For a movie that I have seen no less than fifty times, I’m surprised I had never seen the original trailer. Ghostbusters was the first film that floored me as a young teen. All of the elements that went into my seeing it had that rare kind of serendipity that almost never happens anymore, because as an adult it’s difficult to be surprised art.
Recipe for Being Floored by Ghostbusters:
1) Be twelve
2) Be on summer break
3) Make sure you and your friends spontaneously decide to go see a movie while riding the buzz of summer freedom
4) Make sure you had never heard of Ghostbusters and know ZERO about the film going into it
5) Have it contain some of your favorite comic actors
6) Have your two favorite genres be sci-fi and comedy
7) When your parents go with you on your sixth time of seeing it in the theaters and "just don’t get it," be a little confused but also feel more grown up because you have just found one of the cornerstones of your comedic identity
8) Quote it forever
Back to the trailer—it’s oddly not amazing. First of all, they pretty much give you the whole story and the jokes out of context play weird. Also, Venkman says something in Dana Barrett’s apartment that doesn’t actually appear in the movie (nerd complaint). This whole jaunt through Memory Land made me realize that I would like to start seeing more movies without knowing anything about them so I have no judgments going in. This, of course, is next to impossible in the Age of Information. My friend Moon wrote a poem called "Why Do I Know Who You’re Dating," which outlines various tabloid couples and their relationships. Even when you don’t want to know stuff, it seaps into your brain somehow.
Back to the trailer (again):