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Extreme Halloween - Part 3 ("Deadliners" & "Casting The Runes")

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Extreme Ghostbusters , Tags:

From September 1st to December 8th 1997, Ghostheads were treated to the first new Ghostbusters media since The Real Ghostbusters aired its last original episode in September 1991. Back in the '90s, everything was EXTREME! So, naturally, we'd get EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS!!! Yeah, the title was dumb even back then, but at least they weren't "super". The series saw a new crew of young 18- and 19-year-olds being mentored by an older Egon and Janine, who were the only original team members left after the city's influx of spiritual energy ran dry years ago.

A lot of Ghostheads disliked the show at the time, as they wanted to see Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston; not Eduardo, Kylie, Garrett, and Roland. Those who stuck with it - assuming they could find it, as Sony dropped it into the shittiest syndication deal possible at the time - found a show that was a lot more mature than the "kiddie" stuff ABC was peddling with The Real Ghostbusters in the latter years. I rewatched all 40 episodes last year, and was surprised by how well the show has held up 20+ years later. The writing is sharp, the acting in on point, and the character designs are fantastic. The only thing that sucks is the piss-poor animation. Sorry animators, but flickering back and forth between Photoshop filters is not how you animate proton streams.

Spook Central is giving you the chance to watch this semi-forgotten piece of Ghostbusters lore all throughout the month of October. Every day leading up to Halloween, I will present one or two episodes, with optional English subtitles, and a little bit of commentary from me. A little something to whet your appetite until Afterlife comes out next year. So, sit back, relax, and let's get EXTREME!!!!!

Play Video
Friday September 5, 1997
A novelist is possessed by a demon, causing him to create several ghostly characters which come to life and terrorize New Yorkers. Eduardo is instrumental in solving the case, since he is a fan of the writer's book.
It's Ghostbusters meets Hellraiser, with R.L. Stine thrown in for good measure. A rather dark episode that kinda feels a PG-ish at times. One of my favorites.

Kylie: I am not a squealer.


Casting The Runes
Play Video
Monday September 8, 1997
After a small-time hood steals a pouch of ancient runes, he learns that he can use them to mark people to be possessed and taken to the other side by a demon. The Extreme Ghostbusters must not only track down the thief but also rescue his victims before the victims are trapped on the other side for all eternity.
One of great things about Extreme Ghostbusters is that, from time to time, we get to see the team hanging around the firehouse in their spare time. Here, we get to see Eduardo challenge Slimer to a game of chess, while Kylie is using her free time to study up on the paranormal.

Eduardo: Good move Captain Cranium.


Comment from: Sam [Visitor]  

FUN FACT: The episode “Casting the Runes” appears to be based on the M.R. James short story of the same name, which was adapted into the terrific 1957 horror film, “Night of the Demon,” which in turn heavily influenced Sam Raimi’s 2009 horror film “Drag Me to Hell.”

I recommend watching a double feature of “Extreme Ghostbusters: Casting the Runes” and “Drag Me to Hell.” The similarities are quite fun!

Oct. 3, 2020 @ 12:42
Comment from: [Member]

“Drag Me to Hell” is a great film. I never realized that it bears similarities to “Casting the Runes". Thanks for the insight. - Paul

Oct. 3, 2020 @ 16:17

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