With today being the official 30th anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters, I thought it would be appropriate to go over all things Ghostbusters, and rank them, Listmania style, from worst to best! Note, this is exclusively Ghostbusters stuff I’ve experienced firsthand, so I can’t judge stuff like original release Ecto-Cooler, unfortunately.
With many franchises, including Ghostbusters, there’s a concept called sequel-itis, where the franchise suffers either a drastic decline or a copy/pasting of the major traits of the original. This sequel definitely goes through both, adding weird traits of the Real Ghostbusters while taking out some of the fundamental and like-able traits of the original. Egon’s slinky joke was pretty funny though.
I’ve played this monstrosity, but I think there’s no better way to describe it than the words of the Angry Video Game Nerd:
The Extreme Ghostbusters
While there were a handful of really good episodes, like “Back in the Saddle”, for the most part, this show was rather poor quality overall in my opinion, with further emphasis on 90’s-ness and “extreme” rather than the straight up fun factor Ghostbusters is truly about. Plus, some of the ghosts and creatures were way too damn scary for a kids show, like these Clive Barker-esque monstrosities:
I mean, this’ll scar a 6-year-old.
The Real Ghostbusters
Swinging more in the direction of positivity is this show. While it suffered from a lot of copyright based issues (the title and character/actor likenesses in particular) and was definitely more kid-centric, especially with it’s spin-off Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters, it still was a quality show. I mean, the Ghostbusters face off against Cthulhu in an episode! That’s pretty cool for a kids show.
Ghostbusters:The Video Game (X360, PS3, PC)
For the first time in 20 years, the full crew (Ramis, Hudson, Akroyd, and Murray) return to donate their voices and likenesses to a proper GB video game! The game sets you in the place of an unnamed Rookie, where you get to live the life of a Ghostbuster, while still enjoying the back and forth dialogue and general fun of the original four. Sure, the game has a few hiccups here and there, and the online servers are pretty much empty now, but overall, it’s definitely not a waste of time to check out.
Ghostbusters (IDW Comic, Ongoing)
Alongside Saga and Chew, IDW’s comic iteration of the team is my regular must-buy comic. Like the aforementioned series, I own every trade released, and I make sure to get it off Amazon as soon as I find a release date. It mixes the fun and sillier aspects of the films with darkness and mythos perfectly, often having arcs that are just immensely fun to read.
Duh. Endlessly quotable, tons of fun, edgy and friendly at the same time, this film is nearly perfect. Plus, without it, no one would know how to answer the ages old question “Who you gonna call”…