Well, not anymore. I mean, there was a time, yes. Like when my dad took me with him to see Ghostbusters II in theaters when I was 4. All I know is, I was terrified. Granted, it's a pretty frightening movie for a child. I mean, jeez, the last time I saw Vigo, he still creeped me out! Truth be told, I don't really remember that traumatic movie experience. I just remember my dad teasing me about it years later, whenever he would watch The Ghostbuster movies at home. I also remember regularly having nightmares about Slimer. Just take a look at the guy! What 4-year-old wouldn't be scared out of their mind by him?
Don't laugh, but even more commonly, I would have nightmares about the crocodile from Peter Pan. I would have this recurring dream where the crocodile would burst through the wall of my room (like the Kool-Aid guy if he was a giant, menacing crocodile) and would eat me. This one dream haunted me over and over throughout much of my childhood. Though there was one distinct change about the crocodile's appearance that made him even more horrific in my nightmares. He would glow in the dark with the same green glow as Ghostbusters' Slimer. It was like a hybrid of my two most feared foes! Slimer and the Tick-Tock Croc combined!
Well, that was a long time ago. I don't have those nightmares anymore. I don't believe in ghosts anymore either. All things considered, I think I've managed to come out of this okay. However... to this day, I've still never seen either Ghostbusters film in full. 5 minutes here and there, in typical 5 Minute Movie Guy fashion, but that's about it. Well, now is my chance to change all of that. The original Ghostbusters film is in theaters this weekend only, to celebrate the film's 30-year anniversary. I think it's time for me to face my childhood fears head-on! I'm going to watch the movie on the big screen some time later today. Consider this a tribute to the recently passed Harold Ramis, as well as a long overdue viewing of a classic. Ghostbusters, my life is in your hands!
Oh, and by the way.... Thanks, Dad...
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