In Ghostbusters the Deleted Scene: Louis Encounters Muggers Louis possessed by Vinz Clortho is wandering through the streets after getting away from the Firehouse, when he encounters muggers. The muggers try to rob him, and Louis ends up puking a stream of phosphorescent slime on them.
Louis walked through Central Park and entered a long pedestrian tunnel. A gang of muggers smoked something in a weird pipelike device. One spotted Louis and hissed to his cohorts. The others fanned out across the width of the tunnel. One of them, Jino, made his demand to Louis. Naturally, the possessed Louis blinked stupidly in response. Louis asked him if he was the Gatekeeper. The mugger was annoyed at the thought of having to stab him. Another mugger warned Louis not to resist. Nobody got by Jino. Louis asked Jino if he is barring the way. Jino confirmed this. Louis's eyes widened, he inhaled deeply, then opened his mouth and roared. Iridescent lights poured out of his mouth. The muggers screamed and ran away, horrified and disgusted by Louis's unearthly display.
Noted Other Media
Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular
Based on Pages 202-203 of GB:TSS.
Louis' mind is filled with the glory of the Shagganah and all the Myriad Sacred Forms of the Torb as he entered the long pedestrian tunnel in Central Park. Internally, Louis refers to the muggers as "fellow supplicants, witnesses to the Rectification." The lead mugger is named Mister Dave instead of Jino. When Louis screams at the muggers, he is said to be filled with the strength of the Vuldronaii. As the muggers run away past the north end, they jeer Dave. Dave replies he's not a Ghostbuster.
- The scene originates in the August 5, 1983 draft, on page 104-105.
- The scene was filmed at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles.
- The special effect was slated to be added later using animation techniques. During the shoot, a small light bulb was placed in Rick Moranis' mouth, with a concealed wire running to a battery pack and rheostat operated by Entertainment Effects Group's visual effects art director John Bruno. Each special effect was storyboarded on a separate sheet of paper - annotated with effects techniques and special equipment required to complete the shot.
- This scene was deleted in order to maintain the breakneck pace of the ghost montage. Joe Medjuck muses it would have been a good scene to include earlier in the movie to reveal the Keymaster's powers. Ivan Reitman notes the scene was also cut because Richard Edlund didn't have time to do the necessary effects and Reitman thought he didn't handle the actors very well. Reitman admits the scene would have been a natural cheering point for the Louis fans.
- Spook Central "Shot On Site - Someone Left Vinz Clortho Out In The Rain" 1/10/2020
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 149. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Calling upon his untapped powers as the Keymaster, Louis opens his mouth and emits an unearthly roar - accompanied by a stream of phosphorescent light to be added later using animation techniques. To achieve an appropriate interactive effect, a small light bulb was inserted in Rick Moranis' mouth, with a concealed wire running to a battery pack and rheostat operated by John Bruno."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 148 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "To sustain the breakneck pace of the ghost montage, the scene between Louis and the Central Park muggers - though shot - was deleted from the film."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 148 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Joe Medjuck says: "It would have been a good scene to include a little earlier in the movie because it reveals that Louis, as the Keymaster, possesses extraordinary powers. Unfortunately, there just wasn't time for it at this point in the movie and it had to go."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 148 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Ivan Reitman says: "I cut the scene between Louis and the muggers before we ever had a screening. Richard Edlund didn't really have time to do the necessary effects; and frankly, I didn't think I'd handled the actors very well in it. But I know if I'd ever screened the movie with that scene in it, I would have kept it in. There'd have been no choice. Louis is a favorite with the audience, and to see him pay back a bunch of scary guys would have been a natural cheering point."