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Ghostbusters Presents of Birthdays Past

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jun. 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Personal, Fans
Although I've been running this website for 20 years, my love of Ghostbusters goes back much further than that. In honor of my birthday today, let's take a look back at a few of my past birthdays and the Ghostbusters presents I received for them.

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Spook Central Halloween Treat - Ghostbusters Coloring Pages

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Oct. 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Spook Central, Real Ghostbusters, Fans , Tags: halloween_treat
Halloween Treats


It was never meant to be a regular thing. I'm kinda surprised that it still is.

Several lifetimes ago, way back in 2012, Matt and I planned Spook Central's first "Halloween Treat": the Making Ghostbusters PDF. It was actually posted a week after Halloween, but even that was quite a feat considering that I was living in a Red Cross emergency shelter due to Hurricane Sandy evicting me from my home just a few days before Halloween. Matt worked with Raffaele (my friend who provides Spook Central's webhosting) to get the treat out there in my absence.

It was going to be a one-off "treat", and certainly not something that would continue every year...and yet it has. There's been a Halloween Treat here on Spook Central in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Heck, it has even spread to Spook Central's sister site, The Corner Penthouse, in 2014 and 2015.

This year's Halloween Treat is a set of 11 Ghostbusters coloring pages, courtesy of the Circle City Ghostbusters, in a partial collaboration with Spook Central. Six pages use artwork from Spook Central's Real Ghostbusters Production Artwork page, while the other four feature original artwork by CCGB member Jacob Bartlett, who provided me with these pages (and one by Alex of the CCGBs).

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If you are looking for more Ghostbusters coloring fun, download the Ghostbusters II Coloring Book PDF here on Spook Central. Those of you who like the new Ghostbusters movie can download a PDF coloring book featuring a drawing of that team, and other female squads at SheKnows.com.

For the complete list of Spook Central's Halloween Treat posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Miss Kate for the "Halloween Treat" title banner that appears at the top of this post.
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BBQ Films Ghostbusters Brooklyn Event Attendee Report #BBQGhostbusters

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jun. 10, 2016 at 11:30 PM , Categories: Personal, Ghostbusters 1, Fans

On Wednesday June 8, 2016, the United States and Belgium sent their best operatives to Brooklyn to save the world from impending paranormal phenomena. Actually, I think the word I'm looking for is "apocalypse". They came to kick ectoplasm and chew bubble gum...and they were all out of bubble gum. What follows is the report of their encounter.

I should warn you that it is image-intensive, and for the sake of simplicity, it will be posted as one long page, instead of as a multi-page article. The images seen here are only a fraction of what was taken. Check out the supplemental page elsewhere on Spook Central for the full gallery of 100+ images. All photos in this article were taken by me, Paul Rudoff, exclusively for Spook Central (except where otherwise noted). Please do not repost them elsewhere without permission. Thanks.

FYI: The event runs from June 8th through the 11th, so you still have two shows on the 11th you could attend if tickets are still available.

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The Best of Ghostbusters Fan Videos 1997-2007

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jan. 22, 2015 at 7:49 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 2, Fans
The recently posting of all Slimer deleted scenes from Ghostbusters II by William Forsche (who has lots of other Ghostbusters II videos on Facebook) got me thinking about Ghostbusters videos, specifically Ghostbusters fan films.

When I became a part of the Ghostbusters online community in 1995/1996, there were no Ghostbusters fan films online. Back then, you were lucky to have a 28.8k modem with dial-up internet, so you didn't have the capabilities to view large full-length movies - and there certainly wasn't a YouTube, or anything like it. The first Ghostbusters fan video that appeared in 1998, "Bustin' Makes Me Feel Good", was less than 90-second long and the video files were almost as small as a postage stamp. Ten years later, Ghostbusters "fan films" would truly be films, full-length theatrically-screened motion pictures. Listed below are six of the more notable Ghostbusters fan videos to appear in this period of time. Some others are linked on the Spook Central Facebook page. Click on the images to view the videos (almost all are on external sites).

I Go To Extremes (1997 or 1998)

Created by Paul Rudoff (that's me) - This is an Extreme Ghostbusters music video set to the song by Billy Joel. I edited this together using analog video dubbing equipment; no computer was used to make this video I made a bunch of music videos in the 1990s, and hope to eventually share them all.
ImageBustin' Makes Me Feel Good (1998)

Created by David Sadler, Brandon Crisp, Mark Argentini, and Rob Cleaton; released on December 14, 1998 - This was the first notable fan film, the premise is that two ghostbusters are sitting outside on a break after a long day of chasing the spooks when some punk starts giving them a hard time.
ImageReal Ghostbusters Wassup (2000)

Created by Chad Paulson; released on March 5, 2000 - This is a parody of a very popular Budweiser commercial that was airing at the time. Audio from the commercial is set to clips from RGB.
ImageFreddy vs. Ghostbusters (2004)

Created by Hank Braxtan; released on May 13, 2004 - This was the first real attempt to make a substantial fan film, and at roughly a half-hour in length, it was successful enough to spawn a full-length sequel.
ImageZootfly's Ghostbusters (2007)

Created by Zootfly; released on January 10, 2007 - The Slovenian video game developer released a couple of videos (and some concept art) onto the internet, which got fans thinking that they were working on a Ghostbusters video game (they weren't). Sony had those videos yanked off of YouTube claiming copyright infringement. You can view them here: Peter Venkman News Report, Blasting & Zapping, Ectomobile Models, Ectomobile Driving.
ImageReturn Of The Ghostbusters (2007)

Created by Hank Braxtan; co-associate produced by Paul Rudoff (me); released on October 31, 2007 - Following Freddy vs. Ghostbusters, this full-length 84 minute epic is the continuing adventures of the Denver Ghostbusters. I believe that this is the only Ghostbusters fan film to have gotten a theatrical release. Also, be sure to read the final shooting script (dated Nov. 7, 2005) and listen to the film score.
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Ghostbusters Denver Chronicles Comic Book

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 5, 2014 at 10:21 PM , Categories: Fans, Books
In 2004, Hank Braxtan made the Ghostbusters fan film Freddy Vs. Ghostbusters. It featured a battle between the "Denver Ghostbusters" and A Nightmare on Elm Street villain Freddy Krueger. Hank followed this up with Return Of The Ghostbusters in 2007, which was the first feature-length Ghostbusters fan film. To bridge the gap between the two films, Hank, and artist Bryan "The Sandman" Sanders, wrote a comic book entitled "Ghostbusters: The Denver Chronicles". The comic, which was released digitally on the Return of the Ghostbusters website one day prior to the film's release, also had a limited 50-copy print run. I own one of those copies. (I used to own two, but the autographed copy I had got destroyed by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012.)

The comic finds Neil Anderson alone in Denver busting ghosts, and dealing with a few vandals who damaged the original Ecto truck from Freddy vs. Ghostbusters. Ed Spengler & Eugene O'Fitzpatrick are in London at the British Museum to answer a call that the "New York Chapter" (the original four Ghostbusters from the feature films) was too busy to handle. There, Eugene discovers a map inside an artifact to the lost city of Cynopolis. Janosz Poha, a character from Ghostbusters II (who has since moved to England to "get away from you guys"), takes this map to the sole financier of the Ancient Egypt exhibit, Klaus Konstantin (and his assistant, Pavel Karnov). Twenty-eight days later, Ed and Eugene are invited to the archaeological site they helped Konstantin discover. They drive through the desert in an undecorated white automobile, presumably the future Ectomobile featured in Return of the Ghostbusters. Unfortunately, they arrive to discover a cave-in where several crew members are injured, and Konstantin is crippled, explaining his paralysis in the film. The two Ghostbusters run to the rescue, only to have Ed incapacitated by a group of resurrected mummies, leaving Eugene to fight against them by himself.

It took Bryan a whole month to make the comic, and he finished it and had the last page done a mere 10 hours before he flew out to Denver for the Return Of The Ghostbusters premiere. Keep in mind that it was released one day before the premiere, so he really got it done just under the wire! Bryan told me that it was supposed to be much longer, but was cut due to time. Had he stuck to Hank's original script, it would have been a 3-issue comic. So, it was severely downsized to just the overall summary of the script. A few years ago, Bryan sold Hank's original comic script and all artwork for $10 on eBay.

Thanks to the generosity of Hank and Bryan, I have been allowed to share this comic book with all of you. As a bonus, Bryan has also given me the Ghost Busted Ghostbusters/Sonic The Hedgehog crossover comic book he wrote years ago. (More info on this after the covers) So, without further ado, click on the covers to download the PDF eBooks.

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Bryan filled me in on the originals of the Ghost Busted comic. Bryan was friends with several writers and creators of the 1993 Saturday morning Sonic cartoon and comic book, so he wrote a crossover featuring characters from both Sonic and Ghostbusters. It featured some Ghostbusters friends that he knew at the time, and Hank's Denver Ghostbusters. Bryan intended for it to be a 20 issue series, and you'll see if you read it, but he stopped after the first issue due to lack of interest and time. It was written way back in late 2004-2005 (before the Denver Chronicles comic). From working with Hank on this comic script, just using his characters, Bryan was able to become involved in the development of Return of the Ghostbusters. Outside of Hank and Tim Johnson, Bryan was one of the first people working on the film; working on props/art and script tweaks. A lot of his props were later featured in his short film Chucks New Job, which takes place after his Papercut 2 fan film, and features Kylie and Eduardo from Extreme Ghostbusters.
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Ghostbusters Official Fan Club

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jun. 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Reviews & Merch, Fans
It didn't take long for Ghostbusters to take the world by storm. On July 3, 1984, less than a month after the film came out, an official Ghostbusters fan club was formed. Operated by Mark Lister and Jim Garvey of Swissvale, Pennsylvania, the fan club was formed when these two men paid Columbia Pictures an estimated $10,000 for the right to operate an official fan club. By August 1985, the fan club garnered more than 40,000 members worldwide, from England, France, Germany and Australia, as well as North America where membership was greatest. The first announcement appeared as one sentence in USA Today and provoked more than 2,000 calls in two days. A small television commercial was then aired prompting another 45,000 calls, in the span of just two more days. (sources: Starlog #97 (August 1985) - Page 19, Mohave Daily Miner (Oct. 8, 1984) - Page 11)


For the $8.95 registration fee, members received a personal membership card, the official Ghostbusters metal badge, a Certificate of Anti-Paranormal Proficiency, four "This Property Protected by Ghostbusters" color stickers, an Ectomobile sticker, a Ghostbusters logo patch, and a one-year subscription to the quarterly newsletter. The Official Trade Journal of Certified Ghostbusters was a full-size 34-page magazine containing fan letters, interviews with the actors, behind-the-scenes scoops, and articles on genuine Ghostbusting. (SIDE NOTE: Anyone have *any* of these newsletters? I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we'd all like to have PDF eBooks of these available online for all to enjoy. I'll be happy to host them here.)

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Rather than just sending in your money and getting your swag, to become a member you had to fill out a ghostbusting job application, which featured four simple questions, such as: "The next time someone asks you if you're a god, say: A. Yes; B. Maybe, let me check; C. This chick is toast; D. Back off, man." No applicant was ever rejected, but Lister and Garvey did have to consider granting membership to Samantha - a dog who sent in her paw print as proof of her interest. (source: The Pittsburgh Press (Oct. 7, 1984) - Page V6)

Well, you need not worry about passing the application process. Now you, too, can get your official "Certificate Of Anti-Paranormal Proficiency" and show everyone that you're a Ghostbuster! Thanks to superfan Peter Mosen, I have my own certificate, which I scanned in and cleaned up for all of you to print out. Just print it out, write your name on the blank line, frame it, and hang it on the wall. All of your friends will be SO impressed!


Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Online Fan Viewing

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jun. 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Fans

June 7th, 1984, "Ghostbusters" had its Hollywood premiere in front of a star-studded audience. The next night, the world got to see it too.

Saturday, June 7th, 2014, join Ghostheads around the world as we all watch the classic together!

Noon West Coast
3PM East Coast
8PM London

How to participate? At 12 noon PST on June 7th, fire up a copy of "Ghostbusters" and join the community online via Social Media!

For further information, visit the following sites:
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Doreen Mulman (1961-2014)

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Mar. 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM , Categories: Personal, Fans, Tributes

It is with great sadness that I report that my dear friend, Doreen Mulman, passed away today at the young age of 52. I spoke with her roommate and our mutual friend, Nora Salisbury, who told me that she died of an apparent heart attack sometime after 9:00 am. [4/14/2014 UPDATE - I e-mailed Nora to inquire about the official cause of death and she told me that "on the death certificate it says primary cause was arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease and secondary cause was congestive heart failure". So, essentially it was a heart attack that took our beloved Doreen :-( ]

For those of you who weren't around in the early days of the Ghostbusters online community, Doreen was a co-creator and co-webmistress of The Ghostbusters Fan Forum, which was the ultimate resource for fan artwork, writings, and other fan contributions (before these things were commonplace thanks to social networking sites). An Extreme Ghosthead since the 1980s, I was honored when Doreen accepted my request to be an admin on the Spook Central Facebook page. (Her last post was on February 28, 2014, which was a link to an article about the minor league baseball team, the Toledo Mud Hens, wearing Ghostbusters-inspired uniforms for a May 30th game in honor of the film's 30th anniversary and Harold Ramis' recent death.)

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More Love From The Cross The Streams Podcast

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jul. 29, 2011 at 6:43 AM , Categories: Spook Central, Fans
Excerpt from Episode 17 (July 19, 2011)

Matt Prov and Brendan Mertens over at the Ghostheads podcast released their 17th episode last week, and they mentioned Spook Central's and Ghostbusters News' mention in Hustler's This Ain't Ghostbusters XXX Rave Reviews press release. Coincidentally... or not... Jason Fitzsimmons from Ghostbusters News was on the show, along with Fernando Hernandez from the Long Island Ghostbusters, Sam Swope and Brandon Carnahan from the Steel City Ghostbusters and Brock Parker from the Alabama Ghostbusters.

From 30:53 to 31:58 the discussion is made of the joint mention by Hustler, with Jason being asked to explain how he found out about it. Jason tells how he was trolling the internet for Marsupilami porn while downing a case of long-expired Ecto-Cooler, which lead to him stumbling upon the article on AVN's site. Just kidding...just kidding!!! It's a much more boring story than that. But I couldn't have filled up this paragraph if I just said he found it on Google while looking for Ghostbusters news :-)

Anyway, you can listen to the Spook Central/Ghostbusters News excerpt by clicking on the little play arrow/button above, though if you have a desire to hear about lots of other interesting topics, head over to the Cross The Streams site to listen to the entire 42-minute episode - if for no other reason than to listen to the amazing Macho Man Randy Savage tribute quote-a-thon from 37:58 to the end of the show. Thanks Brendan for the heads-up.
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Spook Central Mentioned On Cross The Streams Podcast

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jun. 24, 2011 at 11:55 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Fans
Excerpt from Episode 16 (June 22, 2011)

Matt Prov and Brendan Mertens over at the Ghostheads podcast released their 16th episode this past Wednesday, and they briefly mentioned Spook Central with the creative team behind the new IDW Ghostbusters comic book series: Tristan Jones, Erik Burnham, Luis Antonio Delgad, and Dapper Dan Schoening. The discussion was about which car the team favored most, the Ecto-1 or the Delorean time machine from Back To The Future.

Around the 37:10 mark, Dan mentioned that he prefers to draw the Ecto-1 because, "it's got a lot more character to it. Whenever I draw the Ecto, I consider it as a character." This prompts the hosts to mention that, originally in Ghostbusters, the car was going to be a character, it was going to be alive. As an example of that, they mentioned the Ectomobile Rejects A Parking Ticket deleted scene here at Spook Central. And if you listen really carefully, you can hear Tristan mention that he did the graphics for this here website - which is an honor that I will always be truly grateful for. How many webmasters can actually say that they had an honest-to-God famous comic book artist, Ghostbusters or otherwise, create title artwork for their site? Well, other than Stan Lee doing the art for that Spider-Busters site back in 1997 that Sony had taken down due to improper licensing from Marvel, but that's a story for another day.

Anyway, you can listen to the Spook Central excerpt by clicking on the little play arrow/button above, though if you have a desire to hear about the new Ghostbusters monthly comic series, and lots of other interesting topics, head over to the Cross The Streams site to listen to the entire 50-minute episode. Thanks Brendan for the heads-up.
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