The Temple of Gozer is Gozer's precious shrine and its own interdimensional portal into other dimensions and worlds.
- 1 Primary Canon History
- 2 Secondary Canon History
- 3 Description
- 4 Development
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Appearances
- 7 References
- 8 Gallery
Primary Canon History
The Temple of Gozer manifested in 1984 in in Dana Barrett's refrigerator--in Gozer's own dimension--and in the top of Dana's apartment. Several weeks later, Zuul and Vinz Clortho completed their ritual and a portal opened. Gozer crossed over from the temple onto the physical plane. The Ghostbusters lined up at the foot of the stairs to the Temple of Gozer. The temple doors opened and there was a bright light. Gozer suddenly appeared between Zuul and Vinz Clortho in a pre-chosen form. Ray Stantz realized Gozer took a female form. Gozer petted Vinz on the head. He purred. Egon Spengler identified it as Gozer. Winston Zeddemore thought Gozer was a man. Egon stated it was whatever it wanted to be. Peter remarked whatever it was, it had to get by them. Ray agreed. Peter told Ray to go get her. Ray silently realized he fell for it. Peter Venkman gave him a nod. Ray took several steps up then addressed Gozer by name. Gozer turned to Ray. Ray stated that as a duly designated representative of the city, county and state of New York, he ordered it to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to its place of origin or to the nearest convenient parallel dimension. Peter was satisfied and thanked Ray. Gozer asked Ray if he was a god. Peter nodded "yes" to Ray. Ray replied, "No." Gozer turned its upper torso and arms back toward the temple then told them to die. Gozer fired lightning from its fingertips at the Ghostbusters. They yelled out. Zuul and Vinz watched. They were shot across the roof and barely clung to the edge of the building. The crowd of civilians down on the street could see the lightning and exclaimed. As they gathered themselves, Winston looked down at Ray and told him when someone asked him if he was a god, he should say, "Yes!" Ray nodded. Peter declared this chick was toast. They marched up to the temple side by side. Ray placed his Trap down.
Peter asked them if they got their stick. They took out their Particle Throwers and yelled, "Holding!" Gozer crouched down and snarled. Peter shouted, "Heat 'em up!" They switched on the throwers then shouted "Smoking!" Peter yelled, "Make 'em hard!" They shouted, "Ready!" Peter declared they were going to show "prehistoric bitch" how they did things downtown. He gave the word. They fired at Gozer. It growled then double flipped across the air. It landed on the altar outside the structure. Peter remarked she was a nimble little minx. Egon suggested they better go full stream. Ray shouted to aim for the flat top. They blasted her again. Gozer simply vanished. Peter quipped that was not so hard. Ray concluded they neutronized it and caused a complete particle reversal. Winston proclaimed, "And we have the tools. We have the talent!" Peter declared it was "Milla time!" Peter held out his right hand. Ray and Winston were gleeful and did the hand-stack. Egon looked at a Gamma Rate Meter and told Ray things looked extraordinarily bad. Ray was alarmed. Winston wondered what was happening. An earthquake rocked the temple. Egon told them to look out. Boulders and debris fell. They took cover by the altar. Civilians screamed and ran away to avoid the debris.
The disembodied voice of Gozer made its presence known and listed its titles then ordered them to choose and perish. The Ghostbusters stood up. Ray asked Gozer to clarify. Gozer explained they had to choose the form of the Destructor. Peter understood and found it cute. He explained to the others whatever they thought of like J. Edgar Hoover, J. Edgar Hoover would appear and destroy them. He told everyone to empty their heads and not think of anything. They had one shot. Gozer declared the choice was made. Peter protested. He asked Egon. Egon thought of nothing. He asked Winston. Winston asserted his mind was totally blank. Peter stated he chose nothing. Peter, Egon, and Winston turned and looked at Ray. Ray took a few steps back. Ray insisted he couldn't help it and it just popped in there. Peter inquired what he thought of. Ray tried to explain himself. Stomping and screaming from the streets interrupted Ray. Egon spotted the head of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and yelled. Blasting Stay Puft failed so Egon proposed they Cross the Streams. Peter recalled Egon's warning about doing that. Peter pointed out they would be in grave danger along with their client Dana Barrett, the nice lady who paid them in advance before she became a dog (and Louis Tully). Egon revealed there was definitely a very slim chance they would survive. The Ghostbusters crossed the streams and destroyed the temple. The explosion also took out Stay Puft and and part of 550 Central Park West. Gozer was defeated, the psychokinetic atmospheric influence dissipated and day was restored, and the world was saved. The Ghostbusters were later sued by every city, county, and state agency, effectively forced out of business.
Secondary Canon History
According to the writings of the Cult of Gozer, circa 2800 BCE, Tiamat guided her followers to banish Gozer from the physical plane. A massive interdimensional crossrip was triggered by her followers and Gozer was banished. The Gozerian temple in Shuruppak burned for 9 days under blood red skies and the populace was afflicted with a host of misfortunes comparable to the Biblical plagues of Egypt.
1000 years ago, give or take, as a protracted civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons came to an end on Cybertron when the former left the planet. The Decepticons were unable to pursue them due to the arrival of Gozer from its temple atop one a building. Shockwave, Starscream, Megatron, and Soundwave approached the Temple of Gozer. Gozer announced "The Traveler has come." Megatron demanded it to explain itself or face his wrath. Shockwave warned against antagonizing it and cautioned against its power was beyond his sensors' ability to categorize. Starscream had enough of their inaction and fired at Gozer. Gozer blocked his attack with its right hand then countered with lightning. Megatron berated Starscream. Soundwave suggested broadcasting a distress beacon. Starscream thought the Decepticons should have fled the planet, too. Megatron stated they did not flee and declared he would deal with Gozer himself. Megatron walked up the temple stairs. Vinz charged and leaped at him. Megatron knocked him aside. Megatron walked up to Gozer and asked why it came to his world. Gozer replied to came to end Cybertron and implored him to choose. Megatron didn't understand. Gozer explained it was time to choose the form of their destruction then quickly stated it was done. Starscream became worried. Shockwave asked him what he did. Starscream claimed he did nothing but had a fleeting thought about how he could be mighty enough to destroy the planet. Gozer's Destructor form manifested, a larger version of Starscream. Megatron shot Starscream in the right shoulder. He vowed he would pay for his indiscretion then ordered the alarm to be sounded. The other Decepticons rallied to them. It was not enough and Cybertron was destroyed.
The Temple of Gozer appeared in part of Ray's precognitive episode. However, a magical obsidian recreation was reassembled by Idulnas soon after, to serve in Gozer's rite of change. In its new state, it was also adorned with a crystalline motif similar to Idulnas' appearance. Once the Re-Selection took place and Idulnas vacated the physical plane, the temple disintegrated. As the Ghostbusters explored more and more dimensions with their Interspatial Teleportation Unit, they observed more and more versions of the Ghostbusters, their logo, flight suits, and Firehouses. It only lent more credibility to the theory they sent the idea of Ghostbusters into the Multiverse when they crossed the streams on the Temple of Gozer. By way of Gozer's portal, for a split second, they took themselves to the line of complete subatomic destruction and were connected to every reality at once. Every thought they ever had, the very core of their beings. their concepts, and their methods were seeded into the subconscious of the Multiverse.
In an alternate timeline, the Ghostbusters decided not to cross the streams on the Temple of Gozer. 31 days later, the Ghostbusters agreed to help Gozer return to its home dimension because it hated its new Destructor Form. They came up with a plan to utilize Tempore Ruga to send Gozer back in time to before Ray chose the form and it would return through the portal. As a precaution, the Ghostbusters went behind Gozer's back and traveled back in time. They posted pictures of an animated character named Loofajoe Rectangleshorts all over the temple. If Gozer betrayed them, then the pictures would reinforce the Ghostbusters to choose Loofajoe, an even worse form for Gozer. Ruga instructed it to concentrate on the precise moment in time where it needed to return. Ruga then flew into the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's head and Gozer returned to the point before it told the Ghostbusters to choose a form. It saw the posters of Loofajoe and realized what happened. To the past Ghostbusters' confusion, it declared they won and anticlimactically went back through the temple's portal.
Ghostbusters: The Board Game
Just as he was being trapped, Ivo Shandor transported the rooftop of the Shandor Building back in time to before Gozer was banished. The Ghostbusters now had to battle Gozer once more. They crossed the streams to seal the Unison Spirit World Gates and defeated Gozer.
The Temple of Gozer consisted of a large ancient pyramid, a staircase, translucent doors, two altars for the Terror Dogs (Zuul the Gatekeeper and Vinz Clortho the Keymaster) to wait upon, and assorted obelisks and hieroglyphs. At its summit, there was a bright light. Also, an engraving of a scene with the Temple portal and statues of its two minions, can be seen at the top of 550 Central Park West.
John DeCuir devised and supervised the construction of the Temple of Gozer set which cost around $1 million. It would be famous for being one of the biggest indoor sets ever built in Hollywood. DeCuir prepared a small foam core study model. Using a makeshift viewer, Ivan Reitman and Richard Edlund used the model to start plotting out camera angles. The finished set filled up the entire stage and was about three stories off the ground. The height allowed for the film crew to get low angle shots to create that perspective of being at the top of a building.
40 matte paintings were created with photos and concept drawings. The enhanced skyline around the temple was done through animated lightning effects and injecting clouds of paint into a giant water tank.
The power requirements for the set were so intense that during filming, other parts of the studio had to be shut down whenever full illumination was used. A giant 360-degree cyclorama encircled more than three-quarters of the temple set and which could be lit for either daylight or nighttime exposures. Shots that needed optical enhancements were filmed from a steady, rigid platform. All other shots were taken from a Chapman crane. Just about every generator available for rent in Los Angeles was used to light the set. The portal was plexiglass. To simulate smoke, dry fog was pumped during photography. Concealed operators manipulated the Terror Dogs while they rested on the pedestals. The seismic disturbance caused by Gozer was done practically with sound effects and stagehands throwing rubble. For safety concersn fire marshals were always present on the set.
Once the preliminary shooting was completed, the main unit went to other sets while DeCuir's team redressed the set as the demolished version for the final scenes in the movie.
- According to the August 5, 1983 draft of the movie script, the Temple of Gozer is an exact replica of a Sebouillian temple.
- In the 1984 featurette "On the Scene with the Ghostbusters," found in the 'Ghostbusters Grab Bag' section of the DVD special features, Dan Aykroyd described the Temple of Gozer as a pre-Sumerian temple. 
- The Temple of Gozer was in part inspired by the book "Rooftops of New York" 
- During the first screening of the movie, the scene of Dana seeing of the Temple of Gozer and Terror Dogs in her refrigerator was not ready and in its place was a "Scene Missing" card but the scene still got a great response.
- The whole rooftop sequence took a few weeks to film on a stage. 
- In preparation for the detonation of the temple, Thaine Morris had Mark Stetson and this team wield up a frame of steel that was a quarter inch thick on the temple. Deflector aprons were also discussed to deflect the blast out the sides and help simulate the explosion described in the original illustration.
- Thaine Morris rigged the Temple of Gozer model with four napthalene bombs for the explosion shot.
- Virgil Mirano, a still photographer for Entertainment Effects Group, had the "unique privilege" of being hit in the head by an errant bench when Thaine Morris detonated the Temple of Gozer set for the ending of the first movie.
- On page 22 of Legion Issue #4, Louis Tully alludes to the Temple of Gozer.
- In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions), while the temple doesn't show up in the finished video game, work is done on a level featuring it. 
- The Temple of Gozer level pitch involved an appearance by Zuul and Vinz Clortho. 
- On page 18 of Ghostbusters Issue #15, Egon Spengler refers to the Temple of Gozer.
- The Retailer Incentive Wraparound Cover of Ghostbusters 101 #1 uses the PR photo from the team at posing at Gozer's altar.
- On page 17 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #1, in panel 1, in the mini portal is Chevy Chase in an outfit he wore during a set visit of the Temple of Gozer.
- The pose of him pointing at himself is based on a photo he took wearing his "Yes, It' My Real Name" T-Shirt.
- On page 2 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1, behind and above them is the background from Transformers: The Movie's title sequence when the camera dives into an "O".
- On page 4 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1, in panel 4, the two statue faces are based on two Quintesson Judges, Death and Rage. The Quintessons are the race who created the Transformers and were overthrown then ousted from Cybertron.
- On page 4 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1, instead of Ray, it is Megatron who goes up the stairs to address Gozer.
- On page 5 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1, in panel 1, the dragon and figures on the temple door is visually based on the hieroglyph that Grimlock taps in the Transformers episode "Madman's Paradise".
- On page 6 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1, in panel 3, the two ends of the temple roof bears the two statue faces of the Quintesson Judges, War and Wisdom.
- On Cover RI of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3, the Temple of Gozer appears.
- The Temple of Gozer appears on the Transformers Generations Ectotron Ecto-1 Cover of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1.
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- Ghostbusters: The Board Game
- Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.88). Paragraph reads: "According to the writings of the Gozerian Cult, circa 2800 BCE, it was Tiamat's followers---under her direct guidance---that were responsible for Gozer's banishment from this plane of existence. Roughly translated, the writings describe what sounds like a massive interdimensional crossrip at the time of Gozer's exile---the Gozerian temple in Shuruppak was said to burn for nine days under blood-red skies, while a ghost of misfortune comparable to the biblical plagues of Egypt assaulted the populace."
- Ray Stantz (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 101 #3" (2017) (Comic p.16). Ray Stantz says: "Um... ultimately I'm afraid we're responsible for putting 'ol Mooglie -- Er The No Ghost Logo - out into the universe, amongst other things. It's a theory based on what we've seen cataloging dimensions. That logo, and flight suits, and Firehouses, and Proton Packs and even the term Ghostbusters. They keep popping up, even when it's not versions of us who are using them."
- Ray Stantz (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 101 #3" (2017) (Comic p.16). Ray Stantz says: "No, really... we think we sent the idea into the Multiverse, y'know accidentally."
- Ray Stantz (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 101 #3" (2017) (Comic p.18). Ray Stantz says: "It took us right up to the line of a complete subatomic destruction. And by way of Gozer's portal, for a split second, we were connected to every reality at once. Every thought we ever had, the very core of our beings... that's how they were seeded into the subconscious of the Multiverse. Our concepts, our methods... In theory, anyway. But so far, observation has only lent the idea credibility."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 11. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Among other things, DeCuir would devise and supervise construction of the Gozer temple -- one of the biggest indoor sets ever built in Hollywood."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 107 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Prior to construction of the million-dollar set, DeCuir prepared a small foam core study model."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 107 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "With a makeshift viewing device made from cardboard, Ivan Reitman and Richard Edlund plot out possible camera angles."
- Joe Medjuck (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 49:51-49:54). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "And the set filled the stage. There was virtually no room on either side of it."
- Harold Ramis (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 49:55-49:59). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "It was very high off the ground too. It was almost dizzying when you were up there, about three stories off the ground."
- Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 50:00-50:03). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "So that I could get really low angle shots to create that perspective of being at the top of a building."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 107 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Using photos and conceptual illustrations for guidance, assistant matte artist Michelle Moen roughs out one of the rooftop matte paintings. In all, more that forty such paintings were employed in the film."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 168 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph says: "The live-action master shot was later enhanced with a matte painting of the New York skyline - which also encompassed the upper portion of the apartment building and the temple top. Composited into the final scene were animated lightning effects and turbulent night skies - produced by injecting clouds of paint into a giant water tank."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 178 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The electrical power required to light the set - one of the largest ever constructed on a Hollywood soundstage - was enormous, requiring filming in other parts of the studio to be shut down whenever full illumination was applied."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 171 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Preparing for a wide master of the brightly-lit Gozer temple, the Entertainment Effects Group crew appears silhouetted against the New York skyline - actually a giant cyclorama which encircled more than three-quarters of the temple set and which could be lit for either daylight or nighttime exposures. Although most of the film's expansive production shots could be taken from a crane, any shot requiring later optical enhancement needed to be taken from a much steadier, rigidly constructed platform."
- Harold Ramis (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 49:31-49:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Very tall stage. It's a 360-degree cyclorama of the city, the backdrop."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 171 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Mounted on a Chapman crane, Laszlo Kovacs' production camera is readied for a long shot of the temple."
- Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 49:38-49:48). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Which was painted in the old manner and then had to be lit by László Kovács. And we used every generator that was available for rent in the city of Los Angeles when we had to light the damn thing up."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 171 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "A behind-the-scenes view of the upper temple reveals its plexiglass portal and staircase - over which dry ice fog would be pumped during photography - and the hollow pedestals from which concealed operators could bring their Terror Dogs to life."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 179 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The seismic disturbance was accomplished quite simply with sound effects and bits of rubble released from above by concealed stagehands."
- Harold Ramis (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 49:49-49:50). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Fire marshals on the set round the clock."
- Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 199 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Once preliminary shooting on the temple set was completed, the main unit transitioned to other sets and other stages while John DeCuir and his team moved in and redressed the now-demolished structure for its final scenes in the film."
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 109). Egon Spengler says: "On the roof, he put an exact replica of a Sebouillian temple.""
- Dan Aykroyd (1984). Ghostbusters (1984) "On the Scene with the Ghostbusters" (1984) (DVD ts. 06:26-06:30). Columbia Pictures. Dan Aykroyd says: "Well, the set is uh basically your average pre-Sumerian temple."
- Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 24:04-24:38). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "Let me say about the rooftop. We were thinking about where, what would be the center of the disturbance. And different kinds of buildings and places all over the city and we...I don't know if this this is how it occurred to everyone but I remembered a rooftop in St. Louis which was a replica of a temple and we started looking at the rooftops of New York and someone produced a coffee table book called 'Rooftops of New York' and we saw all these interesting temples on rooftops of buildings and all these strange Gothic structures and they went with that as a design concept."
- Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters- Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 20:02-20:22). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "At that very first screening we talked about, this next special effect was not available and so when the first audience that saw this test screening, it went to that shot and it only said, "Scene missing" and they just freaked out. It was the best response we ever had to the screening. I always thought that we ought to take this crappy effects shot out and leave the "scene missing" here."
- Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:23:34-1:23:49). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "The whole rooftop sequence took us a few weeks to film. It was all on this stage. The Ghostbusters are actually in there in that shot in the hole, closer you can see the guys walking around. "
- Thaine Morris (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 12:50-12:56). Columbia Pictures. Thaine Morris says: "Mark [Stetson] came to me and said, "How strong do you want me to make this building?" and I said, "Stronger than you can."."
- Mark Stetson (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 12:57-13:09). Columbia Pictures. Mark Stetson says: "We wielded up a frame of quarter inch steel on the old temple and I just couldn't believe you needed it that strong and we started talking about deflector aprons to get the blast to shoot out the sides in the original illustration."
- Thaine Morris (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:53:36-1:53:39). Bueno Productions. Thaine Morris says: "There was four napthalene bombs in that building."
- Virgil Mirano (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 13:19-13:38). Columbia Pictures. Virgil Mirano says: "I had the unique privilege of being hit in the head by one of the best pyromen. One of the errant benches on top of the temple went flying through the air, hit the plexiglass, careened off it, and creased me in the skull. Never been the same."
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- Reddit AMA "AMA with the developers of 2009's Ghostbusters: The Video Game!" 7/16/16 Drew Haworth says: "Temple of Gozer was a really cool level pitched by Lead Game Designer Steven Cluff that didn't make it into production. Both Zuul & Vinz Clortho made appearances."
- Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.81). Paragraph reads: "Ultimately, Gozer's physical essence was destroyed when we crossed our individual proton streams (risking total protonic reversal) and aimed them at the temple from which the deity had emerged into this plane of existence."
- Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.84). Paragraph reads: "Its attempts to pressure Dr. Stantz into selecting a new form for Gozer were thwarted by the arrival of the other Ghostbusters, however, and Idulnas was dispersed by the concentrated blast of a proton grenade."
- Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.87). Paragraph reads: "He designed many buildings but ultimately only built one: the apartment tower at 55 Central Park West, upon which he erected a temple to Gozer."
- Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.91). Paragraph reads: "When we destroyed the temple Gozer had used as a gateway to this dimension, we also destroyed that particular manifestation of the Marshmallow Man; but this was not the last time Stay Puft appeared."