Here is our pick of the best quotes from the Ghostbusters franchise, with the first two Ivan Reitman directed installments now considered classic supernatural comedies. Regardless of how you feel about the franchise as a whole, the movies are full of funny lines. So, let’s go straight to them…


1. Ghostbusters (1984)

First installment, and in our opinion the best of the series, the story follows a trio of eccentric parapsychologists, Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), who after they lose their jobs start a ghost-catching business in New York City.

'We came, we saw, we kicked its a**!' - Dr. Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters 1984) Click To Tweet


[to Peter after they’ve been fired from the university]
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Personally, I like the university. They gave us money and facilities. We didn’t have to produce anything. You’ve never been out of college. You don’t know what it’s like out there. I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results.


Janine Melnitz: You’re very handy. I can tell. I bet you like to read a lot too.
Dr. Egon Spengler: Print is dead.
Janine Melnitz: Oh, that’s very fascinating to me. I read a lot myself. Some people think I’m too intellectual, but I think it’s a fabulous way to spend your spare time. I also play racquetball. Do you have any hobbies?
Dr. Egon Spengler: I collect spores, molds, and fungus.


[as Peter is about to enter her room to check for supernatural activity]
Dana Barrett: That’s the bedroom. But nothing ever happened in there.
Dr. Peter Venkman: What a crime.


Dana Barrett: You know, you don’t act like a scientist.
Dr. Peter Venkman: They’re usually pretty stiff.
Dana Barrett: You’re more like a game show host.


Dr. Peter Venkman: Let me tell you something about myself. I come home from work, to my place, and all I have is my work. There’s nothing else in my life.
Dana Barrett: Dr. Venkman.
Dr. Peter Venkman: I meet you, and I say, “My God, there’s someone with the same problem I have.”
Dana Barrett: Yes, we both have the same problem. You.


2. Ghostbusters II (1989)

Second installment follows the Ghostbusters, who are now retired due to having gone bankrupt. However, when a series of events involving ectoplasmic slime threaten the city and Dana’s (Sigourney Weaver) baby, the Ghostbusters re-form to save the world.

'Sometimes sh*t happens, someone has to deal with it, and who are you going to call?' - Dr. Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters II) Click To Tweet


[working children’s entertainers at a birthday party]
Brownstone Boy: You know, my dad says you guys are full of crap.
Brownstone Mother: Jason, hush!
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Well, some people have trouble believing in the paranormal.
Brownstone Boy: No, he just says you guys are full of crap, and that’s why you went out of business.


[after being insulted at a children’s birthday party]
Winston Zeddemore: Man, face it. Ghostbusters doesn’t exist. A year from now, those kids won’t even remember who we are.
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Ungrateful little yuppie larvae. After all we did for this city.
Winston Zeddemore: Yeah, we conjured up a hundred foot marshmallow man, blew the top three floors off an uptown high-rise, ended up getting sued by every state, county and city agency in New York.
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Yeah, but what a ride.


Dana Barrett: How is he these days?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Peter? Well, he was borderline for a while. Then he crossed the border.


[Peter is interviewing psychics on his television show]
Milton Angland: I have a strong psychic belief that the world will end on New Year’s Eve.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Well, for your sake, I hope you’re right.


[Peter is interviewing psychics on his television show]
Elaine: According to my source, the end of the world will be on February 14th in the year 2016.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Valentine’s Day. Bummer. Where did you get your date, Elaine?
Elaine: I received this information from an alien. As I told my husband, it was in the Paramus Holiday Inn. I was having a drink at the bar, alone, and this alien approached me. He started talking to me. He bought me a drink. And then, I think he must have used some kind of a ray, or a mind-control device, because he forced me to follow him to his room. And that’s where he told me about the end of the world.
Dr. Peter Venkman: So your alien had a room at the Holiday Inn, Paramus?
Elaine: It might’ve been a room on the spacecraft made up to look like a room at the Holiday Inn. I can’t be sure about that, Peter.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Of course not. And that is the whole problem with aliens, is you just can’t trust them. Occasionally you meet a nice one, Starman, E.T. But usually they turn out to be some kind of big lizard!


3. Ghostbusters (2016)

This reboot is directed and co-written Paul Feig, and the story follows paranormal enthusiasts Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Erin (Kristen Wiig), Jillian (Kate McKinnon) and Patty (Leslie Jones), along with their assistant Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), who set out to capture ghosts when they realize that someone is attempting to cause an apocalypse by summoning ghosts in the City of New York.

'It smells like burnt bologna and regrets down here.' - Patty Tolan (Ghostbusters 2016) Click To Tweet


[as she’s filming Erin]
Jillian Holtzmann: Ma’am, can you tell us where you got the world’s tiniest bow tie?
Erin Gilbert: Uh, it came with the shirt.


Abby Yates: I mean, we saw a real ghost. You know, and she was beautiful.
Jillian Holtzmann: Till she dislocated her jaw and ecto-projected all over you.
Erin Gilbert: Yeah, that stuff went everywhere, by the way, in every crack.
Abby Yates: But, I got to say, even that was kind of spectacularly beautiful.


[after Kevin introduces himself]
Erin Gilbert: Kevin. Oh. That’s a manly name. My name’s Erin. With an E. For “everything you want”.


Patty Tolan: That’s where I saw that weird sparking thing.
Jillian Holtzmann: What was it?
Patty Tolan: Baby, if I knew what it was, I wouldn’t say “a weird sparking thing”.
Jillian Holtzmann: You’re mouthy. I like that.


[referring to the ghost on the train]
Patty Tolan: Well, I guess he going to Queens. He’s going to be the third scariest thing on that train.


4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2020)

This direct sequel to the original two films is directed and co-written by Jason Reitman. Set thirty years after the second film, the story follows a single mother, Callie (Carrie Coon), and her two children, Trevor and Phoebe (Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace), who move to a small town, where they discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather’s secret legacy.


Dr. Peter Venkman: Call it fate. Call it luck. Call it karma. I believe that everything happens for a reason.


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