Is the Original ‘Ghostbusters’ Still Awesome?

As we get older, our tastes change and some things we loved when we were younger we see in a different light. That's why it's important to look back every so often and ask: Does It Hold Up?

Released 32 years ago, on June 8th, 1984, the original "Ghostbusters" made $295,212,467. Now that we're on the cusp of the release of the all-female remake, it seemed like the perfect time to see if the original is as good as everyone thought it was back in '84.

Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts, this movie was made by the funniest people in the 80s at the top of their game. Even more so, the movie is tailored to everyone's strengths. The script alloys Murray to be sarcastic and funny while Ramis gets to play the almost-never-shaken straight man. Aykrod gets to go down the paranormal rabbit hole, all while avoiding pop-culture references in the humor, allowing it to be just as funny now as it was over three decades ago.

So, yeah, it's still funny. But this is also a horror/sci-fi movie. Surely the scares are cheesy and the visual effects look cheap to our current, sophisticated standards, right?


The moments that were creepy and downright scary still work. The designs of the paranormal entities are still creative and unlike anything in movies today. With the brilliant visual effects work behind it, the film has barely aged a day. Sure, there are a couple of shots that don't look 100% real, but it still looks better than a lot of the new stuff.

The combination of matte paintings, model photography, and optical work--again, all by people at the top of their game--have aged miraculously well for such a visual effects-heavy film.

"Ghostbusters" holds up.

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