Saw It For You: Ghostbusters 3 (2014)

Ghostbusters 3 (2014)

Tagline: “Bustin’ Makes Me Even More Feel Good!”, “Bustin’ Makes THREE Feel Good!”, “A Third Ghostbuster Movie”

Production Technique: A Columbia Pictures lawyer discovered that the studio’s rights to Bill Murray’s existing likeness extended to new movies. This is how the production of Ghostbusters 3 was able to move forward without Bill Murray’s involvement.

Revealing Mistake: Dan Aykroyd believed that they were filming a Ghostbusters documentary, not Ghostbusters 3. Fortunately, Aykroyd also believes that he is Dr. Ray Stantz of the Ghostbusters.

Trivia: The role of Gozer Jr. was originally offered to Slavitza Jovan, as a nod to her role as the original Gozer the Gozerian. However, casting directors chose Jersey Shore’s Snooki as a playfully-unexpected nod to modern pop culture.

Trivia: A prior agreement between Columbia Pictures and MTV was still in effect at time of shooting, explaining why the rest of the cast of Jersey Shore is also credited with the role of Gozer Jr.

Cameo: Justin Bieber played the man on the bus who, watching the battle with the Demonox Brute, exclaimed “Baby, baby, baby! I believe in the Ghostbusters!”

Incorrectly Regarded As Goof: During the So You Think You Can Dance? scene, Efron Spengler (Zac Efron) can be seen enjoying a 7-Eleven Slurpee from a 48-ounce Ghostbusters 3 commemorative movie cup. This tongue-in-cheek joke is lampshaded by the ensuing 30-second in-movie commercial for the 7-Eleven Ghostbusters 3 tie-in.

Revealing Mistake: The characters “Slimer” and “The All-New Slimer Boyz” were a late CGI addition to the film, which explains why no one in the movie seems to notice or react to their zany antics, including the scene where Spengler explains the central conflict of the film to the hushed New York Supreme Court while Slimer plays, shouts, and flies around inside Spengler’s mouth.

Cameo: Jim Parsons reprising his role as Dr. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. After the Terror Puppies explode through his apartment wall, he exclaims “Bazinga? More like Ba-ghost-a!”

Incorrectly Regarded As Goof: Dr. Peter Venkman, being a superimposed image of Bill Murray from 1984, often appears incorrectly scaled on screen compared to the other Ghostbusters. For example, depending on the camera angle in the diner scene, Venkman seems to range from six inches tall to nine feet tall. However, this is covered by Stantz’s exclamation that Venkman’s “spirit tethering” experiment would have “unforeseen consequences.”

Director’s Trademark: QR code in bottom-right corner of theatrical version.

Revealing Mistake: Although it is promised throughout the movie that signing up at “whatsyourghostbuster.com” will “transport you to the wild world of the Ghostbusters,” no world transport of any kind is experienced when the site is visited.

Continuity: During the haunted zeppelin scene, Venkman is seen levitating a copy of Ghostbusters 2 Special Edition on DVD. A moment later it appears to be a copy of Ghostbusters 2 Special Edition on Blu-Ray. (This is fixed on the Blu-Ray version of Ghostbusters 2 Special Edition. However, the mistake is still visible on the DVD version of Ghostbusters 2 Special Edition.)

Trivia: Winston Zeddmore (Ernie Hudson) has no lines of dialogue. He is also conspicuously absent in the mayor’s office scene, after the mayor had demanded to see “all the Ghostbusters.”

Memorable Moments
Efron Spengler: With this many spirits in close proximity, these paranormal capacitance readings are off the charts.
Peter Venkman: Whoa, whoa, nice shootin’, Tex.

Gozer Jr.: We’ve seen a lotta things on this shore, but (unintelligible) get those Ghostbusters.
Ray Stantz: My God… some form of matricular interference has split Gozer the Gozerian into eight powerful Jersey devils!
Peter Venkman: Bite your head off, man.

Winston Zeddmore: (no audio)

Ray Stantz: Ghostbustin’ is tough work. I’m gonna take a break at whatsyourghostbuster.com.
Peter Venkman: Bite your head off, man.
Ray Stantz: Easy, Venkman! No need to get mad, it’s just a great website.

  • Gav

    JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!

    • Name

      If you're wondering why this was downvoted, it's because this joke has already been said on the internet.

      • yeah, originality is HUGE on the internet.

    • Gav to whom you are saying this? You have not a valid reason behind this i think that is why you did not take the name or did not address one for comment. Thanks

  • Nomen

    Ow… owwww… *sob*

  • Zim?

    Trivia: The original ending had to be cut as audiences found it too bleak. Ray sitting alone in his room tells the audience how ''I've been bustin' these ghosts so long I don't know what's right anymore. Time I saw things from the other side.'' Then shoots himself. Sadly as Dan Aykroyd believed it was a documentary he did in fact end his life and had to be replaced by a cgi Ray in re-shoots.

  • Time

    Lame…

  • I hear this film features over a dozen stay-puft marshmallow men.

    • Dan

      They do the Thriller dance.

      • You just completely changed my opinion of this film.

        I'm going to go camp out at a theater now.

  • Goofs: Dr. Venkman claims ghosts cannot breathe in space. Ghosts have been routinely observed breathing in space.

  • I hope it's as good as Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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  • Donnyfightworld

    The scariest thing isn't the ghosts, its that all of those jokes are plausible.

  • Sean

    These are incredible. They remind me of the kinds of articles that you would find on Something Awful. At least SA circa or four years ago when I was reading it regularly.

  • SwiftAusterity

    I aint afraid of no Ghostbuster 3 Limited Edition Fully Articulatible Premium Ghost Figurines(tm).

  • FanMan

    Trivia: Ray Stantz reliving of the ghost sex scene from the first movie was not planned, it was a lucky shot caught by the camera man while Dan Aykroyd was having a wet dream on a park bench in one of the sound stages.

  • FanMan

    Memorable Moment:

    Ray Stantz: Hey, look! Spicy mangos! I love these things! Come here my medium-sized French bulldog, come dramatically eat this spicy mango!

  • discovered the dvd drives were in affordable individual unpleasant fleshlight fleshlight sleeves and from the look of the dvd drives they are clearly copies. I analyzed it in my player and so far it works but I have not considered the whole lot through.

  • lafseo

    sfbayview