The 16 Most Delightfully 80s Things in ‘Ghostbusters’

by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck on November 13, 2013

in Lists, Movies, The 80s

My wife was dangerously close to roping me into a Flip or Flop marathon on HGTV last weekend. Once again, I looked to my trusty steed Netflix Instant for liberation.

I lacked the ambition necessary to start one of the series I have parked in my queue, I don’t have a binge in me right now. I watched Ghostbusters. One thing I noticed this time: though it represents a huge part of what made the 80s great, it doesn’t come off as a movie stuck in that time period. If the biggest update necessary to bring the movie current is changing the tagline to “Who ya gonna call or click (and leave a glowing review of on Yelp)?”, then Ghostbusters holds up pretty well.

That didn’t stop me from noticing some delightfully 80s things (mostly in the background) of Ghostbusters:

Janine’s desk (specifically the PC and phone)

Dana’s hair and the computers behind her

That microwave

Janine’s glasses

This television set

Dana’s livingroom

This Coke can

The fact that people had Perrier in their fridge

This (unregistered) New York license plate (I miss the old design- simple & refined)

Smoking inside a place of business 

Larry King’s workspace

This baby boombox

“You do your job pencilneck, dont tell me how to do mine!” (The term ‘pencilneck’ will always remind me of Classy Freddie Blassie. Quintessential 80s.)

“I gotta split, the mayor wants to rap with me about some things.” (not necessarily 80s, but it’s my favorite line)

These police cars

This Big Wheel every kid on my street had (besides me)

Lamar the Revenger November 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Pencil neck geek. Grit eatin’ freak.. love that song.

HowardTheDeck November 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

I don’t believe I’m aware of the song, but anything with a pencil neck geek lyric must be OK

bmorin54 November 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Also the Columbo yogurt, Smuckers jelly, and is that an style bottle of Bud Light next to the Perrier?

HowardTheDeck November 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

with a name like Smuckers, it has to be good.

Wirehedd November 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

It better be good because the name makes it sound like old foreskins in a jar.

Wirehedd November 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

Sorry dude but that Big Wheel predates the 80’s. I know cuz I was the kid with the “Green Machine” (a very similar yet dual stick controlled model) and my little brother had the Big Wheel and this was all in the mid to late 70’s. I started high school in 1980 and my Green Machine had been handed down twice by then and my brother’s Big Wheel was already long gone as well.

The rest are pretty strong 80’s references though.

You also missed the whole notion of a public library (?????). When was the last time a library was contextual except for in a school environment.

Also there are more than a few people walking through scenes wearing walkmen and those spongey cover headphones. THOSE are pure 80’s gear.

Jaina November 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Wood panelled microwave – awesome.

HowardTheDeck November 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Wood panelled anything is awesome

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