If you’re too young to remember GHOSTBUSTERS 2 coming to theaters, first off, my sympathies. You really missed out on some great times by being born too late. (You also probably don’t recognize the title of this article as a line from the movie’s theme song, performed by Bobby Brown. How sad you are.) But you have seen the movie in the years since, surely, yes? On cable? SOMEwhere? You’re killing me, here.
The movie’s villain, Vigo the Carpathian, is obviously inspired—like, OBVIOUSLY obviously—by Vlad III Dracula, alias Tepes, alias Vlad the Impaler. (I do wonder why they didn’t just use Vlad in the film. Maybe because Bobby Brown couldn’t figure out anything that rhymed with ‘Tepes?”) I didn’t really know much about the actor who played Vigo, though, Norbert Grupe. I for sure didn’t know that he basically WAS Vigo the Carpathian, just on a smaller scale. His story is a sad one. I almost wish I’d gone on being ignorant of it. From now on, whenever I watch the film, I’m gonna feel sorry for Vigo. (And not just because he was based on Dracula.)
I said, they gained control! Uh! Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-y’know it!