We just celebrated an anniversary. GHOSTBUSTERS 2 was released to theaters on June 16, 1989. I didn’t see it until the following weekend, June 23, when I caught it as the first act of a double feature with the very first BATMAN. I have such fond memories of that night. This was back in the days before I could drive and before I had my own money, you understand, so getting to go to the movies was a rare treat. I had to beg to get my father to take me. He hated going to the movies and still does; that’s tough for a burgeoning cinephile like yours truly. Whining worked, though, and I got to see the movies. (The little theater in the little town where we stood in the line wrapped around the building for tickets was only showing three movies: BATMAN, GHOSTBUSTERS 2, and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE.)
The villain of GHOSTBUSTERS 2, Vigo the Carpathian, portrayed with glowering glee by the infamous Wilhelm von Homburg, was obviously based on the legends of both Vlad Dracula and Rasputin.
Thirty years later—Wow. I can’t quite make myself believe that.—I still know all the words to the GHOSTBUSTERS 2 theme song by heart. “Too hot to handle, too cold to hold! They’re called the Ghostbusters and they’re in control! Had ’em throwin’ a party for a bunch of children while all the while the slime was under the building. So they packed up their group, got a grip, came equipped, grabbed their proton packs off their back and they split. Found about Vigo, the master of evil, tryin’ to battle my boys? That’s not legal!”