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Ghostbusters is Back and Ready to Believe You

It’s no secret that we’re huge Ghostbusters fans here at the N.O.C. It’s hard to believe that it’s been three decades since the movie first hit theaters. And to celebrate the occasion — and allow the kids who never got the chance to experience ghostbusting on the big screen, Sony Pictures is re-releasing the film in over 700 theaters across the country.

So before you fire up the Ecto-1 and head to your closest multiplex, here are some places to visit online to get you pumped for the flick.

The Screen Junkies love picking apart movies in their hilarious “Honest Traliers” series on YouTube. Their most recent target is our beloved Ghostbusters.

Here’s the thing. Every nit that they pick is further proof that this movie is awesome. Seriously, if your biggest issue is that movie stars in the 80s were uglier and that kids movies had more cursing, that just makes me want to rewatch Ghostbusters even more! (Which is precisely the point of the Honest Trailer, actually.)

One of the points that’s brought up in the trailer is something that most diehard GB fans are aware of. The role of Winston Zeddemore was initially conceived of for none other than Eddie Murphy. At the time, Winston’s role was larger (because Eddie) and the character likely had more to do than be the “everyman.” Eventually, Murphy chose Beverly Hills Cop over Ghostbusters, and the rest is history. Incidentally, Eddie’s BFF Arsenio Hall ended up voicing Winston in the first season of The Real Ghostbusters animated series.

As great as Ernie Hudson was in the role he was given, I kind of want to visit the alternate universe where Eddie plays Winston. Can you imagine how infinitely more quotable Winston would have been with Eddie at the helm?

Speaking of quotes, the good folks at MTV ain’t afraid of no quotes and decided to compile some of the best lines from the film. They were able to narrow it down to 103.

Since its debut in 1984, the words of Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore have rung throughout the ears and years of pop culture. Here are the most quotable lines in Ghostbusters — which, incidentally, is basically the whole movie.

Also, be on the lookout in a couple weeks for all-new Ghostbusters action figures from Matty Collector. These aren’t that new in that they’re essentially re-releases of the guys from the last go round in 2009 except they’ve now been tooled with removable proton packs — a leftover from Mattel’s failed bid to convince the ungrateful little yuppie larvae  to pony up $200+ for a 6-inch scale Ecto-1.

Still, the original individually packed ‘Busters are all pretty hard to find for a decent price anymore, so if you missed out a few years ago, now’s a good a time as any to get these figures for your collection. And if you need a miniature Ecto-1, there’s always the awesome LEGO set!

Finally, I leave you with a story that gained some traction earlier this month. Like most Ghostbusters fans, I’m perfectly fine with the studio leaving well enough alone and not doing the dreaded threequel — especially since Bill Murray ain’t interested and Harold Ramis is no longer with us. Besides, Ghostbusters II is already the perfect send off, why ruin a good thing?

But if the rumor of a Paul Feig-directed all-female Ghostbusters reboot has any legs, I would definitely be intrigued.

However you slice it, the return of Ghostbusters is long overdue. I’m so stoked to see it on the big screen again.