Ray vs Egon


Other Worlds Austin’s next Orbiter screening is the Texas premiere if ISLAND ZERO on Wednesday, September 20 at Flix Brewhouse.

In the film, a fishing community on a remote Maine island finds itself suddenly cut off from the rest of the world after the ferry stops coming. When people start to vanish, the terrified survivors realize that someone - or something - is hunting them.

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What if you were cut off from the world, stuck on an island with no electricity or cell service and food dwindling? Oh, and something terrifying is hunting you. Who would you want by your side? More specifically, what ONE fictional scientist would you want helping you in this situation and why?

Some of the OWA staff gives you their answers. Here’s Don Elfant, Director of Marketing & Development with his take:

Friday, September 8

Don stares at his laptop, mindlessly spinning a pen in left hand while his right hand hovers over the keyboard. His nonproductive trance is mercifully broken when OWA programmer and Tour Director, Michael Thielvoldt enters the room.


MICHAEL: What are you still doing here?

DON: Trying to finish…er… start my Stranded-On-An-Island-With-One-Fictional-Scientist blog.

MICHAEL: Cool. Who did you settle on?

DON: I’m thinking about Ray Stantz from GHOSTBUSTERS.

MICHAEL: Whaaaaa? Ray over Egon? You two are dying on that island; you know that right? That is, unless the plan is to have Egon to figure out a way to save you while working with Ray to find a way to make palm trees smooth and slideable like fire polls.

DON: That’s exactly why I like Ray. If I’m going to be stuck alone on an island, I’d at least like to be entertained.


MICHAEL: As opposed to, I don’t know, GETTING OFF THE ISLAND?

DON: You think Egon could get me off the island? You know there is a monster hunting us, right? Unless it’s made of molds, spores, or fungi, I’m not sure he’d be much help.

MICHAEL: And Ray would be better how?

DON: Ray may not be as book smart as Egon, but he’s extremely handy. Who modified and repaired the Ecto-1? And he knows how to use a jackhammer.


DON: You never know.


DON: Anyway, if I’m dealing with a paranormal monster, I want THE paranormal expert on my side. He even had his own Occult bookstore.


MICHAEL: Now you’re just listing trivia. Plus, Egon takes a backseat to no one when it comes to the paranormal. He’s ready to believe anything.

DON: Exactly. At least Ray has an ounce of skeptici— oh, forget it. Let’s face it, neither Ray or Egon are going to get me off that island. I need someone who would take charge—an alpha-male. Someone the monster wouldn’t expect. Someone who could talk his way out of anything…

MICHAEL and DON: Venkman?