Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Daily Monsterism #7

Monster: Zuul
Movie: Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters has probably had a bigger influence on me than any other film this side of The Dark Crystal. This awesome looking beast actually comes about in a rather odd fashion, but one trhat scarred my brother horribly. The first time you see Zuul in the movie, it's running around inside Dana Barrett's (Sigourney Weaver) fridge. That's right. Eventually things take a much more sinister turn, but the build up to Zuul, Vinz Clortho (the other terror dog seen in the back) and Gozer is really well plotted, and by the time they come around they manage to provide some genuinely frightening moments... of course, being a movie with Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, there's a fair deal of comedy to balance out the horror - especially when Vinz Clortho arrives in our dimension! Still, these are awesomely designed creatures, who made a couple of brief appearances in the animated series and were schedule to appear in the now-defunct Ghostbusters comic by 88mph Studios (GIVE ME MY BOOK DAMMIT!).

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