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Crossing The Streams With Some Spooky ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Trivia [VIDEO]

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I was so sad to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis the other day.

Not only was Harold instrumental behind the hit movies, ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Groundhog’s Day,’ ‘Stripes’ and ‘Animal House,’ but also was brainiac Dr. Egon Spengler in ‘Ghostbusters’.

So, in memory of Mr. Ramis, let’s ‘bust some ghosts’  and myths with a bunch of spooky trivia from one of the biggest movies of 1984.


Movie Trivia:

This was the biggest grossing comedy of all-time until 1990. Do you know film knocked it out of the top spot?


Bonus Trivia:

Do you know what artist sued Ray Parker, Jr, claiming ‘Ghostbusters’ was too similar to this groups hit from 1984?


  • Eddie Murphy turned down the role of Winston. Had he signed up for the role, his character would have entered earlier in the film. (He signed on to play Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop instead)
  • Almost all of the scenes in the movie had at least one ad-lib that made it to film. Most of them were done by Bill Murray.
  • Dan Aykroyd referred to ‘Slimer’ as the ghost of John Belushi.
  • The ‘marshmallow goo’ was actually shaving cream.
  • ‘Gozer’ was originally going to be played by Paul Reubens.
  • Actors considered to play the role of Egon included; Christopher Walkin, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd and Jeff Goldblum.
  • John Candy was originally cast in the role of Louis Tully, but because his ideas and input fell of deaf ears, he backed out of the role.
  • Michael Keaton turned down the role of Dr. Peter Venkmen.
  • The original title for the film was ‘Ghost Smashers’
  • The role of Peter Venkman was originally written for John Belushi.

Here is an ‘ear worm’ that will stick with you all day.

Movie Trivia Answer:

In 1990 the comedy ‘Home Alone’ took over the top spot from ‘Ghostbusters’ to become the biggest grossing comedy of all time.


Bonus Trivia Answer:

Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker, Jr. claiming that ‘Ghostbusters’ sounded too much like the Huey hit, ‘I Want A New Drug.’

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