Hello and welcome to You Haven’t Seen!?! This is my brand-new column delving into the intersection of Geek and Cinema! Now, I’ve seen a lot of movies, and I consider myself an aspiring film snob. That said, there are quite a few rather important films I have not seen before beginning this project. I’ve doubtless seen movies and played games (for this is the Geek, after all) influenced by said films, and I probably know the twists and spoilerz, but the films themselves I haven’t seen.
So let me lay out how this is (tentatively) going to work. I will write about what I know about the film du jour before I watch it, and afterwards I will talk about it, assuming that I’m the last one to the party and that literally everyone else on the Internet will have seen it. These are some significant films we’ll be discussing, some of which are older than I am, so SPOILERZ will abound. Sound fun? I think so, too! Let’s dive right in!
Alright, this is it. Of all the movies I haven’t seen, no other title has drawn so much raucous disbelief when I confess my virginity than has Ghostbusters. I’m familiar with much of what came after it, given that we are now thirty years out from its debut and the cast has by now had its day on Hollywood’s A‑list.
And yeah, I know not to cross the streams, and that you should totally cross the streams.
My gut tells me that it is a highly merchandisable comedy with some heavy hitting comedic actors (I also find it funny that, whereas Ernie Hudson probably gained much of his popularity from this film, to me he’ll always be Warden Leo Glynn from Oz.). Oh, and a theme song that is basically ear-herpes doesn’t hurt either. Sounds like a good time.
Well. Now about half of nerd/pop culture makes sense. Cool.
So, like, did every single paranormal investigation show take notes from Ghostbusters? From Raymond’s endless technobabble, to the equipment the Ghostbusters use (okay, minus the proton packs), to even the investigative procedures, it feels as though all the high profile paranormal crews from Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State stole from the Ghostbusters’ playbook.
Think about that for a second. This mid-80’s comedy that made up almost the entire script as it went along is so deeply imbedded in our culture’s psyche that people who are actually getting paid money to act like paranormal investigators are copying off them. I say this as a hardcore believer in the supernatural.
So Ghostbusters works because of its spot-on comedy and flawless chemistry among the cast. The fact that a sizeable portion of the people who currently dominate the Internet today grew up watching it doesn’t hurt either. In terms of our culture and heritage, this is yesterday’s movie, but it’s still relevant today, and I’d wager it will be so tomorrow as well.