I saw "Ghostbusters" four or five times in the theaters. That might not sound like all that much for a supposed "favorite" movie, but keep in mind that I was only fourteen and needed to get someone to take me to see it. If I had my license at the time I'm sure that number would have been a lot higher. I loved listening to Ray Parker Jr.'s song "Ghostbusters", regardless of how overplayed it was on the radio. I'd tape it on my portable tape recorder over and over again, despite the fact that I also had the soundtrack on cassette tape. I even joined the Ghostbusters Fan Club. In the days before the internet there were only so many ways to keep up with and feel involved with interests like "Ghostbusters". I did my best to read everything I could about the movie in the magazines like Starlog, and watch anything I could about the movie on TV (reviews on shows like "Sneak Previews" and "At the Movies", and coverage of the movie and its stars on shows like "Entertainment Tonight").
The years passed and my love for "Ghostbusters" remained with me. While I never picked it up on VHS, I was very happy to finally get my hands on my own copy of the movie in the little DVD boxset that also included the flawed and far inferior (in my opinion) "Ghostbusters II". A couple years ago I introduced The Little Monster to "Ghostbusters". At about four she was obviously a lot younger than I had been when I first saw the movie, but I felt like she was ready for it. In my attempt to share my interests with her and transform her into a Monster Kid I had shown her many of the movies I had enjoyed as a kid. She liked most of them and "Ghostbusters" seemed like it would be a good choice as well. Other than a couple mild PG-13 sort of "adult situations" and a few swears it is pretty tame. As it turned out, she did indeed love the movie and wanted to watch it over and over again (as she's known to do with a current favorite). The added bonus was that she found a few of the "scary" scenes actually scary. It was nothing that would traumatize her or anything, but it was really fun to be able to watch it through her young and imaginative eyes.
|The gigantic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is hilarious,|
but understandably a bit scary for a little kid
|The Coolidge's flyer for the Big Screen Classics screening of "Ghostbusters"|
|The Coolidge corner Theater's marquee,|
with "Ghostbusters" advertised on it
Apparently a lot of people besides us were looking forward to this night too. While the crowd was predominantly adult, quite a few other people also brought their kids along to share the experience with them. There were even three other people in Ghostbusters costumes that were a LOT more realistic than my store-bought version. I believe that at least a couple of them were part of a group called Bay State Ghostbusters. The show was sold out and the theater was packed (I should have gotten a photo of the crowd before the movie started). We got our seats and had to wait to get popcorn until the movie was under way because of long lines and a shortage of popcorn (the machine couldn't keep up with the demand). The Coolidge crew had a little pre-show entertainment where they brought people who claimed they had seen ghosts up to the stage to tell their stories for prizes. This was probably the scariest part of the night for The Little Monster--as well as the most disappointing, since she was hoping to get some of the prizes. Of course she already had a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man toy and a Hot Wheels Ectomobile, but that didn't stop her from wanting more. The only one of the prizes she didn't already have was a Lego set of some sort. Oh well, there's always Christmas, right?
|The Little Monster's Ectomobile|