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Ghostbusters (sometimes written Ghost Busters) is a 1984 sci-fi comedy film about three parapsychologists who are fired from Columbia University in New York, and start up their own business investigating and eliminating ghosts. more...
It was followed by a sequel, Ghostbusters II (1989), and two cartoon series, The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters.
See The Real Ghostbusters for information about the cartoons and the comics, etc., and for information about the Ghostbusters' vehicles and tools/weapons.
The films sparked the catchphrase's, "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!", and "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost". Both from the hit theme song written and performed by Ray Parker Jr.
In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted Ghostbusters the 44th greatest comedy film of all time. In 2005, IGN voted Ghostbusters the greatest comedy ever.
Gozer the Gozerian
Gozer the Gozerian, also known as Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, and The Traveler is a fictional Sumerian god who is the major supernatural enemy in the film, Ghostbusters. The character may have been an in-joke, as gozer in Hebrew means "surgeon who performs circumcisions". (Note: in the real Sumerian religion the deity's true name is Tiamat, but had to be changed to the unique Gozer for the film because of feared copyright issues with the makers of Dungeons & Dragons.) According to other sources, the name "Gozer" is from a documented haunting that came to the attention of Dan Akroyd, but this is unsubstantiated.
Gozer has two dog-like minions called Zuul (The Gatekeeper) and Vinz Clortho (The Keymaster). Gozer the Traveller appears in one of his pre-chosen forms. During the movie Vinz Clortho speaking through Louis Tully claimed that: During the rectification of the Vuldronaii the Traveller came as a large, moving Torb. Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the Meketrex supplicants they chose a new form for him--that of a giant Sloar. Many Shubs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Sloar that day, I can tell you.
After World War I, an insane surgeon named Ivo Shandor, leader of a secret apocalyptic cult, designed a massive apartment building in New York City (55 Central Park West) specifically to gather PKE (psychokinetic energy) that would power a portal that would let Gozer and his minions enter the world and destroy it.
By 1984, the building had gathered enough energy to pull Zuul and Vinz Clortho through: the two planned to possess suitable humans to open the portal on top of the building to let Gozer through. Because of this (according to Dr. Spengler's reading), the PKE in the surrounding area in 1984 was a few thousand times normal. As a by-product, numerous ghosts were revived and became active throughout the city as they waited to join their new master.