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Who You Gonna Call? The Dallas Ghostbusters.

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Moreno says they even have plans to build their own Ecto-1. Right now, they have the car, a 1961 Cadillac Superior ambulance/hearse, but it needs a little suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end. Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring.

"Most people who tried to remake the car have to get some kind of off-model," Moreno says. [The movie] picked a really rare, low model production car. It's going to take a lot of work, but I know what's ahead of us and we have lot of people who really want to help."

One of the group's highest accomplishments was their contribution to the Ghostbusters video game written by stars Dan Ackroyd and the late Harold Ramis as a pseudo-third sequel. Dallas-based developer Terminal Reality brought Nascimento into their studios to give the designers a tangible set of props they could work from as they designed the graphics for the game. He even provided some of the sounds for the jumps and equipment of the player, a mute rookie who joins the Ghostbusters on another mission to save the world from being sucked into an ethereal plain of non-existence. He was only one of two people to get a "special thanks" credit at the end of the game. The other went to Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman.

"When I play the game, I completely forget that all these sounds I'm hearing are me," he says. "It's pretty trippy, man."

It might also seem trippy to think that a comedy like Ghostbusters could last as long as it has and still have such dedicated fan bases but Moreno and Nascimento have their own theories about what gives the movie and the characters such long lifespans, with now three decades full of fans.

"They all relate to the comedy," Moreno says. "It doesn't matter that it's old and the special effects are capitivating as well. I just think it's a really unique comedy. It's not in your face. It's subtle and relatable and even a kid can get one-liners that are in there and then you've got the thought of ghosts and guys who are using pieces of equipment to draw it in and that big Marshmallow Man at the end of it. It's just wacky and out there, and it's got a little bit of everything for everybody."

"I think it's just a classic," Nascimento says. "It's a combination of fantastically well done everything: acting, comedy, music. It's not even dated. Sure, it's so 1980s but it's the most beautiful 1980s weve ever seen."

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Danny Gallagher has been a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2014. He has also written features, essays and stories for MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Cracked, Mental_Floss, The Week, CNET and The Onion AV Club.

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