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July 8th, 2008 by Matt Sugarman Trailers Guy

I’m a child of the ’80s. Mike Scott taught me how to throw a Wiffle Ball curveball. Up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A-Select Start would be my secret nuclear launch code if anyone was silly enough to give me that power. Encyclopedia Brown and Which Way books got me through the tedium of long summer car rides, and the only thing that calmed the summer heat in the backseat of the family station wagon was a stockpile of Ecto Cooler juice boxes.

Ecto Cooler was more than just a cold, sugary punch in the brain. It was a way I could bring a part of Ghostbusters, my favorite movie as a kid, with me every day. When I have my first child, there is probably a 50-50 chance that names like Mark and Brian will lose out to Egon, Venkman, Slimer, Gozer or Zuul. All right, the odds are more like 60-40, but you get the point.

In Ghostbusters, we get spectacular, hyper-quotable performances from Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Many of us got to meet Ernie Hudson before his turns in The Crow and Oz, and Sigourney Weaver made us want to learn the cello (or any other string instrument, for that matter).

Ghostbusters is everything that is good and right about the movies. It’s part absurd escapism, part science-fiction mumbo jumbo and part mismatched buddy comedy. At heart, it’s 100 percent fun and infinitely re-watchable. It’s the reason I looked out my window every night before bed to make sure the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man wasn’t scaling our house. It’s the reason I ruined more than one backpack trying to make my own proton pack and vowed never, ever to cross the streams. And it is the reason I’m the movie buff I am today.

Enjoy Ghostbusters on Hulu, whenever you want. Dogs and cats, living together: mass hysteria, indeed.

Who ya gonna call?


The Sixth Ghostbuster

(Counting Rick Moranis in the Slimer-driven bus in Ghostbusters II, of course.)

Last comment: Jul 10th 2008 3 Comments
  • k says:

    i really love hulu. you’ve made my work day more desirable.

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  • Todd says:

    You messed up the Contra code! It’s up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A-Select Start. Fix it now before you unleash an unslaught of dork attacks upon you.

    I love Ghostbusters, and just saw a picture of my 10 year old self with my ghostbusters t-shirt and a denim jacket. I miss that t-shirt.