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"He Slimed Me!" is the twelfth chapter on the DVDs of Ghostbusters. This chapter is where Ray and later Peter meet Slimer.

Cast

Equipment

Locations

Plot

Peter walked down a hall. The TV from someone's room could be heard. Ray walked around as he smoked. He came around a corner and saw Slimer pigging out at a room service cart out in the hall. Ray was shocked. His cigarette hung from his open mouth. Ray called out to Venkman but he got no response and turned back to Slimer. He remarked Slimer looked like a disgusting blob and realized he was going to have to hold it himself. He charged on the thrower, aimed, and fired at Slimer. He missed and struck the wall. Slimer roared in shock. He flew away and passed through a wall. The cart trailed after Slimer and collided with a table. The vase on the table shot straight up into the air.

Egon walked bent down and went slowly down a hall. A man walked to his room. Egon scanned his shoes and stood up. He poked the man in the arm but was disappointed he wasn't a ghost. Peter came around a corner and face-to-face with Slimer as it hovered on the other side of the hall. He grabbed his walkie-talkie off his belt without taking his eyes of Slimer and hailed Ray. Ray repeatedly exclaimed he saw it. Peter told Ray it was in his hall and it was looking at him. Ray remarked he was an ugly little spud. Peter warned Ray it could could hear him. Ray instructed Peter not to move and it won't hurt him. Slimer took off from his side of the hall and roared. Peter screamed and shielded his face. Ray ran to Peter and yelled to him. By the time Ray arrived, Slimer was long gone. Peter was lying on the floor drenched in Ectoplasm. Ray asked Peter what happened and if he was you okay. Peter spat out some Ectoplasm and stated it slimed him. Ray was amazed they made actual physical contact. He asked Peter if he could you move. Egon came over the walkie-talkie and hailed Ray. Peter remarked he felt so funky. Ray replied to Egon he was with Peter who got slimed. Egon asked Ray to save some for him then told them to get down stairs right away. He revealed Slimer just went into a ballroom. Ray confirmed they would.

There was a sign that read, "Sedgewick New York City Today Eastside Theatre Guild Midnight Buffet" Ray, Egon, and Peter were in the doorway of a ballroom. Ray grinned and asked the Hotel Manager if he and his staff could please wait outside and they would take care of everything. Egon and Ray closed the doors and locked them.

Quotes

Peter: It's right here, Ray. It's looking at me.
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Ray: Venkman, what happened? Are you OK?

Peter: He slimed me.
Ray: That's great! Actual, physical contact.

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Peter: I feel so funky!
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Trivia

Ghostbusters

  • The corridors were done at sets constructed on Stage 12 at The Burbank Studios.[1]
    • This was due to several reasons like difficulty setting up in the Biltmore's narrow hallways, the Biltmore's floor had a busy pattern and the walls were white which would have been harder on the effects crew, and concerns with damaging the hotel. John DeCuir purchased a 'Rich and Famous' set from MGM and reconfigured it for the film crew.[2]
  • Dan Aykroyd described Slimer as a vapor - a kind of confluence of stored up psychic energy, an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel who doesn't want to leave.[3]
  • Thelma Moss, of the Parapsychology department at UCLA, told Harold Ramis Slimer was similar to a classic type of haunting known as 'hungry ghosts' - a ghost who just ears and drinks. Ramis admitted they didn't know about that when they wrote the script.[4]
  • During pre-production, Ivan Reitman remarked Slimer was sort of like Bluto in the film "Animal House" like the ghost of John Belushi. Dan Aykroyd never argued with that point.[5]
  • Ivan Reitman provided the voice of Slimer.[6][7]
  • In the August 5, September 30, and October 7, 1983 drafts, the Ghostbusters almost blast a Puerto Rican bellboy. In the movie, it was changed to a chambermaid.
  • In the August 5, 1983 draft:
    • On page 46-47, Egon interviews a woman in a bath towel. After he asks her if she noticed anything yellow and unusually smelly in her bathroom she slams the door on him. A fat 10 year old boy eating bread sticks follows Ray and Peter and annoys them. He notes they look like spacemen.
      • The sequence of Egon was to running into a woman in a towel was going to be filmed. Mary Woronov was cast but the scene was never shot.[8][9]
    • On page 49, Ray and Peter find the yellow vapor eating at a cart. Ray has second thoughts, thinking he was once a human like someone's grandfather. Peter points out everyone hated his grandfather.[10]
    • On page 50, a man in a hotel room pulls the plastic bag off his recently dry-cleaned white dinner jacket but the yellow vapor flies over him and ruins the jacket. The vapor slimes Winston next.
  • In the September 30, 1983 draft, on pages 44-59, the investigation is like previous drafts but now Winston is hired after the bust and there are new sequences where Ray now is the one who finds the vapor first, Peter grumbles to himself he works for a company called the Ghostbusters, there is a longer walkie-talkie conversation between Peter and Ray than is seen in the movie, and now Peter is the one who is slimed.
  • The slime was derived from methylcellulose ether - a powdered thickening agent used in pharmaceuticals and food products. Joe Day applied it to Bill Murray during filming.[11]
  • When Peter says "He slimed me," Bill Murray is wearing a stunt pack, evidenced by the straps.
  • The crew gave a lot of thought in justifying a midnight buffet and came up with the fictitious theatre association and the sign outside the banquet room.[12]
  • After Slimer is confined in the Chapter 13: "Nice Shootin', Tex.", Peter alludes to when he got slimed.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

  • On the second floor of the Firehouse, in Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions), on the employee of the month board:
    • For April, the still of Peter is from Chapter 12, around the 33:42 mark, when Peter and Ray talk over their radios about Slimer.
  • In Welcome to the Hotel Sedgewick Level, there are several nods to the bust in the movie:
    • Peter declines to search for Slimer upstairs in the halls and remarks he's been there before. He stills ends up getting slimed and is found on his back.
    • Rookie firing at Slimer and missing is similar to Ray's first encounter.
    • Egon calls Ray back down to the lobby.
    • John O'Keefe refuses to let them into the Alhambra Ballroom, cognizant of what happened before, and there is a party about to start in the ballroom.

The Real Ghostbusters

88 MPH Comics

IDW Comics

References

  1. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 71 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The interior of the elevator and all the corridors of the hotel were actually sets constructed on Stage 12 at The Burbank Studios.""
  2. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 79 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Michael Gross says: "All of the hallway scenes were shot on stage. We could have filmed them at the Biltmore, but there were several disadvantages to doing that. For one, it would have taken longer to shoot, since we would have had to go in there and get set up in some very narrow hallways. And for the effects people, the real hotel corridors would have created terrible problems. The Biltmore's floors had a very busy pattern on them; and the walls were all white, which would have made it almost impossible to generate a transparent ghost image. And, finally, we were concerned about damaging the hotel, which was real possibility. As it was, we could dump things on the carpet and burn up the walls without really worrying about it. Interestingly, the set had originally been built for Rich and Famous and was patterned after the Algonquin Hotel in New York. John DeCuir bought it from M-G-M and cleverly reconfigured it to our needs."
  3. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 64 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Dan Aykroyd says: "So, in reading the literature and reading about full head and torso apparitions, I found out that it is very rare that you see a full figure -- it is usually just a hint of the former being. The Onionhead is a vapor -- a kind of confluence of stored up psychic energy. He's an accumulation of spirits that haunt this hotel, and he just doesn't want to leave."
  4. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 78 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Harold Ramis says: "Thelma Moss, of the parapsychology department at UCLA, told me after seeing the movie that one of the classic types of hauntings is known as the hungry ghost -- a ghost who just eats and drinks. We didn't know that when we wrote the Onionhead into our script, but it's a nice coincidence."
  5. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 78 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Joe Medjuck says: "One day, during preproduction, we were all sitting around talking about the Onionhead concept, and Ivan remarked that the character was sort of like Bluto in Animal House -- like the ghost of John Belushi, in a way, Danny, who was obviously a good friend of John's, never argued with that. Even so, we never officially said that and we never mentioned it in the script. It was just one way to look at the character, because Onionhead's grossness is like Bluto's in Animal House. We certainly never expected anyone to recognize him as such, although somehow the word did get out and we received some calls from a few newspapers saying they'd heard we had the ghost of John Belushi in our movie."
  6. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 56:49-57:02). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I actually do the voice, the deep voice of...that's me. I did Slimer and the voice that comes out of her here. "
  7. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 127 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "In an unusual twist on the directorial cameo, Dana's demonic voice -- reminiscent of Mercedes McCambridge's intonations in The Exorcist -- was actually that of Ivan Reitman. Reitman, in fact, provided all of the unearthly voices in the film, except that of Gozer."
  8. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 72 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Deleted from the final draft was a scene in which Stantz and Venkman are followed about by an obnoxious ten-year-old boy who -- to their growing annoyance -- thinks they're nothing more than janitors. Meanwhile, Spengler has his encounter with the woman in a towel. Though Spengler's scene remained intact through all four of the collaborative drafts, it still failed to make it into the film.""
  9. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 72 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0590336843. Ivan Reitman recounts: "We never even shot it. We had Mary Woronov, from Eating Raoul, cast as the woman. She's a very good actress -- very striking -- but it just came down to time."
  10. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 49). Hotel Manager says: "Everybody hated my grandfather.""
  11. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 81 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Joe Day applies 'ectoslime' to Bill Murray. In reality, the gooey substance was derived from methylcellulose ether -- a powdered thickening agent used in pharmaceuticals and food products."
  12. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 81 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Michael Gross says: "But how could we justify a completely laid out banquet room this late at night? We finally solved the problem with a single billboard, outside the room, announcing a midnight buffet for a nonexistent theatre association -- the implication being that the group was having a banquet after attending the theatre. I doubt if anyone in the audience ever gave it a thought, but we certainly did."
  13. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Slimer, Come Home" (1986) (DVD ts. 06:36-06:37). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "First time I saw you, you slimed me!"
  14. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters- Citizen Ghost (1986) (DVD ts. 7:44-7:47). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "It's him! It's the one who slimed me at the hotel!"
  15. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Adventures in Slime and Space" (1987) (DVD ts. 04:07-04:12). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Listen, he slimed me the first time we met. He's been looking for a second chance ever since!"
  16. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Halloween Door" (1989) (DVD ts. 01:44-01:46). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Five years I waited to do that!"

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