Dan Aykroyd’s family has a historical background in the supernatural, and he channeled his faith into a story about fighting ghosts, which was to be a main route vehicle for both him and John Belushi. After Belushi’s untimely death, actor / writer Harold Ramis and director / producer Ivan Reitman helped shape “Ghostbusters” away from being a futuristic space adventure into a modern New York ghost story, and Bill Murray finished the job with his own unique tornado of personality.
With over 200 special effects needed and the large post offices tied with “Indiana Jones and the Doom Temple” and “Return of the Jedi,” Columbia Pictures helped bankroll Oscar winner Richard Edlund’s new effects company and get movies completed.
On June 8, 1984, “Ghostbusters” battled spirits on screen and battled “The Gremlins” on other screens, when they both opened the same weekend. “Ghostbusters” kept “Gremlins” in check and edged our “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” as the number one hit this summer and became one of the greatest comedies ever. Its theme song by Ray Parker Jr. knocked Prince’s “When Doves Cry” from at the top of the charts in August, it was nominated for an Oscar, and sued by Huey Lewis for sounding too much like “I Want A New Drug.”. “
Rick Moranis, who played Louis Tully, reflected on the resilience of the film. “The film crossed to so many markets and audiences and was celebrated for so long,” he said. “It went through three seasons: all summer. [Then] each child was dressed as a Ghostbuster for Halloween and it dominated the Christmas gift period. “