Ghostheads (2016)

I was looking through the movie section on Peacock, looking for something interesting to watch this Sunday afternoon for the DailyView, and I came across a documentary called Ghostheads, which looks specifically at the fandom of the movies under the Ghostbusters umbrella. I was a huge fan of Ghostbusters so this one drew my attention.

My guess is that this documentary was created to help promote the reboot attempt of Ghostbusters (2016). We see a press junket at the end of the doc, but most of the movie focused on the fans of the original two Ghostbusters movies. I did not hate the 2016 Ghostbusters movie and I think it got a bad rap from the fans. I am curious to see what these fans focused on in this doc thought of the new film.

The doc told the story of several of the people involved in the fandom for this film. There were so many people with their own jump suits, their own unlicensed nuclear accelerators, their own Ecto Mobiles. People who live their lives around the movie and the joy and inspiration they are provided with from the movie.

One of the best things the documentary does is provide us with a picture of how important in their lives Ghostbusters had become. There were several powerful stories of how it brought them together, how they found their spouses, how they felt accepted for the first time.

There was one Ghosthead that talked about his son who had cerebral palsy but the ability to cosplay Ghostbusters helped give him a positive in his life. The doc ends with this kid tying his shoes for the first time, shoes that he said he could learn to tie. It was powerful stuff.

The doc had interviews with several of the cast from the original film including Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, director Ivan Reitman, Jennifer Runyon, William Atherton, and Ernie Hudson, as well as others tied to the movie including Ray Parker Jr, the daughter of Harold Ramis, Matt Cardona, Dave Coulier, and Paul Feig.

If you are a fan of the Ghostbusters franchise, this is a documentary for you. It gives the real world examples of how important movies can be for real people. It is a quick run time and I liked this doc.

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