Vigo is the main antagonist in Ghostbusters II and is portrayed onscreen by Wilhelm von Homburg, and voiced by Max Von Sydow.
“On a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood! What was will be! What is will be no more! Now is the season of EVIL!”
– Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf
Vigo (aka Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf, Scourge of Carpathia, Sorrow of Moldavia, Vigo the Carpathian, Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised, Vigo the Unholy) is an ancient 16th Century medieval tyrant and sorcerer, who later died in the 17th century.
Vigo was born in 1505 in the small Balkan kingdom of Carpathia, he soon rose to power and ruled his home country with an iron fist, and the land itself was in a constant state of spiritual turmoil thanks to his despotic rule, which earned him an infamous name, the “Scourge of Carpathia.”
Vigo later conquered another land, the country of Moldavia in Romania which its people while still resenting the psychotic autocrat, gave him another notorious alias, the “Sorrow of Moldavia.”
It was said he was a powerful magician and a genius in many ways, as well as a tyrant, an autocrat, a lunatic, and a genocidal madman. Because of his evil ways, he wasn’t well-liked by his subjects and he killed hundreds of them. He was also known as “Vigo the Cruel,” “Vigo the Torturer,” “Vigo the Despised,” and “Vigo the Unholy.” Peter Venkman jokingly adds “Vigo the Butch” to the list of aliases.
Vigo eventually died at the age of 105 in 1610, but not because of his old age. His people had led a rebellion and they tried and executed him in a manner that they saw fit for his rule. He was poisoned, shot, stabbed, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn, and quartered. Just before his head died, he uttered this prophetic warning: “Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I’ll be back!”. Vigo’s ghost took up residence in his portrait that was created long before the events of his death.
Vigo returned to modern-day New York in 1989. The Vigo painting was moved from storage to the Restoration room in 304 at the Manhattan Museum of Art. Vigo drew power from the river of Psychomagnotheric Slime flowing through abandoned subway tunnels of the New York Pneumatic Railroad to a location underneath the Museum. The Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm boosted Vigo’s powers, and enabled him to channel people’s negative emotions needed for the manifestation of an army of angry spirits that soon started terrorizing New York City.
Ghostbusters II isn’t being celebrated in anything like as extensive or affectionate a fashion as its predecessor. sequels to a genre classic not being as good – and hence as beloved – as the original is of course not exactly uncommon, but Ghostbusters II isn’t as bad as you might remember – it definitely had its moments and a lot of memorable scenes.
The film opens with the team essentially disbanded – and discredited – skulking back to various jobs, with only Ray and Winston trying to keep the “brand” alive with their thankless visits to kids’ birthday parties. There’s the opportunity to explore what happens several years after the gang has lost relevance.
Venkman (Murray) and his buddies have been hit by the city for a repair bill and are generally derided as frauds. Times are hard, Stantz (Aykroyd) and Zeddemore (Hudson) now guest at children’s parties between the jelly and the conjuror, their earlier exploits largely forgotten: in response to the chant “Who yuh gonna call?”, the yuppie larvae shout “He-Man!”. Venkman hosts a risible TV show for armchair psychics and Spengler has retreated into research. But they’re reunited when Weaver’s son Oscar becomes the victim of a playful poltergeist. She goes to Spengler (Ramis) for help and the trail leads them under the city where a monstrous Stygian river of pink slime is generating enough negative energy to turn the population of New York into a bunch of complete assholes.
Peter MacNicol as Dana’s boss at the museum is fantastic, a slippery character with an incomprehensible accent. It’s probably fair to say that Ghostbusters II is never going to be considered a true genre classic in the way the first film is. If GII was the only Ghostbusters film, I think it’d have a much better reputation. It’s pretty clever, funny, with good characters played by excellent comic actors, and it’s got a solid story that hangs together well.