With all the hate for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters running rampant on peoples feeds these days, it’s easy to forgot that this is still very much a beloved fan driven property. Whatever Feig’s Ghostbusters does or doesn’t do for the franchise, there will always be the original films and there will always be the fans who love them. It means something to so many people. And for the truly die-hards, Ghosbusters is a way of life. These fans are called “Ghostheads” and they are everywhere, dressing up in their home-made and sometimes very elaborate costumes with screen accurate Proton Packs and other GB gear. There are organized groups of GB fans in every state and all across the world. Ghostbustin’ doesn’t just make em’ feel good, they try to bring the good to everyone else. These Ghostheads attend parades, charity events, conventions, meet with struggling families and more; all as a means of showing their fandom and bringing a little joy to those around them.
Chances are you’ve some these guys and gals out and about in world. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about them and what it means to be a Ghosthead, then there’s a documentary for that.
From director Brendan Mertens, a Canadian filmmaker who is also a huge Ghostbusters fan, comes “Ghostheads” a documentary that shows the altruistic side of the Ghosbusters fandom. Martens wanted to take all the hate off the new movie and show that Ghostbusters fans out there aren’t all nasty:
“Ghostheads are friendly people — there’s not really any animosity like in other fandoms we’ve seen. They really use their powers for good — raising money for their local communities, providing a place for people who may otherwise feel alone, and visiting children’s hospitals in full gear, brightening the days of every child they meet.”
Plus, it features interviews with all the right Ghostbusters peoples, including Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Ivan Reitman and more. Check out the trailer below:
GHOSTHEADS looks back at the impact the Ghostbusters franchise has had on fans over the past three decades. Through interviews with key cast and crew, including Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson, Paul Feig, and many more, as well as with the Ghostbusters fan community from across the globe, Ghostheads presents countless humanizing stories about overcoming obstacles, comradery, and the idea that no one should ever feel alone or isolated. From Tom Gebhardt, a young man from New Jersey who’s built his own Ecto-1 and feels most like himself when in uniform, to a woman who won her battle with addicition by focusing her energy on building props from the films, to Peter Mosen, the “Original Ghostbusters Fan,” who’s been dressing up like Ray Stantz since the first film’s release, and whose passion landed him a small part in the sequel. Ghostbusters has impacted many lives over the past 30 some-odd years, and these are some of the fans who continue to carry the torch of the franchise’s positive messaging, all over the world.
The doc hits Netflix on July 15, the same day Paul Feig’s new movie arrives in theaters.