The Collect Call of Cathulhu

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"The Collect Call of Cathulhu"
Real Ghostbusters episode
Episode no. Season 2
Original air date October 27, 1987 (1987-10-27)
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A cult uses the Necronomicon to release Cathulhu and only the Ghostbusters can save the day.




  • This episode is a homage to horror fiction writer Howard Phillips "H.P." Lovecraft (1890-1937), whose work frequently appeared in Weird Tales magazine. He is responsible for the creation of the Cthulhu (Cathulhu here) mythos and the Necronomicon.
  • "Clark Ashton" refers to Lovecraft associate and writer Clark Ashton Smith.
  • "Mr. Phillips" refers to the full name of H.P. Lovecraft--Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
  • "Alice Derleth" refers to August Derleth, who shaped and refined the various aspects of Lovecraft's mythos, as well as that of various authors, into a cohesive universe.
  • "The Call of Cthulhu" first appeared in Weird Tales Magazine in February, 1928...sixty years before this episode aired.
  • Peter's line of "Back off man. I'm a Ghostbuster" is a reference to the first Ghostbusters movie where Venkman says "Back off man. I'm a scientist" to the Head Librarian.
  • Winston says sometimes he regrets answering that ad the guys put in the newspaper, referencing the first Ghostbusters movie.
  • When Winston breaks free from the stone, his trap is drawn on the wrong side.
  • Before the police arrive at the end, Ray's uniform is colored incorrectly.
  • When Ray pulls the copy of Weird Tales from his belt the title is misspelled "wierd".


Egon: Cathulhu makes Gozer look like little miss sunshine.

Winston: I say we just wait this whatever his name is to show up then we blast it!