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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is Vigo! You are like the buzzing of flies to him!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I quite like Vigo the Carpathian, an opinion I’ve expressed before in this column. I’ve featured a shot of Wilhelm von Homburg sweeping up around the set of Ghostbusters II in full costume before.

I view Ghostbusters II about the same way I view Jaws 2. The sequel was made in close enough proximity to the original to still capture the feel of the first movie and a fraction of its charm even if the whole doesn’t totally congeal and lacks the spark of life the original film had. But I like ‘em both.

The previous photo I ran of Vigo is funny, but this one is just plain old awesome-sauce. I love the moving painting effect and love seeing how they executed it.

Thanks to reader Nick Wesley for sending this one along! Click for a bigger image! Enjoy!

 

 

You will not be able to resist tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

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  • Feb. 28, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    GB2 definitely does not suck

    by mr teaspoon

    "We had part of a slinky...but I straightened it."

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I love GB2

    by sith_rising

    "well I love you too"!!!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I agree it doesn't deserve the hate

    by AugustusMacReady

    I liked it even though the feeling of "did it for the paycheck" (at least one in particular) emanated from it. Peter MacNichol was choice however!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    My favorite line in GB2

    by Ronald Raygun

    For some reason I always crack up at the part where Venkman says the baby stinks and then, in a Mexican voice, says "You're right, Senor!"

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Sometimes shit happens

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Someone has to deal with it and who you gonna call? I Love GB II.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Peter, put the baby down. . .

    by Rik J.

    You're short, you're belly button sticks out and you're a terrible burden on your poor mother. Epic

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    I was ten when I saw Ghostbusters 2

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    so naturally I thought it was awesome. Of course it's nowhere near as good as the original but I've seen FAAAAARRRR worse sequels to successful movies.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    GB2 did not suck

    by slone13

    But it wasn't that great, either. Let's be honest.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Bill Murray Bandwagon = GB2 sucked

    by awepittance

    pretty sad that Murray beats up on this movie so much when he should be talking shit about his more embarrassing roles like Garfield and Osmosis Jones

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit Pittance...

    by SauceDiesel

    I totally forgot about Osmosis Jones...that movie sucked ass...

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Ghostbusters 2: this time the movie is the joke!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Murray rags on GB II

    by sundancekeed

    Because everybody including him knows he did it strictly for the money. But it's still not a bad movie. It ain't great but like someone else said, I've seen lots of worse sequels.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    the trouble with sequels is...

    by citizenchris099

    ...how much time do you really have on your hands? I'm trying to pick out a flick to watch solo or w/friends or family ..whatever. Someone suggests Ghostbusters. Who in their right mind goes...hey how about part 2 instead? That's the measure of any sequel..or really any movie for that matter imho. W/the finite time I have on this planet I dedicate a subset of time to movies. Do I really want to allocate said time to watching Ghostbusters 2...when I can just watch the original superior film and call it a day?

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    The Courtroom Scene

    by Kevin Kittridge

    The Courtroom Scene with Rick Moranis more than makes up for the subparity of other parts of the film.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Ghost Busters II Is One Of Those Sequels

    by kevinwillis.net

    That, by itself, actually makes for a pretty cool movie. But in comparison to the original (which is hard not to do), it sucks tragically. I love the inclusion of the pneumatic subway, though. Otherwise . . . it just wasn't the original, and not anywhere near the same class. Gozer, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, crossing the streams . . . The original is such a classic. GBII just doesn't compare.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I Really Actually Liked Osmosis Jones

    by kevinwillis.net

    That's a great little animated flick. The Shat! Ron Howard! So much to love in that film. David Hyde Pierce! Laurence Fishburne as Thrax! Chris Elliot! Chris Rock's best film role to date. And . . . not a sequel!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    ya know this guy was one of the DIE HARD terrorists

    by TheSeeker7

    He bought the farm (along with a few others) when McClane sent the computer chair strapped with C4 down the elevator shaft and made the whole bottom floor explode.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Two questions please concerning the Viggo painting

    by KilliK

    1.does anyone know who artist painted it? 2.does anyone know where the painting is right now? thank you.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    In this world of sucky sequels GB2 earns from ass, yours and mine

    by performingmonkey

    Fact.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    GB 2>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Jaws 2

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I mean, yes, both sequels have their charms, but come on... Jaws 2 has almost NONE of the artistry of the first.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    The best thing about Jaws 2 was the ad campaign.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water." Even today, I get chills at how brilliant that is.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Also, three cheers for practical effects!!!!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Hip, hip, HOORAY! Hip, hip, HOORAY! Hip, hip, HOORAY!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Vigo is the weakest link of Ghostbusters 2

    by Royston Lodge

    The first Ghostbusters is primarily a comedy which uses elements of sci-fi and horror to tell a comedic story. Any time a filmmaker tries to combine these elements of horror and comedy, they have to work hard to maintain the balance and ensuring that the horror elements do not overpower the comedy element, and also to ensure that the comedy elements don't make the horror elements look cheesy. There are lots of movies where the filmmaker doesn't really find that balance. The Casper movie wasn't very funny at all, for example, while Young Frankenstein isn't very scary. Ghostbusters was a masterful example of the balance being just right. I think the biggest factor was the filmmakers' decision not to give us the backstory of any of the ghosts. We don't know their names. We don't know who they were when they were alive. They aren't "dead people". They are merely "ghosts". The closest we come is the librarian ghost, but even then we don't know her name, we don't know how she died and we don't know why she's haunting the library. She's merely a "ghost". It's similar to the way we don't think of Stormtroopers being real people with families and stuff, so it's ok when they die. The big, bad villain at the end isn't a ghost at all, but rather a Sumerian god. Again, really just a 2-dimensional "bad guy", so it's ok. Plus, the villain's ultimate form is the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, which is damned funny. Ghostbusters 2 messed with that formula. First there's Vigo, the ghost of this "Vlad The Impaler" type of guy who has the ability to possess living bodies and wants to take over Dana's baby. That's not funny. It's a concept that's way too disturbing for a movie that is supposed to be a comedy. There's also the scene where the ghosts of the people who died on the Titanic show up. Again, this isn't really funny. It's sad and depressing. (It's the same problem with the Casper movie. Instead of merely being a "friendly ghost", he's a friggin DEAD BOY. That isn't funny.) So, that's my theory on why Ghostbusters 2 ultimately doesn't work. If they ever do make Ghostbusters 3, the key will be to make sure the ghosts remain emotionally-generic so we never feel sorry for them, and for the villain to be funny rather than disturbing. The audience must only feel empathy for the living characters, and never for the ghosts. If the audience starts to think about who the ghosts actually are, it starts to get too disturbing.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    The biggest problem with Ghostbusters II

    by successor

    <p>is how can people in New York City not believe in the supernatural after a fifty foot Marshmellow Man goes tromping through the city, then later blows up and gets everybody covered in marshmellow? Not even Peck's excuse about "sensitive nerve gases" and "a fake electronic light show" would pass muster. Not to mention ghosts popping up everywhere and the walls of the 53th precinct bleeding. Yet the second film acts as if the events of the first film were thought of as a hoax. I'm not buying it. If I saw a marshmellow man smashing everything in sight and then got covered in sticky goop, I would believe in the supernatural. So the fundamental premise of the sequel is flawed.</p> <p>Despite this flaw, though, the film still have several good moments and is better than a number of sequels (Batman & Robin, Star Trek V, Live Free or Die Hard, anyone?).</p>

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Murray's deadpan in this film is still fucking hilarious

    by Amazing Maurice

    I wish his world of the psychic TV show was for real. "So, your new book is called 'The End Of The World'.... .... can you tell us when its going to be or do we have to buy the thhe book?"

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Meh

    by dukeroberts

    I remember thinking GB2 was just so-so, disappointing in that it wasn't nearly as good as the original. I haven't seen it in 20 years, due to my disappointment with it. However, when I was a kid, my sisters and I loved the hell out of Jaws 2. As a kid I liked it better than Jaws because there was MORE SHARK! I didn't realize back then that was not necessarily a good thing. We watched it constantly on The Movie Channel and played like the floor was the water wherein lurked Jaws. Whoever stepped off of the couch or chair or footstool, onto the floor, was eaten by Jaws. Oh, happy times!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    royston lodge

    by dukeroberts

    All of your points are very valid. That is exactly what I did not like about Casper. I thought the movie was okay, but him being sad about dying and missing his family, and then to actually see Casper in human form! That was a big "Absolutely not!" moment.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Jane Russell is dead. Get on it.

    by WhatTheHellHappenedToMe

    RIP, the best boobs Hollywood ever knew

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Very cool

    by _Venkman

    I had no idea it was done like this

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    eees VEEEGOO!! YOU ARE LIKE-AH BUZZING-AH FLIES TO HEEEEM!!!

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    "Zen vy are you came?"

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    "You're nothing but an unstable short-chain molecule!"

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    he was also in In The Mouth Of Madness

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

    he blew his brains out in front of Sam Neil

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    I was promised "Viggo"...

    by MattDomville

    Damn your lies.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    But Viggo is funny through Murrey making fun of

    by KilliK

    him and Janosz ,his possessed servant who is a parody of the archetype of the evil servant in the classical monster/horror movies. in fact MacNicol was so fucking brilliant parodying this archetype,that Mel Brooks used him in a similar role in his Dracula parody with Leslie Nielsen. No the problem with GB2 wasnt the nature of the main villain.The real problem was that the sequel was trying to be more of a family movie (after all it was made because of the cartoon success) while trying to keep in an extent the darker and more adult roots of the original. But it is a very difficult feat to try to keep in balance two very opposite genres mixed together in the same film.GB2 tried to do exactly that,and the final result though not perfect,it is not a failure either. Despite its flaws,I like GB2,i like it a lot,i like the main villain,i like his looney servant,i love the courtroom,tv show and train underground scene,i love seeing the bunch returning for a new adventure.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    "He vuz a veddy powerful magician..."

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Gotta love that Janosz.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's Pic - Star Trek First Contact?

    by room23storeblogspotcom

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    R.I.P Jane

    by Jugs

    :(

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Next Week on "World of the Psychic"....Hairless Cats

    by Clavius

    weird!

  • Ouch!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Quint this is A deleted/alternate scene

    by ndally

    So this isn't how the morphing face effect was done so here is the background on the climax of this movie which went through MAJOR changes late in production. So originally Vigo was suppose to Peel out of the painting towards the ending. They set it up early in the movie when we first meet Janusz and he says "i think that she likes me, no i do, i truly do" then it shows Viggo's head popping out of the painting. Well this was suppose to be how he came out of the painting at the end to face off against the Ghostbusters he literally was "stepping out" of the painting but in the finished movie Vigo just appears in the middle of the room when Egon says "uh-oh". If you re-watch GB2 you will notice that during the climax Vigo is never shown in the same frame as anyone else. All of his scene's minus the one when he is holding baby Oscar were filmed separately cause they weren't sure how the movie would end. the production of this movie was crazy

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I was expecting the worst piece of shit ever when I watched it

    by BlaGyver

    And was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Of course it can't compare to the first, but it's a perfectly watchable sequel.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Vigo, the master of evil!

    by rev_skarekroe

    Trying to battle my boys? That's not legal!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    royston lodge

    by mr teaspoon

    I agree that a comedy/horror needs to balance things out, but I think you're being unfair to GB2. It'd be easy for me to say 'there's nothing funny about Winston and Ray quoting scripture and discussing the end of the world, nor am I amused at the thought of an evil ancient god taking over', but I'd obviously be omitting a lot. Just like how you say 'there's nothing funny about child possession'. Well, no, but there's something funny about Venkman hosting World of the Psychic, a dancing toaster, etc.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    ronald raygun

    by SavageJuicebox

    I'm gonna shatter yer world man. The line is actually "You're ripe, Senor!" because the baby stinks.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    The cartoon made it hard to watch the sequel.

    by Tacom

    I always assumed the cartoon took place right after the first movie ended so I couldn't wrap my head around the whole "banned from ghostbusting" for five years in the GB2.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    GB2=fucking garbage...

    by darthwaz1

    I'm a much bigger fan of the Real Ghostbusters cartoon. The 2nd movie was just kiddie fodder bullshit, they weren't even allowed to smoke cigarettes...

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Two in the box!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Two in the box!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Ready to go!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    We be fast, and...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    THEY BE SLOW!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    And Ghostbusters = ****, Ghostbusters II = ***

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's funny how even the slightest dip in quality from the original makes people think a perfectly enjoyable sequel "sucks" (like the absurd bashing of The Legend Of Zorro, which I think is a lot of fun, just not as great as Mask). Jaws 2 is also a very well-made thriller that had the misfortune of being a sequel to a masterpiece. Jaws 3 and 4 truly *did* suck, but Jaws 2 is a film I really enjoy on its own merits.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    There are many reasons to dislike Ghostbusters II

    by m00kiedood

    But for me -- and maybe it's just me -- it's all because of Peter McNichol's Janosz character and that god awful accent. I can't stand his accent. It is so affected, so overly conscious, so over the top and unlike any other realistic accent you've ever heard, that it just snaps me out of the movie every time. I've liked McNichol in his other work, but man, I hate the hell out of him in this. Just want to pop him in the nose.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    The 80's was a prime time for Funny Accent performances

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Seriously, it seems like EVERY FUCKING MOVIE released in the 80's had at least one supporting character with an obnoxiously overwrought foreign accent. It's a trend that even spilled over slightly into the early 90's (remember Martin Short in Father Of The Bride?). There was always this goofy foreign sidekick spouting malapropisms and fractured pop culture references ("Time is fun when you are having flies...!"). More than the fashions, hairstyles and shameless product placements, it's the Funny Accent Guy that lets you know, for certain, that the movie you're watching was made between 1980 and 1989.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Whaaa? Janosz is one of the better aspects of GB2

    by _Venkman

    I think a big problem with this movie is the music.... Specifically the scenes with Venkman, Oscar and Dana. It was too cutsie cutsie and cheapened the film a bit. Overall, I still really enjoy the film. It's no where near the level of the first one but it's still a fun film.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Although I dislike 2, I'd still like a solid 3rd movie..

    by darthwaz1

    maybe it'll wash the bad taste of 2 out of my mouth, who knows.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    savagejuicebox

    by Ronald Raygun

    I always thought Venkman was doing a little ventriloquist act, and pretending the kid was talking back to him in a Mexican voice. For years, anytime someone let me hold their baby, I'd pretend the kid was Mexican because of Ghostbusters 2. Now I realize it makes no sense!

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    iG

    by theonecalledshoe

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    i

    by theonecalledshoe

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    sorry guys about the triple reply but...

    by theonecalledshoe

    GB didn't do any damage to the series. It was toned down in parts for kids. I'd rather hear the sound of particle throwers going one more time than a lightsaber. GB 2 was a interesting sequel for this old kid in the theatre when it came out. The only drawback for some would be some call for swearing and drinking/smoking something. For the most part I kieep it on my shelf and watch it occasionally esp. for the court scene.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Start a movement to get GB2 deleted scenes on dvd

    by darthpigman

    Tons of deleted footage from GB2 that has never seen the light of day. Let Columbia know you want it.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    RE: KILLIK

    by Err

    Vigo's painting is, I believe, currently being held at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in Cali. Oddly enough, I believe that the Letterman Digital Arts Center is owned by ILM, which means George Lucas owns Vigo.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    The biggest problem with Ghostbusters II - HE-MAN!!

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ...the dated He-Man reference. As a kid that had me scratching my head afterward. And maybe for the first time it had me thinking about the fact that the people who wrote the movie were out of touch adults who had no clue what kids were into. Only a few years before that I was THE biggest He-man geek around.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    killik and err

    by Quint

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure the painting is up at ILM, too.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Yes, kids demanding He-Man at a birthday party circa 1989 was bullshit

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The cartoon show was popular around...what, 1983? Kids in '89 should have been demanding TMNT or some shit, not fucking HE-MAN. Also funny how they put Annie Potts in that ludicrous red wig to make her look more like the Janine Melnitz from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon series.

  • March 1, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    What was shall be, what is shall be no more!

    by Russman

    Fun movie, not as good as the first, but fun.

  • March 1, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Everything you are doing is bad...

    by Aquanaut

    I want you to know this.

  • March 1, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Vigo is the best thing about GB2

    by tomimt

    not that I hate GB2 or anything.

  • March 1, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    GB2 is worth watching just for the courtroom scene.

    by Ecto-1

  • March 1, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Hell yea! Joe Dante to direct GB3

    by Ecto-1

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  • March 1, 2011, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Ghostbusters 2 was atrocious

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • March 1, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    "It's always the quiet ones"

    by durhay

    LOVE this line, and use it often.

  • Heavy fucking metal. Vigo rocked. i don't remember this picture being in the film at all though. There's a shot of him being there and then he's gone. I don't ever remember him stepping down from the pedestal this is all new to me.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Why did Vigo...

    by Super Joker

    Look so badass in the painting and then when he stepped out of the painting it looked like the makeup department didn't have time to sort his hair out?

  • March 1, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    I don't hate GB2...

    by ChickenStu

    but it's no classic.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    If you think GB2 is horrible...

    by SK229

    then you must think most other sequels are nigh on unwatchable. Murray has a ton of killer lines in this movie and like others have said, he's been in MUCH worse movies. "Well I know I'm just asking for the big hurt but I thought I'd give us one more chance..." "You're not gonna get a green card with that attitude, pal." "I've worked with better... but not many... thank you."... Just to remind you of three. I know it had an aura of cashing in, but I still think it feels like they TRIED to capture the feeling of something Ghostbusters, maybe half the original movie with half of the cartoon. Can you say that about most other sequels? That's the thing, I feel like they don't even give a shit or act like they're trying to outsmart the original in most cases these days with sequels, remakes, and reboots.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    This film was dark enough.

    by Super Joker

    That subway scene with the severred heads on spikes appearing out of the blue gave me fucking plenty of nightmares when I was a kid. That film has plenty of creepy-ass scenes. I find them funny now because they're clearly played for adult laughs but lots of the scenes aren't for kids at all: The baby in the pram at the start getting hijacked by the invisible ghost of pedobear - disturbing. Janosz dressed up as a nanny flying through the air and coming to people's windows to steal their children - creepy. Janosz's crazy glowing eyes - creepy. The courtroom scene features ghosts capable of serious physical harm - creepy. The subway river that's clearly alive and tries to pull people in - creepy. The bathtub scene with the gigantic slime cock monster - creepy. The fur coat coming alive and attacking its owner - creepy. The massive ghost of King Kong - creepy. Slime coming out of walls like blood - creepy. Doors slamming shut Exorcist-style - creepy. None of this was suitable for kids. It was brilliant!

  • March 1, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    I can't relate to anyone who thinks this film is bad.

    by Super Joker

    To me it's a good movie. Not as good as the original, but the original is one of the best movies ever made, it's a tough act to follow. I still love Ghostbusters II. When people say it's shit.....you've got to be kidding me. It's purely the comparison to the lofty heights of the original, but on its own terms it's a good film, entertaining and funny and solid from start to finish. Janosz and Venkman have some of the best lines.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Ebert may have said it best

    by James_Camera_On

    The script for GB II looked like an early script for GB I -- one that was thrown away. Or should have been thrown away, but evidently was retrieved from the trash. I liked GB II, saw it twice at the theaters, but it was a huge lost opportunity. And the box office receipts showed it. Murray is angry because he thought they were going to a do a different movie, but from what I have read, the studio decided to go with a safer version at the last moment. There is clearly an interesting story here, but all that matters is that Murray thinks he was screwed, not a nice or smart thing to do to the guy who holds the franchise together. I suspect he really does not want to get burned again. Who could blame him? For the record, I think GBII should have been based on the Heinlein story, "Magic Inc." Read the fun fantasy when you get a chance. With few changes it could have been a fine Ghostbusters vehicle.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    If Murray was burned that bad...

    by SK229

    I do understand where he's coming from not wanting to do a third. The overall tone must have changed drastically from what he was originally told... and once the contracts are signed and that train is in motion, there's not much you can do to stop it. Even someone like him can do very little once it's in the hands of the producers and the editors. But he could solve that problem easily by demanding approval of the final cut on GB3. The studio can cover itself by having a hard deadline on his end for a viewable cut and a hard deadline on their end for his 'notes'. The big fear, of course, is that he'll stall and be a pain-in-the-ass when they just want to have a releasable film and he'll bitch no matter what. Imagine shelving a $200 million dollar investment because you can't get a hold of the guy who needs to approve it. That's why they have teams of lawyers for all that shit. Another thing, wasn't Murray also very upset along similar lines with Groundhog Day? That he felt it could or was going to be a much darker movie than it wound up being? I could have sworn he had a falling out with Ramis over that movie. Maybe I'm wrong... anyone know?

  • March 1, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I do like the montage set to Run DMC better

    by Tacom

    No Ray having a dream about a girl ghost giving him a blowjob but I did like the part where they catch the ghost jogger and the laser things they set up in the crystal shop.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    The He-Man thing was a joke...

    by ChickenStu

    Cause Ghostbusters was the first toy to outsell He Man.

  • March 1, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Viggo was a bad monkey.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 1, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    GB2 was a BO hit but the problem was that

    by KilliK

    a lot of the money went to the creators pockets instead of the producers.And maybe that's the main reason that the 3rd movie never got made,because it is an expensive investment with low profits for the investors.thats my opinion.

  • March 1, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    sk229

    by A_Banned_Apart

    I believe that you might actually be thinking of "Scrooged". Murray had some big issues with that one.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    SO, your alien had a room at the Holiday Inn...

    by P.Venkman

    Paramus?

  • March 2, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    The Groundhog Day Split (re: sk229)

    by James_Camera_On

    I have heard that as well, that Ramis wanted a more humorous movie than Murray. Personally, I thought the balance was just right, but if Murray wanted a really down and dark movie, he didn't get it and that was undoubtedly a facotr. My sense however is that there is more to the split between him and Ramis than the tone of Groundhog Day. I think murray was increasingly feeling that Ramis had led down the wrong career path, that he shouldn't have listened to Ramis after Ghostbusters but should have followed his own instincts, which is what he has been doing since Groundhog day. The problem is that hasn't worked out either. Murray denies it now, but my sense is that not getting an oscar for Lost in Translation was a huge loss to him. So to do GB III would be in a way to admit he was wrong. And I don't think he wants to do that. As a rule, people don't like to admit they are wrong. Murray is pretty much a recluse now (sadder and wiser and clearly not as happy) and I expect him to be more so in the future. I don't think he is being a jerk regarding GB III, though that is one defensible position. He doesn't hate it; it's just that he doesn't care. About that or much or anything else. So GB III is not going to happen.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    most sequels these days arn't fit to lick the shit of this ones boots

    by Smack_Teddy

    THIS is how you do a sequel that doesn't completely catch lightning in a bottle like it did the first time round, but still pretty well. That's about as critical as i can bear to get over Ghostbusters II, those movies hold a very special place in my heart, like Back to the Future, but in a different way.

  • March 2, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    MiB II = Just how good this film is

    by Smack_Teddy