Even though I’m getting to an age where life starts to take things from you, I never thought we’d ever lose a Ghostbuster.
It sounds bad, but I admit when I’m reading about flicks and movie stars on Wikipedia, I’ll notice their ages and think, “Wow, soon we could lose so-and-so.” I’ve thought about that with some of the Star Trek cast – a couple of them are in their 80s now.
But Ghostbusters are… Ghostbusters. I’m crushed to hear Harold Ramis has died.
For a movie fan, nothing is more satisfying than watching a movie you love and picking up on things you didn’t notice during previous viewings. Especially comedies, where a lot of the jokes go over your head when you’re seeing it as a kid.
Ghostbusters is one of those movies. But I also missed out on some of the jokes because my VHS dub of the film wasn’t in widescreen.
I’ll never forget watching a better version of the film when I was a teenager – in the scene where Bill Murray is explaining how much the Ghostbusters will charge the hotel for trapping Slimer, Ramis is raising his fingers to signal the dollar amounts.
Venkman: “Let’s talk seriously, now for the entrapment [Spengler raises four fingers] we’re gonna have to ask you for four big ones, $4,000 for that, but we are having a special this week on proton charging and storage of the beast [Spengler raises one finger] and that’s only gonna come to $1,000 fortunately.”
I love it, and I loved making that discovery even after I’d seen the movie 100 times. Here’s a clip of the scene on YouTube.
Harold Ramis had a huge career – Stripes, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Vacation – but I’m going to remember him as a Ghostbuster.
My friend had a great line on Twitter this morning: “Saddened about Harold Ramis. Prefer not to think he died, but merely transformed into a Class V Full-Roaming Vapor.”