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Extreme Halloween - Part 4 ("The Infernal Machine" & "Home Is Where The Horror Is")

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 4, 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!!!!!

The Infernal Machine
Play Video
Tuesday September 9, 1997
In the middle ages an alchemist releases a demon which requires a mechanical host. The demon re-appears in present-day New York and puts Roland under its spell, causing him to create a deadly mechanical vehicle for its destructive purposes. The Extreme Ghostbusters must destroy the ghost in the machine before it destroys all existence.
Usually the singlar black character feels like an afterthought in the Ghostbusters franchise. It's nice that this episode centers on Roland and his mechanical inclinations. Much like The Real Ghostbusters episodes "Moaning Stones" and "The Brooklyn Triangle", it spotlights a character who tends to be "forgotten".

Garrett: This better be good. I was in the middle of a dream about Christy Brinkley.
Eduardo: Huh? I was dreaming about Christy Turlington. [tiger growl]
Kylie: Shut up. [dramatic pause] Christian Slater.
Eduardo: How 'bout you, Roland?
Roland: Gee, I don't know. Do square people, with square lives and square trash even have dreams?


Home Is Where The Horror Is
Play Video
Wednesday September 10, 1997
The Extreme Ghostbusters try to rid a house of its ghosts only to learn the house itself is the ghost, and they must defeat it before it feeds on the two captured children and makes dessert of the Extreme Ghostbusters.
Finally, a haunted house episode! I've always liked haunted house ghost stories, though this one has the twist of the house itself being the evil entity. It reminds me, a little bit, of The Real Ghostbusters episode "Mrs. Roger's Neighborhood".

Len: Alright!
Frankie: Are you Batman?
Roland: I'm his cousin. Ghostbuster Man.

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