RichardLess wrote: ↑August 6th, 2021, 8:49 am Any family going to see a movie called “Ghostbusters”, a movie directed and written by the guys who did Animal House, Caddyshack, Blues Brothers & SNL…I think they should expect a surprise or two lol.
Even The Real Ghostbusters
in its day had some creepy stuff, there were the Spawn of Cthulhu and Cthulhu itself getting visibly blasted, and then regenerating... Then there were a whole host of ghosts in The Ghostbusters in Paris
: where one ghost's face melted off, another was shown as a decayed phantom, even more had unnerving elongated limbs and faces, the possessed statues and mummy in the Louvre, the possessed gargoyles at Notre Dame cathedral, the much more twisted forms of the frat ghosts from The Old College Spirit
and the top hat ghost and its gluttonous belly from Slimer Come Home
While the scene does stand out compared to the rest of the film, I think it helps to ram home that Vigo is a threat, and more than just a floating disembodied head in a painting.
They're a spectral manifestation, like the train, like the Titanic
, like the nanny.
Just because we've never seen something happen in a Ghostbusters movie before doesn't mean it automatically breaks that universe's rules... There's centuries of paranormal history to work from and only an hour and a half to feature it. Understandably between budget, practical effect limitations and running time we're not going to see everything.
And perhaps they weren't physical manifestations but mental projections? Like the wall of fire and dead apes seen by Dr. Zaius and the others in Beneath the Planet of the Apes
JediJones wrote: ↑August 6th, 2021, 10:16 amIf we could see them materialize out of a mist or something, or if a wall fell down and revealed them
Either of those would've been a far more cheesy reveal than the scene we ended up with.
What's it to do with Ghostbusters? It's part of the "investigation" in "Professional paranormal investigations and eliminations".