Ghostbusters (1984)

Usually, we try to help you discover new movies you haven’t heard of, but we’d be surprised if you never heard of Ghostbusters. It IS a classic from the 80’s, after all.

But did you know that the movie was written and directed by Canadians? That’s right: actor and writer Dan Aykroyd, who’s obsessed with the occult, came up with the idea of a comedy about people who would chase ghosts (and other demonic creatures) for a living, travelling through space and time and it was his friend and colleague Slovak-Canadian-American director Ivan Reitman who helped bring it to life!

The plot of three parapsychology research professors who are pushed out of Columbia University due to their unusual areas of  research which leads them to start their own business which turns into into a city-saving mission with a sci-fi/horror/comedy bent wasn’t necessarily the easiest sell but with the comedy pedigree of Aykroyd, Reitman, Ramis, Toronto-born Rick Moranis and Bill Murray among others, Columbia Pictures (unlike the University) took a chance. Thankfully for all of us the chance paid off; Ghostbusters became an iconic franchise of the 80s, spanning sequels, comic books and video games, still being made to this day.

There’s a reason why Ghostbusters is still beloved almost 40 years later: the movie that started it all is still captivating and hilarious… and a bit naughtier than you probably remember.

Review by Pier-Luc Ouellet


Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis





Canadian connection

Directed by Ivan Reitman, Co-Written by Dan Aykroyd, Starring Dan Aykroyd and Rick Moranis