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Dogs Drag Dana is the sixteenth chapter on the DVDs of Ghostbusters. This chapter Dana is attacked and possessed by Zuul.

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Plot

In the evening, lightning struck the Shandor Building. A horse drawn carriage pranced through Central Park. The Terror Dog statue on the right began to crumble. The left front claws were revealed. The red eyes of the real creature inside began to show.

Dana Barrett looked up in the elevator as the doors opened on her floor. She popped something in her mouth from a paper bag and tried to sneak past Louis Tully's door. He popped out to greet her. He held a Perrier. A snippet from "Hot Night" played. They greeted each other. Louis invited her in and called it a classic party. Dana admitted she had a date. Louis was shocked. He walked up to her. His door closed. Dana apologized and told him she forgot about the party. She walked away looking guilty. There was a pause. Louis told her it was okay and she could bring him along. Dana's guilt vanished and she grinned. She promised they might stop by. She went into her apartment. Louis replied that was great and he was going to tell everyone the good news. He revealed he had Twister and break dancing planned. Louis realized he was locked out yet again. He called for someone to let him back in.

Dana ate, placed her purse down, took off her scarf and outer wear. She turned on a lamp and took a shoe off. The phone rang. It was Dana's mother. Dana told her she was busy as she took off her other shoe. She assured her everything was fine. She slid her outer pants off. She confirmed it was just that one time something went wrong. Dana made some promises to her mother. Dana revealed she had a date to get ready for. She told her it wasn't anyone she knew. Dana revealed he was a Ghostbuster. She confirmed it was one of "those guys on TV." She promised to let her know. Dana told her to give her love to Dad and told her mother goodbye. She hung up and exhaled. She sat back. A Terror Dog's head pressed against the kitchen door from the inside. A growl caught her attention. She stared and swore. Suddenly, a hairy dog-like arm shot out of her armchair and grabbed her. She screamed. Another shot out of the sofa and covered her mouth. Another held her leg down. The armchair swiveled around to face the kitchen. The door opened. Zuul, the Terror Dog, growled. The chair sped off and rushed towards the kitchen. She screamed and struggled to get free. The door closed behind her.

On the roof, the two Terror Dog statues were in pieces.

Trivia

Ghostbusters

  • The scene at Central Park is where Terrace Drive and West Drive intersect near the top of Sheep Meadow and the bottom Strawberry Field.
  • The opening and closing scenes were filmed at the Temple of Gozer set on Stage 16 at the Burbank Studios in Los Angeles.
  • The hallway and apartment scenes were filmed at Stage 12 and 18 at the Burbank Studios in Los Angeles.
  • "Hot Night" plays during the hallway scene.
  • Louis walks out in the hall holding a Perrier.
  • Dana alludes to Peter Venkman.
  • Louis mentions the party game Twister.
  • Originally, the three arms that grab Dana were different - one human, one hook, and one green frog-like sucker arm. Ivan Reitman thought the sucker arm was too cartoonish and it was discarded.[1]
  • The bulging and glowing kitchen door was Ivan Reitman's nod to a similar effect done by Steven Spielberg on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."[2]

IDW Comics

References

  1. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 112 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Michael Gross says: "It was always the intention to have only two, but when Thom Enriquez storyboarded the sequence, he showed the movement of one of the arms by drawing it in two positions, with cartoon-style movement lines in between. This drawing was misunderstood by the guys in the 'monster shop,' so they built three -- and since they had, we used them. When it came time to shoot the scene, Ivan decided to have the third arm come right up between Sigourney's legs. It really made the sequence much more terrifying and threatening. Originally, each arm was different. One was a human arm, one had a hook on the end of it and one was a green, frog-like sucker arm. Ivan didn't like the sucker arm -- he thought it looked too cartoonish -- so we ended up with two human arms and the one with the hook."
  2. Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History, p. 60. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108. Line reads: "The illumination peeking through the doorframe was Reitman's nod to a similar effect in Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

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Behind the Scenes

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