Thursday, June 8, is National Ghostbusters Day. So says Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio that brought you the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, as well as the soon-to-be-released Ghostbusters reboot (remake? reimagining?).
There are a couple ways Sony says you can power up your proton pack on National Ghostbusters Day (NGB), which we’ll include in our list (the first two). But we have a few suggestions of our own:
Watch the original and new casts collide on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Stay up late Thursday night and watch Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts get together with our new Ghostbusters: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
No doubt Murray and Aykroyd will have a lot to say about the new film - and a lot to say about the various controversies that have plagued the new picture (new cast, not in the same universe/timeline, blah trailer). No matter what, it’s gonna be funny. I mean, way too many comedy powerhouses.
Catch the original at your local theater (if you’re lucky)
Sony is also teaming up with Fathom Events to screen the original at 800 theaters across the country (is your theater one of them? Check out the list here). Fans will also get a sneak peek of the new film.
You can also win some pretty sweet prizes: Score one of 10 signed posters for the new film when you head to Cinemark. And Regal Cinemas is flying one Regal Crown Club Member to the premiere of the new Ghostbusters in Los Angeles, plus a $2,500 gift card for travel and accommodations.
Drink a little Ecto Cooler - if you can find it
If you were kid in the 1980s, you remember Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler, a tart beverage with a green hue that came in a drink box. A squeezable drink box that would allow you to spray your friends while you called out, “He slimed me!”
Hi-C re-released a modified version of the drink on May 30. But it such limited numbers it was almost impossible to find it - anywhere. Fans shook their fists in the air because the soda can version of the drink was always out of stock online (we found it in stock at Amazon.com, but in “restocking” mode at other retailers) and the drink box version wasn’t shipped to big box stores.
Did you find some? How was it?
Bust some real ghosts
It’s a bit of a throwback, but if you’re thinking of bustin’ a few ghosts of your own, you might as well start with the American Association of Paranormal Investigators. The Association's mission reads like a page from the Ghostbusters script. “Our assemblage combines the fundamentals of modern technological equipment, scientific methods, as well as psychic ability,” is certainly a way Ray Stantz might describe his team.
Or check out one of these 13 Bone-Chilling Haunted Tours from Groupon.com. The Haunted Heartland Tours look pretty sweet to me. Mostly that “Spirits & Spirits” tour. Imbibing while busting? Methinks one thing leads to the other.
Rock out to a little Ray Parker Jr.
Elle King’s new song, Good Girls, the de facto theme song from the new film, is pretty rockin’, as the kids say. But nothing beats the first few chords of Ray Parker Jr.’s Ghostbusters. I mean, as long as you discount the whole allegedly ripped off from Huey Lewis & The News part.
YouTube a little of those 'other' Ghost Busters
Don’t remember The Ghost Busters? It was a live-action Saturday morning TV show, starring Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch, of F Troop fame (ask your grandfather), and Bob Burns as Tracy, the gorilla. The trio would investigate paranormal activity in their neighborhood (the same castle, every episode, which was a running joke) and then zap the ghost with their Ghost De-Materializer.
When Ghostbusters became a smash in 1984, Filmation brought the show back as an animated series, complete with clunky car and gorilla. You can catch a few episodes of the animated series here.
Get to know your new Ghostbusters
Time to binge the best of your new Ghostbusters crew. Bridesmaids will give you a flavor of how Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig all work together.
Same with The Heat and Spy with regard to Feig and McCarthy (if you think the duo can’t pull off either action or the genre - well, you’re in for a pleasant surprise). And catch McCarthy and Murray in St. Vincent, a turn that shows you McCarthy is more than a one-note actress (she’s got range, folks).
Kate McKinnon’s funniest work is still on SNL, but her voice work can be heard in a slew of popular titles. And if you haven’t tuned it to see Leslie Jones on SNL - or had a chance to see her stand-up - you don’t know what you’re missing.
You probably know Feig from Bridesmaids and The Heat, but he’s also directed episodes of some of your favorite shows, including Freaks and Geeks, The Office, Arrested Development, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, and Nurse Jackie.
Get to know Peter Venkman a little better
Okay, a little self-promotion. But my Moviepilot story about how Peter Venkman became a parapsychologist was a contest winner. You might check it out, if you’re so inclined!