October 11, 2016 — The 1984 movie Ghostbusters is enshrined in the public consciousness as one of the most beloved comedies ever.
Its popularity has spawned numerous cultural phenomena.
Recently, when a remake of the movie with an all-female cast was announced — and eventually arrived to decent, if not rapturous reviews — internet trolls began to wail about the trashing of their beloved film. Some of the comments (largely aimed at star Leslie Jones) were racist, sexist and abhorrent. Others just worried that their franchise would never recover. It was too sacrosanct to mess with.
But another, gentler side to the extreme fandom generated by the movie is documented in Ghostheads. Interviews with people who feel compelled to dress in tan jumpsuits, make their own proton packs, own vanity license plates reading ECTO 1 or otherwise assume characters and characteristics of the original cast of Ghostbusters, illuminates a worship that does not step over the line into possessiveness or anger. In fact, Ghostheads (the term coined for those who consider themselves to be super fans) seem to value inclusiveness rather than hierarchical or restrictive groups that limit their “memberships.”
Director Brendan Mertens speaks with a number of Ghostheads who seem eager to share their passion with others.
Interviews with original members of the cast and crew, including Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, William Atherton and Ivan Reitman, make Ghostheads necessary viewing for those who love Ghostbusters — even if you don’t own a tan jumpsuit.
Ghostheads is available on DVD and Blu-ray.