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The Old Ones are a race of extradimensional beings referenced to by Egon Spengler in two episodes which are " The Collect Call of Cathulhu " and " Russian About ".
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These unknown number of beings were believed to have been the first known supernatural entities and they ruled over Earth. All known Old Ones were somehow imprisoned in other dimensions, and there is a spell tied into their imprisonment and their release.   It is unknown what person or group may have imprisoned them.
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- ↑ Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - " The Collect Call of Cathulhu " (1986) (DVD ts. 05:39-05:48). Time Life Entertainment.
- ↑ Ray Stantz (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - " The Collect Call of Cathulhu " (1986) (DVD ts. 08:23-08:27). Time Life Entertainment.
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The Old One
Yibb-Tstll , also known as the Old One , is an ancient Lovecraftian deity and a minor antagonist in The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series.
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Yibb-Tstll is a member of the Old Ones, a race of unnamed demonic beings from another dimension on the other side of the universe outside Earth's boundaries. They were worshipped by the Old One Cult, a secret society of fanatical humans who wishes for their return for an untold number of years since the Old Ones, or at least one of them, visited the Earth before in the distant past.
Vladimir Pavel Maximov and his assistant Dmitri Smerdyakov planned to summon an Old One using the Nameless Book. Vladimir was promised to he would become ruler of Earth.
In order to keep the visiting Ghostbusters from interfering, they stole the book from a Soviet institute, and frammed the Ghostbusters. Meanwhile, the two met up with their fellow cult members miles outside of Dnepropetrovsk to summon the Old One from a hidden temple.
Fortunately, the Ghostbusters made it to the Old One Cult's subterranean temple compound and were able to stop it before it completely made it to the surface.
Slimer was sent back home to get "Big Trouble", a huge apparatus that uses the power of all the Proton Packs to create a rip in the fabric of space and time, like a black hole, to suck everything it touches. Peter Venkman bravely threw Big Trouble into the pit and ran way as he saw the Old One unravel its unpleasant visage. Then Big Trouble activated and it sends the Old One back to where it belonged in the end, while the Old One Cult themselves were immediately arrested at their temple lair by the police upon both their failed attempt to escape and their shattered dream of the Old Ones' return.
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Everything You Need to Know Before Ghostbusters: Afterlife
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Are you troubled by strange blinking lights in trailers? Do you experience feelings of dread at the mention of key masters or gate keepers ? Have you or your family actually seen Ghostbusters part one or two? If the answer is yes (or no) then don’t wait another minute. Just look below and read the professionals— io9 . Our courteous and efficient staff is on call 24 hours a day to serve all your Ghostbusters: Afterlife needs .
It’s true. Next week, the highly anticipated , long-awaited, direct sequel to the first two Ghostbusters movies will finally be in theaters. And as you may have heard, the film leans heavily into a deep knowledge of the original 1984 film, directed by Ivan Reitman. This time, his son Jason is behind the camera and the movie picks up the story about 30 years after audiences last heard from Peter Venkman, Ray Stanz, Winston Zeddemore, and Egon Spengler .
The best way to prepare for Ghostbusters: Afterlife would be to rent or buy Ghostbusters and rewatch it. Ghostbusters 2 couldn’t hurt either but is much less crucial to understanding the new story. If you don’t have the time, we’re gonna go back and hit the big points that will make sure you are ready for all the big twists and turns of Ghostbusters: Afterlife . Note : There won’t be any direct mention of Afterlife spoilers in this article but there will be mentions of things that illuminate big spoilers in the movie. So if you want to go in completely clean, it’s probably best to avoid.
Who are the Ghostbusters?
In 1984's New York City, two scientists—Ray Stanz (played by Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (played by Harold Ramis)—created a technology that allowed them to trap and store ghosts. Together with their friend and fellow scientist Peter Venkman (played by Bill Murray), the trio used that technology as the basis of a business called “Ghostbusters.” The Ghostbusters were basically firefighters but instead of putting out flames they captured ghosts. Business was booming and so the group added a fourth member, Winston Zeddemore (played by Ernie Hudson) to help out. Eventually, the rise in ghost activity lead to a God-like creature named Gozer arriving in New York hoping to take over the world. But the Ghostbusters defeated her and her chosen destructor, a massive realization of a mascot for a marshmallow company named Stay Puft . New York City, and the world, was saved.
Is there a larger mythology to Ghostbusters ?
On the surface, Ghostbusters is a pretty straightforward movie about people creating a business in the 1980s and saving the world. But yes, Ramis and Aykroyd, who wrote the film as well as starred in it, added in a few extra layers of mythology. Mainly, the reason given for the rise in ghosts activity is that an architect named Ivo Shandor built an apartment complex in New York which acted as a conductor for supernatural activity. Shandor hoped his work would help bring back Gozer, an ancient, powerful being who has been around since 6,000 BC. The only way to bring back Gozer, however, is to first get two humans to perform a ritual while being possessed by the spirits of powerful Gozer allies, Vinz Clortho, the Keymaster, and Zuul, the Gatekeeper. Evil beings known as Terror Dogs (think large bulls mixed with dogs) arrive in the real world, hunt down humans—in this case, Dana Barrett (played by Sigourney Weaver) and Louis Tully (played by Rick Moranis)—and pass the essence of the Keymaster and Gatekeeper to them. Once those two perform a ritual, Gozer can return, which is exactly what happens.
What happened to the Ghostbusters?
After defeating Gozer, the Ghostbusters faced hard times in the form of huge debts caused by their exploits saving the city. They separated for a while but were brought back together when another evil being, Vigo the Carpathian, tried to rise to power. The Ghostbusters, of course, defeated him as well. See also the largely unrelated (for now) plot of Ghostbusters 2 . After that, however, we don’t know what was next. What we do know from the Afterlife trailers is that Ray Stanz is back at the occult book store he owned at the beginning of Ghostbusters 2 and, for some reason, Egon Spengler was in the small town of Summerville, Oklahoma. It’s here we’ll meet the main characters of Afterlife and the bulk of its story will take place. Also, the question “What happened to the Ghostbusters?” will be revealed in more detail.
What did the Ghostbusters use to bust ghosts?
Now we’re talking. The Ghostbusters have a few key pieces of technology that help them bust ghosts. The first is the Proton Pack , the main weapon of a ghostbuster. It’s a giant backpack/portable nuclear reactor that generates a powerful stream of protons that surrounds and stops a ghost. The protons come out in a stream via a device called a neutrona wand , which is attached to the reactor. (Side note: Egon and Ray always said crossing a proton stream with another could be disastrous but, in the end, crossing them was the only way to do something powerful enough to defeat Gozer.)
Once a ghost is trapped by the proton pack, the Ghostbusters roll in a Ghost Trap which is just what it sounds like. It’s a yellow and black device that looks like a shoebox on wheels and sucks in the ghosts to trap them. The Ghostbusters can also detect ghosts by using a PKE Meter; it looks like a large remote control that has light-up ears that rise up on its sides the closer you get to a spectral entity. After a being is detected, captured, and trapped, they’re brought back to the Ghostbusters headquarters (an old firehouse in Tribeca) and put into a Containment Unit located in the basement. A green light means the unit is ready to be used, a red one gives a warning. The unit was powered down in Ghostbusters one, releasing ghosts all over the city.
Finally, the Ghostbusters get around in a vehicle called the Ecto-1 . It’s an old ambulance/hearse which was upgraded to be able to store all the Ghostbusters gear.
What other important characters are in Ghostbusters ?
There are three other major characters that are good to know for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. First is Janine Melnitz (played by Annie Potts) who was the Ghostbusters’ receptionist and a good friend and colleague. Later she became involved with Louis Tully, an accountant who ended up becoming the Keymaster in Gozer’s 1984 attack on New York. He also was the neighbor of Dana Barrett. Dana was the Ghostbusters’ first client because she lived in the Central Park building Ivo Shandor built decades earlier. It was her apartment where Gozer’s minions first began to show themselves. She was briefly romantically involved with Venkman before being possessed by the Gatekeeper. Later she had a son named Oscar, who found himself in the middle of the whole Vigo business.
What else should I know about Ghostbusters ?
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is filled with references and nods to many of the things above, both big and small, but there are a lot of curious Easter eggs too. For example, it might be good to remember what candy Egon liked or what Louis wore on his head and definitely the brand of marshmallows. There’s much, much, more too, but you’ll have to wait until Ghostbusters: Afterlife is released on November 19 to find out.
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1. Ghostbusters II (1989)
PG | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.
Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray , Dan Aykroyd , Sigourney Weaver , Harold Ramis
Votes: 219,986 | Gross: $112.49M
2. Ghostbusters (2016)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
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.
Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Melissa McCarthy , Kristen Wiig , Kate McKinnon , Leslie Jones
Votes: 242,160 | Gross: $128.34M
3. Ghostbusters (1984)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Three parapsychologists forced out of their university funding set up shop as a unique ghost removal service in New York City, attracting frightened yet skeptical customers.
Votes: 439,320 | Gross: $238.63M
4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
PG-13 | 124 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Carrie Coon , Paul Rudd , Finn Wolfhard , Mckenna Grace
Votes: 207,341 | Gross: $129.36M
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- What Is Cinema?
The Making of Ghostbusters : How Dan Aykroyd , Harold Ramis , and “The Murricane” Built “The Perfect Comedy”
By Lesley M. M. Blume
For the record, Dan Aykroyd really does believe in ghosts. “It’s the family business, for God’s sake,” he says from his family’s farmhouse in Ontario, site of Aykroyd séances for generations. Aykroyd’s great-grandfather was a renowned spiritualist; the family had its own regular medium to channel souls from the other side. His grandfather—a telephone engineer—investigated the possibility of contacting the dead via radio technology. His father authored a well-regarded history of ghosts; strange lights halo his daughter in photographs.
Yet Aykroyd was the first to turn the supernatural into a highly lucrative global franchise. Drawing on his spectral heritage, Aykroyd sat down one day and started writing Ghostbusters . The finished result catapulted a crew of already-famous Saturday Night Live and Second City comedians to international superstardom, and became a watershed in the industry, eroding the once insurmountable barrier between television and film actors. “ Ghostbusters —one of Columbia’s most iconic films of all time—[also] basically invented the genre of special effects-driven comedy,” says Doug Belgrad , president of Columbia Pictures.
While taking a place of honor among the pantheon of historical comedy-horror films, Ghostbusters would also inspire subsequent generations of comedians to get into the game. “It really is a perfect comedy,” says Judd Apatow . “It was all those people at the height of their powers; they had mastered their craft . . . [and] made the [film] we dreamed they’d make. Movies like Ghostbusters . . . made us want to make movies.”
Yet Ghostbusters ’s astronomical success was far from a foregone conclusion: from its inception, the eventual blockbuster faced countless obstacles, unravelings, and emergencies. The film’s budget scandalized and divided its studio executives, who considered the project a “horrendous[ly]” expensive risk to be carried on the backs of former television actors and a relatively inexperienced director. “This was not Animal House or Caddyshack or Stripes ,” recalls Tom Shales , veteran television critic and co-author of Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live . “Those were all little movies. This was a big, big gamble.”
One of the leads for whom the script was written unceremoniously died of a drug overdose. The screenplay called for scores of special effects, and the major effects operations in town were tied up with other projects. To top it off, the Ghostbusters team was given a mere year to re-write, shoot, and edit the movie—even though none of the principals had ever attempted a project of that scale before. “The wisdom in town was that I had made a terrible mistake,” says former Columbia chairman Frank Price , who greenlighted the project.
Decades later, drama continues to surround the Ghostbusters enterprise, which has seen both spectacular triumph and wilting disappointment. Despite press reports of infighting among Aykroyd, Bill Murray , and Harold Ramis (who died earlier this year), the stars of the first two Ghostbusters films, Columbia Pictures has confirmed that a long-rumored Ghostbusters III is in development. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the original 1984 Ghostbusters, its cast, director, producers, and other industry greats share their recollections about the genesis of the Ghostbusters phenomenon, and talk about its legacy and the future of the franchise.
“The Mount Vesuvius of original ideas.”
It would be impossible to write about Ghostbusters without first writing about Saturday Night Live : in many ways, S.N.L. was the Zeus from whose head Athena later sprang. “Even though [ Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer] Lorne Michaels had nothing to do with Ghostbusters , the movie was a tribute to those first five years of S.N.L. and the revolution it represented,” says Tom Shales. Upon its 1975 debut, S.N.L. immediately established itself as a major cultural phenomenon. Lorne Michaels’s ambitions for his new show were unabashedly outsize: “We wanted to redefine comedy the way the Beatles redefined what being a pop star was,” he later said in Shales’s book Live From New York: An Uncensored History Of Saturday Night Live .
He succeeded. The original cast members skyrocketed to a level of fame once reserved for rock legends and film icons. Creative Artists Agency co-founder Michael Ovitz , who represented Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray at the time, recalls, “Walking around New York with Bill Murray was like walking around with the mayor combined with whoever the star of the Giants and Knicks was.”
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By the early 1980s, the major first-wave S.N.L. alums had made the leap from the small screen to the big screen: John Belushi starred in 1978 cult favorite National Lampoon’s Animal House ; Bill Murray headlined Caddyshack (1980) along with Chevy Chase and starred in Meatballs (1979) and Stripes (1981). Dan Aykroyd was distinguishing himself as a major writing talent.
“Danny was one of the writing geniuses of our era,” says Ivan Reitman , who directed Meatballs and Stripes and co-produced Animal House . “He created the Coneheads, the Blues Brothers: all of this comes out of that wonderful brain.” Ovitz adds that Aykroyd “was an idea factory . . . the Mount Vesuvius of original ideas.” At any given moment, he recalls, “We probably had 10 Aykroyd ideas . . . in various phases of development.”
While sitting around the family farmhouse, Aykroyd says he read an article in a parapsychology journal and he got the idea about trapping ghosts. “And I thought, I’ll devise a system to trap ghosts . . . and marry it to the old ghost [films] of the 1930s,” Aykroyd says. “Virtually every comedy team did a ghost movie—Abbott and Costello, Bob Hope. I was a big fan of [them.]” He began hammering out a screenplay.
“[It was originally] written for John [Belushi] and I,” he says. The nascent project was immediately dealt a blow when Belushi died of a drug overdose in 1982. “I was writing a line for John, and [talent manager and eventual Ghostbusters executive producer] Bernie Brillstein called and said they just found him,” recalls Aykroyd. “It was a Kennedy moment. . . . We loved each other as brothers.”
Yet the screenplay that eventually became Ghostbusters would at least contain an homage to Belushi: the now-famous, green gelatinous ghost Slimer was based on “John’s body,” Aykroyd says now. “I will admit to having an inspiration along those lines.”
“Everyone was going into business in the 1980s.”
Aykroyd turned to Bill Murray, bringing his former castmate a half-completed draft of the screenplay. All of the principals interviewed for this article say that Murray agreed to be attached to the project at this early stage, although they also note—with varying degrees of exasperated affection—that Murray was already famous for not officially committing to projects until the 11th hour. (Murray did not respond to many entreaties to participate in this article.)
“With Meatballs , he was the star of that movie and I didn’t know if I had him until the day before we started shooting,” Reitman recalls, and added that Murray’s nickname, the “Murricane,” sums up the actor perfectly: “He was sort of a remarkable force of nature.” According to Aykroyd, “Whenever you can actually put a script into Billy’s hand, as if you were a process server . . . you gotta look him in the eye [and say], ‘You did receive this.’ ”
As for Aykroyd’s dream director: “Ivan was the logical choice to direct it,” he says. Thanks to the enormous success of Animal House , Stripes , and Meatballs , Reitman was fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and bankable filmmakers. “I was in the right place at the right time,” he says today. “I got to work with the people who’d eventually become the new comedic voices of English language comedy.”
Aykroyd presented the script to Reitman; the two had worked together in a Toronto-based live-television variety show years earlier. “It was a screenplay that was impossible to make but one that had brilliant ideas in it,” recalls Reitman, who once admitted that the original draft “exhausted” him. Far darker than the version that was eventually shot, it took place in the future and on a number of different planets or dimensional planes. Yet it contained elements that would make it onto the big screen, including the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and what would become the world-famous Ghostbusters logo—a ghost trapped inside a circular red stop symbol.
Aykroyd and Reitman went to lunch at Art’s Delicatessen in Studio City to discuss the project. “I basically pitched what is now the movie—that the [Ghostbusters] should go into business,” says Reitman. “This was beginning of the 1980s: everyone was going into business.” He also urged Aykroyd to extract the film from the realm of pure fantasy and set it in a modern American city. “I called it my domino theory of reality,” he says. “If we could just play this thing realistically from the beginning, we’d believe that the Marshmallow Man could exist by the end of the film.”
And lastly, Reitman told Ayrkoyd, they should bring in Harold Ramis, director of Caddyshack and National Lampoon’s Vacation , and Bill Murray’s co-star in Stripes. Reitman and Aykroyd walked right from lunch to Ramis’s office on the Burbank Studios lot. According to Reitman and Aykroyd, Ramis thumbed through the script and listened to their plans for the project. After 20 minutes, he looked up and said, “I’m in.” He would not only become the film’s co-writer, but eventually the third Ghostbuster.
“A horrendous amount of money for a comedy.”
The fact that the script needed massive reconstructive surgery didn’t prevent the team from pitching it to Columbia Pictures chairman Frank Price. Ovitz, who also represented Reitman and Ramis, recalls calling Price about the project: “I said, ‘We have a project: Danny-written, Ivan directing; Bill Murray is attached; we’re bringing in Harold.’ Frank said, ‘What do you think it will cost?,’ and Ivan gave a number—$25 million all in—and Frank said, ‘I’ll do it.’” By his own admission, Reitman had conjured the figure up out of thin air. “Three times as much as [ Stripes ] sound[ed] reasonable,” he states.
The deal set off alarm bells among Price’s higher-ups. “It was a horrendous amount of money for a comedy,” Price recalls. He says that the president and C.E.O. of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Francis “Fay” Vincent, sent his top lawyer from New York City to Los Angeles to talk Price out of the project. “It was too expensive, too risky, [they said],” recalls Price. “I explained, ‘I’ve got Bill Murray.’ I was going to go ahead with it. They made it clear that it was all my responsibility. I was out on the limb.”
Price slated Ghostbusters for a major summer 1984 release—giving Reitman and the Ghostbusters team just one year to write, shoot, and edit the first big-budget, big-effects film any of them had ever attempted.
“The Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man.”
Aykroyd, Ramis, and Reitman went into overdrive to draft a shooting script—first holing up in Reitman’s offices and then fleeing to Martha’s Vineyard for a sequestered writing session. “[They were] two of the greatest weeks of my life,” says Reitman. “We worked seven days a week . . . had wonderful meals with our families and then went back to work at night.”
The first order of business: rework the now-iconic main characters, who were relatively undifferentiated in early drafts of the script. Aykroyd remembers that the team drew on a long history of Hollywood archetypes and ghost comedies to guide them: “Put [the characters of Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, and Egon Spengler] together, and you have the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man.”
His collaborators say that Aykroyd was an astonishingly good sport about having his template torn apart and almost completely reworked. “I’m a better originator than executor of a finished screenplay,” Aykroyd admits. “I’m a kitchen-sink writer: I throw everything in there. I’ve always relied on a collaborator to bring it into reality.” Said Harold Ramis in Making Ghostbusters (1985), an annotated script in book form: “Dan’s great at creating funny situations, whereas my strength is more in the area of strong jokes and funny dialogue. Essentially, we wrote separately, and then rewrote each other.” Aykroyd also served as the paranormal-activities expert, providing official (and official-sounding) jargon.
Largely absent from the drafting of the shooting script: Bill Murray, who was in India filming The Razor’s Edge , a movie adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s 1944 novel; Murray had co-written the screenplay. Former Columbia Pictures chairman Frank Price says that he had been approached about underwriting the Maugham project with the tacit understanding that Murray would in turn join the Ghostbusters cast, even though Price adds that Murray refused to tie the two projects officially. “The only way I had a chance to get Ghostbusters made was if I did this thing without demanding a commitment from Bill,” he recalls. Faced with this “dilemma,” he concluded that The Razor’s Edge would “lose little or no money if it didn't work out”—and made the gesture to Murray.
When Murray flew back to New York after The Razor’s Edge shoot, Ramis and Reitman picked him up at La Guardia Airport to show him the reworked script. “Bill flew in on a private plane, an hour late,” Ramis said in the same 1985 interview. “[He] came through the terminal with a stadium horn—one of those bullhorns that plays 80 different fight songs—and he was addressing everyone in sight with this thing.” Ramis and Reitman “dragged him out of there and went to a restaurant in Queens,” but Murray offered little input, instead entrusting his character to the team.
“I’ve always been able to write well in Bill’s voice,” continued Ramis, who had done the honors several times before as a writer of Stripes , Caddyshack , and Meatballs . “Because I [knew] certain insane instincts of his.”
The characters and plot were well underway, but sacrifices also had to be made: the team cut vast swaths of material, both during this initial writing marathon—and again later during the editing. For example, Aykroyd’s first script had called for an illicitly operated spectral storage facility in a deserted Sunoco gas station somewhere in northern New Jersey—an undeniably punishing purgatory for captured ghosts. The writers instead opted for an in-house storage facility in the Ghostbusters’s firehouse headquarters. The shooting script called for a shot depicting the inside of “a most unholy makeshift asylum”; its tenants included the moping spirits of famous dead people. It too was ultimately cut.
“Ivan would cut things out that were shocking to people,” says Ovitz. “He was unmerciful. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“Designing creatures for a movie that had yet to be written.”
The team faced another almost despair-inducing challenge right from the start: the new Ghostbusters script called for nearly 200 special-effects shots—and the principals recall that most of the other special-effects facilities were tied up with other major projects, including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Return of the Jedi . Reitman proposed an ambitious solution: “I said, ‘Look, we have to start our own effects house.’”
In a stroke of uncanny good fortune, Oscar-winning effects man Richard Edlund —famous for his work on Star Wars films, Raiders of the Lost Ark , and Poltergeist —was looking to set up his own shop. In a stroke of uncanny misfortune, “I was in the hospital after a back operation when I got the call from Ivan to do the movie,” Edlund recalls.
Yet he agreed to undertake the project. In a moment of rare collaboration, Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—which needed effects for its production of 2010 —agreed to jointly fund Edlund’s new visual-effects company, Boss Film Studios.
“I had to put a whole company together—and lawyers ate up a lot of time,” Edlund recalls. “[By the time] the contract was made out, we had more like 10 months to rebuild the studio, shoot all the scenes, and composite everything. We had to build elaborate equipment. It was an incredibly ambitious amount of work.”
In the meantime, associate producer Michael Gross says that he began assembling a team of designers and artists to create the supernatural cast of the film. The assignment was an unusual one. As Reitman puts it, they were “designing creatures for a movie that had yet to be written.”
“If you get the ticket to that train, you take the ride.”
By early August, a third and close-to-final draft of the script had been completed, and the team raced to begin three-dimensional casting as well. The character Dana Barrett—the sternly foxy love interest for Bill Murray’s character Dr. Venkman—caught the attention of Sigourney Weaver , who was ready to cut her teeth in comedy after her dramatic roles in Alien (1979) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).
“I had to audition for Ivan,” she recalls. She says she decided to show him her best rendition of a “Terror Dog”—the creature that a possessed Dana Barrett turns into during the climax of the film: “I remember starting to growl and bark and gnaw on the cushions and jump around. Ivan cut the tape and said, ‘Don’t ever do that again.’”
Yet the performance must have impressed him, for Reitman says that he “called Harold and said, ‘I think I found our Dana.’” He says today: “[When] Sigourney came in, [she] had the right amount of gravitas to her, and a wonderful sense of humor.”
Originally written up as a model in the script, Dana became a musician at Weaver’s suggestion. “She could be kind of uptight and a bit strict, but you know she has a soul because she plays the cello,” says Weaver. “We always thought of Sigourney as the Margaret Dumont of this movie,” says Reitman, referring to the redoubtable actress who served a foil to Groucho Marx in seven Marx Brothers films.
Reitman then had to re-cast the role of the nerdy Louis Tully character—originally conceived for comedian John Candy , whom Reitman had directed in Stripes . Early storyboards for the film depict a rotund, distinctly John Candy¬–esque physique. But Reitman says that when he showed Candy the script, “[Candy] said, ‘I don’t know about this. I could do it, but I should do it with a German accent.’ He wanted [to be flanked] by two big dogs. I said, ‘I’m sorry, John—maybe next time.”
Eagerly waiting in the wings for the part: Rick Moranis , who’d made a name for himself in Canadian comedy sketch show Second City Television, or SCTV. Says Reitman: “[Rick] called me back in 12 hours, and said, ‘Thank God Candy hates [it]. This is the greatest script I’ve ever read.’”
It has long been rumored that Eddie Murphy was considered as an early possibility for the role of the fourth Ghostbuster, Winston Zeddmore, although Reitman denies this: “[Murphy] was never a consideration.” Zeddmore, he says, needed to be a stand-in for the audience, a character who could have things explained to him. “[ Ernie Hudson ] had this wonderful, likeable, kind of naïve quality, and I just cast him,” he said. (Hudson recollects a somewhat more grueling audition process: “[There must have been] five interviews and after that it took a month before I knew that I got the part.”)
Rounding out the Ghostbusters’s inner circle: Annie Potts as droll secretary Janine Melnitz. If the prospect of playing a character role alongside Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis intimidated the actress, she didn’t miss a beat. “I [was a] theater-school actor, not [from] improv, so their methods were foreign to me,” Potts says. “[But] if you get the ticket to get on that train, you take the ride.”
“I wanted this to be my New York movie.”
By October 1983, the team began shooting in New York City. During the Art’s Delicatessen meeting with Aykroyd, Reitman had proposed grounding the action in a town renowned for being a universe in its own right.
“I wanted the film to be . . . my New York movie,” he says.
It was a gutsy setting choice. At the time, New York wasn’t exactly close-up ready: the city was emerging from a decade of fiscal disaster, dissipation, and violence. “[In the early 1980s,] New York was the horrible, dirty crime center where decent people didn’t go—synonymous with the sleaziest slum in the country,” says Tom Shales. Furthermore, the epicenter of the entertainment industry had long since moved to Los Angeles.
Yet several industry observers credit Saturday Night Live —and later, Ghostbusters —with launching a cultural counter-attack on the West Coast exodus and announcing the city’s comeback. “It was like a second landing on the moon . . . Lorne Michaels putting down the flag on the moonscape, saying television started here [in New York] and should come back here,” says Shales. “ S.N.L. . . . re-asserted New York’s place in the creative life and fantasy life of the country—and Ghostbusters was a validation and celebration of that. Ghostbusters said, ‘It’s O.K. to like New York again. New York is back on top.’” James Sanders , the author of Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies , adds: “[The film] is a moment of resurgence and affection and love for the city, which had gone through so much.” This sentiment would be encapsulated by the last line of the film, shouted by Winston Zeddmore as he surveys the smoking, molten-marshmallow-drenched disaster zone around him: “I love this town.”
Aykroyd agreed with Reitman’s suggestion. “It’s the greatest city in the world, an architectural masterpiece,” he says today. “Energy central for human behavior.” The team delighted in the city’s gothic architecture, but embellished its on-location sets with gargoyles and menacing statues for added effect.
On the first day of shooting, Reitman recalls personally delivering Bill Murray to wardrobe (“I still had no idea if he’d actually read the script,” says Reitman). The moment he beheld Murray, Ramis, and Aykroyd “in full regalia” that day, walking down the street on Madison Avenue, he says he “went crazy.” Associate producer Joe Medjuck remembers the exchange: “Ivan turned to me and said, ‘This is going to be fucking great.’” Weaver recalls meeting Bill Murray for the first time on set outside the New York Public Library, “I went over and I introduced myself and he said, ‘Hello, Susan.’ [Then] he picked me up and put me over his shoulder and walked down the block with me. . . . It was a great metaphor for what happened to me in the movie: I was just turned upside down and I think I became a much better actress for it.”
On another day, the team drove all over the city, shooting the Ghostbusters guerilla-style at different iconic locales. “Rockefeller Center is privately owned, which we didn’t know,” says Medjuck. In one scene, a security guard in the background runs after Murray, Ramis, and Aykroyd: “That’s a real security guy, chasing them out of Rockefeller Center,” says Medjuck.
New York became a lead character in the film, which documents many now-lost landmarks, such as the World Trade Center buildings and the original Tavern on the Green. A representative of the New York Public Library, where the film’s opening scenes were shot, says that impostor Ghostbusters have occasionally burst into the main reading room and startled the patrons quietly reading there.
“Up in flames.”
To the team’s chagrin, they discovered that there had been a short-lived Saturday morning mid-1970s children’s show called The Ghost Busters , creating a legal barrier to use of the name. Already deep into the shooting, they had to create several different signs bearing the name of the fictional operation to post above the front door to the Ghostbusters’s firehouse headquarters. Alternate names included “Ghoststoppers” and “Ghostbreakers.” The issue came to a head when the team shot a scene in which hundreds of extras stood on Central Park West shouting “Ghostbusters! Ghostbusters!” over and over again. Joe Medjuck recalls: “I got on a payphone and called Burbank and said, ‘You guys have got to clear that name.’” (It was eventually cleared for film use.)
Yet the rest of the shoot was miraculously hitch-free. “If we had had one problem with Ghostbusters , the film never would have made the release date,” says Ovitz. Interviewees describe the Ghostbusters shoot as being raucous yet harmonious, despite the number of big-personality egos involved. “It was . . . open and generous,” recalls Rick Moranis. “These guys are all Second City; the unwritten rule is to make the other guy look good.” Ovitz describes the principals as “ego-less” and “wildly collaborative.”
“Being on the set was one of the great experiences of all time,” he says today. “The looseness was crazily fantastic.”
Working with a cast of exuberant improvisers was both a gift and a challenge for Reitman: “What I learned . . . is that I’d have to be nimble,” he says. “I’d set up the scene for how it had been written: lighting, blocking—and then [Bill] would have a brilliant idea. My job was to hold onto the brilliant [script] and [yet] work fast enough to take advantage of his brilliance.” An impromptu Bill Murray flourish that became a great favorite among the producers took place during the scene in which Peter Venkman and Dana Barrett enter her haunted apartment together for the first time: Venkman grips a dubious looking bit of ghost-detecting equipment that strongly resembles a turkey baster attached to a stick; he reaches down, tinkles Dana’s piano keys, and informs her: “They hate that.” Sigourney Weaver recalls that no matter how raucous the atmosphere got (“Ivan would have to periodically get out the ruler and shake it at us”), the script remained all-important: “It was like jumping on a trampoline that’s really solid.”
Shooting wrapped in February 1984—leaving the team fewer than four months to edit and complete nearly 200 postproduction opticals. Edlund and his team went into overdrive: “We had three different studios going at [once], I had a motorcycle going back and forth from one to the other,” he says. Some of the effects shots had to be “done on take one, which is unheard of.” He says that Reitman asked to add about 100 shots with only two months left, at which point “I met him in the parking lot with my samurai sword.” Reitman dutifully cut 50 shots. Other occupational-hazard set-backs also occurred: the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man—played by an actor in a marshmallow suit and shot against a miniature background—nearly became a casualty of the Ghostbusters cause: “I think we built nine different suits,” says Edlund, “and several of them went up in flames.”
In retrospect, Edlund deems the film’s effects “funky—but that’s in character with the movie.” After all, Michael Gross says, “it wasn’t a special-effects film; it was a comedy.” Several team members point out that [that] homespun quality adds to the comedy—perhaps best symbolized by the obviously handmade, kitchen-colander brain-scanning device clapped onto Rick Moranis’s head in one of the scenes. It’s supposed to look shoddy, they say. That’s the whole point.
The effects were cut into the film just in time: “The prints were still warm when they went onto the projectors,” recalls Edlund.
“Frank was right.”
The response to the first Ghostbusters industry screening was not encouraging.
“In any industry audience, everyone roots for failure,” says former Columbia chairman Frank Price. “I sat there laughing in this audience which was deadpan.” Adds Michael Ovitz: “When the film came on, the reaction was horrible. A studio executive came up and put his arm around me and said, ‘Don’t worry: we all make mistakes.’ I was nauseous . . . [but] when the movie came out, it just exploded.”
In the first week of its June 1984 release, Ghostbusters broke Columbia’s “best opening weekend” and “best opening week” records. “You never heard people laugh like they did when they were watching Ghostbusters in a packed theater,” says Judd Apatow, who adds that he first saw the film at age 16 in a Long Island theater. “It was like a rock concert; there was a line down the block.”
“The film crossed over to so many markets and audiences and was celebrated for so long,” recalls Rick Moranis. “It went through three seasons: the entire summer. [Then] every kid was dressed as a Ghostbuster for Halloween, and it dominated the Christmas gift season.” The film went on to gross $238.6 million domestically and another $53 million overseas. “I’d had hits before, but [with] Ghostbusters , I was reminded of the movie Boom Town when they hit the gusher,” says Price. “Oil is just raining down: they’re rolling in it. That’s what it felt like with Ghostbusters .” Price’s then-boss, Fay Vincent, gives VF Hollywood a simple summary of the film’s astronomical success: “Frank was right.”
Several industry figures credit Ghostbusters with helping to break down the once strictly church-and-state divide between television and film actors. In the pre- Saturday Night Live period, “agents never discussed television people for movies,” says Ovitz. “Maybe small parts, but never leads . . . no one would pay to see someone you could see on TV . . . [but] there came a movement with Ghostbusters : all of the sudden everyone was clamoring for S.N.L . people. Within a 12-month period, the entire attitude of people in the business regarding television personalities changed.”
“Great faith in the franchise.”
The perhaps inevitable franchise that followed the film’s success included a video game, a television cartoon called The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1991), and a film sequel, Ghostbusters II (1989)—which starred the original cast and grossed more than $215 million, but failed to generate the passionate enthusiasm spurred by the first film.
“It didn’t all come together,” Reitman says now. “We just sort of got off on the wrong foot story-wise on that film.” Moranis echoes this, saying, “To have something as offbeat, unusual, and unpredictable [as] the first Ghostbusters , it’s next to impossible to create something better. [And] with sequels, it’s not that the audience wants more of something; they want better.”
Yet 25 years later, Ghostbusters III is in development. In a statement issued to VF Hollywood via a studio spokesman, Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad says: “We are currently working hard to re-create the magic of the original in order to bring a new Ghostbusters adventure to life.” Studio representatives would not discuss plot or cast details, project status, or release date.
In recent years, the tabloid press and Internet reports have fueled rumors of discord among the original Ghostbusters cast about the project. In a 2010 appearance on David Letterman, Bill Murray called the prospect of a Ghostbusters III “my nightmare.” When asked by Letterman if he’d participate in the film, Murray replied, “I told them if they killed me off in a first reel, I’d do it.” Yet there appear to be no hard public feelings, at least for Reitman: “Bill’s had a life change in what he wants to do as an actor and God bless him.”
Both Reitman and Aykroyd have confirmed their involvement, but in with a 2013 interview with Larry King (who, incidentally, had made a cameo in the original film), Aykroyd revealed that the team would need to cast “four new Ghostbusters .” Reitman says that Ramis had been involved with an early draft of a Ghostbusters III screenplay, but now, the principal writer for the project is Etan Cohen, whose writing credits include Men in Black 3 (2012) and Tropic Thunder (2008). Hints of possible plot points and characters surfaced during the interviews for this article. For example, Sigourney Weaver says that during one relatively recent conversation with Ivan Reitman, “I said, I have one condition [for participation in Ghostbusters III ]: I want my son Oscar [from Ghostbusters II ] to be a Ghostbuster, and he said, ‘We’ve already done that.’”
In a phone interview, Cohen says that he and Reitman are “together for hours every week, working on it really closely.” He adds that Dan Aykroyd is acting as an overseeing Ghostbusters writer emeritus: “No one can speak the language of Ghostbusters like he can.” When asked whether a Ghostbusters III could succeed without Bill Murray, Cohen responds, “Absolutely everyone wants Bill Murray. But everyone has great faith in the franchise.”
All of the original cast members interviewed for this article tell VF Hollywood that they’d happily participate in a third installment, and several speculated about what their characters would be up to today. Rick Moranis on the fate of Louis Tully: “He’s in prison, a cellmate of Bernie Madoff’s. They compete to see who can make their bed first in the morning.” Ernie Hudson prophesies that Winston Zeddmore would be “the C.E.O. of the Ghostbusters franchise. I just hope that he wouldn’t be on a walker or [in] a wheelchair.”
He adds wistfully: “And hopefully we’ll still be able to wear the backpacks.”
Update: This article has been edited since its original posting to more accurately reflect the timeline of the film’s development.
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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Poster Finds Members Old & New Facing Down Monsters
Posted: January 9, 2024 | Last updated: January 10, 2024
- The newly released poster for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire teases a brand new villain.
- The movie plays out like a live-action episode of the spin-off cartoon series, The Real Ghostbusters .
- The return of Murray, Aykroyd, and Hudson, alongside the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse, adds to the nostalgia and excitement for this sequel.
Who you gonna call when the world freezes over? That’s right, the Ghostbusters are coming back, and this time, they will have all manner of new and terrifying ghosts and ghouls to deal with when Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire lands in theaters in March. However, there is some good news for those excited about seeing the team back on the big screen for more than their cameo appearance in Ghostbusters Afterlife , as Sony have shifted the release date of the movie up a week, from March 29 to March 22.
Released via social media last month, a new poster for the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel finds busters both old and new facing down a new empire as New York City is taken over by a new Ice Age. With the movie now heading to cinemas earlier than expected, we can probably expect more new footage arriving soon. For now though, you can check out the new poster for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire below:
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will introduce all-new mythology to the beloved franchise, with director Gil Kenan declaring that the movie is in “the post-Gozerian era” of the series.
“Because the Spengler family story drove the narrative in Afterlife, bringing Gozer back to centre-stage was a natural way to close the book on the past. But we are now in the post-Gozerian era of the Ghostbusters saga, so that means we’re able to stretch out and create an entirely new mythology. And that’s thrilling as a storyteller, because there are all-new and terrifying stakes with fresh visual references to draw on.”
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
In 2021, Ghostbusters Afterlife delivered a solid legacy sequel in the popular ‘80s franchise. OG stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson joined a new generation of characters led by Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard in an adventure full of callbacks and nostalgia. However, there was one iconic character that failed to put in an appearance, but it seems this is something that will be rectified in 2024’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire .
The new movie will see New York plunged into a new Ice Age, with an evil entity putting a deep freeze on the Empire State, with only the Ghostbusters standing in its way. While the return of the Afterlife cast was previously confirmed, a preview of a new cinema standee revealed that fan-favorite spook Slimer will also be putting in an appearance this time around. An appearance that is confirmed by this new poster, with Slimer seemingly on the same side as the rest of the ghouls and monsters.
A recent video of the new holographic standee shared on the official Ghostbusters X account reveals a look at Ecto1, two of the new ghosts that the ‘busters will be up against, and a first glimpse of the return of the ghost that made his debut as an “ugly-looking spud,” but endeared himself to fans to become a mainstay of the franchise. Check out the video in the post below.
Related: Why Ghostbusters Is One Great Film But Not a Great Franchise
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is Not Playing on Nostalgia
When the Ghostbusters returned to the big screen in 2021 in Ghostbusters: Afterlife , there was a very heavy sense of nostalgia carrying the movie along. Taking many of its beats from the original 1984 movie, including the return of Gozer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Terrordogs, Afterlife managed to both stand on its own merits and completely lean into to the nostalgic wishes of fans that had waited 30 years to see the return of the OG Ghostbusters team .
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is now about to bring a brand new villain to the big screen, in a story that, according to franchise newcomer Kumail Nanjiani , plays out like a live-action episode of the spin-off cartoon series, The Real Ghostbusters .
In many ways, this is exactly what fans have wanted to see all along, and the reaction to the first trailer has suggested that Frozen Empire is going to be another success for Jason Reitman, who this time drops back from directing, handing over the reins to Gil Kenan. The movie features much more prominent roles for Murray, Aykroyd and Hudson this time around, and relocates the action back to the familiar stomping ground of the Big Apple, meaning the return of one of the most iconic buildings in cinema history, the Ghostbusters Firehouse.
It was reported earlier in the week that some last minute filming took place in New York recently, with director Kenan sharing an image of himself outside the Firehouse location on his Instagram account . While it is unclear exactly what was being filmed, McKenna Grace was reported to have been on set, and it was suggested that the pick-ups were nothing more than that, with some last minute shots being required to complete the movie.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire unleashes its freezing hell in cinemas on March 29, 2024
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How to Watch Ghostbusters Movies in Order [Chronologically and By Release Date]
Ghostbusters Movies in Ord er: Get ready for some serious slime-time and redo one of those old ghost comedies, with the ultimate Ghostbusters film series, containing the original classic Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 along with Paul Feig’s brand-new hilarious take on the classic, supernatural comedy!
Based on the same storyline, the franchise ostensibly centers on a group of eccentric New York City scientists who investigate and capture ghosts for a living, they also encounter other paranormal manifestations such as demigods and demons that threaten the world. The franchise was created in 1984, with its first release “Ghostbusters” which is followed by two more sequels that continues the original film canon with Ghostbusters II and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021).
The Ghostbusters use a specialized set of equipment in the 1984 film, and all subsequent Ghostbusters fiction includes similar equipment to aid in the capture and containment of ghosts. Even at that time, there was plausible research that could point to a device that could capture ectoplasm or materialization; at least visually.
So if you want to experience a freewheeling, marvelously cast supernatural comedy— Watch Ghostbusters Movies in Order guide’s here. But you can also enjoy Ghostbuster films as standalone.
In what order should I watch Ghostbusters movies?
There are four different way to enjoy Ghostbusters story chronology:
1. Original continuity Ghostbusters
2. Ghostbusters film/animated continuity
3. Ghostbusters The Video Game continuity
4. Ghostbusters Reboot continuity
How to Watch Ghostbusters Movies in Chronological Order
[Including TV Series and Game]
Original Ghostbusters Continuity
1. Ghostbusters (1984)
2. Ghostbusters II (1989)
3. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
Suit up for classic comedy! With the most successful comedy films of the 1980s film “ Ghostbusters (1984) “. In the film, When kooky, spooky college profs Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) lose their university jobs, they decide to go freelance, de-haunting houses in a new ghost removal service. As soon as they open their doors, their first order of business becomes saving beautiful cellist Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and nerdy Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), who’ve inadvertently opened the gates of hell…right in their own apartment building! UHD Synopsis: When kooky, spooky college profs Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) lose their university jobs, they decide to go freelance, de-haunting New York City with a new ghost removal service. As soon as they open their doors, their first order of business becomes saving beautiful cellist Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and nerdy Louis Tuilly (Rick Moranis), who’ve inadvertently opened the gates of hell…right in their own apar.
On a US$30 million budget, but it grossed approximately US$240 million in the United States and over US$50 million abroad during its theatrical run, more than the domestic gross of the second Indiana Jones installment, making it the most successful film in America that year.
In Ghostbusters2, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson take up their proton packs once more to battle the forces of evil in Manhattan! Five years a fter waging a war on slime that cost New York City millions, the they find themselves out of business until an ancient tyrant, preparing a return to the Earthly domain through his portrait at the Manhattan Museum of Modern Art, sets his sights on Dana Barrett’s baby as the new home for his wicked soul! With the help of the Museum’s possessed curator, he plans to turn New York into a really scary place to live! Now only the Ghostbusters can save New York City, by turning paranormal pest control into an art form!
As the sequel to the then-highest-grossing comedy film of all time, Ghostbusters II was expected to dominate the box office. Instead, the film earned $215.4 million during its theatrical run compared with the original’s $282.2 million, making it the eighth-highest-grossing film of the year.
The next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe, Ghostbusters: Afterlife take place thirty-two years after the second, the Ghostbusters have disbanded and their legacy is mostly forgotten. The late Egon Spengler’s teenage grandchildren (Finn Wolfhard and Mackenna Grace) find themselves following in their grandfather’s ghost-battling footsteps in this long-awaited direct sequel to the ’80s flicks. Armed with vintage proton packs, can the kids-with a little help from some of Egon’s old friends-defeat the Ghostbusters’ otherworldly foe, Gozer, who’s returned to wreak more havoc on Earth?
Ghostbusters: Afterlife has grossed $204 million worldwide against a production budget of $75 million. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife crosses the streams between franchise revival and exercise in nostalgia — and this time around, the bustin’ mostly feels good”. A sequel is set to be released on December 20, 2023.
Ghostbusters Film/Animated Continuity
2. The Real Ghostbusters (Season 1-4)
3. Ghostbusters II (1989)
4. The Real Ghostbusters (Season 5-7)
5. Extreme Ghostbusters (Season 1)
Characters from the 1984 blockbuster continued to answer calls for help against all manner of paranormal nuisances. The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spinoff of the 1984 comedy movie Ghostbusters, continues the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, their secretary Janine Melnitz and their mascot ghost Slimer. The show expanded to an hour in September 1988 and was retitled ‘Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters.’
The Common Sense Media gave the series a three out of five stars: “Parents need to know that The Real Ghostbusters is an animated series spun off the mega-popular 1984 movie Ghostbusters (the “Real” was added to avoid confusion with an unrelated cartoon of the same name). The core characters remain the same, though the cartoon is skewed toward younger kids and as such, drops the swearing, the smoking, and the sexual innuendo. While the Ghostbusters do spend their days vanquishing evil, the monsters and phantoms they encounter are often quite silly (some of them even make wisecracks) and not too scary”.
Set years after the end of The Real Ghostbusters, The Extreme Ghostbusters features a team of college-aged Ghostbusters led by veteran Ghostbuster Egon Spengler. Proving that there’s still life in the old story, Ghostbusters gets another reincarnation, with state-of-the-art animation that’s both riotous and genuinely spooky.
The series follows the adventures of this “Next Generation” of Ghostbusters tracking down and capturing ghosts all over New York and occasionally beyond the city. The series is styled as a supernatural comedy, following the trend set by its predecessor but with an updated and darker feel. This is reflected by the use of a gritty, rock/punk-inspired variation of Ray Parker Jr.’s song “Ghostbusters” as the opening theme, written by Jim Latham and performed by voice actor Jim Cummings. Recurring themes throughout the series are the new team learning to work together despite their differences, Janine’s largely unrequited affection for Egon, the unresolved love-hate relationship between Kylie and Eduardo, and the Ghostbusters’ frequent clashes with authority figures who disbelieve their work.
Ghostbusters The Video Game Continuity
3. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009)
Continuing the story of original films, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is set two years after Ghostbusters II, in 1991, with the Ghostbusters team training the player’s character while investigating paranormal activities in New York City.
The single player campaign will put you through a story full of mystery and adventure. Based on the Ghostbusters media franchise, many of the principal cast members from the films were involved in the game’s production. Each of the actors who portrayed the Ghostbusters in the films (Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson) lent their voices and likenesses to the in-game characters.
The game follows the player’s character as a recruit in the Ghostbusters, a team of parapsychologists who pursue and capture ghosts. The game features elements of typical third-person shooters, but instead of a traditional gun, each player is equipped with a Proton Pack, and other technological means of fighting and capturing ghosts.
Ghostbusters Reboot Continuity
1. Ghostbusters (2016)
Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today, but follows a similar narrative as the original film.
This time Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth team up to save Manhattan from a sudden invasion of spirits, spooks and slime that threaten to engulf the entire city.
In the film, 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.
The film received mixed reviews, and grossed $229 million worldwide against its $144 million budget, making it a box office bomb with losses of over $70 million following theaters taking their revenue cut.
How many Ghostbusters Movies are there?
The Ghostbusters film series consists of a total of FOUR (4) movies which takes place in 1984’s Ghostbusters and is followed by Two sequels Ghostbusters II (1989) and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021). The 2016 film, Ghostbusters, is a remake of the 1984 film franchise which takes place in an alternate universe, featuring a new cast of characters.
The franchise expanded with licensed action figures, books, comic books, video games, television series, theme park attractions, and other original Ghostbusters-themed products.
All Ghostbusters Movies in Order of Release Date
Here is the Ghostbusters movie franchise, in the order, they were released.
1. Ghostbusters — June 8, 1984
2. Ghostbusters II — June 16, 1989
3. Ghostbusters — July 15, 2016 (1984’s Reboot)
4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — November 19, 2021
5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel — December 20, 2023
Is Ghostbusters a horror movies?
When it comes to Ghostbusters, the line between funny and scary is razor thin. The original 1984 film was a little scarier, but there was enough comedy woven throughout to keep things from going full horror.
Where to watch Ghostbusters Movies?
You are able to stream the Ghostbusters films in order by renting or purchasing on Amazon Prime because it is pretty much solely available to watch on Amazon Prime, you may be able to Rent and buy on Vudu and iTunes Apple.
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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Will Now Premiere One Week Earlier
Now debuting march 22..
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will now debut in theaters on March 22, a week earlier than its previously announced March 29 release date.
Frozen Empire was originally announced for December 2023 , then pushed back to March 2024 last July. Interestingly, that March 29 release date would've overlapped with another highly anticipated Sony movie, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. However, that trilogy-ender was delayed indefinitely during the writers' and actors' strikes over the summer.
Frozen Empire is a continuation of the original Ghostbusters story and a direct sequel to 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife , which starred Carrie Coon as Callie Spengler - the daughter of original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler - and her children, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace). The sequel brings the story back to NYC and the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse.
Here's the official plot synopsis from Sony:
In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.
Coon, Wolfhard, and Grace return for Frozen Empire alongside Paul Rudd and original Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Bill Murray. New to the cast are Kumail Nanjiani and Patton Oswalt.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife writers Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman have penned the script for Frozen Empire, with Kenan taking his turn at the helm.
For more on the year ahead in film, check out IGN's list of the biggest movies coming in 2024 .
Jordan covers games, shows, and movies as a freelance writer for IGN.
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Ghostbusters: frozen empire can't repeat the franchise's biggest mistake for 1 returning character.
The upcoming Ghostbusters movie, Frozen Empire, has the opportunity to remedy a repeated failure from the previous films in the franchise.
- Winston Zeddemore has consistently been overlooked in the Ghostbusters franchise despite being one of the four original Ghostbusters.
- Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire should give Winston a more substantial and pivotal role, especially considering his history in the film series.
- The promotional material for the film suggests that Winston may not have a significant part in the story.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will feature the return of multiple legendary characters, including one who has consistently been overlooked in the franchise. The upcoming fifth Ghostbusters film is directed by Gil Kenan, written by Kenan and Jason Reitman, and serves as a direct sequel to the 2021 movie (and the fourth installment in the series), Ghostbusters: Afterlife , which focused on the late Egon Spengler's family. The story will revolve around a new villain, the Death Chill, terrorizing the streets of New York City, meaning that the film brings the characters (new and old) back to where it all started — the iconic firehouse.
The cast of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire includes Carrie Coon as Callie Spengler, Paul Rudd as Gary Grooberson, Finn Wolfhard as Trevor Spengler, Mckenna Grace as Phoebe Spengler, Celeste O'Connor as Lucky Domingo, Logan Kim as Podcast, Patton Oswalt as Hubert, Kumail Nanjiani, James Acaster and Emily Alyn Lind. Additionally, a handful of characters from the original movies will return for the 2024 supernatural comedy film — Bill Murray as Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz, Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz, and William Atherton as Walter Peck. However, unlike past movies, Frozen Empire must remedy a constant mistake regarding the importance of a Ghostbuster.
Winston Deserves A Major Role In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
Time and time again, Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddemore has been pushed to the side in favor of the other three original members (Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler) in the Ghostbusters movies . Even though he plays one of the iconic four Ghostbusters, Hudson has constantly been reduced to a supporting role or cameo in the franchise, and it is time for that to change, starting with Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire . After all, Winston is the one who most deserves a pivotal role in the story out of all the returning characters, given his history in the film series.
Hudson, Bill Murray, and Dan Aykroyd reprised their roles in Ghostbusters: Afterlife , but they were not the movie's stars. It seems like that will change in the upcoming installment, and Afterlife 's ending suggests that Winston could (and should) have a bigger role in the sequel. During the fourth film's final moments, Winston is seen returning the Ecto-1 to the firehouse in New York, and afterward, a light on the Ecto-Containment Unit begins flashing red in the basement. Hopefully, this scene was meant to set up Winston for a more substantial role in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire .
Ghostbusters Finally Introduces A New, Original Villain In 2024's Frozen Empire
Ghostbusters: frozen empire's trailers are worrying for winston.
Unfortunately, the promotion material for the fifth Ghostbusters movie implies that Winston won't play a significant part in the story. Hudson's character only appears in one brief shot in the trailer, while Aykroyd's Ray has an entire speaking part explaining the villain. Perhaps this is a red herring, and Winston will be included in the main story instead of just showing up during big fight scenes. However, fans will have to wait until Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire to learn if the film finally pays homage to the most overlooked character in the franchise.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is set to be released in theaters on March 29, 2024.
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Moscow parks – leisure, nature and historical
Moscow is the most green megapolis in the world. There are over a hundred parks and green spaces like gardens, squares and boulevards. You will definitely bump into a few of them wherever you go. Whether you are interested in memorial, historic parks, parks of wildlife or you just want to have a calm break from the speedy city life – city parks have something special for everyone.
Moscow leisure parks
The leisure Moscow parks are undoubtedly the most popular and famous with the locals and travelers. Today such parks provide a great number of exciting entertainments for Muscovites and city guests, adults and children.
The Gorky Park
Gorky Park opened in 1928 and was the first holiday park in the Soviet Union with playgrounds, a sports stadium, exhibition halls and attractions for kids. Today it has a fresh, vibrant appearance. The park features bike rental stations, a comfortable business area with Wi-Fi, an outdoor movie theatre and a greenhouse where you can buy fresh greens such as basil and lettuce. To contemplate the sky and the stars, go to the observatory and look through the telescope while listening to fascinating stories from astronomers. Enjoy many sports in the park: volleyball, handball, football or a peaceful jog around the beautiful surroundings.
Opened in September 2017, Zaryadye is the youngest on our list. Located just a few minutes away from Red Square, it includes various activities like the floating bridge with its thin V-form extension, an ice cave, also concert hall and an amphitheater. The entire territory of the park was divided into four zones of Russia: forest, steppe, tundra, and the floodplains.
By walking along the Moskva River’s bank from the Gorky Park towards Vorobievy Gory (Sparrow Hills) you’ll reach Neskuchny Sad («Not Boring» garden), a wonderful place in the Moscow center, one of Moscow’s oldest parks, charming slice of wildlife. The park mostly consists of pristine forest, dotted with old summer pavilions, ponds and quaint little stone bridges. There are a lot of opportunities for different activities lots of children playground, a ping-pong and chess clubs, football fields and tennis courts, horse riding, tree climbing and having rest in one of the nice cafes.
Hermitage Garden has always been known as an amusement, entertainment center with theatres, shows, cafes, summer pavilions, pergolas since 1830. Shalyapin, Sobinov, Nezhdanova – great Russian opera singers starred on the garden stage. Famous Russian composer Rakhmaninov conducted the orchestra. Sara Bernar, Maria Yermolova, outstanding actresses, played in the open air performances. Tolstoy and Lenin had a stroll in the garden. So lots of celebrities from different epoques liked it a lot and spent their time in Hermitage Garden. You can find here three theatres in the garden: Hermitage, Sphere and New Opera. During winter an ice rink works here and in summer a musical stage is assembled to host jazz and brass band festivals.
In Sokolniki Park visitors can play billiard, chess or draughts, table tennis, as well as go cycling, roller blading and swimming in the summer and ice skating or skiing in winter. Each season is highlighted by special memorable and bright events, for example, Summer Jazz Festival or Baby Fest (for future mums), open air beach disco parties, Ice Cream Day, International Clown Festival and many other shows and exhibitions. The park has an observatory, kids center and a co-working zone with free Wi-Fi which is really nice for spending high quality work time there.
Moscow nature parks
The nature parks are national reserves with the amazing forestry and incredible variety of animals and plants there. The breath of wildlife and the chance to be closer to the virgin nature excites both children and grownups. Hundreds of different species of animals can be found in Moscow nature parks. The richest woodlands with old and even ancient trees, like a 200 years pine-tree in the Elk Island National Nature Park, are the point of passionate interest for visitors.
Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden)
Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden) is one of the oldest gardens in Moscow. It was founded in the XVIII century by Peter the First (great Russian emperor). A larch that he planted himself still grows in the garden, so it’s more than 250 years old. At the time of its foundation, it was a garden with herbs and medicinal plants and was used as an educational center for doctors. Today there are the orangery with its tropical palms, the carp pond, and the immense trees that dot the landscape and turn wonderful golden shades in the autumn. Several restaurants and cafes work here making it a very nice spot for relaxation no matter what season it is. You can book a special tour or join the guided excursion group.
Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park)
Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park) is located at the north of Moscow. It covers 22 km from the west to the east and 10 km from the north to the south and it’s one of the most beautiful national parks in Moscow. Two rivers, Yausa and Pechorka begin here. You can find lots of fields, ponds, meadows, streams in the park as well as elks. Here you can enjoy guided tours, available in English. You can choose a guided tour about flora and fauna of the area, you’ll learn why elks are there, which animals are their neighbors. Or enjoy another excursion, which is totally devoted to historical past of ancient tribes once lived there, you’ll know about old Russian mythology, rituals and traditions.
Serebyany Bor (Silver Forest)
Serebyany Bor (Silver Forest) is a famous pine forest in the west of Moscow. The park has 230 forms of plant life, and is also home to watersports complex, providing a lot of activities for visitors. The layout of Serebryany Bor is unusual, as it is located on an artificial island between a meander in the Moscow River and a channel. There is an artificial lake, the Deep Gulf and picturesque Bezdonnoe (Bottomless) Lake in the depths of the forest. Serebryany Bor’s beaches are the cleanest in the city and very popular among Muscovites. On weekends it is difficult to find a free spot here, especially because a whole range of services are offered to visitors, from simple deckchairs to catamaran and yacht rides. Driving is prohibited on the territory of the island so be ready to use trolleybus to reach the entrance.
Greenhouse of Botanical Garden
Main Botanical Garden of The Russian Academy of Sciences is the largest and most famous is Moscow. The garden is a real museum of nature with a very rich (more than 18000 types) collection of plants. The park was founded in 1945 at the place of the 17th century Apothecaries’ Gardens. The garden’s collection is turned into botanical expositions, made with use of modern receptions of landscape architecture. Here you can see a tree nursery, a shadow garden, hothouse complex, collection of flowers, a rosary, exposition of coastal plants, garden of continuous blossoming, Japanese garden and expositions of cultural plants and natural flora plants. The biggest part of Garden is the Tree nursery occupying the space of 75 hectares. About 2 thousand wood plants grow here. Another big exposition of the Garden is nature Flora, divided into six botanic-geographical collections: European part of Russia, Caucuses, Central Asia, Siberia and Far East. Pride of the Main Botanical Garden is the collection of tropical, coastal and water plants, which is considered as the best in Europe. The Japanese garden, a great model of Japanese landscape gardening art has a 13-level stone pagoda of the 18th century, stone Japanese lamps, ponds, falls and streams, tea lodges and more than 100 species of the most character Japan plants. It is especially decorative in spring, during Oriental cherry blossoming and in fall, when foliage blazes in crimson colors.
Moscow historic parks
Historic nature parks and estates once were the mansions of the Moscow aristocracy. At that far times the estates were outside the Moscow city limits, but after the city expansion and urbanization, they became easily accessible.
Kolomenskoye Museum and Park
The chief attraction of the park is undoubtedly the stone Church of the Ascension of the Lord. It was constructed in 1532 by order of Tsar Vasily III to commemorate the birth of his son and heir, Ivan the Terrible. But there is a lot more to see in the park: the pretty Church of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan – with its bright azure domes and plenty of gold. Further into the park there is a charming Church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, built by Ivan the Terrible to mark his coronation.
Kuskovo Park is one of the oldest country estates in Moscow. It was given to General Sheremetev by Peter the Great in 1715, but was left to fall into neglect before being plundered by Napoleon’s troops in 1812. Nowadays the estate has been restored to its former glory and is a good example of Russian 18th Century imperial architecture. The palace is a fine and rare example of wooden neoclassicism. It was completed in 1775, and the rich interiors remain unchanged since 1779. It includes a room hung with exclusive exquisite Flemish tapestries, an abundance of silk wallpaper and an impressive collection of 18th century European and Russian paintings. The palace looks onto the lake, which is surrounded by smaller pavilions: pretty Italian, Dutch and Swiss Cottages, Blank’s Hermitage and the old Orangery, where the State Ceramics Museum is located now, an extensive and absorbing collection of porcelain from the 18th century to the present day. On the other side of the lake is a large wood popular with local cyclists and joggers.
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