Ghostbusters: Minions of Gozer – Live Shadowcast
Friday, October 26 - Saturday, October 27, 2012
High-definition digital projection
IFC Center will host the Minions of Gozer for two performances accompanying midnight showings of GHOSTBUSTERS.
While honoring traditions built by Rocky Horror fans across the world, the Minions of Gozer bring a twist to the art of the shadowcast, with a show chock full of all the Ghostbusters moments you’ve never actually seen but always wanted to. Like the time that Egon tried to drill a hole through his head. The undersea, unexplained mass sponge migration. And even Louis Tully’s high-speed workout. No scene is too big; no unseen scene is too big! The Minions of Gozer are ready to entertain you!
“[GHOSTBUSTERS] stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis, three graduates of the Second City/National Lampoon/”Saturday Night Live” tradition. They’re funny, but they’re not afraid to reveal that they’re also quick-witted and intelligent; their dialogue puts nice little spins on American clichés, and it uses understatement, irony, in-jokes, vast cynicism, and cheerful goofiness. Rarely has a movie this expensive provided so many quotable lines.
“The plot, such as it is, involves an epidemic of psychic nuisance reports in Manhattan. Murray, Ramis, and Aykroyd, defrocked parapsychologists whose university experiments have been exposed as pure boondoggle, create a company named Ghostbusters and offer to speed to the rescue like a supernatural version of the Orkin man. Business is bad until Sigourney Weaver notices that the eggs in her kitchen are frying themselves. Her next-door neighbor, Rick Moranis, notices horrifying monsters in the apartment hallways. They both apparently live in a building that serves as a conduit to the next world. The ghostbusters ride to the rescue, armed with nuclear-powered backpacks. There is a lot of talk about arcane details of psychic lore (most of which the ghostbusters are inventing on the spot), and then an earthshaking showdown between good and evil, during which Manhattan is menaced by a monster that is twenty stories high, and about which I cannot say one more word without spoiling the movie’s best visual moment.
“GHOSTBUSTERS is one of those rare movies where the original, fragile comic vision has survived a multimillion-dollar production. It is not a complete vindication for big-budget comedies, since it’s still true, as a general rule, that the more you spend, the fewer laughs you get. But it uses its money wisely, and when that, ahem, monster marches down a Manhattan avenue and climbs the side of a skyscraper … we’re glad they spent the money for the special effects because it gets one of the biggest laughs in a long time.” – Roger Ebert