Ghostbusters II

March 15, 2014

[SOM #75]

This week we're back busting ghosts and investigating paranormal disturbances of all kinds. The majority of the show is spent discussing Ghostbusters II, the 1989 sequel that despite studio pressure, editing strife, shifting release dates, unhappy cast and crew, lukewarm reception and relative obscurity still manages to not be a terrible follow-up to one of the greatest comedies of all time.

Also up for debate are The Real Ghostbusters, Extreme Ghostbusters, the 2009 video game and the prospects in store for a possible Ghostbusters III. 

Next week for our Gonzo Halloween special we’re continuing our spectral theme. We’ll be looking at the 1992 BBC hoax documentary broadcast 21 years ago that scared the living bejesus out of Britain’s children. It has only ever been screened once and the BBC received 30,000 phone calls from the bewildered, the angry and the downright terrified.

It’s called Ghostwatch and you can buy it for about £8 on DVD in the UK or follow the links below to watch it in three parts online. 

We heartily recommend you make watching this your Halloween evening and then listen to the Gonzo discussion to follow. 

Ghostwatch - Part 1 on Vimeo:
Ghostwatch - Part 2 on Vimeo:
Ghostwatch - Part 3 on Vimeo:




March 14, 2014

[SOM #74]

Welcome to the movie that started it all... for me anyway. Ghostbusters was the first trip to the cinema for me, aged four. In effect, considering our twelve inch, wooden, push-button telly, it was the first experience that made me understand what a film could be. And what a way to start a lifetime of being besotted with this medium. It has everything a young lad could want; eye-popping effects, hilarious dialogue from a really tight script, mythology and science hinting at a wider world and believable, lovable heroes facing off against a dark god in the center of New York.

Matt Ramsey of Do Try This at Home, Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Neil Taylor and  Gary Blower of GameBurst all join me to clean up the town, taking you guys from creepy Columbia logo through to Slimer's final charge, along the way we talk about balancing comedy with horror, abandoned concepts and casting choices, the secrets of the special effects, the theoretical science of busting ghosts and for one loopy tangent... The Shining.

Next week we're talking Ghostbusters II, The Real Ghostbusters, Extreme Ghostbusters, the 2009 Ghostbusters video game and the prospect of Ghostbusters III. This ended up being in the top three most quotable movies reviewed by Gonzo, up there with Aliens and Predator. We came, we saw, we kicked it-