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Ivo Shandor is the architect of 550 Central Park West and leader of a cult that worshipped Gozer.

Canonicity

Ivo Shandor in the Primary Canon is developed from Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions), a Secondary Canon, Ghostbusters (1984) pre-dates the game, Ghostbusters: Afterlife conflicts with the game as it comes after. Gozer (prime) appears in the IDW Comic Series, a Secondary Canon, which follows Ghostbusters (1984), also includes some elements from Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) and Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions); as well as being canon to Tobin's Spirit Guide (Insight Editions).

History

Primary Canon History

Early 20th Century

Ivo Shandor was born in 1855. Shandor was a doctor by trade and was noted for performing a lot of unnecessary surgeries in his practice. After World War I, Shandor concluded that society was too sick to survive and founded a cult dedicated to the god known as Gozer. The Shandor Mining Company was founded in 1927 and the town of Summerville, Oklahoma followed in 1928. Every building in town was built by Shandor and his followers, including the mine, the Summerville Foundry, the school, and the library.[1] The whole town was essentially one big mining operation. His name was placed on everything. In secret, Shandor had also built a temple dedicated to Gozer within the town's selenium mine.[2] The temple was inscribed with the years in which Gozer would return, and contained a sacrificial pit which would also serve as the interdimensional gateway in which Gozer could return. All of selenium bored out of the mine was smelted into cold-riveted selenium girders then sent from Summerville to New York City. He was also the architect of 550 Central Park West in New York, using unusual materials such as the cold-riveted girders with cores of pure selenium,[3][4] magnesium-tungsten alloys, and gold plated bolts. Shandor designed the building in a fashion exactly like the telemetry trackers NASA uses to identify dead pulsars in deep space[5] He made the structure to conducted rituals with his secret society. The rituals were designed to bring about the end of the world[6] and a way for Gozer to enter this dimension.[7] On May 20, 1945,[8] the mining operation was forced to shut down after the Shandor Mining Company's miners committed mass suicide by leaping down the mine shaft to their death. The incident was named "The Shandorian Curse." Ivo Shandor passed away at some point in 1945. By that time, Shandor had amassed close to 1000 followers. His body was interred within the temple he built in Summerville. His body would remain perfectly preserved within its glass sarcophagus.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

In June 2021, Phoebe Spengler, Trevor Spengler, Podcast and Lucky Domingo investigated the Shandor mine. Podcast was the first to notice Shandor's glass sarcophagus. When Gozer attempted to return through the temple, Shandor woke up temporarily. He turned his head to Podcast, who naturally freaked out. After Gozer was returned to its dimension by the containment device constructed by Egon Spengler, Shandor's body returned to its death-state. Following the completion of the ritual later that day by Zuul and Vinz Clortho to summon Gozer, Shandor awoke fully, his sarcophagus destroyed by a passing spectre. He formally greeted Gozer as it emerged from the sacrificial pit, stating that he had built the temple for it, and expressing the desire to rule the world alongside it. Gozer responded by gripping Shandor by both sides of his head and ripping him in two, killing him permanently.

Secondary Canon History

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)

History Later Known

Shandor's public architectural style ranged from Federal to Art Deco but his personal tastes leaned toward the Gozerian.[9] Since the late 1800s, Shandor's architecture firm was involved in the renovation of existing buildings and construction of new structures. These public works projects sparked controversy and a lot of people thought the work was unnecessary. These projects ended in the early 1900s.[10][11][12][13][14] Shandor was also the subject of additional controversy because he was said to have performed a lot of "unnecessary surgery" during his time as a medical doctor. In 1919, he resuscitated the Dark Church of Gozer. In an attempt to increase its popular appeal, he tried to update the ancient Sumerian droning rituals in the Church of Gozer Songbook to modern-day worship songs. The practice of singing in the Dark Church was soon abandoned.[15] After World War I ended, Shandor decided that society was too sick to survive. On June 6, 1920, he founded a secret society dedicated to the ancient Sumerian god Gozer.[16] These worshipers were drawn from around the world. Shandor carefully chose his minions from the world's most affluent quarters and from the halls of intelligentsia. He promised them stations of power and glory in the new post-Gozer millennia, while secretly binding them to his own service both in life and the afterlife.[17] Shandor used his family castle on Shandor Island as a refuge, lab, and temple for the Cult.[18][19] Shandor even consecrated the island to Gozer.[20] Shandor and his followers researched heavily into the paranormal, especially in the fields of pre-Apocalyptism and ectoplasmic hybridology. He also made serious connections within the Gozerian pantheon.[21] He also engineered an Orrery Chamber in his castle designed to align multiple dimensions. Despite being limited by the technology of his era, Shandor was ahead of his time and made sophisticated inventions.[22] Shandor was contracted as the architect for an apartment building at 550 Central Park West. He secretly designed the building to act as an antenna for pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence.[23] Under his auspices, unconventional materials were incorporated. The roof was fabricated with a magnesium-tungsten alloy and the building itself had cold-riveted girders with cores of pure selenium.[24][25][26] After the building's completion, the Cult performed rituals on the roof of 550 Central Park West, intended to bring about the end of the world.

In addition to 550 Central Park West, Shandor and the Cult chose four specific locations. They each housed a Mandala: a kind of magic that was supposed to focus spirit energy and empower Gozer when he entered our world. Shandor was aided by power brokers and captains of industry, whom he aided at some stage of their careers, who were also trustees of the Natural History Museum. They used their influence to help Shandor implement his Mandala system and other dubious activities.[27] Three locations chose for the Mandala nodes were the New York City Public Library, the Natural History Museum, and the Sedgewick Hotel.[28][29] Shandor assigned his three most loyal followers, Azetlor the Collector, The Chairman, and the Spider Witch, to guard the Mandalas upon passing away. The fourth Mandala was on Shandor Island, a place where he and his cult conducted many paranormal experiments, including the capture of a Juvenile Sloar and the creation of Psychomagnotheric Slime. Shandor used Black Slime he extracted from the Sloar in order to boost the power of himself, as well as his minions, making the cult's existence possible even after their deaths. Before his death, Shandor set several mechanisms in place, including the Mandala and antenna atop 550 Central Park West.[30] After Shandor's death, he was interred in dramatic fashion. After hours of Gozerian rituals, his body was carefully placed in a dramatic, if unnerving mausoleum.[31] [32] Shortly after the death of the last Shandor, there was a huge tidal surge and the Hudson River swallowed Shandor Island, reclaimed by the Ghostworld.[33] The Shandor Foundation took control of his remaining estate and holdings upon Shandor's death.[34][35] Shandor and the Cult were documented in "Tobin's Spirit Guide".

Being A Ghost

Ivo Shandor became a powerful being after his death and was able to travel to other dimensions. Hidden deep in the Central Park, the secret cult cemetery became a new home to him and his minions. There Ivo Shandor awaited the coming of Gozer. In 1984, Gozer's time had finally come, and the god attempted to pass through the 550 Central Park West gateway to our world. While Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore drove to a case, Stantz examined the Shandor building's blueprints and described the roof as having been "fabricated with a magnesium-tungsten alloy." Stantz went on to note that the building had "cold-riveted girders with cores of pure selenium". While the Ghostbusters were in jail for environmental violations related to their business, Egon Spengler further described the building's "roof cap" as "exactly like the kind of telemetry tracker NASA uses to identify dead pulsars in deep space."[36] When Peter Venkman remarked "they don't build 'em like they used to," Stantz retorted "the architect was either a certified genius or an authentic wacko."[37] Stantz described the skyscraper as an antenna for "pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence." Ray noted the building's architect was an "I. Shandor," as he looked over the blueprints. Immediately, Spengler recognized the name as one he had seen in "Tobin's Spirit Guide." Spengler went on to explain Shandor's background. Shandor, described as an architect and doctor by trade, decided that after World War I society was too sick to survive. He and his nearly 1,000 purported followers composing the Cult of Gozer worshiped the ancient Sumerian god and performed rituals on the roof of 550 Central Park West, intended to bring about the end of the world. Egon also noted Shandor was said to have performed a lot of "unnecessary surgery" during his time as a medical doctor. However, Gozer's efforts were ultimately stopped by the Ghostbusters, who destroyed the portal and banished it back. Ivo Shandor and the cult had no choice but to find new means to bring forth Gozer.

In 1991, Shandor possessed Mayor Jock Mulligan for a few months and got him re-elected.[38][39] Shandor's last living descendant, Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn was at the museum overseeing the "World of Gozer" exhibit when her presence there triggered the Mandala, unleashing a Psi Energy Pulse, a powerful psychokinetic wave, that unleashed hundreds of new ghosts around the city and allowed Gozer to return in his destructor form (Stay Puft Marshmallow Man). However, while it was completely manifested in our realm, it was much weaker than before, as it still required more power to achieve its full potential. Gozer attempted to kidnap Ilyssa as a sacrifice to himself, but the Sumerian god was defeated again, this time being destroyed by the Rookie. Frustrated by Gozer's failure at the hands of the Ghostbusters twice, Shandor decided to become a god himself. While in possession of Mayor Jock Mulligan, Shandor assigned the Ghostbusters to work with Walter Peck to both keep them from figuring out his plan.[40] Peck was also used as a scapegoat while he used the Mandala to increase his power while merging the real world and the spirit world. However, the Ghostbusters discovered the correlation between the sites of the major manifestations and the symbol they found, realizing they were nodes of the Mandala. One by one, Shandor's most loyal followers who served as the node guardians: Azetlor, The Chairman, and the Spider Witch, were defeated and three of the four nodes were deactivated, leaving only the node on his island hidden in the river. Realizing that there was a chance they could find and defeat the Sloar on the island (and even if they didn't neutralize the node, it wouldn't be enough to give him the power he needed), Shandor resorted to one last measure. While the Ghostbusters went to shut the final node down, he attacked the Firehouse, rendered Janine Melnitz unconscious and kidnapped Ilyssa while also releasing the spirits from the Containment Unit. He also captured Peck and took them both back to his mausoleum lair to complete the ritual using the energy collected by the Mandala and the freed spirits and Ilyssa's blood, needing a sacrifice of his own blood to become a god himself. Before he could sacrifice her however, the Ghostbusters arrived, and upon figuring out the truth, exorcised him from the mayor's body with positively charged Psychomagnotheric Slime and attempted to banish him back to the spirit world. During the fight with him, they ended up getting pulled into Shandor's Gozerian realm.

Being A Deity

An angry Shandor confronted the Ghostbusters at a massive temple in the spirit world, and transformed himself into a towering demonic deity in order to fulfill his sinister plans to reshape the world, matching his vision of perfection. With the energy originally intended to power up Gozer, he became a god himself, and chose a destructor form to match his ambitions. Unfortunately for him, the Ghostbusters crossed the streams with their Proton Packs, destroying Shandor once and for all.

IDW Comic Series

Ivo Shandor was born in Romania in or around 1855.[41] He grew up to become a surgeon but accumulated many interests and talents, including mythology, science, and the arts. Shandor was questioned many times about his tendency to perform unnecessary operations on patients and was accused of horrific experiments. It was rumored that Shandor tried to give a man a second heart to see if it improved bodily efficiency. There was another rumor that he attempted to create a living centaur.[42] Shandor was never tried but the rumors about him began to stifle his work. He moved from Bucharest to New York in 1898 and switched to a career in architecture.[43] Shandor designed many buildings and built only one, 550 Central Park West. He erected a temple to Gozer on the roof after discovering the deity in his readings. After World War I, he devoted the rest of his life to summoning Gozer. Ivo Shandor was allegedly present during a cult gathering at the Sedgewick Hotel to summon a hungry spirit but Slimer was conjured instead. In 1934, Shandor died from complications surrounding an experimental surgery he was performing on himself. He was reportedly trying to carry out the first ever interspecies leg transplant.[44] A couple of weeks into the Tiamat incident, the latent spirit of Gozer made mental contact with Ray Stantz. One of the forms Gozer assumed was that of a young Ivo Shandor.

Secondary Canon (Expanded Universe) History

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions)

Ivo Shandor splits into four beings. Wait for the four projections to reform and then use the Stasis Stream to immobilize Shandor then use Boson Darts to damage him. Once his health is down, Shandor can't generate his shield. Switch to the Capture Stream and slam him into the portal in the middle of the floor.

While in his Ascendant form, Shandor surrounds himself with a giant stone mask covered in Black Slime. Watch out for lasers and use the Capture Stream or Boson Darts to remove pieces of the mask and weaken it. Then use the Proton Stream and Boson Darts to damage the mask's PK energy. Once Shandor is exposed, hit him with Boson Darts. When the mask reforms, Shandor also generates floating hands. Ignore them, and continue attacking the mask until you can damage Shandor again.

When the mask returns again, it will be covered in Black Slime; use the Slime Mine to remove it and wrangle the mask again. Stop only to neutralize any Black Slime. When the mask appears for the third time, it will have shield-generating crystals on either side. Use the Stasis Stream to freeze them and the Shock Blast to destroy them. Then continue to weaken the mask and blast Shandor until the team crosses the streams.

Tertiary Canon History

Ghostbusters: The Board Game

"Ghost Card Information"
Side A:

  • To Hit: 4 or higher, add a Stream
  • To Trap: 4 Streams (from 4 Ghostbusters)
  • When Hit: A Ghost from the Spirit World emerges from Ivo Shandor's space.
  • When Trapped: Place it on your Character Card.
  • When Missed: Roll the Movement Die, then lose that much XP.
  • Special:
    • Ivo Shandor is unaffected by Combat until the Gates are Closed.
    • At the end of each round, the highest-Class Ghost from the Spirit World emerges from Ivo Shandor's space.

Side B: As a human, Ivo Shandor was the leader of the Cult of Gozer and the architect who designed the building at 550 Central Park West as a giant altar to the Sumerian God of Destruction.

Upon dying, Ivo Shandor became a powerful supernatural being and went into hiding lording over minions. He is committed to finding means to bring forth the coming of Gozer.

Abilities And Strategy

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) Abilities And Strategy

After being ejected from Mayor Mulligan's body, Shandor surrounds himself with a green, protective shield. While the Ghostbusters can disperse the shield, Shandor simply recharges it with energy four large glowing beams. The Rookie should circle the room and use the Shock Blast to take out Flying Skulls. As soon as Shandor pauses to recharge his shield, shoot Boson Darts between the flaps on the beams directly into the glowing green center. If the beams aren't exposed enough, then use the Slime Tether first to pull apart the protective shields around the crystals and destroy them one by one. Wrangle Shandor through the opening in the floor until the cut scene engages.

The second part of the battle takes place in the nether-realm atop a floating platform. As Shandor approaches, use the Meson Collider[45] then run around and hit him with the Overload Pulse. Keep attacking Shandor with the Pulse and stop only to destroy boulders he hurls at the team. Continue switching between the Collider and Pulse. Eventually, Shandor will emerge in the center of the platform and summon four pedestals to recharge his P.K.E. with. Destroy them as soon as possible. Shandor will continue to attack. Geysers of hellfire will appear beneath your feet, but look for a glow and sidestep. Watch out for Flying Skulls, and Shandor's Gargoyles as well. Keep up the assaults until the cut scene starts.

Classification

Secondary Canon Classification

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) Classification

Ivo Shandor is a Class 7 Transformed Mortal Remnant.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions) Classification

In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions), Shandor is a Class 7 Liche in his Gozerian Sorcerer Form and a Class 7 Demigod in his Ascendant Form.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game Classification

In Ghostbusters: The Board Game, Shandor is a Class 6.

Trivia

Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia

  • Ivo Shandor's name can be found in Tobin's Spirit Guide.
  • In the film he is said to have designed the high rise apartment building at 550 Central Park West as a giant altar to the Sumerian god Gozer.
    • The entire premise is fictional, in reality the building at this address was designed by architects Schwartz & Gross for contractor Edgar Levy.
  • In Dan Aykroyd's original January 20, 1983 script for the first movie, Shandor was the name of the Ghostbusters' interdimensional employer.[46]
  • In the original premise for the Ghostbusters movie, Gozer was originally conceived as taking the form of Ivo Shandor. Ivo was to be played by Paul Reubens and described as being a kindly looking man in a nondescript suit and tie. This may have influenced the stylized version of the game, where Shandor appears similar to what Reubens might look like in his 70s. The concept was also briefly considered for the design of Idulnas in the Ghostbusters IDW Ongoing Series.
  • Ivo Shandor was initially envisioned as a cross between eccentric inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla and influential American architect Louis Sullivan.[47]
  • According to the August 5, 1983 draft of the first film's script, 550 Central Park West was the only building he built in New York City. It was finished in 1923 and Shandor lived in the penthouse.[48] [49]
  • According to the August 5, 1983 draft of the first film's script, in the prison cell scene, Egon Spengler recounts how Ivo Shandor was a deranged surgeon, architect, and Gozer worshiper, executed by electrocution at Sing Sing on October 28, 1929 after being arrested in May 1928 after his attempted abduction of a teenage girl led police to his penthouse apartment, furnished impeccably -if not tastefully- with stacks of human bones. [50] [51]

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trivia

  • Ivo Shandor's coffin was patterned after real glass enclosures used to display the embalmed bodies of infamous leaders around the world and religious figures across Europe. Kirsten Franson modeled one of Francois Audouy's sketches in 3D, which was then distributed to the construction department and crafted to be elegant and sophisticated.[52]
  • Ivo Shandor's tomb reveals he was born in 1855 and "died" in 1945.
  • Ivo Shandor's physical appearance incidentally matches how he looked in Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions). It was a coincidence, Arjen Tuiten did not look at the design from that game when he made his one concept.[53]
  • While the year 2021 is inscribed in the stone and connotes the movie takes place in that year, Podcast's line about Shandor's body being in the tomb was not fixed from "75 years" to "76" to reflect it is 2021.
  • Arjen Tuiten, Special Make-Up & Live Acton Creature Effects Designer, looked at hairstyles of the early 1900s and even Charles Dickens and did one concept design of Ivo Shandor. Jason Reitman immediately signed off on it. Tuiten was then asked to make a replica dummy of J.K. Simmons for the scenes when Shandor is in his coffin because Simmons would only be on the set for 1 to 2 days whereas filming for that scene was 10 days. Mold supervisor Brian Rae designed the splitting replica. Mitch Devane was the primary sculptor of the entombed dummy while Tim Gore was the lead on painting the heads and hands. The scene of Gozer ripping Shandor in half was filmed twice and a second dummy was made just for that action. The reset took only four minutes.[54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61][62]
  • The regular dummy was made of silicone with an armature to ensure weight and positioning would stay correct when it was laid down in the glass coffin.[63]
  • When Ivo Shandor is ripped apart by Gozer, an animatronic puppet with a switch blading mechanism was used. J.K. Simmons got to watch his puppet being ripped in half.[64]

Ghostbusters International Trivia

  • In the Tobin's Spirit Guide roleplaying game, Shandor (alternatively spelled as Chandor[65]) was revealed as an Albanian medical student, research assistant, and last disciple of Dr. Michael Zhorchev, a Serbian surgeon from Zagreb. Shandor fled eastern Europe to America to evade persecution for questionable surgeries.
  • Slimer's entry into the world of the living is said in the roleplaying game to be a side effect of Ivo's rooftop rituals.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Trivia

  • In the Realistic version of the game, Ivo Shandor appears to be a thin, elderly man in a suit with balding, gray curly hair and having a dark gray long mustache and pointy goatee (in the painting of Shandor found at the museum by Venkman it appears to be white).
  • There is an article on Ivo Shandor in the issue of Citystal Magazine Janine reads in the Realistic version of the game.
  • If you look closely at the painting of Ivo Shandor (below in the image gallery) in the Natural History Museum, you can see on his left hand he is wearing a wedding band, implying he had a wife.
  • The Hohman's Black Low-Rise revealed an American occultist named John George Hohman commissioned a scale model for a domestic center of evil, "Black Low-Rise of Tri" from the Shandor architectural firm in 1926. The model was completed but Hohman never returned to claim it, or pay for it.
  • A Shandor devotee named Vikram Veedam painted "Fox Hunt on Tiamat Island" in 1910 after attending a prestigious foxhunt on Tiamat Island.
  • The Skull of Ivo Shandor overflows with P.K.E. and occasionally lapses into ranting fits and odd soliloquies on disappointment and faded glory.

IDW Comics Trivia

Ghostbusters: The Board Game Trivia

  • On March 3, 2015, the 17th stretch goal of Ghostbusters: The Board Game, $910,000, was also introduced: Ivo Shandor.[67]
  • On Shandor's character card in Ghostbusters: The Board Game
    • The caption in the photograph mentions Ray's "Spook Central" nickname for the Shandor Building in the first movie
    • Shandor's appearance is a combination of several designs from different media.
      • The robe is from Shandor's second form in Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions)
      • Shandor's form was first used by Dan Schoening in IDW's ongoing series Volume Two #17 as based on initial descriptions of Gozer taking on Shandor's look in drafts and storyboards of the first movie.

Quotes

The architect's name was Ivo Shandor. I found it in Tobin's Spirit Guide. He was also a doctor. Performed a lot of unnecessary surgery. And then in 1920 he started a secret society.- Egon Spengler (Ghostbusters 1984)
Let me guess. Gozer Worshipers.- Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters 1984)

Right. After the First World War, Shandor decided that society was too sick to survive And he wasn't alone. he had close to a thousand followers when he died. They conducted rituals up on the roof, bizarre rituals intended to bring about the end of the world, and now it looks like it may actually happen! - Egon Spengler (Ghostbusters 1984)

I am the Destructor. I am the Architect. I will pave over your fields to start anew. I will fill your seas with concrete and stone. I will pierce your world with girders of steel and panes of glass. I will crush your world under the weight of my cities. I will smother your creation under my own! - Ivo Shandor (Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions)

Appearances

Primary Canon Appearances

Secondary Canon Appearances

Tertiary Canon Appearances

References

  1. Lucky Domingo (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 12 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:17:55-01:18:01). Sony Pictures. Lucky Domingo says: "Ivo Shandor? He built this whole town. He built the mine, foundry, the school, library. His name is on everything."
  2. Ivo Shandor (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 15 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:35:01-01:35:11). Sony Pictures. Ivo Shandor says: "Your Eminence. Goddess of Gods. I have built this temple for you, so that you might return to Earth..."
  3. Ray Stantz (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 1:10:52-10:56). Columbia Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "Cold riveted girders with cores of pure selenium . "
  4. Phoebe Spengler (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 12 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:18:03-01:18:13). Sony Pictures. Phoebe Spengler says: "In New York, he created an apartment building made out of selenium girders, mined from right here. On that same rooftop is where our grandfather fought to keep a horde of ghosts from entering our dimension."
  5. Egon Spengler (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 1:10:44-10:50). Columbia Pictures. Egon Spengler says: "The structure of this roof cap is exactly like the kind of telemetry tracker that NASA uses to identify dead pulsars in deep space. "
  6. Egon Spengler (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 1:12:18-12:38). Columbia Pictures. Egon Spengler says: "After the First World War, Shandor decided that society was too sick to survive. And he wasn't alone. he had close to a thousand followers when he died. They conducted rituals up on the roof, bizarre rituals intended to bring about the end of the world, and now it looks like it may actually happen!"
  7. Egon Spengler (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 1:11:55-12:11). Columbia Pictures. Egon Spengler says: "Something terrible is about to enter our world and this building is obviously the door. The architect's name was Ivo Shandor. I found it in Tobin's Spirit Guide. He was also a doctor. Performed a lot of unnecessary surgery. And then in 1920 he founded a secret society."
  8. Ghostbusters Deutschland "Ghostbusters 3: The Memorial" 8/28/2019
  9. Egon Spengler (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Lost Island Rising Level "As the team approaches the castle" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Egon Spengler says: "Shandor's architectural style ranged from Federal to Art Deco. His personal tastes, however, obviously leaned towards the Gozerian."
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  13. Ilyssa Selwyn (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Checking Out the Library Level "The cutscene that plays after the level is finished" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Ilyssa Selwyn says: "Shandor's architecture firm was involved in a number of projects around town in the late 18-early 1900s."
  14. Ilyssa Selwyn (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Checking Out the Library Level "The cutscene that plays after the level is finished" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Ilyssa Selwyn says: "Yes, but he also did some renovations on existing buildings and a number of public works. There was a controversy because a lot of people thought the work was unnecessary."
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  19. Egon Spengler (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Lost Island Rising Level "The start of the level at the dock" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Egon Spengler says: "The Shandors owned this island for generations. The castle was built in the 1860s. Ivo Shandor used it as a refuge, a lab, and a temple for he and other cult members to worship Gozer."
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  22. Egon Spengler (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Lost Island Rising Level "Before Peter hails the team for help" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Egon Spengler says: "This machinery indicated an astounding level of sophistication. Pure evil not withstanding, Ivo Shandor was far ahead of his time."
  23. Ray Stantz (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 1:11:25-11:40). Columbia Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "The whole building is a huge super-conductive antenna that was designed and built expressly for the purpose of pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence. Your girlfriend, Pete, lives in the corner penthouse of Spook Central."
  24. Ray Stantz (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 1:03:25-03:27). Columbia Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "... this roof cap is made of a magnesium-tungsten alloy..."
  25. Ray Stantz (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 1:03:31-03:38). Columbia Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "These are the blueprints for the structural ironwork for Dana's apartment building, and they're very, very strange. "
  26. Ray Stantz (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 1:10:52-10:56). Columbia Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "Cold riveted girders with cores of pure selenium . "
  27. Ray Stantz (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Museum of (Super)Natural History Level "The cutscene that plays after Rookie, Peter, and Winston clear and exit the American History exhibit" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Ray Stantz says: "The board used the museum as a respectable front for all kinds of dubious activities. Mainly though they were part of a club run by our favorite evil architect."
  28. Winston Zeddemore (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Checking Out the Library Level "The cutscene that plays after the level is finished" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Winston Zeddemore says: "Let me guess. He did some renovations on the Public Library on Fifth."
  29. Ilyssa Selwyn (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Checking Out the Library Level "The cutscene that plays after the level is finished" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Ilyssa Selwyn says: "Riiiight. And...The Museum of Natural History."
  30. Ray Stantz (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Museum of (Super)Natural History Level "The cutscene that plays after the level is finished" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Ray Stantz says: "Before he died, Shandor must have set some mechanism in place similar to the antenna in Dana's building."
  31. SkullOfIvoShandorPageRef01.jpg
  32. SkullOfIvoShandorPageRef02.jpg
  33. Egon Spengler (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Lost Island Rising Level "The start of the level at the dock" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Egon Spengler says: "The night the last Shandor died, there was a huge tidal surge and the river just swallowed the island whole. Shandor consecrated the island to Gozer, and the Ghostworld reclaimed it."
  34. GBTVGReferenceIvoShandorRV03.jpg
  35. Ilyssa Selwyn (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Checking Out the Library Level "The cutscene that plays after the level is finished" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Ilyssa Selwyn says: "Ivo Shandor, the architect. Well, the Shandor Foundation. They control Shandor's remaining estate and holdings. Ivo was a big collector of Gozerian artifacts."
  36. Egon Spengler (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 1:10:44-10:50). Columbia Pictures. Egon Spengler says: "The structure of this roof cap is exactly like the kind of telemetry tracker that NASA uses to identify dead pulsars in deep space. "
  37. Ray Stantz (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) (DVD ts. 1:11:06-11:09). Columbia Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "No! Nobody ever made them like this! The architect was either a certified genius or an authentic wacko!"
  38. Winston Zeddemore (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Central Park Cemetery Level "The final cutscene" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Winston Zeddemore says: "An evil ghost was walking around in your body for a few months."
  39. Egon Spengler (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Central Park Cemetery Level "The final cutscene" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Egon Spengler says: "Well, you got re-elected."
  40. Winston Zeddemore (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Central Park Cemetery Level "The cutscene played after the Ghostbusters enter the Shandor Mausoleum" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Winston Zeddemore says: "Shandor possessed the Mayor, turned Peck on us to slow us down. And we shut down his mandala before he could get fully juiced, he hijacked our ghosts out of the containment unit as an alternate energy source."
  41. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.87). Paragraph reads: "Born in Romania in or around 1855, Dr. Ivo Shandor was a man of many interests and talentsl including mythology, science, and the arts."
  42. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.87). Paragraph reads: "One such story held that Shandor tried to give a living man a second heart to see if it improved bodily efficiency. Another rumor involved the attempted creation of a living centaur."
  43. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.87). Paragraph reads: "Moving to New York from Bucharest in 1898, Shandor turned to another love: architecture."
  44. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.87). Paragraph reads: "Feeling that the human race didn't deserve to survive after the First World War, Shandor devoted the rest of his life to summoning an apocalypse at his rooftop temple, finally dying in 1934 from complications surrounding an experimental surgery he was performing on himself---reports say he was trying to carry out the first ever interspecies leg transplant."
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  46. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 152. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0590336843.
  47. Inguanzo, Ozzy (November 2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 38. Titan Books, United Kingdom, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "Audouy learned that the 1984 design team initially envisioned the controversial architect and "doctor" as a cross between eccentric inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla and influential American architect Louis Sullivan."
  48. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 152. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0590336843.
  49. Page 109 of August 5, 1983 Draft of "Ghostbusters" via Spook Central
  50. Page 109 of August 5, 1983 Draft of "Ghostbusters" via Spook Central
  51. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 109). Egon says: "Well, no one knows for sure, but in May of 1928, Shandor was arrested after trying to carry off a teenage girl in a gunnysack. The police searched his apartment and found piles of human bones. He was electrocuted at Sing Sing on October 28, 1929.""
  52. Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 139. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "Shandor's coffin was patterned after real glass enclosures used to display the embalmed bodies of infamous leaders around the world and religious figures across Europe. Franson modeled one of Audouy's sketches in 3D, which was then distributed to the construction department and crafted to be elegant and sophisticated."
  53. Yes Have Some YouTube "Arjen Tuiten - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Creature Design, Effects, and Makeup Interview" 26:35-26:39 1/21/2022 Arjen Tuiten says: "Funny enough, I never looked at The Video Game."
  54. Stan Winston School "The Phantasmic Makeup & Creature FX of Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 1/11/2022 Line reads: "Mitch Devane was the primary sculptor for the Ivo dummy while Tim Gore took the lead on painting the heads and hands. For the splitting dummy, Arjen's team, led by mold supervisor Brian Rae, had to create a mechanical device that would split open on cue. Thankfully on the shoot day the gag went off smoothly."
  55. Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip "#743 - Arjen Tuiten, Special Make-Up & Live Acton Creature Effects Designer" 31:47-31:54 11/29/2021 Arjen Tuiten says: "I basically looked at hairstyles of that era. I did one concept design. Only one. And he immediately signed off on it."'
  56. Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip "#743 - Arjen Tuiten, Special Make-Up & Live Acton Creature Effects Designer" 32:07-32:15 11/29/2021 Arjen Tuiten says: "I gave him the little beard and a little bit Charles Dickens and stuff, anything from that time."'
  57. Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip "#743 - Arjen Tuiten, Special Make-Up & Live Acton Creature Effects Designer" 32:17-32:20 11/29/2021 Arjen Tuiten says: "What they were asking me about was a replica dummy of J.K. Simmons that lays in the coffin."'
  58. Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip "#743 - Arjen Tuiten, Special Make-Up & Live Acton Creature Effects Designer" 32:22-32:31 11/29/2021 Arjen Tuiten says: "Because J.K. Himself only filmed for maybe a day, day and a half or two days. But they needed a body in the coffin a lot longer. I think we shot 10 days with that in that mine."'
  59. Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip "#743 - Arjen Tuiten, Special Make-Up & Live Acton Creature Effects Designer" 33:08-33:10 11/29/2021 Arjen Tuiten says: "It was beautifully designed by Bryan Rae."'
  60. Stan Winston School "The Phantasmic Makeup & Creature FX of Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 1/11/2022 Arjen Tuiten says: "We did two dummies, one that was lying in the coffin and one in the mine shaft."
  61. Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip "#743 - Arjen Tuiten, Special Make-Up & Live Acton Creature Effects Designer" 33:17-33:42 11/29/2021 Arjen Tuiten says: "We shot it twice... It's a pretty fast reset. No, no. It literally took four minutes. It was a very seamless puppet that splits from the top open. And we just reset the slime from the inside."'
  62. Stan Winston School "The Phantasmic Makeup & Creature FX of Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 1/11/2022 Arjen Tuiten says: "We dressed with slime, shot it twice, and that was it. We had it. It was a success, and they loved it."
  63. Stan Winston School "The Phantasmic Makeup & Creature FX of Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 1/11/2022 Line reads: "The non-splitting dummy was made of silicone with an armature to ensure that the weight and positioning would be correct when it was laid into the coffin. It was created for the sole purpose of combatting scheduling and timing issues so that J.K. Simmons would not have to be in scenes unnecessarily."
  64. Yes Have Some YouTube "Jason Reitman Interview - Ghostbusters Afterlife, Franchise Future, Bill Murray!" 29:32-30:33, 30:40-30:46 11/25/2021 Jason Reitman says: "That's actually an animatronic puppet so when he gets ripped in half, yeah, I remember we had a conversation with the visual effects team and they're like, "All right, we've budgeted a lot for this human body getting ripped in half," and I was like, "Oh, no, no, no, we're doing that practically." "What?" Yeah and I remember like being "Yeah, it's really simple you know it's just going to be like you know we'll draw-we'll draw like a it'll be like it's like a it will make like a head with a body and you'll see her face like in between it and yeah and like," and then I talked to Arjen who's the brilliant you know creature creator who brought the Terror Dogs back to life and he was totally into it and we created this like switch blading mechanism that was a body into and we just filled it with goo and then you just rip it right apart and that was a delight...Well, he got to watch himself get ripped apart which I think was kind of fun, too, you know he actually like got to see his own body rip into which yeah don't we all--"
  65. Mohan, Kim (1989). Tobin's Spirit Guide, p. 59. West End Games, New York NY USA, ISBN 0874312590.
  66. TomWaltz Tweet 5/31/18
  67. Ghostbusters: The Board Game Update #30 3/3/15 "Tobin's Spirit Guide is unlocked!"
  68. Phoebe Spengler (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 12 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:17:52-01:17:55). Sony Pictures. Phoebe Spengler says: "What does the name Ivo Shandor mean to you guys?"
  69. Lucky Domingo (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 12 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:17:55-01:18:01). Sony Pictures. Lucky Domingo says: "Ivo Shandor? He built this whole town. He built the mine, foundry, the school, library. His name is on everything."
  70. Ilyssa Selwyn (2014). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #12" (2014) (Comic p.19). Ilyssa says: "But since Chicago is so far away from anything related to Ivo Shandor, I felt that --"
  71. Ray Stantz (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 101 #3" (2017) (Comic p.17). Ray Stantz says: "Gozer's emissaries, Zuul and Vinz Clortho, they were attracted to our plane of existence by the machinations of an early 20th century architect named Ivo Shandor."
  72. 101 Class Notes (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 101 #5" (2017) (Comic p.23). 101 Class Notes reads: "The information contained in this Spirit Guide was extensively used to research both Gozer, its cult, and its agent on Earth, Ivo Shandor."
  73. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.14). Paragraph reads: "A hotel resident in the 1920s, Evelyn Lewis, was a member of Ivo Shandor's Gozerian Cult (see section V for more information), which often hosted meetings in her suite."
  74. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.81). Paragraph reads: "The building was designed by cultist Ivo Shandor (see the entry on page 86) as a sort of spiritual radio tower created to better broadcast prayers to Gozer)."

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