10 Unanswered Questions from the Ghostbusters Movie

Ghostbusters… I just have some questions…

Let’s get it straight from the start that we are talking about the original 1984 Ghostbusters film and not the 2016 reboot!

If I was going to ask any questions about Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, I would just ask the one question… Why did you make this God-awful film in the first place?

The original Ghostbusters film is one of my all-time favourite movies, but after recently re-watching it for the umpteenth time, several things just got me thinking.

Ghostbusters… I just have some questions…

Do they ever go back and catch the library ghost?

When I was younger the ghost in the library really used to scare the shit out of me! The library ghost is the first ghost the Ghostbusters encounter, which leads them to become the Ghostbusters in the first place. What I can’t understand is that they never go back and catch the damn thing.

Can those proton packs cause cancer?

Carrying around a nuclear-powered proton collider which is like having a mini radioactive reactor on your back surely has some long-term effects on a Ghostbuster’s health?

Does Peter always carry around sedatives?

In one scene Peter is speaking to Egon on the phone and mentions that Dana Barrett was acting strange and calling herself the Gatemaster, but now she is sleeping because he gave her 300CC of Thorazine. Holy shit!

Let’s take a step back. He was originally going round to Dana’s apartment because he was actually going on a date with this her. Why would he be carrying this stuff around with him? It all seems a bit date rapey now! *

Do Egon and Janine get it together?

Janine Melnitz, the Ghostbusters receptionist shows Egon quite a bit of affection in the first film, but did anything actually happen between them before she gets with Louis Tully in the second movie?

How far did the Gatekeeper and the Keymaster go?

Speaking of getting it on. When Louis Tully arrives at Dana’s apartment they immediately embrace. Just how far did they go?

Is the EPA guy crazy?

Why does Walter Peck, the guy who works for the Environmental Protection Agency think it’s perfectly okay to deactivate the Ghostbusters unlicensed containment system in the middle of one of the most populated cities on Earth?

Which obviously we know had catastrophic consequences!

Did the Stay Puft Marshmallow Company sue the Ghostbusters?

When your corporate logo causes a downtown disaster, which is all thanks to Ray Stanz, wouldn’t people be steering well clear of your products from now? I’d be pretty pissed right now if I was Stay Puft Marshmallows Ltd!

Did the Ecto-1 really cost $4800 not including parts?

Okay, the car today would maybe be considered as a classic today, but in 1984, when they originally purchased the car it was knackered and needed a hell of a lot of spare parts to fix. Did this death trap really cost $4800 second-hand thirty plus years ago?

Can they really charge those prices?

I understand that getting rid of this kind of supernatural nuisance can be hard work, but the Ghostbusters also cause more damage to properties than the job is worth. They’ll probably charge $2,500 for the job, but damage costs caused by their proton packs maybe rack up over $30,000 for the poor business they’ve saved!


Okay, we do have an answer to one of these questions….

  • The official Richard Mueller novelisation describes him hunting around in her apartment for medical supplies.

Dana Barrett still floated above the bed while Peter Venkman rummaged through the drawers of her dresser. “She’s an artist”, he thought. “She’s got to have some Valium somewhere.”

Written by Leeson

Part-time blogger, full-time coffee addict and lead designer at Lavoisier Technology Group. I love movies, peanut butter and tech.


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