From Ozzy Osbourne to Slimer: The Top 10 Cameos in 2016’s ‘Ghostbusters’

Late last week, the highly controversial reboot of Ghostbusters hit theaters and blew expectations away. The action-comedy received a lot of hate on the Internet, mostly due to its gender-bent cast. This hate, however, did not seem to deter from the quality of the film, as Ghostbusters was still a very entertaining film that paid its
respects to the original, while still paving its own path.

The movie was chocked full of cameos and references to the previous film. Whether it was through the original Ghostbusters theme or by bringing back the Ecto 1, the new Ghostbusters consistently brought back elements from the original movie we all know and love while creating itself into a brand new, separate film. Overall, it was a great film, especially if you love cameos and Easter Eggs. When it came to brief appearances of famous characters and actors, Ghostbusters had no shortage.

Of all the cameos from the new Ghosbusters, here are what we consider to be the top 10.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Ghostbusters.

10. Ozzy Osbourne

Of all the cameos in this film, Ozzy Osbourne’s was probably the most unexpected. He is the only cameo on this list to not have any connection to a previous Ghostbusters film.

Midway through the film, the Ghostbusters catch a winged ghost / demon at a heavy metal concert. After they have caught the ghost, we see Ozzy standing off stage in shock. This was a quick cameo, but the unexpectedness of it made it quite enjoyable.

9. Annie Potts as the Desk Clerk

Annie Potts, who played Janine Melnitz the receptionist in the original Ghostbusters made a quick, yet surprising, return in the new reboot. While we expected a couple other cameos, seeing Annie Potts show up was truly a surprise.

The coolest part was how similar her new character was to her original. Instead of playing some completely separate character, Potts returned as a Desk Clerk, which is a remarkably similar job to that of a receptionist.

8. Ernie Hudson as Patty’s Uncle

Right at the end of the film, we finally meet the uncle Patty had “borrowed” the Hearse from. Her uncle is played by the amazing Ernie Hudson, whom we should all know played Winston, the fourth Ghostbuster from the original film.

Seeing Winston appear in such a comedic moment was terrific and it was a brilliant way to end the film (or at least cut to credits). It helped complete the movie, as we finally saw the fourth and final original Ghostbuster make their cameo appearance.

7. Sigourney Weaver as Rebecca Gorin

Part way through the credits, Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) introduces the other Ghostbusters to her mentor, Rebecca Gorin. It was very easy to recognize that Gorin was played by none other than Sigourney Weaver, who played Dana in the original Ghosbusters.

Like Potts, this cameo came as a huge surprise, especially as it was after the credits. It was quite reassuring to see Weaver return, as she has had a remarkable career since she appeared in the original Ghostbusters. Often times, successful actresses like Sigourney Weaver will decline cameos in remakes and sequels of movies from the beginning of their career, so it was a great surprise to see Weaver return.

6. Dan Aykroyd as the Cab Driver

Just as the climax was firing up, we are able to spot one of the original Ghostbusters, Dan Ayrkoyd, who played, Dr. Raymond Stantz. This was a brilliant cameo as he immediately able to recognize the class and characteristics of each ghost that is attacking downtown Manhattan.

Though he was not the same character as before, seeing Aykroyd recite this scientific mumbo-jumbo really brought us back to the original. And, to close off his cameo, Aykroyd says “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.” This appearance, though brief, was truly amazing.

5. The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

While many assumed the big villain at the end of the film would once again be the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, this was not true. Instead, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man made a fun, yet short, cameo as a parade float who attacks the Ghostbusters.

After a series of other floats attacked our heroes, the Marshmallow Man arrives to make the final attack and squashes Abby, Holtzmann, and Patty, until they are saved by Erin who deflates the beloved parade float with a knife. It was a short cameo in a very busy scene, but it was still very enjoyable.

4. Bill Murray as Martin Heiss

Bill Murray’s appearance may be considered more than a cameo because he actually appeared more than once. Murray’s first appearance as Heiss, the notorious ghost denier, was in a news interview. We assumed this would be all we saw of the character, but we were wrong.

Heiss later returned to confront the Ghostbusters themselves and challenge them, claiming their ghost was not real. Unfortunately, his character is now presumed dead, so that did not turn out well. Nevertheless, seeing Bill Murray return in a (kind of) significant role was pretty neat, and I hope that he returns as a ghost if they ever do a sequel.

3. Zuul

Those who stayed until after the credits will recognize this one. After the credits, the four Ghosbusters are in their lab. Patty is listening to a recording, listening for potential clues of ghosts. When she hears something, she asks the rest of the team, “What’s Zuul?” The music suddenly intensifies and it cuts to black.

Most people, I hope, recognize Zuul as the main villain of the original Ghostbusters who tried to bring the apocalypse. He is probably known best from the famous quote, “There is no Dana, only Zuul.” I am interested to see where they go with Zuul, if he ends up being more than a cameo and if they end up doing a sequel. Bringing about the ghost apocalypse could be a seriously interesting sequel that could raise the stakes even higher.

2. Slimer

Slimer’s appearance was actually a very clever part of the film, when you think about it. Some people may already know that Slimer, the lovable, yet repulsive, green ghost from the original Ghostbusters, was a tribute to the late John Belushi. It may not be the greatest compliment to have Slimer modeled after you, but that was the type of comedy Belushi would go for.

The new Ghostbusters continued this tribute in a seriously cool way. During the climax of the film, Slimer is seen driving the Ecto 1 with a female Slimer who has her hair in a 60s style. This is a reference to Animal House, which starred Belushi, and featured his character joyriding in a car with a blonde woman with the same hair style. This connection is very interesting and shows how far the new Ghostbusters went to honor the original.

1. Bust of Harold Ramis

Alas, the most important cameo of all. Harold Ramis, who passed away a few years ago, cancelling all plans of there being another Ghosbusters sequel, did make his cameo in the film. Though he could not physically appear in the movie, the filmmakers found the perfect way to honor him.

Early in the film, outside Erin Gilbert’s (Kristen Wiig’s) office, there is a golden bust of a familiar man with glasses. This man with glasses is none other than Harold Ramis, the fallen Ghosbusters actor whom the movie was dedicated to. It was a beautiful way to honor the beloved actor, and I’m sure Ramis would have been delighted to know he had become a solid gold bust.

Ghostbusters was full of cameos, as we can tell. It included camoes of previous actors, unrelated celebrities and even the return of previous characters. They managed to do this by introducing them as new characters, as themselves, by mentioning them, and even as gold busts.

Whether you loved it or hated it, you must admit the new Ghostbusters honored the previous film in fantastic ways. I am looking forward to watching it again just so I can re-watch some of these memorable moments.

What was your favorite cameo? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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