"We came. We saw. We kicked its ass!"
Description: The triumphant exhortation of Bill Murphy as Dr. Venkman after he subdues a ghostly slime creature in the horror comedy film Ghostbusters (1984).
Dr. Peter Venkman is a parapsychology scientist working at the New York University with his colleagues Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis).
Unfortunately, Dean Yeager decides cancel Venkman's research funding, saying "Doctor Venkman. The purpose of science is to serve mankind. You seem to regard science as some kind of dodge... or hustle. Your theories are the worst kind of popular tripe, your methods are sloppy, and your conclusions are highly questionable! You are a poor scientist, Dr. Venkman!...And you have no place in this department, or this university."
Now unemployed, Dr. Venkman and company use their experience with the occult to open a ghost exterminating business called "Ghostbusters." Based in an old firehouse, they serve the City of New York by quelling supernatural disturbances. If trouble of a spooky sort arises, these guys are the answer to the question: "Who you gonna call?" As Dr. Venkman tells reporters, "Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, no job is too big, no fee is too big!"
The Ghostbusters drive to such events in their Ghostbuster Mobile, a beat-up ambulance (ECTO-1) that contains specialized equipment designed to trap and remove pesky ghosts, spirits and poltergeists from haunted locations, like the New York Public Library where they discover an apparition of a deceased librarian roaming among the book stacks.
When a green Class-Five free roaming vapor disrupts the 12th floor of a posh New York Hotel, the Ghostbusters spring into action and capture the entity. But not before getting "slimed" with gobs of green ectoplasmic goo. "(I've been slimed!")
After capturing the slime creature, ("Slimer") the city of New York begins to experience an outbreak of supernatural occurrences that culminate in the appearance of a Sumerian gatekeeper god named Zuul, a minion of a God named Gozer who possesses the body of Dana Barrett (Siquorney Weaver) whose 22nd floor apartment at 55 Central Park West becomes the staging ground for the arrival of Gozer the Destroyer.
|Dr. Venkman:||This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.|
|Mayor:||What do you mean, "biblical"?|
|Dr. Stantz:||What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.|
|Dr. Stantz:||Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!|
|Dr. Spengler:||Egon Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...|
|Zeddemore:||The dead rising from the grave!|
|Dr. Venkman:||Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!|
|Mayor:||All right, all right! I get the point!|
When Gozer arrives through an eerie temple portal at the top of Dana's apartment building, it takes the form of a tall, exotic female with blood red eyes (Slavitza Jovan). She then transforms Dana and her neighbor Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) into huge Terror Dogs that act as Gozer's protectors.
As the Ghostbusters confront the demon god, Gozer displays incredible powers, shooting bolts of electricity through her fingers and nearly knocking the Ghostbusters off the roof of the high rise. But rallying their forces, the Ghostbusters fight back, as Dr. Venkman barks,"All right, this chick is TOAST! Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown." The Ghostbusters direct the power rays from their proton packs at Gozer but she jumps out of the way of their destructive forces.
Meanwhile, Gozer plants the seed of the team's own destruction, by using their own fears to destroy them. Whatever fear comes to their minds will manifest itself and kill them. The team tries control their thoughts, Hoping to reduce collateral damaged, Dr. Ray Stanz, says "I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft.
But his marshmallow memory turns into a 100-foot Marshmallow monster who like Godzilla in Tokyo sets out to destroy the city. But when it destroys a local religious building Dr. Venkman vows, "NOBODY steps on a church in my town."
The Ghostbusters destroy the Sty Puft creature as it climbs the building, and then cross the power streams of their proton packs, causing an explosive overload that vanquishes the demon Gozer and closes the otherworldly portal for good.
The Ghostbusters survive the cataclysmic upheaval, as do Dana and Louis who emerge from beneath the rubble no longer Terror Dogs. Returning to the streets, the Ghostbusters are cheered as heroes by the people of New York City.
During all of these adventures, Dr. Peter Venkman's uses the catchphrase curse word: "Mother Pus Bucket"
Note: In the sequel film Ghostbusters II (1989), a painting of the 17th century tyrant Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf (Wilhelm von Homburg) at Manhattan's Museum of Art is possessed by Vigo's evil spirit who wants to become corporeal again. As Dr. Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol) is restoring the painting, Vigo's spirit emerges and takes control of Janosz's body who is ordered to find a baby for a reincarnation ceremony that will allow Vigo to inhabit the baby's body and thus return to reality. Vigo's dying words a few centuries ago proclaimed, "Death is but a door, time is but a window...I'll be back!”
Janosz targets Oscar, the baby boy of coworker Dana Barrett, who now works at the museum in the restoration department. When Dana senses something supernatural is threatening her baby, she contacts the Ghostbusters to save her child.
Of course, the Ghostbusters, who have since been closed down by the City of New York for causing so much damage a few years ago return to battle the evil Vigo, as well as a river of pink ectoplasmic goo created by Vigo that is feeding off of all of the negative thoughts generated by the citizens of the Big Apple.
As Peter reunites with Dana, he learns her baby is called Oscar, and laments, "Oh no, they named you after a weiner." Peter adds, “You’re short. Your belly-button sticks out. And your a terrible burden on your mother."
Meanwhile, to battle the river of negative thoughts beneath the streets of the city, the Ghostbusters offer their services to Mayor (David Margulies) but he refuses and utters an unwritten law of the streets: "Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker’s God-given right."
When Dana's boss delivers Oscar to Vigo (the Scourge of Carpathia, the Sorrow of Moldavia), Peter comes to the rescue, saying. "Not so fast, Vigo. Hey, Vigo, yeah you the bimbo with the baby. Didn't you know the bug shoulder look is out? You know, I have met some dumb blondes in my life, but you take the taco, pal. Only a Carpathian, will come back to life, now and choose New York. Tasty pick, bonehead. If you had brain "1" in that "huge" melon on top of your neck, you'll be livin' the sweet life, out in southern California's beautiful San Fernando valley."
When the supernatural threat to the city becomes too intense, the courts dismiss the restraining order on the Ghostbusters who then defeat the negativity in the city , with help from the Statue of Liberty, by asking all New Yorkers to think positive thoughts. As they do, the threat fades as does Prince Vigo's plan for a New Year's Eve reincarnation.
In the end, Peter, Dana, her baby, Oscar and the rest of the Ghostbusters live happily ever after.