Film Junk Premium Podcast Episode #51: Ghostbusters


Listen… do you smell something? The latest Film Junk premium podcast is here and it’s kind of like all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. In honour of the release of the new Ghostbusters reboot, we went back to the original films to explore why they continue to resonate over thirty years later. In addition to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, we also round out the discussion with two more Dan Aykroyd movies: The Blues Brothers, and his first and only directorial credit, Nothing But Trouble (a notorious flop that also happens to be one of Frank’s favourite movies of all time). Talking points include the comedic abilities and career trajectories of the various cast members, the special effects, the soundtracks, and the influence of both SNL and New York City on the movie. So is Nothing But Trouble a comedic misfire or a horror comedy that was way ahead of its time? Is the Ecto-1 an ambulance or a hearse? Is Ghostbusters II a worthy sequel or a shameless cash grab? Heat ‘em up, make ‘em hard and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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  • Mark

    It’s a privilege to finally hear Frank go deep on Nothing But Trouble. Obviously a flawed movie, not even Frank would argue that, but I love it for its sheer audacity.

  • Mark

    Oh, and seconded: Frank would absolutely love Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Masterful production design and humor. And Stretch is a total peach.

  • Great as always fellas, however two things (info taken from the commentary/making of book)

    1. The Blow Job sequence is actually from a deleted scene where Ray and Winston check out a haunted mansion.

    2. The hippy guy in the background was a real guy just goofing around in
    the background.

  • devolutionary

    Partially in jest: I’m surprised that Jay didn’t notice the gaffe when using the “Chinatown Spook” news clipping in the montage. It’s clearly referencing the same “crossing the streams” shot used at the end of the movie. Reporters these days!

    I will second the enjoyment hearing Frank defend Nothing But Trouble. I think it’s a perfectly decent movie with humour that absolutely falls flat.

  • Sam

    After hearing Frank get so giddy and gush over Nothing But Trouble, can’t wait to hear him do the same for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on the Milos Forman Premium!

    Great premium guys!

  • Indianamcclain

    Completely agree with Frank I don’t understand why modern comedies look like TV Sitcoms. Back in the 80’s they looked like FILMS. Just because you’re making a comedy doesn’t mean you can slack off in every department. Dumb and Dumber To is the worst most recent offender, I’ve seen student films that look better.

  • Carlos Gonzalez

    Great premium, guys!

    ‘Best ADR line’ needs to be a category for the next annual Junkies.

  • Sam

    ‘Worst ADR Line’ could be great too.

  • Indianamcclain

    A Nothing But Trouble commentary is needed.

  • Kyle

    Jay needs to make “What if Wes Anderson directed Ghostbusters” himself. Do it as a short 2 min video and reach international success on Vimeo & film Twitter.

  • Ruth Latta

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  • Flo Lieb

    Unfortunate that you did not include Evolution but rather The Blues Brothers and Nothing But Trouble (but no Blues Brothers 2000).

  • Colin

    This absolutely must happen… Frankie, we wanna watch Nothing But Trouble with you!

  • Sean

    I would still like to revisit Evolution but we did not think the movie has enough of a following to justify including it.

  • Mark


  • Sam

    “A hearse is a hearse, of curse, of curse”

    I laughed at that way more than I probably should have.

  • frankw35

    I’m not sure why the ambulance/hearse debate is even a debate. In the movie when Ray shows up with the car, it already has the siren, lights, etc and this is prior to the list of work he says it needs. So while the Ecto1 may be a modification of a car model that was designed to be suitable for both uses, it was clearly an ambulance when Ray got it. Hearses don’t have sirens and lights. Another great premium, guys!

  • Lori Cerny
  • Lori Cerny

    If you read twenty magazines in Fallout 4, you obtain an achievement called “Print’s Not Dead”.

    Fallout has always referenced pop culture, but I didn’t get the correlation until I listened to your Ghostbusters premium podcast.

  • Jr

    Glad to hear you guys like The Blues Brothers. It’s one of my favorite movies and one of the few that legitimately makes me laugh every time I see it.