Tag Archive: Ghostbusters


Bullitt Mustang from poster

In a recent survey of a sci-fi collecting community, I was surprised at how many people had classic cars as a hobby prior to expanding into the sci-fi universe of collecting.  Who hasn’t dropped hints to their significant other to try to get their classic Ford or Chevy on Chip Foose’s Overhaulin’ show on the Discovery Channel?  Foose has designed vehicles for major motion pictures such as Blade Runner, Gone in 60 Seconds, and RoboCop, and he’s rebuilding cars for nominees on his show.  What’s cooler than that?  And who doesn’t wish they had Jay Leno’s garage full of classic cars, and his resources to rebuild them?

Decades ago I dreamed of taking an old classic ’57 Chevy Bel Air and rebuilding it into a street rod.  So I did it–via a 1:25 scale plastic model kit, first building the model on the box, then sanding it into a rusted mess, then building it back up into a competition orange rod.  Lots cheaper than doing it with the real thing.  Finding myself wandering a local hobby shop this weekend I noticed several new retro entries in the model car kit category that I hadn’t seen before.  I wish I had time to make them all.  So check these out, and if you have a car enthusiast, young or old, on this year’s gift giving list, keep these in mind.

Ghostbusters hearse

Who you gonna call?  How about the Ghostbusters and their Ecto-IA hearse?  It’s the car Dan Aykroyd bought and thought was just perfect for the team’s new business.  It’s from AMT and available for less than $25.

Back to the Future Time Machine

Who doesn’t think Doc Brown’s DeLorean isn’t one of the coolest cars in all of sci-fi?  You can pre-order a Back to the Future time machine car fully tricked out for less than $30.  It even comes with a flux capacitor.

Scooby Mystery Machine

Do you miss Shag and Scoob and the rest of the Scooby Gang?  How about getting your own Mystery Machine?  It’s available for less than $20.

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If you have the licenses to Transformers, Ghostbusters, The Crow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The X-Files, and you’re the publisher that has had the Mars Attacks aliens crossover with every property under the sun from Popeye to KISS, then the future is probably inevitable.  Mulder and Scully and The Lone Gunmen–why not have them pursue these strange oddities in the world of pop culture and sci-fi?

Under the banner The X-Files: Conspiracy, IDW Publishing has announced a volley of crossover one-shots beginning with a January 2014 release, spinning out of their successful The X-Files: Season Ten monthly comic book series.  First up, The X-Files: Conspiracy, Issue #1 will set up the story arc, as Mulder and Scully pursue the threat of a virus that may spread across the country into a plague if they cannot stop it.

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Next, with The X-Files: Conspiracy – Ghostbusters, The Lone Gunmen begin their pursuit of strange turtles in the sewers, an ominous vengeful spirit, and strange robots, first by tracking down the famous paranormal ghost squad.  Are the Ghostbusters for real, or are they frauds bilking innocent people out of their money?

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Some of your favorite classic movies from the 1970s and 1980s are coming to a theater near you in digitally-restored editions this July and August.  Cinemark Theaters are presenting two-day, three showing, retro screenings of Grease, Back to the Future, Animal House, American Graffiti, Ghostbusters, and Dirty Dancing as part of the Cinemark Classic Series.

And you can purchase tickets to five movies for only $25 or all six movies for $30.  There’s something for everyone, with a great selection of movies that look great on the silver screen.

Click here for a list of participating theaters across the United States.  Here is a preview of the Cinemark program series:

Showtimes (local time) are as follows:

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Review by C.J. Bunce

Allen Purcell, the protagonist in Philip K. Dick’s 1956 novel The Man Who Japed, unexpectedly reminded me of a character from a classic Hollywood film from 1955, Ensign Pulver, from John Ford’s comedy drama Mister Roberts.  If you haven’t seen Mister Roberts or read The Man Who Japed, you’re missing out on two of the best comedic works from their respective creators.

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