The Real Ghostbusters

Season 1 Episode 6

The Boogieman Cometh

Aired Unknown Oct 18, 1986 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The Boogieman Cometh
Meghan and Kenny Carter are being scared by the Boogieman and go to the Ghostbusters for the help. Unfortunately, the children's parents aren't happy when the Ghostbusters barge into their homes in the middle of the night and ask them to leave. They'll have to find another way to face the Boogieman, which leads to a showdown in his realm.moreless

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  • Perhaps the best episode, definately top 3

    With its movie quality storyline, a truly terrifying villian, Character development from Egon, this has pretty much everything you could ever hope for. If this was made as ghostbusters 2 you can be sure as hell it would be as talked about as the first movie.

    Cons ? I think there are a couple of animation inconsistencies with size etc but it doesn't really diminish the overall quality.

    Animation - 9.5/10

    Story - 10/10

    Dialog - 9/10

    Production Values - 9/10

    Overall - 10/10moreless
  • Called by two young children, The Real Ghostbusters are forced to do battle the Boogieman who frightened Egon as a child. They must use all their cunning and genious to overcome the foe that is not a ghost. In the end, the Real Ghostbusters Triumph. Trulymoreless

    The RGB's battle with the Boogieman-and his brilliant contaiment-makes for a wonderful episode. Its very rare to see the guys battle a Non-ghost. The connection to Egon's childhod makes this episode VERY wothwhile. The Boogieman himself is pretty darn creepy; a rarity for animated shows. A winner all the way!
  • Something's at the door

    The Boogieman in the closet is the common folklore myth that every kid I know is scared of. Personally I was never scared of it nor believed it. But still it's always an unsettling feeling to have, whenever you come home at night or are about to go to sleep of an intruder taking advantage of you where your most vunerable.

    This is another favorate episode of mine, I love the fact that kids are calling and hiring the Ghostbusters, and that the Ghostbusters believe them and are on their side. Though the parents don't believe their kids and think the Ghostbusters are crazy, how the heck the parents wouldn't know the Ghostbusters beats me, they must not have CNN.

    But what I like is we do see some depth into Egon's character and discover his deep motives for being a Ghostbuster. I like how they designed the Boogie Man which is strange looking but very unsettling and menicing it's basically just a giant walking head but it's a damn scary head. The Boogieman sort of reminds me of that demon face you saw for a brief amount of seconds in the horror film "The Exercist", I remember as a kid getting scared looking at him. Let alone that shrill tone of it's voice added to it.

    One of my favorate moments was seeing them conduct the trap and Ray was giving Peter grief. But the other was seeing a foot chase seen where we see the Boogieman's world which looks like an Uesher surrealist painting, we see them going from his world to the real world, that was awdsome.

    The message in this is facing ones fears, fear by it's nature really isn't made of anything, it's our own minds that give it substance. The ending was satisfying and gave me a good feeling, Egon the kids, and everyone else have nothing to fear.moreless
Lorenzo Music

Lorenzo Music

voice of Peter Venkman (Season 1-2)

Laura Summer

Laura Summer

voice of Janine Melnitz (Season 1-2)

Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall

voice of Winston Zeddemore (Season 1-3)

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

voice of Ray Stantz / Slimer

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

voice of Egon Spengler

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Peter: (To the landlady of the apartment they're using to trap the Boogieman) Fifteen hundred for this place? In this neighbourhood? You'd have to be out of your mind. A karate expert would be afraid to live here.

    • Egon: We gotta go back there and find it again!
      Winston: No. What we gotta do is some serious thinkin' on how to catch this thing.

    • Egon: Why didn't they beleive us?
      Peter: Egon, we told 'em there was a monster in their kids' closet. We're just lucky they didn't have us arrested.

    • Peter: Let's get serious. How do we find this guy?
      Boogieman: You were foolish to follow me!
      Egon: Get back!
      (a stone pillar crashes nearby)
      Winston: I don't think that's gonna be a problem, Peter.

    • Ray: I want a glass of water.
      Peter: (gives him glass) Here. Now get to sleep. (Ray drinks it and and Peter nearly closes the door)
      Ray: Oh, Peter.
      Peter: What?
      Ray: Tell me a story.
      Winston: He's just getting into the role.
      Peter: He's gonna be in a body cast if he keeps this up. (opens door) Once upon a time, there were four Ghostbusters who had a job to do but they couldn't do it because one of em couldn't go to sleep! The end! (Slams door)

    • Peter: (to Egon and Ray) I dunno about you guys, but spending all night looking in closets for the Boogieman is not why I moved to Fun City.

    • Peter: You know, as an interior decorator, this guy makes a great Boogieman.
      Winston: Where is it? I mean, where are we?
      Egon: It's the Boogieman's realm. A sort of in-between place that opens up into children's rooms all over the world.
      Ray: So he uses these doors to move from closet to closet. Pretty sneaky!

    • Peter: Uh, Egon, the Boogieman said he remembered you. Is there anything you wanna tell us?
      Egon: When I was a child, the Boogeyman would come out of my closet. He-he's the reason I wanted to study the supernatural. I wanted to find a way to stop him!

    • (the Ghostbusters open fire on the Boogieman to little effect)
      Ray: It's not a ghost! How're we gonna get it in the trap?!
      Winston: Good question! Why didn't you think of that before?
      Peter: Go full stream! Maybe we can force him back in the closet!

    • (the Boogieman slowly approaches the Ghostbusters)
      Egon: You go on ahead. I'll hold him off.
      Peter: Yeah? You and what Starfleet?

    • Boogieman: (to Megan and Kenny, after siccing the Ghostbusters on him) That wasn't nice! Not nice at all!

    • Egon: You won't scare me again.
      Boogieman: We'll see about that!

    • Boggieman: (to Egon) I remember you!

    • Peter: Fireworks? How did the beams turn it into fireworks?
      Egon: Why not?
      Peter: Fair enough.

    • Louie: You'll never take me alive, coppers!
      Egon: Of course not. You're a ghost.
      Louie: Oh, yeah. I keep forgettin'.

    • (After confronting the Boogieman for the first time)
      Kenny: Now do you believe me?
      Peter: Yeah, kid. Oh, yeah.
      Egon: We've gotta go after it!
      Winston: No, we don't. Show me where it says that.

    • Peter: Slimer, if you had any days left, they'd be numbered.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Ray: It could even be worse than crossing the streams!

      In the first movie, Egon stated that crossing the streams would be bad and would result in "every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light" due to a process that Ray called "total protonic reversal."

    • Peter: Yeah? You and what Starfleet?

      A reference to classic sci-fi show Star Trek. Starfleet is generally used to identify those that belong to the Earth space force, like the crew of the Enterprise.

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