The show was a comedy and even featured a “gorilla” detective. Fifteen episodes of the show were produced, though in 1986 it was revived as an animated series. It was only on the air for three months, but its legacy was not about to end there.

41. Copycats?

When the 1984 movie Ghostbusters was finally completed, Universal Studios was not happy that the name was so similar to their 1975 show, The Ghost Busters. The studio demanded that they change it. However, it was already too late to make such a big change.

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The main characters already referred to themselves as Ghostbusters and the movie was advertised that way. The Universal lawyers never ended up having to pursue legal action because Columbia Pictures’ head, Frank Price, ended up becoming Universal Studios’ head and decided that the name was fine.

42. Cartoon Controversy

It was considered a huge victory when the movie was allowed to keep the title Ghostbusters but the copyright problem came back once again in 1986. That year, two animated Ghostbusters series hit the air. One was an animated revival of the 1975 show while the other was based on the movie.

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A real debacle was avoided when the show based on the movie changed its name to The Real Ghostbusters to avoid confusion between the two shows. The Real Ghostbusters ran for seven seasons on ABC, from 1986 to 1992.

43. Fleetwood Ghostbusters

When Harold Ramis directed the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham made some of the songs for the movie. His song “Holiday Road” was a hit in the movie and that is why Ramis thought he would be a good choice to do the Ghostbusters theme song as well.

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Buckingham, however, declined the offer out of fear he would morph from being a full-fledged rock star to being a typecast soundtrack musician. Therefore, the Ghostbusters team continued the hunt for someone to make the perfect theme song.

44. News for Huey Lewis

The search was on for the musician who would craft the movie’s theme song. After Lindsey Buckingham turned down the offer, director Ivan Reitman turned to Huey Lewis & The News. While the film was still in production, their song I Want A New Drug was used as filler music throughout.

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Huey Lewis had just come off work on the Back to the Future soundtrakc and like Lindsey Buckingham, he didn’t want to do more movie music. The job ended up going to Ray Parker Jr., who wrote and sang the iconic theme song in just three days!

45. Ghostbusters in Court

Almost everyone seemed to love the incredibly catchy Ghostbusters theme song and it has become a song everyone recognizes to this very day. But one person wasn’t happy at all and ended up taking Ray Parker Jr. to court.

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Huey Lewis claimed that the Ghostbusters song was too similar to his song, I Want A New Drug and sued Parker for plagiarism. It ended up being settled in court later as Lewis accidentally breached the agreement not to mention the suit.

46. Unconventional Film Score

Ghostbusters was an unconventional movie so it was only fitting that it should have an unconventional soundtrack to match! Elmer Bernstein was the composer for the movie and decided to go beyond just a normal orchestra sound.

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To create the movie’s iconic paranormal noises, the synthesizer that Bernstein used was a Yamaha DX-7, which was also the first commercially-successful digital synthesizer. An instrument called an Ondes Martenot was also used to make the film score even more unique.

47. The First Screening

Just three weeks after the filming was complete, director Ivan Reitman invited 200 randomly-selected people to come to Columbia Pictures studio for an initial screening. Special screenings like these help predict how well a movie will do in the box office.

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Reitman was incredibly nervous about how the audience would react upon seeing it for the first time. The movie’s concept was definitely unique, so he wasn’t sure whether people would actually love it or hate it.

48. Not-So-Special Effects

Ahead of the screening, Ghostbusters Director Ivan Reitman also worried that the character of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man would distract people too much from the story at hand. Furthermore, at the time of the initial screening, only only one scene with all of the special effects completed.

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Th only special effects scene that had been completed was the opening scene with the ghost in the library. Fortunately, the screen-test audience both laughed and were frightened when watching the film and this calmed Reitman’s nerves. Maybe it would be a success after all?

49. Ghostbusters Fashion

Ivan Reitman’s fears about how audiences would react to the movie turned out to be completely unfounded and what’s more, the film started garnering fans even before it was released, as he noticed himself.

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That’s because when he was walking around New York City in the weeks before the movie was released in theaters, he spotted vendors in the streets already selling Ghostbuster shirts. It seemed the success was already surpassing his expectations.

50. Making Bank

Who would have expected that such a strange movie about a team of ghostbusting janitors fighting paranormal crime around New York City trying to stop a demon from ending the world would be so well-received? Not only was the movie excellent, but audiences loved it too.

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It made $240 million domestically and if that happened today, it would be the equivalent of about $580 million! Ghostbusters became the highest-grossing comedy of all time and held that title for six years, until Home Alone came out in 1990.

51. Ghostbusters Are Back

Even though audiences first met the Ghostbusters team in 1984 it was definitely not the last the world heard of this motley team of paranormal janitors protecting New Yorkers from ghostly activity.

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In Ghostbusters II, released in 1989, the gang keeps getting in trouble for the havoc they cause but they are the only ones that can stop the ghosts. Actors Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson all reprised their roles.

52. There was going to be a third film

After Ghostbusters II, Dan Aykroyd turned his sights on other work, but still kept Ghostbusters on his mind. In 1999, he finally wrote the script for a third movie. Yet, in the years that followed, it ultimately fell through for a number of different reasons.

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For starters, Bill Murray didn’t want to be in the third film and Aykroyd was being picky about the script. The idea floated around for over a decade without much progress. However, when Harold Ramis died in 2014, Reitman didn’t want to do the movie without him and pulled out.

53. Ghostbusters Come Back

In 2014, 30 years after the first Ghostbusters came out, Sony Pictures revealed that they were going to reboot Ghostbusters but with a twist: this team was going to be an all-female ensemble.

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Screenwriter Katie Dippold wrote the script for the 2016 reboot of the original Ghostbusters, along with director Paul Feig. Ivan Reitman decided not to be the director this time but stayed on board as a producer.

54. Casting Conundrum

Unlike the original movie, the script for the 2016 revival of Ghostbusters was not written for specific people so the director had a wide variety of people to consider to play the new generation of Ghostbusters.

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In the beginning, Rebel Wilson and Jennifer Lawrence were asked to be in the reboot but they declined. It was said that Emma Stone, Amy Schumer, and Lizzy Caplan were interested in being Ghostbusters but, ultimately, the roles went to Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

55. Tons of Cameos

The director must have known that people would love to see the original Ghostbusters cast in the 2016 version and fortunately it became a reality. Dan Aykroyd appeared as a taxi driver in the movie while Bill Murray made a cameo as a paranormal debunker.

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Sigourney Weaver was even in the movie playing Dr. Rebecca Gorin! The late Harold Ramis was honored in the movie with a bronze bust of his likeness in the hallway outside Dr. Gilbert’s office.

56. Ghostbusters fandom

Ghostbusters wasn’t just a popular and successful movie. It has also spawned a category of fandom of its own and these people really know how to go all out.

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Ghostbusters fans are known as “Ghostheads” and they are actually split into regions called “franchises.” The Ghostheads do cosplay and host parades and parties.

57. “Who you gonna call?”

People really liked the phrase “Who you gonna call?” from the Ghostbusters theme song. The line has found its way into many parts of pop culture. Before long, many movies and TV shows were using the phrase!

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For example, in the movie Casper, Dan Aykroyd actually says the line but instead of saying “GHOSTBUSTERS!” afterward, he simply says “someone else.” More recently, the phrase was also uttered in an episode of Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayerand Fringe.

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Sources: Vanity Fair, Bustle

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