Ghostbusters (2016 Movie)
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Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) (also known as Ghostbusters: Answer The Call )  is a movie directed and co-written by Paul Feig that restarts the franchise with an origin story featuring a team of female Ghostbusters. It released on July 15, 2016.  
- 1 Read Here Before Editing this Page
- 4.1 Main Characters
- 4.2 Minor Characters
- 5 Equipment
- 7 Environmental/Terms
- 8 Places/Locations
- 9 Plot Synopsis
- 10 Known Movie Scripts
- 11 Development
- 12.1 Preproduction
- 12.2 Boston Schedule
- 12.3 Boston
- 12.4 New York
- 13 Post Production
- 14.1 Deleted Scenes
- 15.1 Trailer
- 16 Foreign Markets
- 18 Box Office
- 19 Merchandise
- 20 Soundtrack
- 22 Home Entertainment Releases
- 23 Television Broadcast
- 26.1 References in Movie
- 26.2 References in Ghostbusters: Afterlife
- 26.3 References in IDW Comics
- 26.4 References in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed
- 27 References
- 28.1.1 Interviews
- 28.1.2 Trailers
- 28.2.1 Announcements
- 28.2.2 Props
- 28.2.3 Filming
- 28.2.4 Locations Before
- 28.2.5 Promotional Images
- 28.2.6 Promotional Articles
- 28.3 Secondary Canon Images
- 28.4 Tertiary Canon Images
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- Columbia Pictures
- In association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures
- An Ivan Reitman/Pascal Pictures Production
Script Writers: Paul Feig Katie Dippold
Director: Paul Feig
Producers: Ivan Reitman Amy Pascal
Music: Theodore Shapiro
The rest of the credits can be seen here .
Characters [ ]
All Characters are listed as they first appear in the film
Main Characters [ ]
- Erin Gilbert (portrayed by Kristen Wiig ) 
- Abby Yates (portrayed by Melissa McCarthy ) 
- Jillian Holtzmann (portrayed by Kate McKinnon )  
- Patty Tolan (portrayed by Leslie Jones ) 
- Rowan North (portrayed by Neil Casey )
- Kevin Beckman (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth )
Minor Characters [ ]
- Tour Guide Garrett (portrayed by Zach Woods )
- Doctor Roberts
- Phil Hudson (portrayed by Justin Kirk )
- Phyllis Adler (portrayed by Elizabeth Perkins )
- Ed Mulgrave Jr. (portrayed by Ed Begley Jr. )
- Higgins Student (with red shirt) (portrayed by John Milhiser )
- Higgins Student 2 (portrayed by Ben Harris )
- Dean Harold Filmore (portrayed by Charles Dance )
- Bennie (portrayed by Karan Soni )
- Doctor Gibbons
- Dean Thomas Shanks (portrayed by Steve Higgins )
- Rental Agent (portrayed by Katie Dippold)
- Graffiti Artist (portrayed by Nate Corddry )
- Mrs. Potter (portrayed by Lesley Nicol )
- Metal Head (portrayed by Daniel Ramis )
- NY1 News Anchor #1 (portrayed by Pat Kiernan )
- Martin Heiss (portrayed by Bill Murray )
- Jonathan the Theater Manager (portrayed by Michael McDonald )
- Fernando the Janitor (portrayed by Jaime Pacheco )
- Lead Singer (portrayed by Adam Ray )
- Bass Guitarist has shades (portrayed by Eugene Cordero )
- Ely The Drummer (portrayed by Davey Jones )
- Rock Guitarist (portrayed by Ryan Levine )
- Rock Guitarist with long hair (portrayed by Dan Teicher )
- Keyboardist (portrayed by Theodore Shapiro)
- Lightboard Operator (portrayed by Matteo Borghese )
- Ozzy Osbourne
- NY1 Reporter Outside Theater (portrayed by Jeanine Ramirez )
- Waitress 1 (blue shirt)
- Waitress 2 (red plaid shirt)
- Officer Stevenson (portrayed by Toby Huss )
- Agent Hawkins (portrayed by Michael Kenneth Williams )
- Agent Rorke (portrayed by Matt Walsh )
- Mayor Bradley (portrayed by Andy Garcia )
- Jennifer Lynch (portrayed by Cecily Strong )
- Vanessa The Desk Clerk (portrayed by Annie Potts )
- NY1 Reporter at The Mercado (portrayed by Vivian Lee )
- Blogger Chris Gethard
- Fox 5 News Anchors #1 (portrayed by Greg Kelly )
- Fox 5 News Anchors #2 (portrayed by Rosanna Scotto )
- NY1 News Anchor #2 (portrayed by Cheryl Wills )
- Basement Cop Tyson (portrayed by Sam Richardson )
- Basement Cop
- Flashed Man (portrayed by Tom Yi )
- Flashed Woman (portrayed by Susan Park )
- Subway Rat Woman (portrayed by Milana Vayntrub )
- Cabbie (portrayed by Dan Aykroyd )
- Officer Jensen (portrayed by Tony Viveiros )
- Frank (portrayed by Brian Baumgartner )
- Baba Booey Shouter (portrayed by Johnny Higgins )
- Uncle Bill (portrayed by Ernie Hudson )
- Rebecca Gorin (portrayed by Sigourney Weaver )
- Gertrude Aldridge (portrayed by Bess Rous )
- Electrocuted Ghost (portrayed by Dave Gruber Allen )
- Gretta DeMille
- Ghost Invasion Specters
- Flasher Ghost (portrayed by Steve Bannos )
- Subway Ghost Rats
- Coffee House Ghost (portrayed by Lenny Clarke )
- Slimer (voiced by Adam Ray )
- Macy's Parade Spectator Ghosts
- Ghost Balloons
- Stay Puft Ghost Balloon
- Ring Leader Ghost
- Times Square Battle Ghosts
- Lady Slimer (voiced by Robin Shelby )
- Ecto-1 Party Specters
Equipment [ ]
- Hyper-Ionization Device
- Antenna-like Helmet
- Kudelski Nagra III Reel to Reel Tape Recorder
- Large Duffel Bag
- P.K.E. Meter
- Sony 4K Camcorder
- Proton Grenade (Air Filter Prototype)
- Streamlight E-Spot Firebox Flashlight Lantern
- Ghost Portal Mirror
- Proton Pack (Mark I)
- Upper Arm Remote Trigger
- Proton Grenade (Air Filter)
- Proton Grenade Launcher
- Ghost Chipper
- Proton Glove
- Proton Blaster
- Swiss Army Knife
- Proton Pack (Mark II)
- Barrier Compromising Master Machine
- Proton Grenade (Test Tubes)
- Proton Pistol
- Keysight FieldFox Microwave Analyzer
- Ghost Transporter
- Containment Unit
- Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal
- Hydrochloric Acid
- Ley Lines: of North America
- A Glimpse into the Unknown: A Journey into a Portal; Catching Sight of the Other Dimension: Discovering the Undiscoverable: A Curiosity Piqued and Peaked.
Environmental/Terms [ ]
- Ghostly Interactions Rating System
- AP-xH Shift
- Classification System
- Ghost Jumpers
Places/Locations [ ]
- Aldridge Mansion Museum
- Columbia University
- Kenneth P. Higgins Institute
- The Mercado Hotel
- Seward Street Subway Station
- Ghostbusters' First Headquarters
- Stonebrook Theatre
- New York City Hall
- Erin's Apartment
- Clarks Coffee
- Sabrett Hot Dog Carts
- Times Square
- World of the Dead
- Jacob Wirth Co. Restaurant
Plot Synopsis [ ]
Known movie scripts [ ].
- Title Unknown - 2014 (Paul Feig and Katie Dippold collaboration)
- June 17, 2015 
- July 2, 2015 
- July 8, 2015 
Development [ ]
On August 2, 2014, it was reported Paul Feig was Sony Pictures' first choice for the director. Allegedly, the film will be a reboot focusing on female Ghostbusters.  The script would be reportedly written from scratch.  No formal negotiations have took place yet.
On September 2, 2014, Ivan Reitman confirmed he met with Feig. Reitman said he would still be producing the new movie. 
On October 8, 2014, Paul Feig tweeted he was officially the director and would co-write with Katie Dippold.  Sony confirmed through Twitter as well.  Feig tweeted it was official and he would be the director and co-write with past collaborator Katie Dippold. He reiterated female Ghostbusters would be involved.  In an interview later in the day, Feig revealed he was contacted by Sony and Ivan Reitman a number of months ago (from March 31 to May 31, 2014) when he was in Budapest shooting his new movie "Spy". When he returned to the States, Feig had lunch with Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. Over the next few days, he thought of an all female cast and setting the story in the present where the existence of ghosts aren't credible. The movie would be a restart and an origin story. When asked on the connection to the two movies, Feig said there will be nods and cameos in some part but currently 'everything is up for grabs'. At San Diego Comic Con, in July, Feig and his producing partner Jessie Henderson met with Katie Dippold and talked Ghostbusters. Currently, there is a rough rough outline - 'what the basic characters to do', 'the world' and 'what the rules of the world are'. 
On December 10, 2014, Rebel Wilson confirmed she had a meeting with Feig but would consider a role after seeing the finished script. 
On December 11, 2014, Jennifer Lawrence admitted she had dinner with Feig but it is unclear if it was a social engagement, general meeting, or for Ghostbusters specifically. Lawrence seemed to imply she wasn't up for a role, "I had dinner with him... I will never cross streams." 
On December 12, 2014, in light of the Sony hacking incident, some alleged discussions about Ghostbusters were revealed. David Steinberg, the head of the Sony's legal department, allegedly discussed "aggressive litigation" strategy against Bill Murray and alternatives, such as seeking someone else, with general counsel Leah Weil. In an October 8, 2013 email between Ivan Reitman and co-chair Amy Pascal, they are looking for a 'clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise so that we can use all the assets and everything that is great about the original franchise' and listed Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, and Lizzy Caplan as actors who have already expressed interest in a role. 
On January 9, 2015, Melissa McCarthy was said to be in early talks but her busy schedule could prevent her from taking on a role. Jillian Bell and Cecily Strong were also reported to be meeting with Paul Feig soon. Shooting for the movie is supposedly set for June 2015. 
On January 15, 2015, Feig confirmed the story would take place in New York and there will be "fun nods to the old movie." 
On January 27, 2015, it was reported in Melissa McCarthy signed on and Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are in negotiations with Sony.   Sony Pictures released a tentative release date of July 22, 2016. 
On February 17, 2015, Dan Aykroyd confirmed he was an Executive Producer on the film. 
On February 18, 2015, Dan Aykroyd, while on Unmasked with Ron Bennington on Sirius XM, revealed he would be making contributions to the script. 
On March 9, 2015, it was reported the movie would be part of a shared universe continuity that would lead up to a team up movie like "Marvel's The Avengers." 
On April 20, 2015, it was reported the budget under the Tom Rothman era was cut from Amy Pascal's original $169 million to $154 million. Allegedly, Paul Feig made adjustments to the script to cut costs, Melissa McCarthy is being paid $14 million, and Feig just north of $10 million. 
On June 5, 2015, Dan Aykroyd, while at the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award ceremony the previous night, revealed he read a script for the movie. 
On June 10, 2015, it was reported Chris Hemsworth joined the cast as the receptionist.  Paul Feig confirmed the casting on his Twitter account. 
On June 29, 2015, Paul Feig posted a photo of the Ghostbusters' uniforms. 
On June 30, 2015, Paul Feig posted a photo of a Proton Pack. 
On July 4, 2015, Paul Feig provided photos and measurements of a Particle Thrower. 
On July 5, 2015, Paul Feig provided a photo and measurements of a Proton Pack. 
On July 6, 2015, it was reported Michael K. Williams was in talks to join the supporting cast.  It was also reported Andy Garcia was cast as the Mayor of New York, Matt Walsh as Rourke, anchor Pat Kiernan as himself, and Williams' character was named Hawkins.  Paul Feig posted a photo of a Proton Pack with parts labeled. 
On July 7, 2015, it was reported Neil Casey was cast as a villain named Rowan.  Paul Feig posted a photo of the Ecto-1.  He followed up and posted the rear of the new Ecto-1. 
On July 8, 2015, it was reported the Proton Pack was on display at the Mattel booth at San Diego Comic Con.  
On July 10, 2015, Paul Feig tweeted the four Ghostbusters in their jumpsuits and wearing their Proton Packs in front of the new Ecto-1. 
On July 14, 2015, it was rumored Dan Aykroyd will have a cameo in the movie as a taxi cab driver who says the iconic "I ain't afraid of no ghosts" credo to Kristen Wiig's character and she points out he said a double negative. The scene was allegedly filmed on the night of July 13.  It was reported Dan Aykroyd confirmed as much on his Facebook account saying "ON SET OF GHOSTBUSTERS SHOOTING MY SCENE WITH THE FUNNY AND BEAUTIFUL KRISTEN WIIG. LADY GB'S are adorable, beautiful,..." but the post was since removed.  
On July 29, 2015, in an interview, Paul Feig stated there will "eerie, pants-shitting ghosts as the anchor of the film" and little CGI as possible will be used. The tone of the movie will be a "realistic workplace-comedy vibe." An anecdote reveals he "spent seven hours sampling colors with Popsicle sticks and hollering orders to a crew of slime day-laborers who firehosed batches out of custom nozzles, sprayers, and pumps—all in an effort to test out spectral "dispersal patterns." His top three slimes moved on to a screen test, where they were dumped on heads and flung against walls while he rolled tape. The result is one secret formula ("tapioca flour!" is all he'll offer) but a variety of thicknesses." 
On July 31, 2015, Luci Romberg confirmed she will be Melissa McCarthy's stunt double. It is her fourth time doubling for McCarthy. 
On August 5, 2015, on a list of films planned through 2019, Sony revealed the release date for Ghostbusters was moved up one week to July 15. 
On August 8, 2015, it was rumored Bill Murray arrived late this week in Boston to reportedly film a role. 
On August 21, 2015, at 2:26 pm, Chris Hemsworth tweeted he finished filming his parts in the movie. 
On August 31, 2015, Bill Murray admitted Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy's involvement in the film and Paul Feig had influence on him to appear in the movie. It was a decision that ate at him for years. He also wanted to make sure it was known he approved of the movie and appearing on it would cement that. 
On September 20, 2015, it was rumored Annie Potts would cameo as a hotel clerk. 
On September 25, 2015, Paul Feig confirmed Sigourney Weaver would make an appearance in the movie. 
On October 7, 2015, in an interview, Rick Moranis confirmed he declined an offer to cameo in the movie citing he's 'very picky' and didn't see much sense in 'one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago.' 
On November 5, 2015, it was reported some easter eggs and callbacks included Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and P.K.E. Meters. 
On November 12, 2015, a logline for the movie was reported. It read, "With paranormal activity on the rise, a Columbia University academic, her ghost-chasing friend, the friend’s business partner, and an MTA employee join forces to bust ghosts and save New York." 
On December 9, 2015, it was reported Charles Dance has a role in the movie. 
On January 11, 2016, during an appearance on Hollywood Today Live, Annie Potts remained cryptic about a possible cameo in the movie. Potts only said, "That could be true."  Charles Dance commented his character is a straight man to the Ghostbusters and neither a hero nor villain - the character "just doesn't understand and appreciate the whole Ghostbusting thing. He is English as well." 
On January 15, 2016, equipment props from the movie were present at a Rocket Licensing event.  
On February 23, 2016, Ernie Hudson confirmed he has a cameo in the movie as well as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. The cameos are in different points in the movie. 
On February 25, 2016, Michael K. Williams confirmed he plays a FBI agent working for the Mayor of New York City. He is tasked with helping to cover up paranormal activity as a 'flash in the sky.' He confirmed doing a scene with Slimer. 
On March 5, 2016, Andrew Shaffer confirmed the Higgins Science Institute will be explored in the movie. 
On March 9, 2016, it was reported during the trailer screening, Paul Feig confirmed a scheduling conflict was the reason Jennifer Lawrence was briefly considered for the cast - the shooting schedule of the movie and the shooting schedule of X-Men: Apocalypse. 
On April 11, 2016, Adam Ray announced he is the voice of Slimer. 
On May 5, 2016, Paul Feig appeared on an episode of Yes Have Some Podcast. He confirmed Harold Ramis' daughter, son, and grandson will have cameos in the movie. 
On June 21, 2016, Robin Shelby confirmed she has a role in the movie. 
On July 9, 2016, it was reported from the live cast of the movie premiere that Robin Shelby provided the voice of Slimette. 
Filming [ ]
The codename for the movie is Flapjack.  Principal photography started on June 18, 2015 in Boston and ended on September 19, 2015 in New York City.
Preproduction [ ]
On January 15, 2015, Feig confirmed filming would take place in New York. 
On February 13, 2015, it was reported pre-production was already underway and a good part of the movie would be filmed in Boston. Filming would start in the spring. 
On March 5, 2015, it was reported some filming would take place in Boston and sets were already in the process of being constructed. 
On March 17, 2015, in an interview, Fieg revealed interiors will be filmed in Boston and a number of exteriors will be filmed in New York. 
On May 6, 2015, it was reported shooting was scheduled to start in the "coming days" and Paul Feig was already in Boston prepping to start. 
On June 16, 2015, it was reported filming in Boston would start during the week. A section of the financial district will be closed for three nights while filming an "epic ghost invasion of Manhattan." Slimer will allegedly appear. Cameos by Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray are still in the air. 
On June 17, 2015, Paul Feig posted a tweet and implied filming would start on Thursday June 18. 
Boston Schedule [ ]
Filming started on June 18, 2015 and is set to end in mid-September 2015. 
There will be filming at the former Everett High School at 538 to 548 Broadway from:
- June 18 to 19
- June 22 to 23
Part of the Broadway Plaza in Malden, Massachusetts will be used for talent and production trailers and staff parking from June 17 to June 23.
Prep and wrap days at Broadway from Maple Avenue to Pleasant Street 7 am to 7 pm on:
- June 4 to 5
- June 8 to 12
- June 15 to 17
- June 24 to 26
Shoot days will take place at:
- June 18 to June 19
- June 22 to June 23
On the shoot days June 18 to 19 and June 22 to 23, Linden Street traffic becomes one way traffic towards Hancock Street. There is some traffic control on Broadway on June 18. Everett Police Department officers will be present on shoot days.
From about July 7 to July 10, a building at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Essex Street, Boston, MA 02111 was dressed as a Chinese restaurant.
On July 11, filming moved to High Street, between Oliver Street and Franklin Street. 
Leased in June to Columbia and as early as July 27, a crew built a set on a runway left over from SouthField's previous life as the South Weymouth Naval Air Station. An old 32,000-square-foot aircraft hangar will also be used. It will be used for a green-screen stage and special effects photography during Boston filming. 
On August 14, 2015, The Castle at Boston University was dressed as the "Historic Aldridge Mansion Museum" for filming on August 17. 
On August 26, 2015, filming took place at the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park from Tuesday August 25 to Friday August 28. 
On June 18, 2015, set photos from Boston began emerging of Kristen Wiig going to the former Everett High School dressed as Bronx Kuyper Middle School. The school's exterior was draped with banners that read "Higgs Science Institute." A taxicab dressed as a New York City taxi cab was seen. Wiig walked past two people brawling. Paul Feig was also seen. Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon were also seen in filming in costume.    
On June 20, 2015, amateur footage published on June 19 recorded exterior filming of Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon's characters hailing a cab and Kristen Wiig's character sends them off with a short line.  
On June 30, 2015, Melissa McCarthy was seen in a jumpsuit and Kristen Wiig was wearing a Proton Pack in civies. 
On July 7, 2015, the new Ecto-1 was spotting at a building at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Essex Street, Boston, MA 02111. It was dressed as a Chinese restaurant. 
On July 8, 2015, filming continued at the Chinatown set.  Leslie Jones was sighted filming.  Along with Ghostbusters branded motorcycles.  Amateur footage was taken of Kate McKinnon driving the Ecto-1. One of her punking Kristen Wiig and another picking up Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones.     Also seen on set were Honda motorcycles with the license plate "Ecto-2"  
On July 9, 2015, all four actors were seen in jumpsuits. 
On July 10, 2015, a blond stuntman in a jumpsuit appeared to be possessed by a ghost and drove off on the Ecto-2 bike. Kate McKinnon's stunt double was seen dangled out the window of headquarters and saved by Leslie Jones after Melissa McCarthy fails to hold on. Ecto-1 soon leaves headquarters. In another scene, Michael K Williams and Matt Walsh arrive in black suits from a black SUV and take the Ghostbusters with them after they finish talking to police officers. 
On July 15, 2015, a set piece resembling New York's 50 Street subway stop with a green screen was spotted in Somerville's Union Square.  Filming was scheduled at Batterymarch Street and Milk Street from 7 pm to 5 am.  
On August 6, 2015, it was reported Ozzy Osburne was at Boston's Citi Wang Theatre, portraying the frontman of a metal band in the "Rock Revenge Fest featuring Ozzy Osbourne" as part of a "12 Hour Marathon of Metal." On July 27 to 31, the Citi Wang Theatre was dressed as the Stonebrook Theatre. 
On August 17, 2015, photos of Chris Hemsworth in a jumpsuit riding an Ecto-2 was taken. 
On August 26, 2015, filming took place at the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park from Tuesday August 25 to Friday August 28. Location manager Charlie Harrington hinted it is a major location in the movie and the Ghostbusters go there on a call to bust a ghost. Sigourney Weaver was rumored to be involved in the scenes being filmed. 
On September 15, 2015, filming started at the Stonehurst estate in Waltham. 
On July 15, 2016, Luci Romberg posted a photo of her with McCarthy doing splits on the Times Square set surrounded by the actors portraying the ghosts. 
On April 17, 2017, call sheets for Day 39 and Day 44 of filming were posted. Day 39 of 64 of principal photography took place on August 9, 2015. Crew call was at 8:30 am and shooting call was at 9:30 am. Scene 57 and 58 were filmed of when Kevin tells the Ghostbusters that Martin Heiss is there to see them to Erin lets Mayhem out of the Trap at the first headquarters. The cast present was McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Jones, Casey, Hemsworth, Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Murray, Karan Soni, and Pat Kiernan. Day 44 of 64 of principal photography took place on August 14, 2015. Crew call was at 9 am and shooting call was at 10 am. Scene 97, the Ghostbusters confront Rowan-possessed-Kevin in the Mercado lobby, was filmed at Norwood. The cast present was McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Jones, Casey, Hemsworth, Michael Kenneth Williams, Karan Soni, and Brian Baumgartner. 
New York [ ]
On September 10, 2015, it was reported filming will take place in Tribeca at Church Street and Duane Street on Saturday, September 12.  
On September 12, 2015, the Ecto-1 cars and Ecto-2 were seen on Chambers Street between Church and Broadway. Kristen Wiig was seen driving Ecto-1. Filming also took place in Midtown over the weekend.   Ecto-1 was seen in front of the Surrogate's Court at 31 Chambers Street. 
On September 13, 2015, before 9:30 am, the Ecto-1 was seen south of Central Park by P.J. Carney's on 7th Avenue between W 58th Street and W 57th Street.  A few minutes later, it was seen on West 58th Street, passing the intersection with 8th Avenue. 
On September 15, 2015, Ecto-1 was seen in Morningside Heights by Columbia University's Alfred Lerner Hall at 2920 Broadway. 
On September 19, 2015, at 1:26 pm, Paul Feig tweeted principal photography had wrapped. He posted a photo by the firehouse used in the New York shoots of the original movies.  It was reported Ernie Hudson appeared on set to shoot his cameo. 
Post Production [ ]
On September 9, 2015, Paul Feig hinted a teaser should be released by the end of the year. 
On October 28, 2015, in an interview, it was noted Ivan Reitman was going to see a cut of the movie sometime within the next two weeks. 
On November 4, 2015, in an interview, Paul Feig confirmed he finished his first edit of the movie on Monday. From a prior interview conducted during filming in Boston, there were New York hotel lobby and subway sets. Much of the film was shot with practical effects but there will be some CGI. Chris Gethard shot at least scene but it might not make the final cut. Gethard's character was punched by a Ghostbuster. Feig confirms he shot in digital because he needed the long takes and during filming, he sent by "French hours" or 10 hour days with no lunch. 
On March 7, 2016, Paul Feig revealed the movie is still in editing and post but he is just getting ready to test screen a version. 
On May 2, 2016, it was reported a scheduled day-and-a-half of reshoots in downtown Los Angeles concluded in the morning. 
On May 3, 2016, Melissa McCarthy was seen at the downtown LA set on May 1 sporting a protective vest, leg pads and pink elbow pads over a purple tunic and harem pants.  McCarthy was seen on a rig with a Proton Pack and being flown through mid-air. Kristen Wiig was also sighted Monday. 
On May 4, 2016, Paul Feig worked on editing. 
On May 12, 2016, it was reported Sigourney Weaver's cameo was removed from a previous edit and was then put back in the final cut. She was initially cut due to the scene not being essential to the story. There allegedly have been a lot of recuts, editing, different edits, re-edits and story alterations in recent weeks. One scene involving a musical number was cut because it wasn't working out. 
On May 22, 2016, Paul Feig tweeted two screenings of the movie were conducted for the day. 
On May 24, 2016, Kristen Wiig did an ADR session. 
On May 29, 2016, Dan Akyroyd saw a test screening of the movie. 
On June 7, 2016, Dan Aykroyd saw the completed movie with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson.  
On June 23, 2016, Paul Feig mentioned he was involved in press screenings all week. 
On July 5, 2016, Paul Feig, in an interview, noted the run time of the first cut was 4 hours and 15 minutes. 
On July 6, 2016, Patton Oswalt confirmed he saw an early screening of the movie and there is a post-credits scene. 
On June 4, 2017, Dan Aykroyd stated Paul Feig spent $30 to 40 million on reshoots but Sony refuted the number and claimed it was $3 to 4 million. Aykroyd also noted Feig didn't shoot scenes that were suggested to him that others felt were going to be needed because he didn't think they were needed, then test screenings proved they were needed, and he went back and did reshoots.  
Scenes broken down per unnnamed chapters from the original 2016 Blu-ray and DVDs releases . These Articles are image intensive.
Deleted Scenes [ ]
Promotion [ ], trailer [ ].
On February 2, 2016, Paul Feig announced the first full trailer will release at the end of the month. 
On February 13, 2016, Sony Pictures released a 28-second teaser trailer reciting "Who Ya Gonna Call?" amid footage of police and national guard gathering in New York City. The full trailer was stated to be set for release on March 3. 
On March 2, 2016, Paul Feig revealed the trailer will be posted at 6 am PST/9 am EST/1400 GMT. 
For full coverage of trailers for the film, see Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Trailers article .
For full coverage of promotion and advertising for the film, see Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Advertising article .
For full coverage of tie-in promotion and advertising for the film, see Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Tie-In Advertising article .
Foreign Markets [ ]
On July 13, 2016, it was reported Ghostbusters would not be screened in China because "it's not really that attractive to Chinese audiences" and "Most of the Chinese audience didn't see the first and second movies, so they don't think there's much market for it." It was speculated the reason was because of one of China's official censorship guidelines that technically prohibits movies that "promote cults or superstition." 
On July 15, 2016, it was reported the movie cost $144 million to make and $140 million was spent on marketing. 
On July 20, 2016, it was reported a Sony representative denied the $144 million budget - claiming it was absolutely wrong and completely overinflated. 
On November 2, 2016, it was reported that LSC Film Corp. pulled its financial backing, 25% of the budget, a month before the movie went into production. 
Box Office [ ]
On June 23, 2016, it was reported the movie was tracking to earn $40-$50 million on its debut weekend. 
On July 15, 2016, it was reported the Thursday opening garnered $3.4 million. 
On July 16, 2016, it was reported the movie would earn $46.5 million in the opening weekend. Friday earnings were $17.2 million. It was also reported Sony's recent estimates had been in the $38-40 million range while rivals estimated it would be between $45-50 million. 
On July 20, 2016, it was reported on comments from Sony during box-office press calls on Sunday morning. Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, commented, "We have successfully restarted an important brand." It was also reported Sony insiders claim the break even amount is $300 million instead of the reported $375 million to $400 million figures. Ghostbusters garnered first place in the U.K. with $6.1 million and in Australia with $3.7 million. 
On July 25, 2016, it was reported the movie earned $21.6 million in its second weekend and its total U.S. take was $86.8 million. Combined with overseas, the current total is reportedly $122 million. 
On August 10, 2016, it was reported Sony was taking a $70 million loss with a total domestic gross of $117 million and total gross of $180 million, with foreign markets added, as of August 7. A Sony representative did dispute the loss calculation saying "multiple revenue streams, including consumer products, gaming, location-based entertainment, continued international rollout, and huge third-party promotional partnerships that mitigated costs, the bottom line, even before co-financing, is not remotely close to the number" being reported. 
Merchandise [ ]
Mattel will offer blind bag figures, a board game, collectible figures, and an Ecto-1. In each blind bag figure pack there will be a piece of a particular character. If a consumer buys all four figures, they can assemble a separate ghost. The figures will be made to fit in the Ecto-1. LEGO is involved, Funko will do figures through their Pop! Vinyl line and Rubie's is making costumes. 
On January 6, 2016, Paul Feig also confirmed Diamond Select in addition to Mattel and Funko and estimated over 20 figures in all styles and sizes.  The action figures have been in production for months. 
On January 7, 2016, Paul Feig posted a photo of Mattel's 6" prototype action figures of Abby, Erin, Jillian, and Patty. 
On February 1, 2016, Retail Merchandiser magazine previewed some of the merchandise, including the Mattel action figures set for release in July, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing's book tie-ins, the Proton Pack and Wand kit, and the Ghosts from our Past book. New products mentioned are Hybrid and Fab NY adapting scenes from the movie into T-shirts and backpacks, high end replica Proton Packs for adult collectors, and NKOK making an RC car recreating a scene from the movie.  
On February 5, 2016, the LEGO set was previewed. It will be available July 1 for $59.99. 
On February 12, 2016, FUNKO figures of the four Ghostbusters, Kevin, the Icon Ghost, and an unnamed ghost were previewed at Toy Fair 2016. They are set for release in May. 
On February 14, 2016, photos of Mattel's 6" inch figures were posted including the four Ghostbusters, Rowan's Ghost, and a red demonic entity. 
On February 15, 2016, photos of Mattel's children's Proton Pack, the red demonic entity is named Mayhem, Slimer, and a look at Ecto Minis packs.  "Pixel Dan" Eardley posted a 2-minute 10 second video of a Mattel representative talking about merchandise at the Toy Fair 2016. If you collect all 4 6" Ghostbusters, you can build Rowan, the new bad guy in the movie. The toy particle thrower has a compartment for the mini figures. It can project an image of the figure onto walls. The three pack of Ecto Minis comes with one exclusive figure. But they can also be bought in blind bags. 
On April 7, 2016, it was reported the FUNKO press release released on April 6 indicated Rowan is "a convicted murderer who turns into a ghost after his execution is hit by a supercharged electrical storm. This gives him the power to raise an army of other ghosts." 
On May 16, 2016, it was reported a soundtrack would release on July 8, 2016. 
On June 8, 2016, it was reported Ghostbusters Story Pack #71242 of the Lego Dimensions video game will star Abby Yates and the rest of the team in 6 levels reliving the movie. The LEGO Toy Pad can be customized with the Zhu's Chinese Restaurant gateway build and unlock a brand new Ghostbusters Adventure World and exclusive Battle Arena. 
On June 21, 2016, Playmobil announced they will release a toy line based on the movie and posted a short teaser video that features an animated Ghostbuster capturing the Playmobil logo. 
On July 22, 2016, Mattel reported strong early sales for its line of toys based on the movie from both boys and girls. The sales figures at the top retailers in the country have exceeded expectations. Action figures, character mini-figures, the Ecto-1, and the Proton Pack are all selling well. 
For a list of merchandise, see Ghostbusters 2016 Movie Merchandise Wave article .
Soundtrack [ ]
On June 2, 2016, RCA released an announcement about the movie soundtrack . The "Ghostbusters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" will be for sale on July 15 through RCA Records. Elle King's single "Good Girls" will be available on June 3 from all digital providers. "Good Girls" was written by Elle King and Dave Bassett and produced by Bassett. Other artists on the soundtrack include G-Eazy ft. Jeremih, 5 Seconds of Summer, Pentatonix, WALK THE MOON, Fall Out Boy ft. Missy Elliott, and Wolf Alice.  The movie score will release on July 8. 
On "Conan" season 5 episode 112, originally aired on July 8, 2015, there was a skit called "Wolverine Auditions" that centered on the search to find the next actor to portray Wolverine after Hugh Jackman retires from the role. At the 2:10 to 2:30 mark, actor-comedian Kristen Schaal shows up covered in green Ectoplasm and dressed in a homemade suit wearing a homemade Proton Pack to audition for Ghostbusters. 
Home Entertainment Releases [ ]
On August 30, 2016, Sony announced the digital release is September 27 and the physical release of the 4K Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray will be on October 11.  Extended cut is 133 minutes and theatrical is 116. There will be "more than 60 minutes of additional extended and alternate scenes with the Ultraviolet download." Blu-ray and 4k front covers and special features listing also included.  The first deleted scene was previewed, introducing Erin's sort-of-boyfriend Phil portrayed by Justin Kirk. 
For full coverage of news and information on Home Entertainment Releases, please see Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Home Entertainment Releases
Television Broadcast [ ]
- On January 28, 2017, the movie made its premium cable debut on the Starz channel.  It was also available to stream and download on the companion Starz App on the same day.  The movie was shown in 1.78:1 (16:9 fullscreen) but the end credits were in the 2.40:1 (16:9 letterbox) aspect ratio.
- The FX channel bought the rights to broadcast Ghostbusters, as reported on August 9, 2016.  It premiered on the channel on August 25, 2018.
- The movie premiered on the Freeform cable channel on October 24, 2020 as part of Freeform's "31 Nights of Halloween" annual programming event. 
- The movie premiered on the USA cable channel on December 9, 2022. It also premiered on its sister channel SyFy on December 15, 2022. The start dates for the channels airing the movie are unknown.
On July 17, 2016, Sony's president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer commented on a sequel saying, "While nothing has been officially announced yet, there's no doubt in my mind it will happen." 
On July 18, 2016, in an interview, Ivan Reitman confirmed all the repercussions of the movie have been discussed included the end credit teaser.  In an interview, Feig confirmed he had a story in mind, he would be open to do a sequel, and hinted "I might go to some other places too." 
On July 20, 2016, in an interview, Katie Dippold was asked if she talked about sequel yet. She answered, "I am being real careful. There are directions that I think would be really fun to go in, but I can't even allow myself to think like that… I just can't let myself think that far ahead. I just hope people can enjoy this. Just stop there and then see." 
On August 10, 2016, it was mentioned the cast was signed up for two potential sequels. 
On October 11, 2016, in an interview posted, Feig confirmed a sequel was talked about during production and he has a lot of ideas for it but admits they're all still recovering from production on the first. 
On September 5, 2018, on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Paul Feig revealed one idea for the sequel was to take the team to another country and credits the international press tour for influencing that. 
On November 13, 2018, during The Big Interview with Dan Rather, Dan Aykroyd revealed the movie going over budget closed the door on prospects for a sequel.  
In A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , it was revealed the proposed sequel entailed the Ghostbusters becoming secret federal employees helping save all of the United States of America from ghosts. 
The cast was teased at the end of IDW Publishing 's Ghostbusters Annual 2017 then co-starred on the six issue mini-series "Ghostbusters 101" running from March to August 2017. They returned at the end of Ghostbusters Annual 2018 , are featured in the eight issue maxi-series "Ghostbusters Crossing Over" that started in March 2018, and starred in the Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Answer The Call Ghostbusters comic in the 35th Anniversary anthology mini-series.
On July 18, 2017, a five issue mini series titled "Ghostbusters: Answer The Call" was announced and expands on the world of the 2016 movie. The creative team consists of writer Kelly Thompson and artist Corin Howell . The first issue releases in October 2017, is titled "What Dreams May Come, Part 1!" and the story starts off as a routine call to get rid of a Class 3 ghost but the team stumbles upon a frightening Class 7 specter. 
On February 22, 2018, to celebrate the upcoming eight issue maxi series titled "Ghostbusters: Crossing Over", Tom Waltz posted Virtual Trading Card #2 of 50, Jillian Holtzmann. It revealed the dimension occupied by the Answer The Call Ghostbusters was designated "80-C".  Erin Gilbert's was #7 and released on March 13, 2018.  Patty Tolan's was #14 and released on April 5, 2018.  Abby Yates' was #18 on April 19, 2018. 
References in Movie [ ]
References in ghostbusters: afterlife [ ].
- Arjen Tuiten was approached to work on the Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) but ultimately he did not. 
- Lucky Domingo wears a vanity necklace like Patty does.
- One of the Proton Cannon wands resembles the thrower muzzle from the version seen in Ghostbusters (2016 Movie). That wand was shipped to the set from a prop company based in Los Angeles and only changed a little. 
References in IDW Comics [ ]
References in ghostbusters: spirits unleashed [ ].
- On August 1, 2023, new gear shells were added in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed for the Proton Pack, Particle Thrower, P.K.E. Meter, and Traps based on the versions seen in the 2016 movie. Ghostbuster customization also added four hairstyles, two eye wear, one pair of globes, one pair of boots, and the coveralls based on the 2016 movie.
- The Subway Boots alludes to Patty providing MTA uniforms to the team.
- The Metaphysical Examination Gloves references the original name of the team: Conductors of the Metaphysical Examination.
- The Abby Bun hairstyle alludes to when Abby tested the Proton Pack in the alley in Chapter 7.
- The Holtz Headed hairstyle quotes one of Holtzmann's lines, "You Just Got Holtzmanned, baby!" from Chapter 14 when she defeats the Ring Leader Ghost.
- The Patty Braids hair style alludes to Patty's encyclopedia knowledge of the city.
- The Erin Over The Top hairstyle alludes to Erin's attempts to distance herself from "Ghosts From Her Past"
- The Answering The Call side hustle contract is named after the movie and some of the stipulations to finish it are based on elements of the movie like shooting down 50 Ghost Targets at the Shooting Gallery in the alley outside the Firehouse . Another requirement is for the player to clear 2016 mL of slime off of their character, the year the film came out.
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The first 10 videos in this subsection were officially provided by Sony from their EPK.tv press site to a Ghostbusters Wiki admin, who uploaded them to his YouTube account so they can be embedded here. Videos were uploaded as Sony provided them, so audio volumes were not corrected.
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Will bustin’ make you feel good all over again?
Or are you so worried that the lady-fied “Ghostbusters” reboot will ruin your precious childhood memories by infecting them with cooties to even consider buying a ticket?
How yet another example of Hollywood feeding on its past rather than enriching its present with original concepts became as contentiously political as this year’s presidential race is beyond me, even if there are countless male-written thinkpieces out there that attempt to explain it.
To those who are disturbed by this remake, let it be known that no one is burning all the DVD copies of the 1984 model. If you wish, you can easily re-watch Sigourney Weaver ’s possessed Dana writhing around in bed while suggestively telling Bill Murray ’s Venkman, “I want you inside of me” while Murray quips back, “It sounds like you've got at least two or three people in there already.”
But here is the rub. All this misplaced misogynistic hostility that has been sliming the reputation of director’s Paul Feig ’s gender-reassignment redo (co-written with Katie Dippold , his partner on “ The Heat ”) has stirred the girl-power advocate inside of me. But, the reality is, there is perhaps one, maybe two moments that come anywhere close to being as memorable as that 32-year-old not-quite-family-friendly joke above. And that reality leaves me in the unhappy position of having to admit that this feminized attempt could have used a makeover itself.
What complicates matters even more is that I actually found myself chuckling within the first few minutes of the film. The source of my mirth, unfortunately, was not any of the four female stars. Instead, it was Zach Woods of TV’s “Silicon Valley”—he of the perpetually startled eyes—as a tour guide at a historic New York City mansion where the first threatening specter materializes. When he claims that the 19th-century structure’s forward-thinking owner installed such innovative features as a “face bidet” and “an anti-Irish security fence,” I laughed heartily.
Alas, such genuinely humorous opportunities arrive only sporadically throughout the rest of this experiment that attempts to combine ectoplasm and estrogen into an enjoyable summer comedy elixir. Actually, the problem isn’t so much that women are strapping on those upgraded ghost-zapping proton packs this time around. After all, when you put such formidable talents as Kristen Wiig , Melissa McCarthy , Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones together in a room, something amusing is bound to happen. But if what occurs is a running gag on how McCarthy always gets shorted on wontons in her Chinese takeout, new heights of hilarity are going to be hard to come by.
Instead, the same weakness that has plagued a goodly portion of major releases this year that rely on past successes for their reason to exist rears up again: the lack of the new and fresh. And what is different isn’t different enough or somehow seems a diminishment. Wiig’s Erin, a Columbia University physics professor, is pulled back into her suppressed paranormal research past when she reunites with McCarthy’s Abby, an estranged childhood chum and fellow ghost chaser, after long-dead apparitions begin to wreak havoc on Manhattan. Joining them are McCarthy’s human Looney Tune gadget-whiz partner Holtzmann (McKinnon, who is a gas, gas, gas and then some) and history-buff subway worker Patty (Jones, who does a fine job of keeping the bustin’ real and physical).
Meanwhile, instead of restless Babylonian gods, there is a human nut-job villain ( Neil Casey )—who seems to have studied bad-guy Syndrome from Pixar’s “ The Incredibles ”—summoning these filmy monsters in order to bring about an apocalypse with all the CGI overkill that 21 st -century technology can deliver. But as anyone who subjected themselves to “ Independence Day: Resurgence ” knows, mass destruction of major cities isn’t as much fun as it used to be.
What really galled me was the attitude that these supposedly brilliant and successful women are forced to assume. While nerdy wise guys Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd never questioned their belief in afterlife inhabitants or wavered in their confidence to control them despite a raft of skeptics, she-geeks Wiig and McCarthy are cowed into playing misfits who were shunned by others because of their spooky interests when they were young girls, and are now emotionally damaged goods trying to prove themselves right. All I know is I don’t want my funny gals muted. I want them full blast.
Enough with the so-so. Let’s celebrate McKinnon’s ability to sneak into the corners of scenes and force us to watch her. All it takes for her to rivet us is a flirtatious wink of her eye, the slow curl of her lascivious lips or the enthusiastic munching of a container of Pringles—or “salty parabolas,” as she calls the chips—that seems to materialize out of nowhere. Imagine Harpo Marx combined with a yellow-lens-goggles-wearing Minion who somehow confuses the ‘80s R&B group DeBarge with far-out Devo and see if you aren’t already giggling to yourself.
And cheers as well for good-sport Chris Hemsworth , who helps the lasses engage in a bit of deserved reverse sexism as Kevin, a bespectacled blond himbo hired as an office receptionist who can barely answer a phone but can inspire this reaction: “Who ordered the Clark Kent stripper-gram?”
I suppose it was inevitable that in the age of YouTube the filmmakers would seize the opportunity to have a commenter mock an online video of a ghost capture with the observation, “Ain’t no bitches gonna hunt no ghosts” while the women react with appropriate scorn. But I would have preferred that they simply had shut their naysayers down by producing a better movie.
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- Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
- Paranormal researcher Abby Yates and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.
- After a botched attempt to hide her eccentric past and radical ideas about the supernatural, Columbia University's ridiculed physicist Erin Gilbert now finds herself jobless. And as if that weren't enough, Erin must swallow her pride and bury the hatchet with dishonoured former partner Abby Yates. But to pay the bills and prove that ghosts exist, the unrepentant duo of spirit hunters will need all the help they can get. As a result, tech expert Jillian Holtzmann and inexperienced Patty Tolan join the cause, eager to comb New York City for evidence of paranormal activity. However, the team is unaware that trouble is brewing. Once more, the unsuspecting Big Apple is in danger. Will the Ghostbusters live up to their reputation? — Nick Riganas
- A group of people are taking a tour of the Aldridge mansion in New York City. The tour guide Garrett (Zach Woods) tells the group of Gertrude Aldridge, a disturbed woman that was kept locked in the basement by her father. A candlestick falls over on the table near the basement to creep the group out, but it's just part of a trick Garrett played. What he doesn't see is a device beneath the nightstand that is flickering and vibrating. As he is closing up shop, Garrett hears a noise near the basement. The door begins shaking, and he runs for it. Garrett tries to run out of the mansion, but the doorknob has been heated. He tries to break out a window with a stool, only for the stool to be thrown back. Garrett runs back toward the basement. The floor is filling up with green slime, and the stairs break apart. Garrett holds on as he sees a ghost rise up from the floor. At Columbia University, Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) is approached by Ed Mulgrave (Ed Begley, Jr.), a publisher who has a book that Erin wrote some years ago on the existence of ghosts. She's not proud of having written it, and she's even less than pleased to learn it has resurfaced. Erin knows it was done by her former friend and colleague Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy). Ed approaches Erin because of the haunting at the Aldridge mansion and asks her to look in on it. As Erin looks up Abby's current workplace, she learns from the university's dean Harold Filmore (Charles Dance) that she is up for tenure, so she does what she can to hide knowledge of the book. Erin finds Abby in her lab with her new work partner Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), a brilliant engineer who is also a bit nutty. Erin and Abby are still upset with each other over the book, and Erin demands Abby take the book off Amazon. Erin then brings up the Aldridge mansion haunting, inspiring Abby and Holtzmann to spring into action, with Erin reluctantly joining them. The three ladies arrive at the mansion with some equipment. The basement has been locked tight. Erin steps on some slime. Suddenly, the three notice that the basement door is now open and emitting an eerie blue glow. They are then face-to-face with the ghost of Gertrude Aldridge. Erin approaches her calmly, but Gertrude's face turns demonic and she spews ectoplasmic bile all over Erin. The ghost flies out of the building. The ladies record a video with Erin proclaiming that ghosts are real. Unfortunately, this falls into Filmore's hands, and he fires Erin for being a bad representation of the school. Now that Erin is jobless, she decides to join Abby and Holtzmann in their research. Abby and Holtzmann also lose their job after talking to the dean (who happens to be a dick), so they steal equipment from the school's lab and decide to open up their own facility. We meet MTA worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones). She is approached by a weird guy named Rowan North (Neil Casey). He rambles on about a "fourth cataclysm", which Patty pays no mind to. She then has to go into the tunnel to check something out. Behind her, Rowan plants another device similar to the one at the mansion. Patty then sees a ghost in a prison suit. She runs like hell away from it. Erin, Abby, and Holtzmann set up shop in a new location above a Chinese food restaurant as the "Department of Metaphysical Examination". A young man named Kevin Beckman (Chris Hemsworth) shows up for a receptionist job. Erin thinks he's hot, but during the interview, Kevin proves to be really dumb. Still, they hire him on the spot. The ladies are then visited by Patty, who mentions the ghost she spotted in the subway. Patty leads the ladies to the tunnel where she spotted the ghost. Holtzmann brings along some equipment she built to catch the ghost. They see the same ghost that Patty saw hovering above them. They record the ghost with their HD cams while Erin is given a proton laser to capture it. The laser isn't strong enough to hold the ghost down, and the train is coming in fast. The ladies run to safety as the train hits the ghost, causing them to get splattered with ectoplasm slime while the ghost is stuck on the train. The video of the ghost goes viral, and the media dubs the team "Ghostbusters", to their chagrin. Famed de-bunker Martin Heiss (Bill Murray) goes on record to dismiss the subway ghost as fake. Patty decides to join the team since she knows how to get around the city, and she provides the team with a vehicle for carrying equipment. It's a hearse that she borrowed from her uncle, which only Holtzmann seems to enjoy, and it becomes the new Ecto-1. Hotlzmann shows off some new equipment she made to catch ghosts, including a new laser gun, a grenade, and a proton glove. It's all untested, so most of it turns out to be dangerous, but the team thinks it's all cool. The team is called to investigate a ghostly sighting at a musical theater. Rowan is seen planting another device in the theater. Abby's specter detector (not the actual name of the device) goes off near the dressing rooms. Patty is chased by a mannequin possessed by a ghost. The Ghostbusters hit the mannequin with their proton lasers, releasing a huge flying ghost monster into the theater. They follow it up to the stage where a band called Beasts of Mayhem are performing. The ghost flies out, making everyone think it's part of the show until the Ghostbusters rush the stage and try to hit it with their lasers. Abby stage-dives and goes for it, and Patty follows, but nobody catches her. She gets up and has the ghost perched on her shoulders. The other three wait for Patty to be still as they hit it with their lasers. Holtzmann pulls out a trap and has the ghost sucked into it. Everyone cheers the team on, while Ozzy Osbourne is backstage and thinks he's having a "flashback". The team celebrates their first capture with some pizza. Abby and Erin discuss how they were friends since high school. Erin also mentions how when she was a child, the ghost of her mean neighbor would stand at the foot of her bed every day for a year, and nobody believed her when she said it. They are then visited by Martin Heiss so he can prove that the team is faking their capture. Erin gets annoyed and decides to prove Heiss right by bringing out the trap and releasing the ghost. The ghost flies out and pushes Heiss out a window as it escapes into the city. After the police arrive, the team is escorted by Agents Hawkins (Michael Kenneth Williams) and Rourke (Matt Walsh) to meet with Mayor Bradley (Andy Garcia) and his assistant Jennifer Lynch (Cecily Strong). While they are thankful for the team's capture of the ghost, they want them to say they are frauds so as to not cause a stir in the city. When the team is alerted to a new ghost sighting, Erin realizes there is a pattern to all the appearances in the city. It is discovered that all the devices found are along leylines that intersect at the Mercado Hotel. They find a picture of the staff, and Patty recognizes Rowan among them, knowing he is their guy. The team heads to the hotel and finds Rowan in the basement with a device he built in which he plans to release a horde of ghosts upon the city as payback for being constantly mistreated. Abby tries to convince Rowan to stop his plans until she mentions the police are on their way. Rowan then grabs two pillars and electrocutes himself before the police arrive. The basement is then closed off, but the specter detector is left behind and goes haywire. At home, Erin reads through a copy of her book that Rowan was keeping to orchestrate his plan. She looks through the drawings and sees that he had always planned to electrocute himself so that he can become a ghost and eventually bring about the Fourth Cataclysm to lead the ghosts and terrorize the world. At headquarters, Abby hears a knocking at the door, but no one is there. There is a rattling on the sink's pipe, and she sees a green glow in the drain. Rowan's ghost then possesses Abby. She starts breaking Holtzmann's equipment and then grabs Holtzmann by the throat to dangle her out a window. Patty intervenes and rescues Holtzmann before smacking Rowan out of Abby. Moments later, Kevin pulls up on his motorcycle, and Rowan possesses him. He rides off back to the hotel. Erin runs to a restaurant where she finds Mayor Bradley and Lynch eating. She frantically tries to warn them to evacuate the city, but she comes off as crazy, so she is taken away. Rowan in Kevin's body makes it to the hotel basement and attacks the two guards standing outside. He manages to break the barriers keeping the ghosts trapped to allow them to fly free, beginning the ghost invasion upon the city. A portal opens in the sky, releasing more and more ghosts upon the city. Erin tries to get a cab, but the cabbie (Dan Aykroyd) dismisses her and drives off. Abby, Holtzmann, and Patty gear up and head off the fight ghosts. They run into none other than Slimer (Adam Ray) the green ghost eating from a hot dog cart. He steals the Ecto-1 and drives off. Abby and Patty get ready to shoot at the car, but Holtzmann says the equipment on top of the car is basically a nuke. They then spot a bunch of ghosts that look like giant parade floats, which they start popping with their proton packs. A float in the shape of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man shows up and presses down on the three, rendering them immobile. Erin saves them by popping Stay-Puft with a Swiss army knife that Holtzmann gave her. The team then faces off against dozens of ghosts, including Gertrude, the subway ghost, and the theater ghost. The Ghostbusters head to the hotel to find a still-possessed Kevin having frozen the police and military. Rowan leaves Kevin's body and decides to take on a familiar, more "friendly" form - the Ghostbusters logo. However, he grows into a humongous beast that bursts out of the hotel and begins wreaking havoc on the city. As they see Slimer and other ghosts riding down the street, the team gets the idea to hit the Ecto-1's nuclear reactor into the portal to reverse it and eventually close it. They fire their lasers at the ghosts to have them steer into the portal before hitting the reactor. The plan works, and the ghosts start getting pulled back into the portal. Rowan holds on to two buildings, so the team hits him in the groin with their lasers to loosen his grip. He starts to get sucked in, but he grabs Abby and pulls her into the portal. Erin hooks herself up to a wire and jumps into the portal. She fires her laser at Rowan's hand to release Abby while he is pulled into the abyss. Holtzmann and Patty pull the two out, and they return with totally beached white hair. Afterward, Mayor Bradley continues to deny the ghost problem, but he secretly gives the team funding to continue their work. They upgrade their headquarters to a firehouse (same as the original movie). Patty's uncle Bill (Ernie Hudson) then pulls in with a new hearse. He's not happy about what happened to the other one. During the credits, we see the team being visited by Holtzmann's mentor Rebecca Gorin (Sigourney Weaver), who inspired her to be crazy. Patty then calls the team to the roof. The city's buildings are lit up to say "I Love GB". There is also a dedication to Harold Ramis. After the credits, the team is doing some work while Patty is listening to a recording. Erin walks over to see what's up. Patty simply asks, "What's Zuul?"
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Paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.
Rating: PG-13 (Supernatural Action|Some Crude Humor)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Original Language: English
Director: Paul Feig
Producer: Ivan Reitman , Amy Pascal
Writer: Katie Dippold , Paul Feig
Release Date (Theaters): Jul 15, 2016 wide
Release Date (Streaming): Oct 11, 2016
Runtime: 1h 57m
Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Production Co: Ivan Reitman, Columbia Pictures
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)
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Nothing original here but fun watching nonetheless.
I didn't watch this for quite a while because I heard so many bad things about it. "What do they know?" I thought to myself. I figured Ghostbusters had already had a bad sequel I sort of enjoyed, a bad remake should be sort of enjoyable too. Besides, you just know that so many of the complaints were exclusively because the cast had been of the dreaded ~~fEmaLe VeRsiOn~~ variety. But I just watched it, and... Oh man you guys, this really did suck. I'm devastated.
The reboot to one of the greatest comedies of the 1980s does not fail because it has an all female main cast. It doesn't deliver the punches and the script has quite a few weaknesses. Wiig is great, Hemsworth pretty funny and McKinnon wonderfully odd, but McCarthy just doesn't have more to offer than the "fat lady getting thrown around a lot" trope. There are short appearances by the original cast and quite a few references to the old film without picking up its chronology, another mistake. The result is still fairly entertaining but actually could have worked despite of the nay-sayers, just with a better script and maybe a different talent or two.
Once again the remake train derails into another franchise with Ghostbusters, the 2016 comedy that seems to be made by people who have never seen the original film. The funny thing is that I now am filled with regret after seeing this overtly controversial film of this summer. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones star as the title characters in this film about the paranormal invading New York City and the recently unemployed small business owners that are here to fight this new nuisance. A bell boy named Rowan (Neil Casey) is expanding ghost activity for some reason, coming to a climax with Times Square full of scares. (Times Scare? Slime Square?) The script is immature at best and bottom feeding at worst. A nice middle finger scene here, a crotch shot there, basic 13 year old humor like that which plays well to kids and the soft headed. The story is like falling from a tree with the plot hitting one branch, then another, then another, and never really landing anywhere to settle except the eventual land fill that this film feels destined for. I can't really say that the acting is bad. You're only as good as your script and we've already established the mess that road map is. The real issue with the main core of the cast is that there is little chemistry between the quartet. This is probably the biggest fault with Ghostbusters '16 especially compared to the chemistry that is exuded in the original film. Even the sequel felt more on point than this film and it shows. This is reason this film didn't click with viewers, too. I will admit that I was very pessimistic when it came to discussing this film and it wasn't because of the swapping of the sexes, though that felt like it was marketed as a gimmick. In all honesty, the film didn't look good from trailers and research that I did pre-release. Even if it didn't have the no ghost insignia stamped on its marketing this film would have been mediocre. This one had to stand up to one of the most beloved films of the last 30+ years. It feels rushed and thrown together into something for the mass quantities to consume instead of that special thing that was the original film. I'm not going to blame the cast because it feels like they actually believed in what they were doing- an honest retelling of a story that they grew up with, just like you and me. No, this is a failure on director Paul Feig's part. He delivers a soulless film that is just empty calories to be purged and forgotten in a day or two. An albatross on a decent career.
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Ghostbusters (2016), common sense media reviewers.
Fun update on classic has lots of ghosts + girl power.
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Scientists save the day, and friendship and teamwo
Like first responders, the determined quartet stri
Lots of cartoonish sci-fi violence/scares; ghostly
Some overt (though one-sided) flirting between one
Occasional swearing includes "s--t," &qu
Plenty of brand/product placement, including YouTu
Adult characters relax with a few beers after a lo
Parents need to know that Ghostbusters is a reboot of the classic 1984 supernatural action-comedy. This time around, it stars four talented female comedians -- Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones -- as the central quartet who must team up to use their knowledge of science and the…
Scientists save the day, and friendship and teamwork are strong themes. Also, women can do anything men can do -- even subdue the supernatural. Some crude humor.
Positive Role Models
Like first responders, the determined quartet strides straight into danger, their sense of duty calling them to protect the city when everyone else runs in the opposite direction. It's a selfless act, especially after city officials have tried to minimize and downplay their accomplishments. That said, the characters aren't perfect; they have their flaws.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of cartoonish sci-fi violence/scares; ghostly apparitions threaten innocent bystanders (particularly freaky are some Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade spooks). Ultimately, a massive specter terrorizes the city, knocking down buildings and throwing vehicles around like toys. Nobody seems to actually be harmed, though some of the images may startle younger viewers -- and one favorite character is blasted out of a window. The main characters use special tools/weapons against their supernatural enemies. Hit to the groin.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some overt (though one-sided) flirting between one of the scientists and the group's receptionist; includes ogling and some comments that border on crude.
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Occasional swearing includes "s--t," "damn," "hell," "ass," "crap," and "butt."
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Products & Purchases
Plenty of brand/product placement, including YouTube, Sony, Vaio, and lots of NYC signage.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters relax with a few beers after a long day.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ghostbusters is a reboot of the classic 1984 supernatural action-comedy . This time around, it stars four talented female comedians -- Melissa McCarthy , Kristen Wiig , Kate McKinnon , and Leslie Jones -- as the central quartet who must team up to use their knowledge of science and the paranormal to save the city when New York again faces a supernatural invasion. While the film has some pretty scary spirit baddies and intense ghostly battles -- as well as gross-out slime scenes -- it's so over the top that it's likely to be more engrossing than chilling for most tweens and up. Language is infrequent but includes "s--t" and "damn," and one character ogles a character she finds attractive and makes some comments about his hotness (but things never get too racy, and there's less romance/relationship content in this one than in the original). There are also some fart jokes/a hit to the groin, and adults drink beer to relax. It's a lot like the original (watch for cameos from some of the original stars!), but also different in many ways, especially with its underlying theme of female empowerment. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .
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What's the story.
New York City is under attack from an army of the undead -- who you gonna call? That's right, the GHOSTBUSTERS. But in this update of the the 1984 comedy-action classic , the quartet of supernatural scientists is an all-woman team: paranormal experts Abby ( Melissa McCarthy ) and Erin ( Kristen Wiig ), nuclear engineer Jillian ( Kate McKinnon ), and subway worker Patty ( Leslie Jones ). They bring scientific rigor and plenty of pluck to their battle against the paranormal. Watch out for slime!
Is It Any Good?
The original Ghostbusters -- a near-perfect cocktail of brash irreverence, scares, and big laughs -- is a tough act to follow, but this reboot comes decently close. Chemistry is paramount when assembling a team to follow in the footsteps of Bill Murray , Sigourney Weaver , Dan Aykroyd , Harold Ramis , and Ernie Hudson , and the good news is that McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, and Jones are equally inspired and awesome. (McKinnon is especially suited for the franchise.) More raves: Chris Hemsworth shows off his comedic skills to great effect, and fans of the first Ghostbusters will be thrilled by the cameos of the previous ensemble, giving the film a feel-good vibe that's hard to shake. Even the sight of the old firehouse elicits a pang of glee. The story feels of the moment and even amusingly self-referential, with jokes aimed at online trolls who've been quick to condemn the reboot.
Nonetheless, this new Ghostbusters lacks the element of surprise that even remakes should have; the "scary" CGI-dependent scenes lack the spark and fright of that "library moment" in the original, which provided a welcome counter-weight to the rollicking laughs. Strangely enough, the reboot's biggest triumph is that it makes us hope for a sequel, one in which the women can stake their claim on the franchise on their own terms, no longer so strictly compared to the 1984 version. See it -- it will definitely make you laugh -- but you'll have to wait for it to find its own footing.
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Families can talk about whether Ghostbusters is scary. It's packed with angry ghosts, but are they intended to be scary or funny? How can you tell? Why is it sometimes fun to be scared?
How does this version of the movie compare to the original? What's similar, and what's different? Do you think one is better than the other? Why or why not?
How do the characters demonstrate teamwork ? Why is that an important character strength?
Does it make a difference that this team of Ghostbusters is all female? How does that affect the story (if it does)? How does it affect the way you feel about the flirting scenes and the way Chris Hemsworth's character is treated?
- In theaters : July 15, 2016
- On DVD or streaming : October 11, 2016
- Cast : Melissa McCarthy , Kristen Wiig , Kate McKinnon , Leslie Jones
- Director : Paul Feig
- Inclusion Information : Female actors, Lesbian actors, Black actors
- Studio : Sony Pictures Releasing
- Genre : Comedy
- Topics : Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Character Strengths : Teamwork
- Run time : 116 minutes
- MPAA rating : PG-13
- MPAA explanation : supernatural action and some crude humor
- Last updated : June 2, 2023
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Columbia Pictures Presents
In association with Village Roadshow Pictures
Directed by Paul Feig
Written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig
Produced by Ivan Reitman, p.g.a.
Produced by Amy Pascal, p.g.a.
Executive Producers Paul Feig Jessie Henderson
Executive Producer Dan Aykroyd
Executive Producers Tom Pollock Joe Medjuck Ali Bell
Executive Producer Michele Imperato Stabile
Director of Photography Robert Yeoman, ASC
Production Designer Jefferson Sage
Editors Brent White, ACE Melissa Bretherton
Based on the 1984 film "Ghostbusters" An Ivan Reitman Film Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
Michael Kenneth Williams
and Chris Hemsworth
Ed Begley Jr.
Casting by Allison Jones
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Music Supervision by Erica Weis
Costume Designer Jeffrey Kurland
Visual Effects Supervisor Peter G. Travers
An Ivan Reitman Production
"GHOSTBUSTERS Answer the Call"
Cast (In Order of Appearance)
Brian Simpson Thomas DeWier Richard Epper Travis Gomez Isaac Hughes Michael Andrew Jamorski Brett Jones Clint E. Jones Joel M. Kramer Eric Mainade Eric Salas
Choreographer Stephen Twitch Boss
Associate Choreographer Dondraico Johnson
Unit Production Managers David Witz Michele Imperato Stabile
First Assistant Director Artist W. Robinson
Second Assistant Director Deanna Stadler
Visual Effects Producer Sean Santiago
Stereoscopic Supervisor Ed W. Marsh
Visual Effects Supervisor for Sony Pictures Imageworks - Daniel Kramer
Animation Supervisor for Sony Pictures Imageworks - Sebastian Kapijimpanga
Visual Effects Producer for Sony Pictures Imageworks - Christian Hejnal
Visual Effects Supervisor for MPC – David Seager
Visual Effects Producer for MPC – Laura Schultz
Special Effects Technicians
Adam Bellao Steve Bunyea Robert Caban Jeremy Dominick Alan Kiriu James Johnson Larry Zelenay Thomas Tate
Camille Adams Eric Anderson Harry Beckstead Andrew Bohenko Sean Bredbenner Daniel Brito Michael Brown Jessie Cairns Jillian Clark JJ Dalton Riley Fearon Courtney Fehsenfeld Matthew Getz Sam Gillis John Higgins Michaela Hughes Alexandra Imperato Ray Lisi James Marchant Devin McDonough Abby Mulholland Mark Patch Jack Pitney MacKenzie Rawcliffe Austin Restrepo Tony Scelsi Erica Scoppettulo Ashley Sykes Katie Valovcin Kelly Walton Hannah Watzke Oren Yaacoby Ben Zidel
New york unit, post production, visual effects.
Special Visual Effects and Animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks
Look Development & Lighting Artists
Wai Mun Matthew Choy Amir Wahid Eleswy Christian Kuntz Christina Lum Uros Simic Joe Viola Jason Williams
Simon Zizan Black Adrien Crespon Scott Dace Jed Fisher David Good Eric R. Huang Seung Hoo Ihm Michael James Jahnke Minseok Lee Dave Mah Craig McPherson Martin Moch Ryan O Reilly Allen O'Sanlou Olga Parshina Josh Riley
FX Animation Artists
Sergei Bolisov Jacob Clark David Gary James M Goodman Injoon Hwang Kevin Kitchel Simon Lewis Viktor Lundqvist Filippo Maccari Helena Masand Gregory Wade Reynolds Christopher Dante Romano David Sellares Steve Shearston Nikolas Slotiuk John Treusch Ferenc Ugrai Alvin Yap
Brandon Barney Geeta Basantani Joel Bautista Lucian Boicu Jon Bot Ryan Geist Bozajian Andy Chang Steve Cho Kaelen Cohen Joseph JP Connery Mike Diltz Simon Dye Brian Fisher Ben Funk Emilia Gustafsson Laura Ingram Darren MacKay Danielle Norgate Frank Petit Tristan Porter Giorgia Pulvirenti Ricardo Quintero Daniel Rubin Katya Ruslanova
Additional Visual Effects
Basilic Fly Studio Imageloom Visual Effects Incessant Rain Studios Mist VFX Studio Rotomaker Studio 8 FX Yannix (Thailand)
Visual Effects by MPC
Visual Effects Production
Angel Acosta Stacy Albrecht Curtis Andrus Angela Batten Shraddha Bhatawadekar Justin Brekke Katy Budd Marlene Chazot David Cordon Amber Davy Josephine Dinata Ryan Doell Phani Kumar Gajula Girish Kakad Rakesh Kali Andrea Kistler Collin Kortschak Brajesh Kumar Rhys Lloyd Jordan Loades Tushar Manolkar Zack Mazerolle Kim Menaster Sanjay Panchal Prince Rajasekar Travis Robinson Richard Romero Bryan Ryan Mike Schmidt Gagandeep Singh Sanchit Soi Phoebe Sutherland Mary Swain Nathan Van Horn Todd Whalen
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The new Goosebumps series streaming on Disney+ and Hulu is a reboot of R.L. Stine's classic books many '90s kids used as a stepping stone to the horror genre. The 62 original novels, boasting the iconic tagline, "Reader beware! You're in for a scare!" were such a success they inspired spin-off books, full-length films, video games, and TV series. Each story focuses on a different young character who must face off against something like a supernatural entity, haunted object, or terrifying science-fiction-style monsters.
This modern adaptation follows five high school students who start experiencing strange occurrences after throwing a Halloween party at the haunted Biddle house. Nearly 30 years prior, a teenager named Harold Biddle died in a fire at the house, leading to the group finding some of his haunted artifacts during the party. It's only after that the friends realize their parents are keeping a dark secret that somehow connects their supernatural events and their night in the Biddle home.
The cast brings well-known stars to the screen, along with some newer actors who shine in their roles. Here's a guide to the Goosebumps series cast and characters to get you up to speed on the show.
Justin Long as Nathan Bratt
One actor horror fans are excited to see in this series is Justin Long , who plays Nathan Bratt in Goosebumps . Mr. Bratt is the new English teacher at Port Lawrence High School and the new owner of the Biddle home in town. He's unaware of the rumors about the house being haunted or what awaits him after moving in and breaking up the Halloween party. Long's performance as Mr. Bratt is one of the strongest in the series as he transforms from a soft-spoken, kind character to possessed by the spirit of Harold.
Long's work in movies like Jeepers Creepers , Drag Me to Hell , and Barbarian has made him an icon in the horror genre. His ability to bring different characters to life and evoke emotions is impressive and helps him to shine in this role. In addition to Goosebumps , his recent credits include Dear David and It's a Wonderful Knife .
Rachael Harris as Nora
Another respected actor starring in Goosebumps is Rachael Harris , who plays Nora. She's Lucas' mother, a chaotic widow trying to navigate daily life as she deals with grief and her affair with the school's still-married guidance counselor, Colin. Nora constantly worries about Lucas being a daredevil and performing skateboarding tricks, though her history with the supernatural and her knowledge surrounding Harold's death makes her an interesting character.
Harris is an established comedian and actress best known for starring in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies and for her work as Dr. Linda Marin on the series Lucifer . She has also appeared on sitcoms like Cougar Town and 8 Simple Rules , as well as six episodes of Reno 911! .
Isa Briones as Margot
Margot is the daughter of guidance counselor, Colin, and a quiet, reserved character who can often be found off by herself reading a book. She's neighbors with Isaiah, and they've been friends for years, even if new relationships have strained their bond. Margot worries about her parents' relationship and can't seem to shake the feeling that they're hiding something from her. The character may come off as her peers to seem snobby or uninterested when, in reality, she's quite introverted and shy.
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Isa Briones plays Margot in Goosebumps , though some may recognize her from the series Star Trek: Picard . Briones has also starred in films like Brown Soup Thing , Takers , and Lonely Boy .
Miles McKenna as James
YouTuber turned-actor Miles McKenna appears in Goosebumps as James. James is Isaiah's best friend, from one of the town's wealthiest families, and a character who loves being the center of attention. He goes out of his way to make people laugh and put himself in the limelight because being liked by his peers (and crush) is his main focus. James has his chance to shine in Episode 3, "The Cuckoo Clock of Doom," where he becomes trapped in a time loop with evil clones of himself, causing chaos.
In addition to McKenna's large social media following, his credits include starring in and producing the series Hella Gay With Miles McKenna . He's also appeared in Good Girls Get High and the Prime Video movie Nocturne .
Ana Yi Puig as Isabella
Isabella is an intelligent, responsible, yet reserved character who is the school's videographer. She struggles to fit in with her peers and feels lonely a lot, which causes her to anonymously bully other students on social media. However, she thinks all of her problems are solved when she finds a mask at the Halloween party that allows her to interact with her classmates. Unfortunately, her new confidence from the creepy mask leads to her lashing out at others worse than before.
Isabella is played by Ana Yi Puig , an actress with just a few film and TV credits. Viewers may recognize her from starring as Pearl in the series Jade Armor and as Tiff Myers in the Gossip Girl reboot on HBO Max.
Zack Morris as Isaiah
Isaiah is a star football player at Port Lawrence High School and wants nothing more than to secure a full-ride scholarship to college. This dream gets sidelined after he discovers a cursed Polaroid camera in the basement of the haunted house that starts showing him ominous pictures, like someone with a broken arm. Isaiah soon realizes this is his fate as he suffers a hallucination on the football field that leaves him with a broken arm. His battle with the cursed camera is featured in the series opener, "Say Cheese and Die."
Zack Morris , originally from Brentwood, Essex, is the actor with an impressive American accent who plays Isaiah. He is known best for starring in the British soap opera EastEnders , in which his role as Keegan Baker earned him two awards and several nominations.
Will Price as Lucas
Goosebumps' Lucas is Nora's son, a slacker and a daredevil skateboarder struggling with his father's death. The students at Port Lawrence High School treat him like somewhat of an outsider due to his antics, though viewers later learn he's trying to act like his late father, who also performed dangerous stunts. Lucas has a crush on Margot, whom he tries to impress by eating worms. However, things don't go to plan when the worms end up giving him strange powers.
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Will Price appears in Goosebumps as Lucas. Price has several acting credits under his belt, including episodes of The Endgame and The Equalizer . He has also starred in movies like Brave the Dark and the short High Stakes .
Ben Cockell as Harold Biddle
Harold Biddle is a Goosebumps character who died in a house fire 30 years before the students from Port Lawrence High School threw a party in his abandoned house. However, Harold's spirit is far from at rest, as several of his cursed items start wreaking havoc on the friends and Mr. Bratt, who recently moved into the home. Throughout the show, it becomes clear that Harold is out for revenge, and the main character's parents may know more about the situation than they care to share.
Harold Biddle is played by Ben Cockell , who starred in the Disney+ series The Mysterious Benedict Society . Cockell has also appeared in The CW's Superman and Lois as a younger version of Morgan Edge.
Rob Huebel as Colin
Rob Huebel stars in Goosebumps in a supporting role as Colin, a guidance counselor at Port Lawrence High School. Colin is also Margot's father and a supportive figure for his students. His relationship with his wife is complicated, which leads him to pursue an affair with Nora. He tries to understand the events plaguing his daughter and the rest of the group and even comes face to face with the supernatural worms.
Huebel is best known for playing evil characters , so it's surprising to see him in this type of role. He's starred in Children's Hospital as Dr. Owen Maestro from 2008-2016, as well as appearing as A.J. in three episodes of The Office .
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