Did The New Ghostbusters Just Murder Bill Murray?
Putting aside the grievances of those movie fans who refused to accept that someone could fight poltergeists without having a penis, the recent Ghostbusters movie had its share of weird-ass moments, such as that dance sequence that was straight out of The Mask. But the strangest moment of all came when the Ghostbusters were visited by paranormal skeptic Martin Heiss, played by former Ghostbuster Bill Murray. He swings by Ghostbusters HQ because he wants to see this ghost they supposedly caught.
"No-one will believe you if you tell them I was here."
Melissa McCarthy's character Abby refuses, because it's way too dangerous -- but Erin (Kristen Wiig) idolizes Heiss and wants to show off, so she opens the goddamn trap. And then this happens:
This was also how Lost In Translation was originally meant to end.
He also gets blown out the window a second later. So yeah, in a probably unintended metaphor, the new Ghostbusters seemingly kill the original Ghostbuster. The Ghostbusters are then questioned by the police, they start bantering about Patrick Swayze movies, totally mindless of the fact that someone just died because of their negligence, and Heiss is never mentioned again.
"Bear with me, my screenwriter's setting up a bit."
The movie of course spawned a huge wave of merchandise, even bringing back the Ecto Coolers that were presumably shelved in a giant vault next to the Ark of the Covenant since the '80s. Alongside that came the movie's novelization, where we hear Erin's internal monologue during this scene, as she reasons that Heiss didn't actually die because the ambulance left with its sirens on.
You were really supposed to read this before you saw the movie.
Along with that, there was also Ghosts From Our Past, an in-universe book written by two of the characters.
You can see how loved and dog-eared our copy is.
This one really tries to hammer home the point that the Ghostbusters aren't killers, by having the still-alive Heiss write the foreword to the book, in which he mentions that he learned that ghosts are real in the "most excruciatingly painful way possible" that cost him "thousands" in medical bills.
See? Thousands of dollars of medical bills couldn't be more than a few bandages.
For more seemingly dumb plot holes that actually have explanations, check out 7 Famous Movie Flaws That Were Explained in Deleted Scenes and 6 Baffling Movie Moments With Really Logical Explanations.
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