Questions tagged [ghostbusters]

For questions about the 1984 American film, "Ghostbusters", its sequel in 1989, and the two animated television series. For questions about the franchise reboot with women released in 2016 use [ghostbusters-2016] instead.

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Are all instances of trolls turning to stone ultimately references back to Tolkien?

Are there any antecedents other than Tolkien for trolls turning to stone? When I was a kid, I remember trolls appearing in one of the earliest episodes of The Real Ghostbusters (the fifth episode "...
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What are these arcade games in Ghostbusters 1984?

During the 'We got one' scene in Ghostbusters we see 2 video games and a pinball machine but does anyone know what they are?
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Why didn't Gozer the Destructor take the form of J. Edgar Hoover?

In Ghostbusters (1984) when Gozer asks the 'busters to "choose and perish" Venkman clarifies by saying If we think of J. Edgar Hoover... .J. Edgar Hoover will appear and destroy us ... so ...
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Was Dana conscious when possessed by Zuul?

Zuul was the ancient demon dog who served Gozer alongside Vinz; he terrorises and eventually captures Dana. I read that Zuul only posseses women when bringing Evil Gods to the world (according to the ...
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Where did Peter Venkman get his PhDs?

I had initially assumed that this was back in the days when some students, having completed grad school, were hired on by the university to teach (tho Columbia was not really one of those schools at ...
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Ghostbusters - How did 'the end of the world' begin in 1984? (or - what took Gozer so long?)

In the 1920's Ivo Shandor was trying to bring about the end of the world and apparently, at that time: failed. Spengler: It's not the girl, Peter, it's the building. Something terrible is about ...
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Did Louis Tully's speech mean anything?

In the first Ghostbusters movie, after Louis Tully is possessed by Vinz Clortho (the dog-creature), arrested, and handed over to the Ghostbusters, he says: "Gozer the Traveller, he will come in one ...
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How did Louis Tully know Slimer?

In Ghostbusters 2, Louis Tully puts on a proton pack and heads to a bus stop in the hope of helping the real Ghostbusters at the museum. The bus comes, and Louis sees that Slimer is driving: He ...
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What is Slimer a ghost of?

Throughout the Ghostbusters movies, the ghosts we see all appear to be ghosts of humans - with the exception of Slimer, which is a green blob with no legs and spindly arms. What sort of creature (or ...
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Who is the father of Dana's baby?

In Ghostbusters 2, I don't recall the father of Dana's baby, Oscar, being named. At the beginning of the movie, Dana and Venkman are estranged. However, in the first movie it is strongly implied ...
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What is the equipment in the roof rack on the Ecto-1?

I used to think the Proton packs were what filled up the roof rack on the Ghostbuster's Ecto-1 vehicle, but that turns out to not be the case. What is the equipment on the roof of the car supposed to ...
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Why did Venkman have sedatives on his date with Dana?

The title says it all. Why did Venkman have sedatives on his date with Dana? A syringe full of Thorazine is not a normal thing to carry, especially on a date.
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Was Egon speaking the truth, or was he trying to haggle for a better price?

In Ghostbusters, as they are shopping for a headquarters, Egon says: I think this building should be condemned. There's serious metal fatigue in all the load-bearing members, the wiring is ...
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What's with Venkman, Egon, and the Nestle Crunch bar?

At the beginning of the original Ghostbusters movie, right after they get kicked out of the University, Venkman walks up to Egon and says "You.... you've earned this." and hands him a Nestle Crunch ...
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How do the Ghostbusters afford their Ghostbusting apparel?

I know that Ray remortgaged his parents' house to afford everything - renting the fire house, the car… 4 Cyclotron particle accelerators! How does one man afford all that? What does ...
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What is Winston Zeddemore's doctorate in?

On the Wiki page for Winston Zeddemore it implies he has a Doctorate (which is started studying for sometime after the second film) As previously mentioned, Ernie Hudson reprised his role as ...
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Did the gatekeeper and the keymaster get intimate in Ghostbusters?

According to TVTropes (usual warning, don't follow the link or you'll waste half your life in a twisty maze of content): I turned the quote into a spoiler since it contains really poor-taste joke, ...
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Were Dana and Louis picked explicitly? [duplicate]

Dana and Louis are the two characters possessed in the Ghostbusters film. Dana Barrett's appartment seems to be 'spook central', which is the only reason she was picked, correct? Under what criteria ...
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Was Louis stalked days in advance too?

So, we know why Dana and Louis act so differently, but that leads me to ask, was Louis Tully ever stalked in the same way Dana was? Perhaps not having Zool fry his eggs for him, but was there a little ...
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Why do Dana and Tully act so differently?

I was rewatching Ghostbusters 1, and picked up on something I'd not noticed before. Dana and Tully are possessed by Gozer the Gozerian's pet hell hounds, the gate keeper and the key master, two halves ...
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Why would ghosts leave behind slime?

In Ghostbusters, the ghosts leave behind slime ("ectoplasm"). Why would ethereal beings leave behind slime? What's the in-universe explanation of this?
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Do ghosts only appear before the Apocalypse?

In both Ghostbuster movies they prevent the Apocalypse. In one by a god (Gozer) and in the other by a magician (Vigo the Carpathian). In the first movie they are ridiculed for believing and studying ...
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What was supposed to be bad about looking directly at the trap?

In Ghostbusters, during their first job capturing Slimer in the hotel, Raymond warns Peter and Egon to not look directly at the trap as he opens it to capture the ghost. Egon states that he looked at ...