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"Who You Gonna Call 30 Years Later?" It's Still "Ghostbusters"

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Poster

This weekend certain movie theaters across the country, including the Somerville Theater in Davis Square, screened the re-release of the Sci-Fi Comedy Classic, “Ghostbusters.”

30 years after the film’s release it is still an immensely enjoyable flick.

For those not familiar with the film the story centers around three scientists Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) who lose their jobs at a local university and set out on their own as professional ghostbusters.

They are later joined by a fourth Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) and deal with a pandemic of paranormal phenomena that was plaguing New York City in 1984.

They are eventually hired by a cellist named Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), whose apartment is haunted.

That sets off a chain of events which eventually leads to a confrontation with an evil Sumerian super ghost/god named Gozer the Gozerian. Needless to say the foursome save the day and New York City is safe once again.

While this movie is considered a timeless classic it also serves as a reminder just how much things have changed. There’s no e-mail, the business doesn’t have a website, no one is using a cellphone, it’s common to see someone smoking a cigarette, and, perhaps most jarringly, the World Trade Center is still a part of the city’s skyline.

In addition to the main cast who became big Hollywood names other actors such as Rick Moranis and Annie Potts would also go on to have established acting careers.

The special effects in this film still hold up, especially when you consider the technology used to make them is now over 30 years old.

Bottom line is for those who remember growing up with “Ghostbusters” it’s a fun walk down memory lane. For those who have never seen it, it’s a light-hearted family friendly film with lots of laughs that’s worth checking out.

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