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A Tub Full of Slime is the fourteenth chapter on the DVDs of Ghostbusters II. In this chapter, Dana and Oscar are attacked by Mood Slime that is animated in the bathtub.

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Dana Barrett carried Oscar into the bathroom. She placed a board into the tub. Dana noted he got more food on his shirt than they did in his mouth. She turned the water on in the bathtub then tried to get Oscar excited for bath time, his favorite, because he got to splash her. She undressed Oscar while tickling him and making stomach-sucking sounds. The water suddenly stopped running and Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm poured in. Her back was to the tub and she had not noticed the ectoplasm. Dana unbuttoned and took off her shirt then picked Oscar up. She turned around and was horrified by the mass of Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm. It tried to move towards Oscar but the tub winced. She screamed and ran out the bathroom. It tried to follow them but could not. The tub winced.

Peter Venkman was stirred out his slumber on the couch in his apartment by frantic pounding on the door and a baby's cries. There were several Budweiser bottles around. A few Christmas decorations were up. Dana yelled it was her and pleaded to be let in. Peter wondered what was going on. She continued shouting. Peter opened the door. Dana came in. She was in a coat with Oscar inside. She was frantic and uttered she did not know where else to go then told him the bathtub was trying to eat Oscar. She cuddled Oscar. Peter tried to comfort her and told her she was all right. Dana told Oscar she would not let it get him. Peter assured her she was safe. Dana admitted she was terrified. Peter repeated she was all right now and took his coat off then threw it towards his couch. He told her to sit down and relax while he got them some clothes. Peter went to his phone, dialed, and closed the door. Ray answered. Peter told him Dana came over to his place. There was a pause. He informed Ray her tub tried to eat her.

Ray spoke to Peter in a lab in the Firehouse. There were two jars filled with Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm. He was wearing a skullcap with wires attached to the jar. "Flesh 'N Blood" played in the background. Ray asked if he was serious then got excited then backpedaled to say what happened was terrible but great for their research. Peter cut him off. Ray promised they would get right on it and hung up. He told Egon there was a major slime-related psychokinetic event. Egon made some adjustments to a blower gun. He asked what happened. Ray relayed what Peter told him. Egon asked if they were all right. Ray confirmed she got out of there and went over to Peter's. Egon remembered something and placed the blower gun down. He brought up the Vigo painting and revealed he ran the name 'Vigo the Carpathian' through the Occult Reference Net. Egon typed and presented a search result. They looked at the Hewlett Packard computer screen. It read, "ZUNDINGER, LEON. MAGICIANS, MARTYRS AND MADMEN Chapter 6, PP. 128-145 Vigo the Carpathian (1505-1610) Sixteenth century Carpathia was in a constant state of spiritual turmoil due principally to the despotic rule of PRINCE VIGO VON HOMBURG DEUTSCHENDORF, tyrant, sorcerer and psychotic autocrat." Ray called it a "nice ugly history" and deduced there was a connection between Vigo and the ectoplasm. Some ectoplasm bubbled in the jar. Egon asked him if the atomic weight of cobalt 58.9. He nodded. They took off their labcoats. Ray went for his leather jacket on a cot. Ray was eager to check out the bathtub in Dana's apartment. Egon proposed they go to the Manhattan Museum of Art in the morning and get a look at that painting. Ray reached for a P.K.E. Meter. Egon swung his suit jacket over his left shoulder and grabbed the Giga Meter with his right hand and they left.

Trivia

  • In the September 29, 1988 draft:
    • On page 58, Lane Walker, the precursor to Dana, brings Mikey, the precursor to Oscar, to the bathroom. She is wearing a robe. She turns on the tap water and doesn't notice it switch to slime.
      • In the movie, Dana has on a shirt and sweat pants.
    • On page 59, Lane takes off her robe. The slime coalesces into a large frog-like creature. She starts to step into the tub and sees the creature. She plugs in a hairdryer, turns it on, and drops it in the tub, electrocuting the creature then she flees. Rudy lets Peter into the museum early next morning to talk to Lane. Mikey is near her in an infant seat.
      • In the movie, Dana runs away with Oscar. Peter's visit to the Manhattan Museum of Art takes place earlier in the day, before the bathtub attack.
  • In the November 27, 1988 and February 27, 1989 drafts:
    • On page 68, Dana brings Oscar to the bathroom. She is wearing a robe over her nightgown. She turns on the tap water and doesn't notice it switch to slime. She turns off the faucet without looking in the tub and squirts in bubble bath. As she lowers Oscar, the tub starts to close around him like a big mouth.
      • In the movie, she has on a shirt and sweat pants. She sees the slime upon turning around and runs away with Oscar.
    • On page 69, the tub convulses and vomits buckets of slime.
      • In the movie, the tub attempts to follow but cannot.
  • Dana's bathroom was shot on set at Burbank Studios in Los Angeles.
  • The actual slime in the tub was filmed at ILM.
  • The Slime in the Bathtub went through several concepts. While trying to figure out what would kidnap Oscar from Peter's apartment, the concept of the tub came up.[1] Initially, the tub was going to turn into a porcelain version of Audrey II from "Little Shop of Horrors." Then it would turn into the beginning of an endless road then a bubble bath monster. Dana Barrett would put bubble bath in the tub and turn her back. The bubble bath would rise up to tower over Dana and the eyes of a dark shape within it open up. The lensing effect used would make all the bubbles look like eyes, too. Dana would panic and throw a hairdryer into the tub. The electricity would disperse the bubbles then the two eyes would crumble into cinders and disappear down the drain. Ultimately, it became just slime that fills the tub and the slime rises up, prompting Dana to run. Ivan Reitman decided the slime should turn into a creature inside the tub.[2]
  • When Ivan Reitman first read the Slime in Bathtub attack scene, it reminded him of when he worked on David Cronenberg's first movie "Shivers" which involved a woman getting attacked in her bathroom by a parasite monster.[3]
  • A tub was made out of white silicone to look like it was porcelain and so it could bend. The tub creature was made out of dielectric gel - a Dow Corning breast implant material - reinforced with china silk and spandex. The slime creature would be operated like a hand puppet. Tom Floutz put his arm up through the bottom of the tub and operate the creature. The slime was dumped on the creature. Floutz had to endure and let the slime pour down on him, too. A maw-shaped piece of fiberglass was placed inside the puppet and attached to a vacuum tub in order to simulate a mouth. The tub and slime creature were filmed against a bluescreen. There wasn't enough of a pay off so John Van Vliet of Available Light did a cel animation of an animated tongue for the last shot for about 25 frames.[4][5][6][7]
  • In the November 27, 1989 Draft and February 27, 1989 Draft:
    • On page 69, Dana and Peter have a longer talk at his front door after the Slime in Bathtub Attack. Dana then tells him about how she caught Vigo looking at her.
      • In the movie, the talk is shorter and Peter lets her right in. Vigo isn't discussed.
    • On page 70, Peter presents the Joe Namath shirt then Peter calls up the Firehouse and talks on the phone without Ray's lines being revealed.
      • In the movie, Peter calls up the Firehouse and the conversation from Ray's side is shown. After the call, Peter presents the Namath shirt.
    • On page 71, Peter goes over and tries to clean up his dirty kitchen, realizes there is no food in the refrigerator, she has to wash dishes if she needs one, and the drawer is full of menus. He shows her the shower is tricky because both knobs are marked "Hot." He notes the sofa is a butt biter.
  • The interior of Peter's apartment was shot at Burbank Studios in Los Angeles.
  • Budweiser bottles litter Peter's living room.
  • Ray and Egon's scene was filmed in the Fire Station #23 at 225 East 5th Street in Los Angeles.
  • "Flesh 'N Blood" plays in the lab scene with Ray and Egon.
  • In the August 5, 1988 Draft, on page 73, Egon goes to trace the name 'Litvinov' through INS records and the Sorcerer's Guide.
  • Egon uses a Hewlett Packard computer.
  • Vigo's full name is listed as "Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf." The actor who portrayed Vigo was Wilhelm von Homburg and William T. Deutschendorf and Henry J. Deutschendorf II portrayed Oscar.
  • Egon rounds off the atomic mass of cobalt to 58.9. It actually is 58.933194.
  • Egon mentions the Manhattan Museum of Art.
  • In Chapter 16: Vigo 101, Ray tells Peter the results of his and Egon's search of Dana's apartment. All they found was some Psychomagnotheric slime residue around the bathtub. Peter later relays this to Dana.
  • In Chapter 20: Kidnapping Oscar, Winston brings up the slime in the bathtub with the Psychiatric Doctor.
  • Ghostbusters: Tainted Love:
    • On Page 10, Ray mentions he used the Occult Reference Net to research the ghost and Tiyah's apartment.
  • In Ghostbusters: What in Samhain Just Happened?!:
    • On Page 16, Egon has a coffee cup with the periodic symbol for Cobalt emblazoned on it.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #2:
    • On Page 4, on Egon's clipboard is an excerpt from Leon Zundinger's "Magicians, Martyrs And Madmen".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #5:
    • On Page 12, "Magicians, Martyrs and Madmen" is for sale outside Ray's Occult.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #8:
    • On Page 23, Leon Zundinger is mentioned.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #11:
    • On Page 11, Vigo's entry in "Magicians, Martyrs And Madmen" is on the computer screen.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #5:
    • On Page 3, Ray is wearing the head gear hooked up to the Mood Slime. The Slime Scoop from Ghostbusters II is behind Ray on the shelf. On the top shelf of the shelving unit are three Slime Blower gun nozzles.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #17:
    • On Page 4, Louis is wearing the skull cap Ray wore in Chapter 14, when Peter told Ray about the Bathtub full of slime that tried to grab Oscar.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #18:
    • On Page 17, on the chalkboard behind Dana is, in the top left is a section on Hart Island with Vigo's full name and Scoleri Bros. written down.
    • On Page 18, the computer is on the Occult Reference Net's results on Vigo seen in the second movie.
  • In Ghostbusters: Mass Hysteria:
    • On Page 2, the coffee mug reference's Egon's Cobalt line.
  • In Ghostbusters Annual 2015:
    • On Page 11, in panel 1 is the periodic table first seen in Ghostbusters II.
  • In Ghostbusters 101 Issue #4:
    • On Page 6, in panel 2, on the top shelf are the items from Ghostbusters II as they appear when Peter talks to Ray about the bathtub attack. In panel 2, on the right are jars of Psychomagnotheric Slime like in Ghostbusters II.
  • In Ghostbusters 101 Issue #5:
    • On page 3, in panel 4, Evan has on the cap Ray wore in Chapter 14. In panel 5, on top of the shelving are the Slime Blower guns as they appeared in Chapter 14.
  • In Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters:
    • On Page 3, the Psychomagnotheric Slime is stored in a jar. On the top shelf behind Egon are the spare Slime Blower nozzles.

References

  1. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 29. Cinefex, USA. Dennis Muren says: "We also thought that maybe it could be something inside Peter's bedroom that would come to life. That notion eventually evolved into the tub creature and the idea of having the tub move around."
  2. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 22-23. Cinefex, USA. Tim Lawrence says: "Many different ideas were discussed for the tub monster. It went from being somewhere where the tub turns into a porcelain version of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors to the tub becoming the beginning of a long road that goes down forever. Perhaps the most cartoonish gag was one involving a bubble bath monster. In that incarnation, Dana put bubble bath into the tub and then turned away. While she has her back turned, the mountain of bubbles get impossibly high behind her and then--when it is up over her shoulder--a dark shape comes up inside it and these eyes open up. With all the bubbles, the lensing effect makes it look like there are hundreds of eyes around this dark shape. When Dana turns back around, the creature opens a big maw and scares her. She drops an electric hair dryer into the tub and there's a big electronic snap. All the bubbles go pop, and what's left is a tiny little creature with two great big eyes that crumbles into cinders and goes down the drain. Ultimately, Ivan decided that the slime itself should turn into a creature inside the tub."
  3. Ivan Reitman (2019). Ghostbusters II- Commentary (2019) (Blu-ray ts. 44:55-45:21). Sony Home Entertainment. Ivan Reitman says: "I remember thinking about this scene, Dan, because I did David Cronenberg's first movie, called Shivers, in which a woman in this apartment gets attacked you know by this parasite monster. And there was just something so horrific about being attacked in your own bathtub that I thought, well we should try something like this in this comedy."
  4. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 21 footnote. Cinefex, USA. Line reads: "Creature crew members Marc Thorpe and Wim Van Thillo prepare for a scene with the tub monster that threatens Dana and her baby as they are about to bathe. The slime creature – fashioned from dielectric gel – was hand-puppeteered from below the half-scale silicone tub and enhanced with cel animation provided by Animation Light."
  5. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 23. Cinefex, USA. Dennis Muren says: "We made a tub out of white silicone which looked pretty much like real porcelain when it was all slimed up. It also bent well. Then we made the creature itself out of dielectric gel--a Dow Corning breast implant material. The gel is transparent and tends to be somewhat flimsy, so we reinforced it with china silk and spandex. Since this was designed to work as a hand puppet, Tom Floutz was able to put his arm up through the bottom of the tub from below and operate the creature. Then we dumped slime down over the puppet, and poor Tom had to stay down below the tub while all this gunk dripped down on him."
  6. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 23. Cinefex, USA. Line reads: "To give the creature a mouth, a maw-shaped piece of fiberglass was placed inside the puppet and attached to a vacuum tube. At the right moment, the vacuum was triggered to suck the outer material down into the maw shape and thereby form the mouth."
  7. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 23. Cinefex, USA. Dennis Muren says: "Initially, the scene called for the tub to fill with slime, the slime to come to life and lift up, and then Dana would run out of the room. But that was not enough of a payoff, because we had four or five shots in the sequence and the last one was not that much different than the previous ones. Ivan asked what we could do to make a creature come out of this slime. So we went back and had our slime creature come out again and had the tub move around some more, but that still was not quite enough. Then Ivan came up with an idea. 'Why not have it stick out its tongue on the last shot?' That was really what it needed. Each succeeding shot gave you more than the last, and the final one topped them all. Since we were really too busy to handle anything more at the time, John Van Vliet of Available Light did an animated tongue that comes out in the last shot for about twenty-five frames ."

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