The Ghostbusters theme song has roots in Victorian England

Ray Parker, Jr.: Singer, songwriter ... fan of Victorian era literature?

Parker's hit 1984 song "Ghostbusters" for the film of the same name (which held the top slot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for three weeks) is of course famous for its hook "I ain't afraid of no ghosts."

But the line actually has roots 96 years before "Ghostbusters."

In Ellen Price Wood's posthumous 1888 novel The Case of Charles Strange (also published in the Argosy magazine she owned), the ghost of Mr. Brightman just might be wreaking some havoc. Then again, it could be a hoax.

But one thing was for sure, the bold character of Hatch declared: "I'm not afraid of no ghostesses, not I."

The line, which almost seems handpicked and adapted by Parker, comes courtesy Price, known for the novel East Lynn, who was an international bestselling and wrote quite a bit of supernatural fiction (The Ghost (1862) Reality or Delusion? (1868)).

But wait, there's more.

Historian Craig Conley dug up this illustration from a 1892 issue of Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, the one-penny per issue magazine filled with -- you guessed it, "thrilling" -- pulpy stories.

The illo. features the caption "'I'm not afraid of no old ghostesses,' said Harold."

Conley doesn't list which issue of Thrilling Life Stories this comes from, and I wasn't able to find it in the digital volume I own. Therefore I cannot speak to the plot and plight of young Harold, but I like to think his last name is Spengler.

So, here's the question: When did Ray Parker, Jr. get into Victorian lit? And does he owe any royalties to long-dead Victorian authors for borrowing the line? (Huey Lewis may have an opinion on this one.)

Finally, where else has this particular line emerged? I suspect two examples could be a coincidence, but it could have appeared elsewhere as a common phrase. If you see it in other Victorian examples, let me know!

And since you're here, you might as well watch the amazing Ghostbusters theme song video.

-Aaron Sagers



Bigfoot stalks theaters tonight in horror movie Primal Rage

There's something stalking the woods in the new horror movie Primal Rage, and it may or may not be Bigfoot (called "Oh-Mah" here). Regardless, it seems to have a bad attitude whatever it is, and has taken an interest in a young woman on a camping trip with her bae.

Starring Casey Cagliardi and Andrew Joseph Montgomery, the couple Ashley and Max face off against the creature, brush up on Indigenous American monster lore, and align themselves with some gun toting locals along the way. Primal Rage: Bigfoot Reborn premiered last November at Chicago's Cinepocalypse festival (formerly known as the Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival), but it is available for audiences across the nation to check out tonight as part of an in-theaters Fathom Event.

The directorial debut of special effects artist Patrick Magee (Jurassic Park III, Men in Black 3, AVP: Alien vs. Predator), features some excellent creature design, and appears to be more of a slasher-style monster flick -- complete with some creative kills. Over at Modern Horrors, the film was called "essentially Friday the 13th if Jason Voorhees was Sasquatch" with a "satisfying body count and creative kills in ways that you’d never expect from a bigfoot movie."

Check out the trailer below, and if you're up for some squatchin', check out Primal Rage in theaters tonight.

-Aaron Sagers

Exclusive: Grant Wilson introduces 'What The Fetch' channel, unveils new 'Ghost Hunter or Paranormal Investigator' video


What the fetch is Grant Wilson doing? Or, more accurately, What The Fetch is what Grant Wilson is doing.

After his departure from Syfy’s long-running hit show Ghost Hunters in 2012, Wilson has focused on his gaming company Rather Dashing, made more piano music, attended paranormal events and comic cons. But, aside from a guest spot on Paranormal Lockdown, fans haven’t seen much of him on their screens.

Until now.

A history of Paranormal TV, and what it's haunting in 2018

BY AARON SAGERS

Ghosts are real. Not only in October, when the American mainstream entertains the notion of things going bump in the night. Nor are ghosts only real within the context of horror movies, books, comics, video games or the latest Insidious flick.
No, for many Americans, belief in the dead kicking around in spectral form is a way of life.
Let’s break down the numbers:


Zachary Quinto to Host, Executive Produce Unscripted Series ‘In Search Of’ for History

According to Variety, History channel has greenlit a reboot of the Leonard Nimoy-hosted paranormal show In Search Of -- this time to be hosted, and executive produced by Zachary Quinto.

Airing from 1977-82, the series (initially hosted by The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling) focused on a wide range of unexplained phenomena, including bigfoot, time travel, aliens, and more. It was also an early precursor to the popular ghost hunter reality-TV genre. The show made a sizable pop-culture impact, even leading it to be referenced, twice, on The Simpsons.

As you may logically recall, Quinto played Nimoy's character Spock in the 2009 J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek reboot. But far from simply portraying the classic character, the two became close friends (and even starred in that great 2013 Audi commercial together).

In the announcement of the series, which does not yet have a premiere date, Quinto had this to say:
“I am so excited to be reimagining In Search Of and exploring new questions and phenomena with all of the advancements in science and technology from which we have benefitted in the past forty years since the original series first aired ... In the spirit of my late dear friend Leonard Nimoy, we intend to honor and perpetuate his endless curiosity about the world – and universe – in which we live. Our director Eddie Schmidt and our partners at Propagate, Universal Television Alternative Studio and FremantleMedia International have ignited the process with enthusiasm and intelligence, and History is the perfect home for this unique and compelling series.”
We'll keep an eye on the development of the series, but in the meantime, check out Mr. Nimoy in the Season 8 The Simpsons/X-Files ep, "The Springfield Files."

-Aaron Sagers

13 supernatural vintage board games that made childhood twisted

BY AARON SAGERS

Don’t let anyone tell you that playing with supernatural forces is not a game, because that’s precisely what it can be. In fact, children of the 1960s and '70s were frequently playing with monsters, ghosts and other forces unknown in the form of board games.

In addition to that famous slumber-party favorite, the Ouija board – which is 125 years old but only became part of the Parker Brothers (later Hasbro) family in 1966 – kids could stalk around a cardboard haunted house, “run” from Dracula, transform into a creature or hang out with The Munsters or The Addams Family.

But what are the best vintage supernatural and horror-themed board games? To learn more, take a roll of the dice, and move your game piece ahead to my list of favorites (suggested for ages 6-12).