The railway tunnel (steam trains like that weren't used in the Subway), and the Van Horne station sequence (based on Alfred Ely Beach's pneumatic transit concept) is one of the sequences that for me helped save Ghostbusters II, preventing it from seeming too goofy/kid friendly/lighthearted compared to the first. It was a necessary comic relief, underscoring the horror elements that made the original so memorable.And it's not even in the original shooting script!! See this is why I'm fascinated with GB2. Reitman & Co realized EXACTLY what they needed and what was wrong. In my opinion every single added scene during reshoots improves the movie immensely. From the Subway sequence, to the Fire in the dark room, to the Mayor's office and the eclipse and finally the added bits during the final showdown with Vigo. I only wonder what else Reitman would've changed had he not run out of time. He wanted more additions but they couldn't fit any more FX shots into the schedule. It got so crazy ILM had to refuse more work because they couldn't guarantee the quality.
As much as I want to see some of the deleted scenes, the only one I could say would improve the film is maybe the Ray possessed by Vigo while driving scene and maybe some of the Louis and Slimer scenes. But Eugene levy as Cousin Sherman? I want to see the sequence but I don't think it would improve the film any.
@RichardLess, As I understand it the possessed Ray driving Ecto 1A scene was only partially completed. Their is a scene of the Ghostbusters noticing Ray acting strange outside the Museum that is the Electronic Press Kit, and the shot of Ecto 1A running a red light with Peter and Egon exchanging concerned looks seen in the montage was originally part of this sequence. However Ernie Hudson mentioned not long ago that he does not recall filming punching out Dan Aykroyd, and to my knowledge it was decided early to scrap the crashing of Ecto 1A since the production only had one car to work with.
As for Eugene Levy's scenes as Sherman Tully, Louis cousin the reason why those have not been released yet is due to Sony needing to pay him a royalty fee despite the scenes being cut from the film.
This scene is far scarier than a lot of what one sees in graphically violent R-rated Horror films. I'm still perplexed to this day as to how the film got a PG rating with this scene in it as there's just no way it would receive that rating today.Movie ratings have definitely changed. It's surprising that it didn't push it towards a PG-13 rating, but to say that it is far scarier than graphically violent R-rated horror films is pushing it lol
I used to make my sister watch it with me then we would play ghostbusters. I was Egon cause I where glasses, she was Peter cause she loves Bill Murry and our other sister was Ray cause shes the fat one
There's also something with the atmosphere. The music, the wind blowing in characters hair(I love that effect!). Vigo is a constant presence throughout the movie where as Gozer is more of a mystery & unknown until the climax. Vigo's presence literally haunts the entire film. That bit where we catch him winking and smiling at Dana? Oh man. Gives me the creeps. There's just something about that dudes face that is scary. Perfect casting.
As a kid, Gozer never scared me. But Vigo?? And the Slime? Oooh man. When I use to get scared at night I'd have my blue plastic proton pack right beside my bed, just incase Vigo showed up and wanted to tango.
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