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The Temple of Gozer is Gozer's precious shrine and its own interdimensional portal into other dimensions and worlds.

Primary Canon HistoryEdit

GhostbustersEdit

The Temple of Gozer consisted of a large ancient pyramid, a staircase, translucent doors, two altars for the Terror Dogs (Zuul the Gatekeeper and Vinz Clortho the Keymaster) to wait upon, and assorted obelisks and hieroglyphs. At its summit, there was a bright light. It was seen in Dana Barrett's refrigerator--in Gozer's own dimension--and in the top of Dana's apartment. Also, an engraving of a scene with the Temple portal and statues of its two minions, can be seen at the top of 55th Central Park West.

Once Zuul and Vinz Clortho completed their ritual, a portal opened and Gozer crossed over from the temple onto the physical plane. The Ghostbusters crossed the streams and destroyed the temple (and part of 55 Central Park West). They were later sued by every city, county, and state agency, effectively forced out of business.

Secondary Canon HistoryEdit

IDW ComicsEdit

Main CanonEdit

The Temple of Gozer appeared in part of Ray Stantz's precognitive episode. However, a magical obsidian recreation was reassembled by Idulnas soon after, to serve in Gozer's rite of change. In its new state, it was also adorned with a crystalline motif similar to Idulnas' appearance. Once the Re-Selection took place and Idulnas vacated the physical plane, the temple disintegrated.

DeviationsEdit

In an alternate timeline, the Ghostbusters decided not to cross the streams on the Temple of Gozer. 31 days later, the Ghostbusters agreed to help Gozer return to its home dimension because it hated its new Destructor Form. They came up with a plan to utilize Tempore Ruga to send Gozer back in time to before Ray chose the form and it would return through the portal. As a precaution, the Ghostbusters went behind Gozer's back and traveled back in time. They posted pictures of an animated character named Loofajoe Rectangleshorts all over the temple. If Gozer betrayed them, then the pictures would reinforce the Ghostbusters to choose Loofajoe, an even worse form for Gozer. Ruga instructed it to concentrate on the precise moment in time where it needed to return. Ruga then flew into the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's head and Gozer returned to the point before it told the Ghostbusters to choose a form. It saw the posters of Loofajoe and realized what happened. To the past Ghostbusters' confusion, it declared they won and anticlimactically went back through the temple's portal.

Ghostbusters: The Board GameEdit

Just as he was being trapped, Ivo Shandor transported the rooftop of the Shandor Building back in time to before Gozer was banished. The Ghostbusters now had to battle Gozer once more. They crossed the streams to seal the Unison Spirit World Gates and defeated Gozer.

DevelopmentEdit

John DeCuir devised and supervised the construction of the Temple of Gozer set which cost around $1 million. It would be famous for being one of the biggest indoor sets ever built in Hollywood. [1] DeCuir prepared a small foam core study model. Using a makeshift viewer, Ivan Reitman and Richard Edlund used the model to start plotting out camera angles. [2] [3]

40 matte paintings were created with photos and concept drawings. The enhanced skyline around the temple was done through animated lightning effects and injecting clouds of paint into a giant water tank. [4] [5]

The power requirements for the set were so intense that during filming, other parts of the studio had to be shut down whenever full illumination was used. [6] A giant cyclorama encircled more than three-quarters of the temple set and which could be lit for either daylight or nighttime exposures. Shots that needed optical enhancements were filmed from a steady, rigid platform. All other shots were taken from a Chapman crane. [7] [8] The portal was plexiglass. To simulate smoke, dry fog was pumped during photography. Concealed operators manipulated the Terror Dogs while they rested on the pedestals. [9] The seismic disturbance caused by Gozer was done practically with sound effects and stagehands throwing rubble. [10]

Once the preliminary shooting was completed, the main unit went to other sets while DeCuir's team redressed the set as the demolished version for the final scenes in the movie. [11]

TriviaEdit

  • According to the August 5, 1983 draft of the movie script, the Temple of Gozer is an exact replica of a Sebouillian temple. [12] [13]
  • In the 1984 featurette "On the Scene with the Ghostbusters," found in the 'Ghostbusters Grab Bag' section of the DVD special features, Dan Aykroyd described the Temple of Gozer as a pre-Sumerian temple. [14]
  • The Temple of Gozer was in part inspired by the book "Rooftops of New York" [15]
  • The whole rooftop sequence took a few weeks to film on a stage. [16]
  • In preparation for the detonation of the temple, Thaine Morris had Mark Stetson and this team wield up a frame of steel that was a quarter inch thick on the temple. Deflector aprons were also discussed to deflect the blast out the sides and help simulate the explosion described in the original illustration. [17] [18]
  • On page 22 of Legion Issue #4, Louis Tully alludes to the Temple of Gozer.
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions), while the temple doesn't show up in the finished video game, work is done on a level featuring it. [19]
    • The Temple of Gozer level pitch involved an appearance by Zuul and Vinz Clortho. [20]
  • On page 18 of Ghostbusters Issue #15, Egon Spengler refers to the Temple of Gozer.

AppearancesEdit

Primary CanonEdit

Secondary CanonEdit

Cryptozoic Entertainment

ReferencesEdit

  1. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 11. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Among other things, DeCuir would devise and supervise construction of the Gozer temple -- one of the biggest indoor sets ever built in Hollywood."
  2. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 107 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Prior to construction of the million-dollar set, DeCuir prepared a small foam core study model."
  3. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 107 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "With a makeshift viewing device made from cardboard, Ivan Reitman and Richard Edlund plot out possible camera angles."
  4. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 107 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Using photos and conceptual illustrations for guidance, assistant matte artist Michelle Moen roughs out one of the rooftop matte paintings. In all, more that forty such paintings were employed in the film."
  5. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 168 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph says: "The live-action master shot was later enhanced with a matte painting of the New York skyline - which also encompassed the upper portion of the apartment building and the temple top. Composited into the final scene were animated lightning effects and turbulent night skies - produced by injecting clouds of paint into a giant water tank."
  6. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 178 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The electrical power required to light the set - one of the largest ever constructed on a Hollywood soundstage - was enormous, requiring filming in other parts of the studio to be shut down whenever full illumination was applied."
  7. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 171 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Preparing for a wide master of the brightly-lit Gozer temple, the Entertainment Effects Group crew appears silhouetted against the New York skyline - actually a giant cyclorama which encircled more than three-quarters of the temple set and which could be lit for either daylight or nighttime exposures. Although most of the film's expansive production shots could be taken from a crane, any shot requiring later optical enhancement needed to be taken from a much steadier, rigidly constructed platform."
  8. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 171 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Mounted on a Chapman crane, Laszlo Kovacs' production camera is readied for a long shot of the temple."
  9. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 171 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "A behind-the-scenes view of the upper temple reveals its plexiglass portal and staircase - over which dry ice fog would be pumped during photography - and the hollow pedestals from which concealed operators could bring their Terror Dogs to life."
  10. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 179 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The seismic disturbance was accomplished quite simply with sound effects and bits of rubble released from above by concealed stagehands."
  11. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 199 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Once preliminary shooting on the temple set was completed, the main unit transitioned to other sets and other stages while John DeCuir and his team moved in and redressed the now-demolished structure for its final scenes in the film."
  12. Page 110 of August 5, 1983 Draft of "Ghostbusters" via Spook Central
  13. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 109). Egon says: "On the roof, he put an exact replica of a Sebouillian temple.""
  14. Dan Aykroyd (1984). Ghostbusters (1984) "On the Scene with the Ghostbusters" (1984) (DVD ts. 06:26-06:30). Columbia Pictures. Dan Aykroyd says: "Well, the set is uh basically your average pre-Sumerian temple."
  15. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 24:04-24:38). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "Let me say about the rooftop. We were thinking about where, what would be the center of the disturbance. And different kinds of buildings and places all over the city and we...I don't know if this this is how it occurred to everyone but I remembered a rooftop in St. Louis which was a replica of a temple and we started looking at the rooftops of New York and someone produced a coffee table book called 'Rooftops of New York' and we saw all these interesting temples on rooftops of buildings and all these strange Gothic structures and they went with that as a design concept."
  16. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:23:34-1:23:49). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "The whole rooftop sequence took us a few weeks to film. It was all on this stage. The Ghostbusters are actually in there in that shot in the hole, closer you can see the guys walking around. "
  17. Thaine Morris (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 12:50-12:56). Columbia Pictures. Thaine Morris says: "Mark [Stetson] came to me and said, "How strong do you want me to make this building?" and I said, "Stronger than you can."."
  18. Mark Stetson (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 12:57-13:09). Columbia Pictures. Mark Stetson says: "We wielded up a frame of quarter inch steel on the old temple and I just couldn't believe you needed it that strong and we started talking about deflector aprons to get the blast to shoot out the sides in the original illustration."
  19. Ghostbusters News 3/17/2010
  20. Reddit AMA "AMA with the developers of 2009's Ghostbusters: The Video Game!" 7/16/16 Drew Haworth says: "Temple of Gozer was a really cool level pitched by Lead Game Designer Steven Cluff that didn't make it into production. Both Zuul & Vinz Clortho made appearances."

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