Part 1: The Ghost Busters Vs. The Ghostbusters
MR. LOBO went totally insane while making this years CINEMA INSOMNIA HAUNTED HOUSE SPECIAL for HALLOWEEN and he hopes that you trust him enough to go along with him. It all started when a family friend was talking about how they were showing reruns of “the bad ghost-busters” cartoon show on cable TV–meaning not “The Real Ghostbusters” cartoon based on the Dan Aykroyd-Bill Murray-Harold Ramis blockbuster hit film from 1984.
This got MR. LOBO thinking about the whole idea of Real Vs. Fake, Homage Vs. Parody, Inspiration Vs. Plagiarism and he fell through a worm hole. The Supernatural-Comedy or Horror/Comedy sub-genre–whatever you want to call it–has to be one of the most incestuous and back-biting sub-genre of them all! A greedy snake that eats itself and is somehow born anew again and again…
Mr. Lobo was very influenced as a teenager by THE GHOSTBUSTERS(1984). The green slime here on the CINEMA INSOMNIA website is a subtle giveaway.
The teaser trailer gave us “No-Ghosts” logo, a sampling of spectacular effects, and hilarious scenes with MR. LOBO’s comedy heroes DAN AYKROYD, HAROLD RAMIS and BILL MURRAY. But No Title.
All he knew was that he had to find out all he could and see it! Unknown to all of us at the time, there was a hiccup with the rights to the name “GHOSTBUSTERS”. The story goes that when they were filming the triumphant post-climax scene on the streets of New York, The director IVAN REITMAN was on the phone with COLUMBIA, and/or their lawyers, asking them if they secured the name because he had hundreds of extras chanting “Ghostbusters…Ghostbusters…Ghostbusters”.
It could have been “GhostSmashers” or “GhostChasers”…but it had to be GHOSTBUSTERS…Which also happened to be the name of MR. LOBO’s favorite live-action Saturday morning TV kids show from 1975.He remembers lying on the living room floor in footy pajamas flipping the channels on the giant Radiation Master cabinet console. Most of the time, he would change the channel if it wasn’t a cartoon. He barely tolerated CAPT. MARVEL and was pretty unimpressed with ISIS. BUT THE GHOST BUSTERS captivated him…We think it was the Gorilla or what he thought at the time was a Gorilla.(Actually, The Great Bob Burns–but more on him later…)
This show, like the other FILMATION live action shows–were updated throwbacks of a by gone era of Saturday Movie Matinees and Serials from the 1940’s. Especially, the BOWERY BOYS who made films like SPOOKS RUN WILD(1941), GHOSTS ON THE LOOSE(1943)SPOOK BUSTERS(1946) and GHOST CHASERS(1951) which was originally titled GHOST BUSTERS.
Even in its own time this was was nothing new
Funny wise-guys bumbling through supernatural mumbo-jumbo was always good for laughs and were big business. COLUMBIA signed THE THREE STOOGES who made 190 shorts between 1934 and 1957. Often MOE, LARRY, CURLY, or SHEMP face “ghosts”, “haunted houses”, “mad scientists”, and “psychics” and usually there was a gorilla somewhere in there, too.
Let’s take a look at Ghost Busting Supernatural-Comedy in a larger context as a grand American tradition. MR. LOBO has made some discoveries he hopes you find interesting as background to the many fun influences apparent in this years CINEMA INSOMNIA HALLOWEEN SPECIAL.
This HALLOWEEN NIGHT at 8PM be in front of your TV with your favorite snacks and watch MR. LOBO in a REAL HAUNTED HOUSE with his own hilarious group of “Paranoid Investigators” comprised entirely of fellow TV HORROR HOSTS. If you haven’t yet already, treat yourself to a ROKU streaming player for connected TV and add the ZOM-BEE TV channel for FREE classic and new horror thrills!
(Here is an actual behind the scenes photo from the set of our Halloween Special in Winchester, VA.)