In Lights! Camera! Haunting!, an unscrupulous film producer reacts with unusual enthusiasm when the Ghostbusters pursue a number of ghosts in his horror movie set. The ghosts help him in exchange for doing a film of their own... a movie that will feature the destruction of the Ghostbusters![2]


Egon Spengler

Peter Venkman

Ray Stantz

Winston Zeddemore

Gil Hamstrung

Feeny Muscleberg

Ghost Actors

Horror House Ghosts

Artie Grendel

MJN Studios Movie Star Ghosts



P.K.E. Meter

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower



Radio City

MJN Studios


The Ghostbusters were hired as consultants on a horror film called "Horror House" and drove to set. Winston was happy it wasn't real work for once. Ray was excited to finally get to go to MJN Studios but Winston revealed the filming was being done at a real haunted house for authenticity. Just outside, Egon's P.K.E. Meter picked up some readings but Peter dismissed it. They walked in on a scene in progress and met actor Gil Hamstrung, the director Feeny Muscleberg, and the producer Artie Grendel. Over a dozen ghosts observed the shoot from the attic. Joe, their leader, grabbed the shooting script and read through it in disappointment. Grendel announced he was cutting unnecessary expenses and fired the Ghostbusters.

Suddenly, the ghosts attacked the set. While the Ghostbusters ran to Ecto-1 to grab the Proton Packs, Grendel was smitten with the ghosts and filmed them. The Ghostbusters returned and trapped the majority of the ghosts. Grendel secretly helped the three top ghosts evade capture.

A month later, "Horror House" premiered. The Ghostbusters pulled up to a theater and greeted the crowd. Grendel paid them to appear for the movie's publicity. The people walked out the theater exclaiming how they loved it. The Ghostbusters encountered Gil and Feeny. They, too, were fired from the movie. Feeny voiced his concerns. Special effects alone should have taken over a month. Grendel arrived and whisked the guys away in his car. Gil and Feeny were left behind but they suspected something was up.

The Ghostbusters entered MJN Studios and were captured in a net. Grendel hired the three ghosts to help him make movies in exchange for Grendel helping them make their own movie, "The End of the Ghostbusters." As the guys stewed in a prison cell, Ray recalled it was used for "The Pirate of Zinda" starring Douglas Flynn. They were brought out into an Old West set and told to run. The ghosts armed themselves with the Proton Packs and chased after them! They ran to a graveyard set to a mock up of RMS Lusitania to a cityscape. Peter stomped around the city to his delight then ran away from the Proton blasts.

The guys reached a dead end, fittingly where Clark Tracy's character in "Gangsters on Braodway" was killed off. Gil and Feeny arrived in a helicopter to save the day. However, the ghosts blasted the helicopter and captured the duo. Joe offered to let them go if the Ghostbusters gave up. Ray got them to promise but the ghosts... tied them up and planned to kill everyone anyway. Ray reached for Egon's P.K.E. Meter and reversed the polarity. He sent out a distress signal and the ghosts of three MJN Studios movie stars manifested. Since they were heroes, the ghosts helped the Ghostbusters. After the other ghosts were captured, Ray and Winston split off and captured Grendel. Everyone watched as the movie star ghosts rode off into the sunset.


  • Winston: "Egon! Remind me what happens if one of those beams hits us!?"
    Egon: "Our individual atoms go on separate vacations!"


  • The episode was recorded on November 12, 1986.[3]
  • The episode is listed as "Lights, Camera, Haunting" on the call sheet.[4]
  • Writer Marc Scott Zicree, during the episode introduction on The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection, remarked he visited the MGM Studios back lot before it was torn down and it helped inspire this episode.
  • Ray dreamed of going to MJN Studios for a long time.[5]
  • Peter mentions his mother.[6]
  • The Ghostbusters stumble onto a set for the RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner sunk by the Germans during the World War One era.
  • Grendel mentioned an Ouija board during the Ghostbusters' execution. The board is commonly used for communication with ghosts.
  • Hopalong Rogers[7] is named after fictional cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy and an actor Jimmy Rogers who played one of the juvenile leads.
  • Both Janine and Slimer don't appear in this episode.

Animation ErrorsEdit

  • At the end of the episode the particle throwers hoses are disconnected from the proton packs, yet the Ghostbusters are still able to use them.
  • There are three Ghost Actors, yet when the MJN Studios Movie Star Ghosts give them their equipment back, there are four packs.


  1. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Lights! Camera! Haunting!" (1986).
  2. Eatock, James & Mangels, Andy (2008). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection booklet, p. 15. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  3. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Lights! Camera! Haunting!" (1986).
  4. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Lights! Camera! Haunting!" (1986).
  5. Ray Stantz (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "Lights! Camera! Haunting! " (1987) (DVD ts. 10:02-10:04). Time Life Entertainment.
  6. Peter Venkman (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "Lights! Camera! Haunting!" (1987) (DVD ts. 12:04). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Just watch Mama Venkman's little boy!"
  7. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Lights! Camera! Haunting!" (1986).


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