Now, we’ve tapped into Ghostbusters trivia before but don’t you even worry, there’s FAR more to tap into! Heck, since we’re featuring Ghostbusters in this June’s COLOSSAL Loot Crate there is no shortage of ‘Bustin’ fun! Let’s dive into it!
1. Secretary Janine (Annie Potts)’s appearance was changed quite drastically in the sequel to Ghostbusters. This was because the animated ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ had come out and execs wanted to make sure she looked more like her animated version so the character wouldn’t confuse kids coming to see the film. (No one seemed to think they needed to give Egon blond hair though. Hrm.)
2. Ivan Reitman was scheduled to start filming another in 1989 movie but had to postpone shooting until he finished Ghostbusters 2 in order to make its release window. That movie? Kindergarten Cop.
3. Due to the marketing that came after the first film, the studio executives wanted to be sure this film was more in line with what they could sell to children. The animated series was purposely pushed before the movie started filming and focus groups tested which characters should have the most toys. Because of this, certain characters and aesthetics were overhauled to be more appealing to children. We’re looking at you, Slimer.
4. Premiere magazine listed “Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!” as #68 of the “100 Greatest Movie Lines” in modern cinema.
5. It cost $60,000 to create three Stay-Puft Marshmallow suits for the filming of the first Ghostbusters. What made this even more costly was that all three of them were destroyed during the process of making the movie.
6. The name Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf comes by some interesting post-script writing means. Von Homburg is the last name of the actor who played Vigo (Willhelm Von Homburg), while Deutschendorf is the last name of the twins who portrayed little Oscar (Will and Hank Deutschendorf.)
7. Eagle-eyed gaming fans may recognize the joystick that the team uses with their Proton packs as an NES Advantage joystick. The majority of the chassis of the joystick was removed in order for it not to be an obvious use.
8. There are at least two scenes from the trailer of Ghostbusters 2 that aren’t actually in the film. Can you spot them? I’ll give you one, Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) has a line that he doesn’t actually say in the film, but someone else does. Remember who it was?:
9. In the first Ghostbusters, the scene where Stay-Puft shows his huge size was supposed to have him rising from the water beside the Statue of Liberty so that the audience could get a sense of his intense scale. Problem was, this was far too difficult to shoot and they opted for something a bit more approachable.
10. Back to that whole “This wasn’t in the trailer!” spiel, Cheech Marin plays a Dock worker in Ghostbusters 2 who says the line “Well, better late than never” but in one of the TV spots it is actually Bill Murray’s Venkman that says the line.