Welcome back to the final day of my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  I can’t believe the month is over.   In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on today, All Hallows Eve.

Today’s monster was voted the creepiest by my lovely wife who just couldn’t stand the look of it.  This one is a Class 4 free floating spirit of some alien origin and in the episode, the Ghostbusters have to shuttle up to a space station to fight it…

I believe this is the sort of monster that falls into the category of a horror.   It’s all teeth and tentacles, eyeballs and biting mouths.  Sort of like the Blob, this kind of monster doesn’t seem all that scary until it starts to grow and the next thing you know there’s just no running from it.  I guess it’s a bit of fear through suffocation, and this guy is a bit more than I’d bet even Steve McQueen could handle.   Lucky for us the Ghostbusters were on the job.   If nothing else this monster is colored perfect for the occasion.

As for this particular cel, it’s kind of neat because it’s part of a scene in the episode where this monster is obscured by the gang of Ghostbusters who are trying to battle it.  So this is the first time that most of this art has seen the light of day (not that you couldn’t see similar shots in other scenes…)  Here’s a couple screen grabs, the first on the left with my cel, and a second which is a more natural shot of the creature on the right…


So that’s it for the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s as another Halloween has come and by tomorrow morning it’ll just be a great memory.  There was a lot of great stuff posted around the internet this year, so if you want to find your way to a lot more content you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween to check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event.  If you’d like to read more Halloween-y goodness from me, you can also click on the Halloween Archive link to the left (the orange banner with King Kong.)  I don’t know about all of you, but I plan on kicking back and watching scary movies with my wife all day and into the night.  Here’s hoping we get a good lot of Trick-or-Treators, and I hope every one of you has a great Halloween.  Thanks for stopping by!