Watch This Classic Ghostbusters Special Effect Come to (After)Life

Watch This Classic Ghostbusters Special Effect Come to (After)Life
The original Ghostbusters. (Image: Columbia Pictures)

I don’t often think of madcap scientists and made them paranormal protectors, and seeing those effects make their way onto the screen is pretty impressive.

Recently, the Ghostbusters YouTube account posted a video showcasing some behind-the-scenes footage from the original film, featuring both the raw footage and the finished footage of one of the film’s most famous effects. You’re not supposed to cross the streams, right? Well, yeah. Until you have to. Then, just hope for the best.

The early version, featuring low-quality footage, is almost hilariously basic, and includes some moments that didn’t make it to the screen, including some practical effects to showcase the destruction of the confrontation. The actors do a solid job acting against the nothingness that this scene was before the effects went in, though. It’s a reminder that, while a lot of special effects work includes live stand-ins and a lot done in the shooting of the scene, that wasn’t always the case, and more often, actors just have to act against nothing at all.

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The ghost-busting franchise will continue in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, directed by Jason Reitman, which is currently slated for a March 5, 2021 release in the U.S., pushed back from an original planned release of this past July. It’ll star Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd, alongside returning franchise stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts.