Posted by Leah Singerman
This weekend the world is breaking out the Twinkies, counter-fried eggs, and Stay Puft marshmallows to honor the 30th birthday of everyone’s favorite ghost story. Sony is celebrating too- they plan to rerelease the movie into theaters for one day only on August 29th. Why exactly they chose this date when the movie originally came out in June is anyone’s guess, but hey, we’re not complaining.
In honor of this most auspicious occasion, please enjoy some of our favorite Ghostbusters fun facts.
- The jail scene was actually done in a prison that was supposedly haunted, and sure enough, the film had a bunch of unexplained scratches on it. Creepy.
- Some footage in the city was shot without a permit, and in one scene you can see a security guard starting to chase the crew.
- The movie’s famous song was written after a two-day bout of writers block, which was remedied by a 4:30am TV commercial. Isn’t that how it always goes?
- There was a deleted scene where the Ectomobile physically rejected a policeman’s ticket. Can we please see this?
- This movie marks our boy Larry King’s first film (of many).
- When the film was in theaters, it actually paused in the middle to run a real commercial with a real phone number. That number was called over 20,000 times per day for more than a month. (And this was before people had cell phones…)
- Practically every single scene has some improv. In fact, pretty much all of Bill Murray’s lines were ad-libbed.
Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II are also being specially released on Blu-Ray with some cool new special features. But, most importantly, we’ve heard rumors of a new addition to the series in 2015. And we’re more excited about that than Louis is about playing Parcheesi.
What do you think about all the birthday hoopla? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @DweebCast.
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