Soundtrack Review: Ghostbusters

Soundtrack Review: Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Ghostbusters by Elmer Bernstein.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 62
Album Excellence: 100%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver. After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction. The score is composed by Elmer Bernstein.

Ah Ghostbusters. One of the most fun memories I had watching movies as a kid in the 80s. In 1984 I was 7 years old and it just blew me away. If it wasn’t the cool special effects, it was the banter between the main characters. And Slimer! And that car! And that ear worm of a song “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!. It’s probably one of the few songs in the world I know the full lyrics too as I’m more into instrumental music (or haven’t you noticed?). There’s a Ghostbusters reboot coming and you know I’ll be watching, but nothing will ever beat the charm of the 1984 original. Yes, Ghostbusters has a special place in my heart and there has been rumours about a new re-mastered score coming out, but for now we have the Varese edition which is more than good enough to relive a few childhood memories. The score opens of course with Elmer Bernstein’s classic ‘Ghostbuster Theme’. It’s comedic, but it’s so fun and so easy to hum along to and remember. It’s one of my most cherished theme memories from the 80s. It is simply awesome.

Bernstein uses a ghostly theremin which is charming and fun in many cues like ‘Library And Title’. It has that classic 50s sci-fi sound to it. On it’s own, out of context it might not sound too much, but when you think of the whole package and the film and the story it’s awesome and makes a lot of sense. There’s so much fun music here like Venkman’s theme, Dana’s Theme, Zool’s theme and a lot of fun “action” cues like the second part of ‘Library and Title’ to the heroics like ‘Plan’. Yeah I feel another viewing of Ghostbusters is coming up soon. I love that the score has an older feel to the music. It’s orchestral and sounds sometimes like it’s from the 50s/60s which is pretty great.

1. Ghostbusters Theme *
2. Library And Title
3. Venkman
4. Walk *
5. Hello
6. Get Her!
7. Plan *
8. Taken
9. Fridge
10. Sign
11. Client
12. The Apartment
13. Dana’s Theme
14. We Got One!
15. Halls
16. Trap
17. Meeting
18. I Respect You
19. Cross Rip
20. Attack
21. Dogs
22. Date *
23. Zool
24. Dana’s Room
25. Judgment Day
26. The Protection Grid
27. Ghosts! *
28. The Gatekeeper *
29. Earthquake
30. Ghostbusters!
31. Stairwell
32. Gozer
33. Marshmallow Terror
34. Final Battle
35. Finish
36. End Credits *
37. Magic
38. Zool
39. We Got One! (Alternate)

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Ghostbusters, 9.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings


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