‘Ghostbusters’ brings back seasonal laughs and chills

Freeform heads toward Halloween with horror-comedy classic

Especially at this time of year, who ya gonna call? Oh, you know. Director Ivan Reitman’s original 1984 version of “Ghostbusters” — which Freeform shows Thursday, Oct. 28 — remains a classic, thanks in no small part to the good cheer among stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis (also the film’s co-writer) and Ernie Hudson as they try to keep New York, and one apartment building in particular, safe from specters.

Murray’s character is especially keen on succeeding, since otherworldly forces make things tough for a client (Sigourney Weaver) he grows personally fond of. Rick Moranis also has a memorable turn, and of course, there’s that hugely popular Ray Parker Jr. theme song. “Ghostbusters” harkens back to comedies done by Bob Hope and others, but it’s still very much its own success.



Other Retro Rewinds:

“Friends” (TBS, Monday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 26): 

Now shown in repeats as a two-parter, “The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding” closed the much-loved sitcom’s seventh season with the milestone event indicated by the subtitle. It almost doesn’t happen, though, since Chandler (Matthew Perry) gets a major case of cold feet … compounded by his belief that Monica (Courteney Cox) already is expecting their first child. Gary Oldman guest stars.

“The Exorcist” (AMC, Wednesday, Oct. 27, and Thursday, Oct. 28): 

One of the most classic scare shows in movie history, director William Friedkin’s 1973 version of the William Peter Blatty bestseller gave Linda Blair an unforgettable introduction to stardom as Regan MacNeil, the seemingly sweet and innocent daughter of a popular film actress (Ellen Burstyn). When the devil chooses Regan’s body as a new home, it’s up to two priests (Max von Sydow, Jason Miller) to save her.

“Yours, Mine and Ours” (Turner Classic Movies, Thursday, Oct. 28): 

The final night of the channel’s “Star of the Month” salute to Lucille Ball opens with one of her most successful films, thanks to its use of elements of her popular television persona (witness the family-dinner scene). Nicely pairing her with Henry Fonda, the 1968 comedy is based on the true story of Helen North and Frank Beardsley, who brought together their large broods of children to form one big, not-always-happy clan. Notable among the kids: a young Tim Matheson.

“Starsky & Hutch” (getTV, Friday, Oct. 29):

The buddy cops didn’t dabble in the supernatural often, but as the weekend of Halloween begins, a repeat of the episode “The Vampire” is only logical. The teeth marks on the necks of deceased dancers convince the detectives (Paul Michael Glaser, David Soul) that they’re looking for an atypical felon. Guest stars include Suzanne Somers, who started “Three’s Company” soon afterward, and John Saxon.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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