Ten Things I Liked About Ghostbusters II!
by: -RoG-

Ghostbusters II is one of those movies that just had a lot of bad luck, and as a result, most people forgot about it or never even saw it to begin with. Sure, the first Ghostbusters movie was better; but as far as sequels go, part 2 was still pretty damned entertaining in my book. You also need to take into account that when it came out, it was sandwiched right in between Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Batman - the top two grossing movies of 1989 which roughly brought in a combined $450,000,000! And since both of those movies came out within a month of Ghostbusters II, it wasn't going to be a film that a lot of people remembered strongly in the long run (even though it was still one of the highest grossing films of the year).

Well, I think it's high time we give Ghostbusters II the credit it deserves. It's not perfect, but so what? What is? It's simply a really fun, silly movie, and far better than 90% of other big franchise sequels. No need to overanalyze it, just sit back, laugh and enjoy. To help further drive my point home, I've created this list of the top 10 things (in no particular order) that I really liked about Ghostbusters II.

Tasty pink intestines!
#1: The Slime Tub!

If there's two things that definitely go together, it's a tub and slime. Dana starts running a bath so she can wash her kid, Oscar, but while she has her back turned, pink slime starts pouring out of the faucet instead of water. When it hits the water it starts looking like a string of intestines. But not gross intestines. More like, intestines that you'd want to give a big hug to because they look like they're filled with cotton candy instead of poop.

Well, the tub continues to fill with the pink slime until it becomes, a pink monster!


Dana runs away, of course, but come on... look at that thing. It just wants a friend. Wherever you are out there, tub slime monster, just know that I would've hung out with you instead of running off in a panic. If anything from the Ghostbusters II deserved to have a spin-off series, it's gotta be you. One question though, how do you make that porcelain tub bend like rubber instead of shattering when you move? Neat trick!

#2: The Birthday Party Dance!

The Ghostbusters have been through some hard financial times and, as a result, resorted to performing at birthday parties for kids. Now when I say that, you'd think they'd bring a captured ghost with them, release it and then catch it again in front of all the kids for a rockin' good time. No sir. They do something far better. They do the Ghostbusters Dance - swinging their arms up and down while singing the theme song. Of course, when Ray and Winston shout "Who ya gonna call?", the spoiled little brats respond with "HE-MAN!" Which leads to Ray referring to them all as "yuppie larvae". For the record, I WISH I could have Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson come dance at my birthday party. So if any of you can make that happen, I'd be most appreciative.

Vigo the... sexy?
#3: Vigo!

Ok, let me just say right now that I friggin loved Vigo. Everything about him was pure hilarity. The way he spoke about himself was absolutely brilliant. It was never just plain old "I command you!" - it had to be something more. "I Vigo, the scourge of Carpathia, command you!" Brilliant. Plus, according to Egon, Vigo was also known as Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised, and Vigo the Unholy.


And what about his introduction? Vigo's floating head appears inside the painting of himself and says, "On a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood! What was will be! What is will be no more! Now is the season of evil!" My friends, that right there is how every goddamned metal album should start before a single note is even played. But the hilarity doesn't end there. Vigo's entire body emerges from the painting in the final battle and...


WHOAH-HO-HOAH! Who's the pretty princess? You are, Vigo! Oh yes you are! It looks like somebody went to the salon before their final showdown! Seriously, it's as if his hair took on a life of its own when he emerged from the painting. Vigo, with your utterly classic self-congratulatory declarations of pure evil, studded shoulder pads, and amazingly voluptuous hair... I salute you!

#4: The River Of Slime!

If there's one thing Ghostbusters II had no shortage of, it was slime. Nothing demonstrates this fact better than the river of slime flowing underneath the city. This wasn't just some plain old slime that came from the grocery store vending machines either. No, this stuff was hardcore slime - full of various colors, luminescent qualities, bubbles and some chunky textures. What more could you ask for?

Wanna go for a swim?

best. show. ever.
#5: World of the Psychic!

While Ray and Winston are dancing at children's birthday parties, Peter Venkman is now the host of a TV show called "World of the Psychic." His guests are complete frauds, delusional, or both. Watching Venkman listen to their tales about when they believe the world is going to end is classic, but it's the upcoming episode of the show that I really wish we could see:

hairless cats and psychics? YES YES YES!

"Next week on 'World of the Psychic'... Hairless cats. Weird!" Come on! Tell me this isn't a show you would watch every single day if it really existed. I just wanna see how they can tie-in hairless cats with a show about psychics. That right there is "Must See TV." Can't go wrong with Venkman's "Until next time..." signoff message either:

Until next time...

#6: The Angry Fur Coat!

As the river of slime levels eventually break through the surface of the city streets, it begins to seep out through every nook and cranny in the ground. When this one snooty rich lady wearing a real fur coat walks through one of the slime puddles, the slime awakens the creatures in her coat.


Awwwww! The animals burst from out of her fur coat and screech with rage while she freaks out. After wrestling with the animals for a little while, she finally rips off the coat and throws it on the ground.


The angry fur coat then scurries off into the night, never to be seen again. I like to think that if you live in New York and listen closely enough... amidst all of the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, you can sometimes hear the coat still scampering wildly around the city scaring the bejesus out of the pedestrians.

He is Vigo! You are like the buzzing of flies to him!
#7: Dr. Janosz Poha!

Hell, his name alone should be enough to sell you on the guy, but Janosz makes for a great, witless minion under the spell of Vigo. He's played by Peter MacNicol, and most people probably recognize him from his role on Ally McBeal, but I still say that his performance as Janosz was the apex of his career. The extremely exaggerated accent, the clumsy mannerisms, and his constant awkward hitting on Dana easily make his character one of the most unforgettable ones of the film.

I'm from the upper vest side!

In the end, Vigo's spell over Janosz is broken by a blast of positively charged slime. While it's fantastic watching him wake up and say, "Why am I drippings with goo?", I would've preferred to see him square off against Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) for the ultimate in clumsy nerd guy battles. You just know that would've been incredible!

I didn't know you had your license!
#8: Slimer's Cameo!

Let's face it, people probably would've rioted in the streets if Slimer didn't make an appearance in the Ghostbusters sequel. Even I would've uprooted my chair from the floor and thrown it right through the screen if he wasn't in it. Slimer is simply the best of the Ghostbusters ghosts because he lives by his own rules. While all the other ghosts and monsters seem to be helping Vigo cause chaos throughout the city, Slimer is just there doing his own thing. In this case, he decided to drive a bus and give Louis Tully a ride to the museum so he could help out his buddies.

All aboard the Slimer Express!

I've still got my old "I've Been Slimed!" Ghostbusters button, and hope that some day Slimer will give me a lift to wherever I happen to be going. Rock on Slimer, rock on.

Weird lookin' toast...
#9: The Dancing Toaster!

After Ray and Egon discover that the slime not only reacts to negative energy, but also to positive energy, they conduct some experiments with it. The best experiment however, is when they fill a toaster with the slime and play Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher" on the radio. And then it happens.

Dance my toaster minions, DANCE!

The toaster begins to dance. A dancing toaster! If that right there isn't worth the price of admission, I don't know what is, folks. If you pause the movie during this scene, you can actually see the little mechanical spring legs popping out which is how they made the toaster move dance like that. Considering all of the tie-in merchandise they made for Ghostbusters II, I'm surprised nobody ever tried to cash in on the dancing toaster phenomenon. But hey, it's not too late people. I'm sure one of you has the means to mass produce these things, and I'll be the first guy in line ready to buy one if you do. Make it happen!

That slime kinda looks like bubble gum
#10: NES Advantage Liberty!

When the Ghostbusters' proton packs fail to crack the slime shell that's covering the museum, they decide to use something with a bit more power. So what do they do? They go to the Statue of Liberty and spray the inside of it with positively charged slime and start playing Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher" over some loudspeakers so that they can walk Miss Liberty over to the museum. Don't ask how that works, it's science. But how are they going to control where the statue works? Oh they've got that covered too.

NOW you're really playing with power!

They hack a NES Advantage controller from the Nintendo Entertainment System so that it's connected with the slime. Now they can steer her wherever they want! GENIUS!


They then walk her through the city, stepping on a police car in the process, break through the slime shell on the museum with a mighty swing of Miss Liberty's torch and save the day. Explain to me again why so many people didn't enjoy this movie?

'Better late than never!'
Honorable mention goes to the passengers of the Titanic returning home.

And there you have it. If you still don't like Ghostbusters II after reading this article, I might have to just come to your house, kick your door down, and douse you with some positively-charged slime.


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Reader Comments

Nov 25th, 2012, 10:50 AM
I've always felt that Ghostbusters II was one of the more unfairly maligned sequels of all-time. For me, the courtroom scene is one of the funniest sequences from either film. That, the scene when Louis asks Janine out for a date, and the subway sequence ("WINNNNSTONNNNNN!!!") would be on my list of favorite GBII moments, along with what you've got here. Good stuff, Rog.
Nov 25th, 2012, 12:49 PM
I don't think that GBII was all that unpopular. Mind you in it's theatrical release it didn't stand a chance, due to the reasons mentioned above, but it's tv, dvd and bluray residuals are really high. Critically the film was rated pretty good as well.
Sympathizes with the foo'
Nov 25th, 2012, 03:29 PM
About the only thing I can knock it for is that the plot reads like a Mad Libs of the first one, but the humor and effects are still solid. To me, it's pretty much what Temple of Doom was to Indiana Jones; not nearly as grand as its predecessor, but still a damn fine flick in its own right.
Forgetable Cyborg
Nov 25th, 2012, 04:39 PM
I really don't care if people wear real fur; but, if you wear a fur coat with the friggin' heads still attached to it, you deserve to have it maul you, you morbid jerk. (Exceptions for people who actually kill a ferocious animal in knife fight. Wear your wolf or bear head cloaks with pride!) Rock on, mink-y Cerberus coat!
taco loving zombie
Nov 25th, 2012, 07:44 PM
this is really weird this movie was playing on tv just 10 minutes ago :0
Pickled Patriarch
Nov 26th, 2012, 02:02 AM
OMG! Your TV must be haunted!!

Slacking Enthusiast
Nov 26th, 2012, 10:40 AM
I not too long ago found myself thinking of this movie due to recent Statue of Liberty-related Doctor Who ridiculousness. Things are really being bad when all you can say is "The Eighties did it better."
Nov 28th, 2012, 12:49 PM
Don't get me started on how stupid that entire episode was.

Ignoring the fact that out of the millions of people in NY, somebody would have probably noticed Lady Liberty in front of a apartment complex, the whole "paradox" wasn't much of a paradox now was it?

He couldn't go back in time and get them because they saw their names on a tombstone? WTF? They are time travelers! Even assuming that made up rule was true, what's to say that they didn't both live to a ripe old age of 100 and then the Doctor drops them back in 30's NY on their death bed. Oh I forgot, he can't go back to that time period anymore. Ok, so I dunno, go rescue them a month later?

If you want people to leave the show, why not just have them leave the show.... no reason to make up some stupid convoluted reason for it.

I remember back in the day when their was some actual science in Dr. Who, the SCIFI series.
Mogwai Trainer
Nov 28th, 2012, 03:06 PM
I've always loved this movie, and I think that it's because it's one of the first movies I saw (and I was about 7 when this came out) that I liked BECAUSE it scared me. I had just gotten to that age where scary could be entertaining, and I've just always had a soft spot in my heart for GBII (same with "Scrooged," which I think came out right around the same time).

(Also, Peter McNicol was just wonderful as Renfield in "Dracula: Dead and Loving It.")
Bustin makes me feel good
Nov 29th, 2012, 04:53 PM
I've always thought Rick Moranis in court defending the Ghostbusters was one of the funniest scenes ever.
Forum Virgin
Dec 1st, 2012, 03:27 PM
Vigo was also Karl in Die Hard, which might explain the hair.
Pickled Patriarch
Dec 2nd, 2012, 03:10 PM
Actually, Vigo (Wilhelm von Homburg) was James in Die Hard, not Karl. Karl was played by Alexander Godunov, who you may also remember as Max from The Money Pit as well.
Dec 3rd, 2012, 07:54 PM
...Aaaaaand, The Money Pit starred Tom Hanks who was in Turner & Hooch with Reginald VelJohnson who played a police officer as he did in Die Hard and as he also did in the first Ghostbusters which, of course, was the predecessor to Ghostbusters II.

The More You Know
Forum Virgin
Dec 3rd, 2012, 11:35 PM
This has long been one of my favorite articles here, since it works so well both as a fun article in and of itself and as a great defense of one of the most unfairly maligned sequels ever! I'm totally in agreement with Mister Tea's comparison to Temple of Doom; in both cases, I watched them long after the initial hype and expectations, and since I knew that the perfect lightning-in-a-bottle mix of the first movies couldn't be recaptured, I just enjoyed them for what they were. And if GB2 had deviated more from the template of the first movie, as Temple of Doom did, it would've gotten criticized for being too different in structure. It's also much like On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in that most people didn't see it when it came out, and then just assumed it was bad since everyone else already seemed to assume it was a bad entry.

The animated GIFs are always a highlight of these movie articles, but there's a particularly great bounty in this article. All the endlessly looping images go to show just how many striking and novel moving images are packed into GB2! It'd be cool to make one of those long animated GIFs that summarize an entire movie in pixelated form, especially since the creator of a popular GIF of the first Ghostbusters vowed to never do one for GB2.
4 Eyes, No Brain.
Dec 7th, 2012, 11:48 AM
One Christmas I got a double feature video tape consisting of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, best day of my life.

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