Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) Review

I remember Ghostbusters. I remember being blown away by the brilliant combination of comedy and horror. I remember the cool gadgets, the great ghouls and I remember how much I wanted to be a Ghostbuster when I grew up.

Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters is the definitive documentary on the 1984 masterpiece directed by Ivan Reitman and written and staring Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis alongside The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Slimer and a ton of other terrifying spooks.

Made by British brother and sister team Claire and Anthony Bueno, who also worked on Beware the Moon: Remembering ‘An American Werewolf in London, the film is a love letter to Ghostbusters detailing every element of the making of the movie from the early ideas which involved Eddie Murphy and a future New York full of spooks, to the mammoth amount of preparation to the filming itself and its subsequent release.

Far from a smooth process Ghostbusters was plagued with problems from script to screen including special effect issues, stunt slip ups and crazy deadlines making the story even more interesting. Built from behind the scenes photos, clips, test footage, drawings and so much more Cleanin’ Up the Town even brings to life unseen moments through animation adding an extra dimension to the doc.

Best of all are the multitude of insightful interviews with almost everyone involved (you guessed it the mysterious Bill Murray is sadly missing!) as the documentary delves deep into the production talking to the people who had a hand in creating such a special supernatural spectacle.

Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd obviously have tons to say on the subject as do the rest of the cast from the minor players like the librarian and the students subjected to Venkman’s electrifying tests to the leads most interesting being Sigourney Weaver and Ernie Hudson who had very different experiences on the movie.

Behind the scenes we meet an unseen army of artistic and creative geniuses who built the sets, created the effects and designed and made the iconic monsters that have become such a huge part of the horror pantheon. Their workload was immense and the pressure even more however the team delivered time after time and seeing work they put in to the production is awe inspiring.

One of the biggest tragedies of the original film was that over 100 of the hard working crew were not credited for all their efforts on Ghostbusters and Cleanin’ Up the Town rights that wrong making sure their amazing work is shown, celebrated and remembered.

If you are a fan of Ghostbusters and to be honest who isn’t, Anthony and Claire Bueno’s making of is essential viewing giving you a truly detailed insight into the creation of a cult horror comedy that became a much loved blockbuster.

And if you are left wanting more, which you will be, don’t fear the sequel documentary Too Hot to Handle: Remembering Ghostbusters II is on its way soon.

Read our interview with Cleanin’ Up the Town filmmakers Anthony and Claire Bueno HERE and find out more on: Facebook: Instagram: Website:

Movie Rating: ★

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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