Just my theory, of course.
8-23-16: Ghostbusters: In The News
"Gozer" - he was very big in the Sumerian religion. One of their gods.
So, per Ramis and Aykroyd, Gozer was a single god in the Sumerian pantheon. Zuul and Vinz Clortho were his minions, both demigods.
And just because I have to, notice that when Winston asks Ray if he believes in God, that's the only one that the script capitalizes.
Really, the only reason I think this is because of their names. Gods generally carry a single name, while mortals typically carry 2 or more to designate lineage (gods have no need for lineage designation as they are immortal). It also provided a good balance of "opposite but the same" that gives the characters of "gate keeper" and "key master" a bit more depth without having to delve into backstory.
Plus you can kind of tell in the behavior of Zuul (more reserved and focused) and Vinz (more curious and erratic) that they probably have very different sensibilities ingrained from different upbringings. Whether that was intentional or not, it made an impression (at least on me).
I love overthinking stuff.
Stantz and Zeddemore stowed their accelerators in the back. "Now, aren't you glad you signed on with us, Winston?"
"I don't know. We're not going to do gods often, are we?"
And, I may have just imagined this, but seems like this line from the novel was referenced in an episode of the cartoon. Like, they realized the thing they were up against was 'a god' and Winston said, "I thought we weren't gonna do those often."
I checked Collect Call of Cathulhu, but didn't hear a line like that.
I agree Zuul is a demigod who needs to fornicate with Vinz because he is a more than mortal, a human-demon hybrid perhaps, to open the portal for a true God to enter our world. Wonder if Vigo will come back? I know he does in the IDW comic but what foils him a second time?
BatDan wrote:I always figured, Gozer was a very powerful Demon, but because of the amount of worship from the Shandor Cults, he/it/she was refferred to as their "god".. I always liked thinking of it that way, made more sense in the Satanic cult subplot.
Same here. I think it fits more with the theme of the supernatural being defined in scientific terms.
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