Venkman: We’re the best. We’re the beautiful. We’re the only Ghostbusters.
Ray: We’re back!
Well, sort of. It’s not quite the same as it was in that quote from Ghostbusters 2. We’re not looking at a Ghostbusters 3. But, happily, Murray, Ramis, and Aykroyd are reteaming for Ghostbusters the video game. According to soon-to-be published December issue of Game Informer magazine, the boys are working together to script and voice the game, which is due out next year.
Aykroyd even even said, “I’m actually going to have to perform and do some motion capture for them.” No word on whether Murray (who lives in Sneden’s Landing) will be shooting any scenes with his old buddy Ramis, but as I learned from this excellent profile of Ramis by Tad Friend The New Yorker, that doesn’t seem likely. Despite Murray being godfather to his Ramis’s daughter, the two have been trapped in a toxic friendship ever since collaborating on “Groundhog Day.”
One thing I would really like to see in the video game: an animated version of how Aykroyd describes Murray’s erratic behavior in recent years — what he calls “the Murricane.” If they can somehow add that into the Wii version, sign me up.
It’d be ridiculous to say “Ghostbusters” is the No. 12 film of all time; the supernatural comedy starring Sneden’s Landing resident Bill Murray is obviously No. 1. But because one of his “Ghostbusters” lines includes the number 12, it’s No. 12 on a new YouTube video countdown of 100 movie quotes that state integers from 100 to 1.
Confused? At position No. 98, the video references a “Dead Poets Society” moment when Robin Williams’ character says, “I was the intellectual equivalent of a 98-pound weakling.” For No. 43, a guard from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” deduces that a “swallow needs to beat its wings 43 times every second.” Got it? Good.
As Ghostbusters Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) are headed off on their first paid assignment at the Sedgewick Hotel, they’re dressed in uniform and wearing proton packs on their backs. When a man by the elevators sees these outfits, he asks Venkman if he’s some kind of cosmonaut. Murray’s character replies with the quote featured in the montage: “No, we’re exterminators; somebody saw a cockroach up on 12.”
You can see the “Ghostbusters” clip at the 8:11 mark, followed immediately by Christopher Guest’s legendary “These go to 11” line from “This is Spinal Tap.”
YouTube, even though you’re cracking down more than ever on copyright infringement, somehow this 1984 clip with North Salem resident David Letterman and Sneden’s Landing resident Bill Murray remains in your library. Let’s keep it there, OK?
This Thursday night, Murray — who was on Letterman’s first late-night shows on both NBC in 1982 and CBS in 1993 — crashes Dave’s set again to celebrate the host’s 25 years on late-night TV.
Nine years before Murray defaced Letterman’s desk with spraypaint for Dave’s CBS debut (above), the two comedy geniuses were discussing “Ghostbusters” a week before its release. Murray was at his best, mocking movie merchandise [at the 1:16 mark], accurately proclaiming that the flick as “just the funniest damn bunch of funny you’ve ever seen in your life” [2:18] and working the crowd [2:36].
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢To talk about how he may have gotten into shape to prepare to costar with Sigourney Weaver, Murray says (jokes?) that he worked with the guy who trained “Chris What’s-His-Name on ‘Superman.'” Of course, Murray’s referring to the late, great Pound Ridge resident Christopher Reeve. [3:47]
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Off-screen, Bedford resident Paul Shaffer’s on keyboards. [5:44]
The second part of the interview is arguably even more fun. Find that link and learn how much movies cost in 1984 after the break.
OK, Suburbarazzi fans, I have a confession to make: “Ghostbusters” might be my favorite movie of all time. (“The Godfather,” eat your heart out.)
So when I viewed some leaked footage of what might or might not be a brand-spankin’ new video game based on Walter Peck’s sworn enemies, I was more excited than Slimer in a banquet hall. Only Dr. Peter Venkman (played by Sneden’s Landing resident Bill Murray) would have been able to reel me in with a proton beam, while shouting “Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh! Nice shootin’, Tex!” to Dr. Ray Stantz.
Sadly, in true Gozerian fashion, the video game footage has since been yanked off YouTube, so I can’t even link to it here anymore. In its place, however, I’ll refer you to a relatively disappointing but mildly amusing ending of the “Ghostbusters” game produced two decades ago for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. You gotta love the weak attempts at translation and humility:
<blockquote><div>CONGLATURATION (sic) !!! YOU HAVE COMPLETED A GREAT GAME. AND PROOVED (sic) THE JUSTICE OF OUR CULTURE. NOW GO AND REST OUR HEROES !</div></blockquote>
(Associated Press file photo by Lionel Cironneau)