Study Guide

Ghostbusters The Supernatural

The Supernatural

With a name like Ghostbusters, it'd be a little weird if some supernatural goings-on didn't... um... go on. As promised by the title, this comedy-horror classic is loaded with ghosts.

Spectral librarians, slimy green blobs, zombie cab drivers—ask and ye shall receive. Ghostbusters also has a few tricks up its sleeves, throwing in surprises like demigod terror dogs and the evil Sumerian god, Gozer the Destructor. One of the many cool things about this movie is that it takes supernatural figures from a lot of different genres, puts them in a blender, and comes up with a new mythology all of its own.

Questions About The Supernatural

  1. How is the depiction of the supernatural in Ghostbusters different and/or similar to other ghostly 80's movies like Poltergeist?
  2. Are the ghosts in the movie ever scary? Why, or why not?
  3. Explain the different types of supernatural creatures in movie.
  4. What is the effect of Ghostbusters blending comedy with horror?

Chew on This

Ghostbusters should be considered a comedy-fantasy or comedy-adventure, rather than a comedy-horror since its ghosts aren't scary.

Excluding Gozer, the ghosts of Ghostbusters are far less destructive than the Ghostbusters themselves.

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