A Look Back at Hustler’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Parody

The Ghostbusters reboot debuts on Friday and has already generated a great deal of press, negative and positive alike. Brazzers has mounted an upcoming parody with an all-female cast to match the four leading ladies of the mainstream version, but it’s not the first porno to lampoon the Ghostbusters franchise. Hustler released a porn parody entitled This Ain’t Ghostbusters XXX 3D in 2011 to brisk sales and reviewer acclaim.

The movie was representative of three porn vogues that have since become less common: parody, 3D and Blu-ray release. While 3D televisions never really caught on in the way many thought they might, the Hustler Ghostbusters parody maximized the format’s potential. “We felt that a spoof of Ghostbusters was the ideal way to perfect and showcase our learned knowledge of 3D special effects,” said Hustler’s Drew Rosenfeld around the time of the movie’s release. “I don’t think anyone else is attempting this feat. When you watch the This Ain’t Ghostbusters XXX parody you’ll see what I mean. This isn’t just a porn. This is truly a watchable, entertaining, and sexually stimulating piece of filmmaking.”

It was also blessed with a substantial budget that permitted Hollywood-style gloss. “So when we came up with the idea of shooting a parody of Ghostbusters I knew I needed a massive budget in order to afford the extensive special FX,” director Axel Braun said in a press release. “Thankfully, Mr. Flynt and Hustler President Michael Klein were absolutely enthusiastic about it, and fully supported me with their resources and creative input. The result is truly an incredible 3D movie that’s funny, entertaining, and sexy as hell!”

How does the movie hold up versus its famous inspiration? Fifteen minutes of plot provide context for the movie’s five sex scenes, covering most of the original film’s major set pieces. Notably absent is any appearance by the Stay Puft Marshallow man, who is instead represented by a 50-foot-tall character played by Joslyn James.

AVN’s Mark Kernes praised both the movie’s hardcore action and its special effects in his review: “Beyond the terrific sex, though, we have to say a few words about the special effects, which are just fabulous. Nearly all of the buildings (not to mention a couple of gargoyles and the New York Library’s lion) are rendered in perfect 3D CGI, and little bits of business like the books floating from the shelves in the library, and Sarah and Jeremy turning into dog demons at the end, couldn’t have been done better by a mainstream production house. Likewise, the 3D camera work is flawless, and even the script has more actual laughs than we’d have expected. All in all, it’s a nearly perfect 3D XXX experience.”

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