And here I thought I was done with top lists – only Shadowlocked put so much work into their list of top 50 80s films, writing up sizable descriptions as well as covering 50 films, instead of merely 25 or 10, AND named Ghostbusters as #1, I couldn’t let it pass;
1: Ghostbusters (1984)
Of all the truly memorable and brilliant films of the 1980s, there could only one that pipped them all to the post of being our number one. In possibly the film that the 1980s will be best remembered for, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis turned in probably the most memorable movie of their careers. Still fresh, funny and full of fond memories, Ghostbusters told the tale of three parapsychologists who went into business for themselves as spook catchers in New York city, cleaning up the town with nuclear-powered proton packs strapped to their backs. Featuring favourites such as Slimer, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and Gozer the Gozerian, Ghostbusters was spook central and proved fertile ground for some the most original comedy of all time, while only proving to be a landmark for special effects. With hilarious performances delivered throughout by Aykroyd and Ramis, it’s easy to forget about the always overlooked Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis, both brilliant characters in their own right. But, the real star of the show, as always, is Murray himself. Playing the lecherous and loveable Dr Peter Venkman, Murray delivered one-liner after one-liner, usually to save his own neck, but also to snare the object of his affection, Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver). Murray made the movie, so it’s surprising that he seems to be the one holding out on Ghostbusters III. Nevertheless, the first instalment of the Ghostbusters franchise had everything: spooks and special effects, action and adventure, ghouls and gags galore – even the soundtrack still sounds good! If you’ve already seen it, you know what we’re talking about, and if not, why not? It’s our number one film of the 80s and one of our all-time favourites – the always enjoyable Ghostbusters. So, who ya gonna call?
Notable Quotable: ‘We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!’