Didn’t like last year’s Ghostbusters reboot? That’s okay. I did. But if you’re one of those who bemoaned the new film for tarnishing the original cast’s legacy, you may find restitution in some never before seen footage from 1984 that has just been unearthed. How does that sound!?
To me, it sounds pretty damn awesome. Yesterday, Ghost Corps posted an intriguing picture of three mysterious film reels, each adorned with a different handwritten identification on them. For those who don’t know, Ghost Corps is a division of Columbia headed by Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd devoted to everything Ghostbusters – so if you weren’t in the loop, now you are.
One of the boxes is labeled “Fort Detmerring”, and is likely to contain one of the most sought-after deleted pieces of Ghostbusters footage ever filmed. It involves a certain sexual encounter with Ray Stantz and a ghost; so, yeah, this should interest even the casual Ghostbusters fan. Why? Well, ghost sex sells. Duh.
Here is a description of the lost piece of Ghostbusters footage that fans have been trying to locate for years, courtesy of the Ghostbusters Wikia:
Ray Stantz is in the Fort Detmerring Single Officers’ Quarters, a painstakingly restored period room with a four poster bed, writing table and wardrobe hung with uniforms. Ray tries on an officer’s uniform and models in front of a full-length mirror, striking a few heroic poses. He then tests out the bed and quickly falls asleep from exhaustion. A uniform sleeve moves slightly. A sabre in its sheath begins to tap lightly against the open doorsash. A phosphorescent light streaked out in between gaps in the clothing, casting patterns over the room. Ray’s P.K.E. Meter goes off. Stantz rolled over. From inside the attire, a pink mist rose up and took on a human form. It hovered above Ray and seems to look over Ray. Ray, still asleep, rolled onto his back. The mist slithered through the curtains of the bed post and slowly descended. The ghost appears to be a beautiful young woman. She is face to face with Ray then moves down past his waist. Ray wakes up and props himself up. The ghost vanished. Ray’s belt is undone and his zipper slowly opened. Ray’s confusion turns to pleasure. Meanwhile, Winston Zeddemore is walking in the corridor outside smoking a cigarette. He heard voices and went up to the door. Winston asked Ray if everything was okay. Ray quickly yells, “Later, Man!!” Winston shrugged and slunk away.
As one Facebook user has pointed out, fans have been trying to get a hold of this footage since 1984 when a photo of it popped up in a companion book for the film. The photo was also included in the 2014 BluRay release of the film.
The other two reels of Ghostbusters footage are a bit more mysterious. I wonder if we’ll ever get to find out what they are, and if we’ll ever get to see this long-coveted Fort Detmerring scene. Aykroyd and Reitman have always been good to fans. I’m sure we will eventually. Until then, I wait.