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Extreme Halloween - Part 17 ("The Ghostmakers")

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Extreme Ghostbusters , Tags:
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From September 1st to December 8th 1997, Ghostheads were treated to the first new Ghostbusters media since The Real Ghostbusters aired its last original episode in September 1991. Back in the '90s, everything was EXTREME! So, naturally, we'd get EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS!!! Yeah, the title was dumb even back then, but at least they weren't "super". The series saw a new crew of young 18- and 19-year-olds being mentored by an older Egon and Janine, who were the only original team members left after the city's influx of spiritual energy ran dry years ago.

A lot of Ghostheads disliked the show at the time, as they wanted to see Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston; not Eduardo, Kylie, Garrett, and Roland. Those who stuck with it - assuming they could find it, as Sony dropped it into the shittiest syndication deal possible at the time - found a show that was a lot more mature than the "kiddie" stuff ABC was peddling with The Real Ghostbusters in the latter years. I rewatched all 40 episodes last year, and was surprised by how well the show has held up 20+ years later. The writing is sharp, the acting in on point, and the character designs are fantastic. The only thing that sucks is the piss-poor animation. Sorry animators, but flickering back and forth between Photoshop filters is not how you animate proton streams.

Spook Central is giving you the chance to watch this semi-forgotten piece of Ghostbusters lore all throughout the month of October. Every day leading up to Halloween, I will present one or two episodes with a little bit of commentary from me. A little something to whet your appetite until Afterlife comes out next year. So, sit back, relax, and let's get EXTREME!!!!!

The Ghostmakers
Play Video
Tuesday November 4, 1997
A ghost living in the mirrors decides to inhabit New Yorkers by sucking people's souls out and possessing their bodies. Eduardo falls victim to this body snatching ghost, and the Extreme Ghostbusters must rescue their teammates's "spirit" as they, too, are sucked into the mirror. Finally, only Kylie remains herself, and it is up to her to save them and New York.
Again, this has a bit of Invasion of Body Snatchers to it. It was fun seeing Slimer turned into a ghost again, and Garrett walking!

FAVORITE QUOTE
Eduardo: Wait a second. If I'm a ghost. Then, that makes you a ghost ... of a ghost.
Slimer: Say what?
Eduardo: You're dead.
Slimer: Again! [crying]

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