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1984, Comedy/Fantasy, 1h 47m
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After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction.
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Original Language: English
Director: Ivan Reitman
Producer: Ivan Reitman
Writer: Dan Aykroyd , Harold Ramis
Release Date (Theaters): Jun 8, 1984 wide
Rerelease Date (Theaters): Aug 29, 2014
Release Date (Streaming): Apr 16, 2012
Box Office (Gross USA): $298.5M
Runtime: 1h 47m
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Production Co: Columbia Pictures, Black Rhino Productions, Delphi Films
Sound Mix: Magnetic Stereo 6 Track, Dolby Stereo, Surround
Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)
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I know a lot of Gen-Xers hold a nostalgic place in their hearts for the original "Ghostbusters," but I just couldn't really get into it. Bill Murray's lazy snark is just not my cuppa, and the demon hunting plot is just kinda whatever.
Ghostbusters is an absolute classic! Awesome nostalgic fun as well as having likable characters with cool special effects!
"Ghostbusters" is an amazing Sci-FI/Action film. "Ghostbusters" has got great acting from "Bill Murray" and "Ernie Hudson". "Ghostbusters" has got an exciting plot to it, to make it even better it has funny dialogue. The special effects in this movie are good, but some scenes could be improved. The soundtrack in this movie is just incredible, with the classic "Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS" other than that the sound makes the scenes better and better. I recommend watching the movie that will always remain a classic "Ghostbusters". I give "Ghostbusters" a 9/10.
A riotously funny inter-dimensional channeling of high concept sci-fi and low concept comedy, Ghostbusters scares up just as much adulation today for the same reasons it did back then: Bill Murray's deadpan delivery and Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis's hilariously fun script. Aside from the scarily poor special effects, the climax still ranks as Ghostbusters' chief sticking point. The 3rd act lead-up drags and the rooftop showdown is never as out-and-out funny as anything in the first two acts. When this is all you have to complain about, then - ahem - Boo Hoo. The arrival of the skyscraper-height Stay Puft Marshmallow Man more than fills the final act's joke quotient and, frankly, the dodgy SFX weren't paraded around as the best of the best back then either. In the 30th anniversary re-release of this PG-rated modern classic comedy, three unemployed parapsychology professors (Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis) set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. From the get-go, this is Murray's vehicle--we're just riding in it. Sure, he's often more readily identified with Groundhog Day than this ensemble piece, but the actor's perfectly played performance as a dubious scientist - one who rarely takes anything seriously - never lets up with laughs. Seriously, root through the now-iconic scenes and dialogue to re-discover the rich wealth of one-liners he delivers at an almost machine gun clip. Reveling in showing audiences both oddball actors at the top of their game and literally otherworldly situations, Ivan Reitman's direction points up the academia and modern science-skewing humor in the script while making you wonder how this often biting flick could've ever only be rated PG. Bottom line: Who Ya Still Gonna Call?
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'Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2': Release Date, Cast, Filming Details, and Everything We Know so Far
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It's somewhat remarkable that the Ghostbusters series was almost always destined to be a smaller cult classic, yet proved to be the start of a smash-hit franchise. Things didn't start out so great for the original 1984 film, with the first entry only making about half of its budget in its opening weekend. By today's standards, a poor opening weekend is the kiss of death for movies, as that's typically the time when most blockbusters make the most of their money. Yet, Ghostbusters proved to be an underdog story outside the film itself, ultimately grossing over $200 million USD, a total that surpassed the film's budget seven times over. The reason? Audiences fell in love with director Ivan Reitman's fantastical ghostly vision of New York as well as the instantly likable characters of the wise-cracking Peter ( Bill Murray ), the enthusiastic Ray ( Dan Aykroyd ), the genius Egon (Harold Ramis), and the practical Winston ( Ernie Hudson ).
Lightning didn't quite strike twice five years later with the film's sequel, Ghostbusters II - a solid but not stellar sequel that failed to recapture the iconic and memorable feel of its predecessor. That being said, it still made a ton of money and officially marked Ghostbusters as a viable franchise, leading to various animated shows, video games, theme park attractions, and as many probably know, a full remake. Yes, to say that Paul Feig 's was controversial would be like saying Slimer likes to eat a little too much. Many likely remember that the 2016 reboot, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call , became the subject of some pretty toxic discourse on the internet, and while the film does certainly have its fans , the film ultimately underperformed at the box office, and plans for a sequel were ultimately dropped.
All the prior Ghostbusters feature films have been released in theaters, and that isn't expected to change with Ghostbusters: Firehouse . As far as streaming goes, the Ghostbusters franchise's parent company of Sony doesn't have its own in-house streaming service, but they do regularly partner with and release its content on Netflix, as they did last year with its tentpole films like The Woman King and Bullet Train . Sony and Netflix also announced in June 2022 that Jason Reitman would be producing a new Ghostbusters animated series for the streaming service as well.
Something strange is set to be in your neighborhood just in time for the holidays, as Ghostbusters: Firehouse is currently slated to release exclusively in theaters on Wednesday, December 20th, 2023 .
Plot details on Ghostbusters: Firehouse has been slim thus far, other than it will be a direct sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife , and potentially will see our heroes return to the iconic firehouse and base of operations of the original team, as evidenced by the working title and the end credits scene of the third film. Jason Reitman did reveal that there is an opportunity that we'll see other characters from Ghostbusters past, such as the main villain of Ghostbusters II , Vigo the Carpathian ( Wilhelm von Homburg ):
"There is a lot of time and opportunity for Vigo the Carpathian to make his return. Look, are you saying that’s the only painting of Vigo the Carpathian? Maybe, he’s riding a horse in another one, maybe, impaling someone in another one.”
It makes sense that the future villains of the franchise could be familiar faces, as we saw with the return of Gozer and her minions in Ghostbusters: Afterlife .
James Reitman took over directing duties from his father Ivan Reitman to bring Ghostbusters: Afterlife to...well, life. This time though, Reitman will be stepping away from the directing chair to make room for Gil Kenan , the filmmaker with tons of "kids fighting monsters" experience having directed Monster House . Reitman won't be going far though, as he's still attached to co-write and co-produce along with Kenan. Also attached to the film are two members of the original Afterlife crew, including co-producer Jason Blumenfeld ( Tully ) and cinematographer Eric Steelberg ( Juno ).
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At the time of this writing, filming on the fourth entry in the Ghostbusters storyline has only just begun, so it will be a little while until we get our first proper look at what's in store for Phoebe Spangler ( McKenna Grace ) and the rest of her friends and family. That being said if you do want to get an early behind-the-scenes look at what director Gil Kenan and producer Jason Reitman have in store for this next chapter, the creative team released a photo from the set confirming that filming on the project is officially underway.
Nearly the entire main cast from Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be returning for Ghostbusters: Firehouse . Namely, these include the family of Egon Spangler, including McKenna Grace ( Gifted ) as Egon's granddaughter, Phoebe, Finn Wolfhard ( It ) as Egon's grandson, Trevor, and Carrie Coon ( Gone Girl ) as Egon's daughter, Callie. Also confirmed to return are the kids' school teacher and Callie's potential partner Grooberson ( Paul Rudd ) and Trevor's friend Lucky ( Celeste O'Connor ). Notably absent is Podcast ( Logan Kim ) - the only major original character from Afterlife not confirmed to return yet, but it seems likely that he will.
Also, not yet confirmed (but more than likely will be) to return are the legacy characters from the first two films. These of course include Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Annie Potts , and given how positive the response was to see these characters return, odds are we'll see them again. Fingers crossed this could also be another chance to see Rick Moranis make his big return to the big screen. Ernie Hudson, however, has officially been confirmed to return for the new film. Unfortunately, Sigourney Weaver will not be returning for this movie. Weaver played the Ghostbusters' first customer Dana Barrett who was featured in the first two movies and reprised the role in Afterlife in a cameo appearance.
The sequel will also include several new faces joining the cast , including Kumail Nanjiani ( The Big Sick ), Patton Oswalt ( Ratatouille ), James Acaster ( Cinderella ), and Emily Alyn Lind ( Doctor Sleep ).
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7 biggest horror movie bombs of all time, ranked by adjusted box office losses
In a theatrical landscape dominated by franchises, sequels, and IP, horror remains one of the most reliable genres at the box office. Audiences have proven they will come out to the theater for horror movies. Classics like Jaws and The Exorcist are among the biggest horror hits of all time . The horror genre also has spawned numerous success stories of low-budget films churning huge profits. Notable examples include Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project .
- 7. Ghostbusters (2016) – $91 million loss
- 6. The New Mutants (2020) – $95 million loss
- 5. The Invasion (2007) – $100 million loss
- 4. The Wolfman (2010) – $102 million loss
- 3. A Sound of Thunder (2005) – $111 million loss
- 2. Beloved (1998) – $123 million loss
- 1. Supernova (2000) – $141 million loss
However, not every horror film can be a hit. Some movies flop hard at the box office, with losses exceeding $100 million. Below, we listed the seven biggest horror movie bombs of all time, ranked by their estimated losses adjusted for inflation.
Note: The numerical figures next to each title are estimated losses that have been adjusted for inflation. Box office numbers used are courtesy of Box Office Mojo .
7. Ghostbusters (2016) – $91 million loss
The original Ghostbusters with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis was 1984’s highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with a $220 million take.. Ghostbusters spawned an entire media franchise, including multiple sequels, animated TV shows, video games, and comic books. People still know who to call when something’s strange in their neighborhood because of the iconic theme song.
Unfortunately, Paul Feig’s 2016 remake failed to make any cultural impact. The female-led Ghostbusters included Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, with Chris Hemsworth playing their receptionist. Despite positive reviews, Ghostbusters failed to find an audience, grossing $229 million on a $144 million budget. However, due to marketing costs and reshoots, Sony lost over $70 million ($91 million when adjusted for inflation) on the reboot.
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6. The New Mutants (2020) – $95 million loss
With superhero fatigue setting in, adjusting the formula for comic book characters in a film isn’t such a bad idea. A superhero horror film like The New Mutants is interesting on paper. The New Mutants follows five teenage mutants – Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton), Mirage (Blu Hunt), and Sunspot (Henry Zaga) – who are sent to a mysterious hospital to cure them of their powers. However, the hospital soon becomes a house of horrors as they must fight to survive.
Despite a unique take on the superhero genre, The New Mutants failed to execute both critically and commercially. The New Mutants was scheduled to do reshoots in 2018, which is normal for any movie. However, the release date was delayed multiple times, which is never a good sign. The New Mutants had four different release dates from 2018 through 2020 before it finally settled on August 28, 2020, which fell during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Mutants grossed $49 million on a rumored budget nearing $80 million. When adjusted for inflation, The New Mutants lost $95 million due in part to the constant delays.
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5. The Invasion (2007) – $100 million loss
Jack Finney’s The Body Snatchers is a 1955 sci-fi novel about an alien invasion that uses special seeds to produce replicants of humans while sleeping. The novel has been adapted four times since its release. The first two adaptions – Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1956 and Philip Kaufman’s 1978 remake – have been hailed as horror classics, while 1993’s Body Snatchers by Abel Ferrara was less successful than the previous two iterations, but still received positive acclaim from critics.
The fourth adaptation – 2007’s The Invasion – was a failure. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, The Invasion stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig as the two doctors who discovered the alien virus and attempted to stop it from spreading. The Invasion is the least effective adaption of Body Snatchers , as it lacks the story and spirit of its predecessors. Against a rumored $80 million budget, The Invasion grossed $40 million for an adjusted loss of $100 million.
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4. The Wolfman (2010) – $102 million loss
One year before directing 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger , Joe Johnston helmed The Wolfman , a remake of the 1941 film of the same name. After his brother goes missing, Lawrence Talbot (Benicio del Toro) returns home to investigate. One night in the village, Lawrence is bitten by a werewolf, which he soon learns is his estranged father, Sir John (Anthony Hopkins). Lawrence now has the family curse and turns into a ravaged beast during a full moon.
The Wolfman isn’t a bad movie, and it managed to win the Oscar for Best Makeup at the 83rd Academy Awards. However, The Wolfman is a forgettable story with so-so special effects that doesn’t justify the $150 million budget. It’s a classic case of not knowing the target audience beforehand. The Wolfman grossed under $140 million worldwide for a total adjusted loss of $102 million.
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3. A Sound of Thunder (2005) – $111 million loss
Peter Hyams’ directorial career is fascinating to revisit. After breaking out with Capricorn One, Hyams directed memorable 1980s films 2010: The Year We Make Contact and Running Scared . In the 1990s, Hyams made Timecop and Sudden Death , two action films with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the action-horror flick End of Days starring FUBAR’s Arnold Schwarzenegger . Judging by his filmography, Hyams was not afraid to take risks, and his biggest one came in 2005 with A Sound of Thunder .
Based on the 1952 short story by Ray Bradbury, A Sound of Thunder depicts the year 2055, when millionaires can travel back to the future to hunt dinosaurs. However, a crucial mistake committed in the past negatively alters the future, forcing some of the time travelers to go back and right the wrong. Starring Edward Burns, Ben Kingsley, and Catherine McCormack, A Sound of Thunder was destroyed by critics ( 6% on the Tomatometer ). The film only made $11 million on an $80 million budget, which, when adjusted for inflation, comes out to an estimated loss of $111 million.
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2. Beloved (1998) – $123 million loss
The 1998 film Beloved had all the right pieces of a hit movie. The film was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by author Toni Morrison about a former Civil War slave haunted by a poltergeist. Beloved had an Academy Award-winning director helming the project in Jonathan Demme. The cast featured Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, and Oprah Winfrey , who was a megastar thanks to her successful daytime talk show. Beloved was praised by critics like Roger Ebert , who gave it 3.5/4 stars.
Yet, Beloved could not break through at the box office, grossing just $22 million on an $80 million budget for a loss of $123 million when adjusted for inflation. Oprah famously told Vogue about how the failure of Beloved sunk her into a depression. After a studio head mentioned that Beloved lost to the Bride of Chucky on the opening weekend at the box office, Oprah decided to eat macaroni and cheese for breakfast to cope with the bad news.
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1. Supernova (2000) – $141 million loss
When a director asks for his name removed from the film’s credits, that’s never a good sign. The director and film in question are Walter Hill and 2000’s Supernova , a sci-fi adventure horror about a six-person crew’s deep space rescue attempt at a mining operation on a moon more than 3,000 light-years away. The film stars James Spader, Angela Bassett, Lou Diamond Phillips, Peter Facinelli, Robin Tunney, Wilson Cruz, and Robert Forster.
Hill, best known for directing 48 Hrs. and producing Alien , quit Supernova after a test screening of the unfinished film received negative reviews from the audience. MGM hired Jack Sholder to direct the reshoots since Hill refused to return. Francis Ford Coppola was then brought in to re-edit the film. Nearly two years after principal photography ended in 1998, Supernova was finally released on January 14, 2000. Supernova made just $14 million on a rumored budget of $60 million to $90 million. Adjusted for inflation, the film lost $141 million, and Hill is credited under the alias “Thomas Lee.”
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Director Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' reboot will have a budget around $150 million, which is lower than the originally expected cost.
Filmmaker Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy will be back working together on the Ghostbusters reboot, not long after their new film Spy (which is generating positive early buzz ) arrives in theaters. The duo's latest collaboration represents the biggest challenge they've tackled to date - not just in terms of the reported budget, but also the expectations surrounding this revival/reset of the beloved Ghostbusters property on the big screen.
Sony is hoping that Ghostbusters (2016) will prove popular enough to kick-off a new set of movies (or, if you prefer, a Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe), with a Channing Tatum-headlined spinoff already in development. Thus, the movie will need to be able to compete with other studio tentpoles that blend action/comedy with big special effects (like Marvel Studios' productions) - which is why ex-Sony head Amy Pascal green-lit the project with a $167 million price tag.
THR is reporting that the Ghostbusters budget has been lowered to $150-154 million - by way of some tweaks made to the screenplay by Katie Dippold ( The Heat ) - per the wishes of Sony's new film studio chief, Tom Rothman. Part of the budget will cover the salaries for Feig and McCarthy, who are now able to command $10 million and $14 million paydays, as a result of them each having accumulated multiple commercial hits under their belts ( Bridesmaids , The Heat , etc.) - with Spy already gearing up to become another hit for the duo.
That still leaves plenty of funding to cover the salaries of McCarthy's costars - Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon - as well as the CGI necessary to bring the film's nasty ghosts, specters, and related poltergeists to life on the big screen. For comparison's sake, the original Ghostbusters movie (released in 1984) cost $30 million to produce. Just goes to show how much the game in Hollywood has changed since then, doesn't it?
Feig has said he and Dippold are working on a Ghostbusters movie that's not only a hard reboot of the franchise, but also one that aims to be a proper horror (read: scary) comedy too. The filmmaker and his collaborators have progressively stepped up their game over the past few years, moving from banter-heavy comedy material to the more visually-sophisticated espionage parody Spy , and now Ghostbusters - meaning, fingers crossed, Feig's filmmaking skills have grown sharp enough that he's now up for this new challenge.
Much of the discussion about the Ghostbusters reboot thus far has been focused on the controversial "gender-swapping" casting , but hopefully now the conversation will shift to topics like the film's technical qualities - and just what a 21st century-made Ghostbusters should be like. There's no guarantee that Feig's new movie will join the list of successful reboots (and, in turn, kick off a Shared Universe), but the strong talent involved here gives fair reason to be (cautiously) optimistic.
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The Female Ghostbusters Movie Has A Giant Budget
Good news, Ghostbusters fans! Director Paul Feig scored millions for the upcoming reboot. The all-female movie was greenlit for a reported $154 million budget, despite new Sony executive’s plans to tighten movie budgets. This could mean bigger-budget special effects and (possible) fantastic CGI for the anticipated film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter , Sony’s new film studio chief Tom Rothman -- who was appointed to the new role in February -- has reportedly approved a $154 million budget just months after news broke that the all female reboot was in the works. This is a huge victory for the entire cast, crew and especially the director of the upcoming comedy, Paul Feig, despite reports of his concessions to reduce the budget of the project. THR also reports that the director had to make changes to the script in order to reduce the budget to the workable $154 million.
The Heat director's take on Ghostbusters originally was greenlit by Sony Motion Picture Group—then headed up by Amy Pascal—for an estimated $169 million budget, the likes of which included hefty salaries for headliner Melissa McCarthy (a reported $14 million) as well as a nice chunk of change ($10 million) for the director himself. Now, with a change in leadership, namely the financially conservative Rothman, Feig may have been forced to adjust his vision of the film and potentially do away with some expensive effects, having cut down on the script.
However, the $154 million budget is nowhere near a loss for the director. Feig can celebrate the fact that the $15 million cut from the original budget is still over Rothman’s reported target for the film. Rothman could have stuck to his guns on that one, and fought with the director. The two reportedly disagreed in the past over Feig’s project The Heat , while Rothman was head of Fox. As they say, let bygones be bygones. Now Feig can focus on making the Ghostbusters film worthy of the name.
Feig’s financial victory could also suggest the type of film fans of the original Ghostbusters movies and new ones alike could very well expect. In an age of big budget motion pictures, a hefty $154 million budget could mean spectacular special effects and, probably, CGI versions of Feig's ghosts. While there’s been no official word on the details of the plot, fans are likely to see a considerable amount of action in the film.
The all-female starring Ghostbusters , which is set to begin filming in summer 2015, will star actress Melissa McCarthy, of The Heat and Bridesmaids fame. McCarthy’s Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig , will join her in the film. Rounding out the cast are two other SNL alums: Leslie Jones, recently seen in Chris Rock’s critically acclaimed Top Five ; and Kate McKinnon, of the critically acclaimed comedy Intramural . Ghostbusters is scheduled to be released into theaters on July 22, 2016 .
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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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All Ghostbusters Movies (Frequently Updated)
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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: 217,413 | 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: 240,293 | 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: 433,522 | 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: 202,103 | Gross: $129.36M
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10 Sequel Teases That Never Panned Out
Posted: October 19, 2023 | Last updated: October 19, 2023
It seems like post-credits scenes, mid-roll teases and sequel hints are all the rage these days. It's very rare to find a film that is meant to be a standalone project. This mindset has pros and cons. It has led to beloved and successful franchises, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe . It's also led to plenty of disappointment, with fans getting excited for follow-ups that never come.
There have been plenty of films that tease a sequel, which has unfortunately never come. Sometimes, sequel ideas are planted early, and the creators come up with a better idea when it comes time to make the movie. Other times, a film bombs so badly that any hope of a franchise is immediately dashed. Whatever the reason, loose threads and empty promises are never fun.
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Mr. Sinister's Essex Corp
The X-Men franchise has had a lot of ups and downs. It arguably started the superhero movie craze in the early 2000s with the X-Men trilogy. Those initial three films, while campy, spawned a movement of cape flicks. Subsequent revisits to the X-Men mythos have, unfortunately, been less than stellar.
While there has been plenty to love about more recent X-Men films, they haven't performed very well. One of the biggest let-downs was X-Men: Apocalypse , which saw the team face off against the titular and iconic villain. The film's end credits scene teased long-time villain Mister Sinister through his company, Essex Corp. Unfortunately, the next film, Dark Phoenix , didn't feature Sinister.
Scorpion and Vulture Team-Up
Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.
Spider-Man is easily the most iconic Marvel superhero. So, it's no surprise that the MCU films starring the hero have been smash hits. As Spidey's MCU outings have gotten higher and higher stakes, it's easy to forget how low-key his first solo outing was.
Spider-Man: Homecoming saw the hero battle the Vulture. The film's end credit scene saw the Vulture and his fellow crook, Mac Gargan, discussing revenge on Spidey in prison. This seemed to tease some kind of team-up between the two villains, which has yet to come to pass.
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Green Lantern , starring Ryan Reynolds, is far from a fan favorite. Comic lovers and general audiences alike found the movie lacking, with a boring story and baffling CGI costumes. But plenty of the Green Lantern mythos gets explored here, including fellow lanterns Tomar-Re, Kilowag and Sinestro.
Sinestro is one of the most important Green Lantern characters. He's Hal Jordan's mentor and friend, but ultimately falls from grace and becomes an evil yellow lantern. Green Lantern 's mid-credits scene saw Sinestro don his yellow ring for the first time, promising a showdown between the two. Unfortunately, a sequel would never come, and Green Lantern has yet to be adapted again.
A League of Their Own
Justice League was, unfortunately, a bit of a mess. Behind-the-scenes trouble led to a disjointed debut for 2017's Justice League . More recently, director Zack Snyder was able to complete and release his version of the film, dubbed Zack Snyder's Justice League . The DCEU ending means that neither version will have a sequel.
Both versions of Justice League had lots of hanging threads. Most famously, though, 2017's Justice League teased the return of Lex Luthor and the advent of Deathstroke in the film's post-credits scene. Rumor has it this was a tease for an Injustice League and set up for Ben Affleck's Batman movie. Unfortunately, neither came to pass.
Hitman: Agent 47
The Hitman franchise is one of the most unique and creative video game series on the market. The film adaptations, however, have been somewhat lackluster. Hitman: Agent 47 bombed at the box office and was poorly received by fans and critics alike.
Hitman: Agent 47 featured the eponymous agent facing off against the Syndicate International, who wanted to mass-produce super soldiers like Agent 47. However, Agent 47 quickly goes rogue. His handlers send another agent after him, who is revealed to be his exact duplicate. Clearly, the studio was expecting a franchise, but audiences never know what would come of this twist.
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The Sinister Six
The amazing spider-man 2.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a bit of a troubled production. Initial cuts of the film were rumored to be three hours long, and lots of material didn't make it into the final version of the film. For example, Shailene Woodley was meant to appear as Mary Jane Watson but was cut entirely. One thing that did make it in was a tease for future Spidey foes.
Toward the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 , audiences saw a mysterious character wander through a secret lab. This lab featured prototypes for technology that referenced plenty of Spider-Man villains. Ultimately, The Amazing Spider-Man series was canceled, and Spidey was introduced in the MCU.
The Green Ranger
The movie reboot of Power Rangers was not very well received. That didn't stop the film from being a fun, nostalgic romp. The film featured a reimagined incarnation of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers team fighting Rita Repulsa. However, the team's most iconic member was nowhere to be seen.
Power Rangers didn't feature the team's famous sixth Ranger, Tommy Oliver. However, the end credit scene did tease the Green Ranger's rise. The audience only saw a green and gold jacket and heard the name Tommy Oliver, but this was enough for fans. Unfortunately, the film flopped and will likely never get a continuation. Luckily, the TV series is still going strong with Power Rangers: Cosmic Fury .
Ghostbusters: answer the call.
2016's reboot of Ghostbusters , later retitled Ghostbusters: Answer the Call , was a pretty fun return for the franchise. The movie sees this team of Ghostbusters face off against a mad scientist who became a powerful ghost. In true Ghostbusters fashion, the heroes best him with their gadget's know-how and one-liners.
The studio clearly thought Ghostbusters: Answer the Call had franchise potential, as it ends with a major tease. The team hears the word "Zuul" come from one of their machines and wonders what it means. Zuul, of course, is the name of the villain from the original Ghostbusters . Perhaps a sequel would have seen the team face off with the creature, but this never came to pass.
Baron Mordo's Mission
Doctor Strange was a pretty standard MCU origin movie, but the weird visuals and emphasis on magic helped set it apart. The film featured the titular hero thrust into the unfamiliar world of the mystic arts. One of his confidants and guides in this adventure was the fellow sorcerer, Mordo.
In Doctor Strange 's stinger, Mordo reveals his plan to hunt down every magician he can and take their power for himself. He has yet to reappear in the MCU. A version of Mordo did appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness , but he was from another reality. It is unclear if Mordo will reappear since the MCU seems to be focusing on the multiverse more and more.
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Darth Maul Returns Again
Solo: a star wars story.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is one of two anthology films set in the Star Wars universe. The film follows a young Han Solo at various points in his life. A majority of the film is dedicated to Han's first big job, which brings him into conflict with the gangster Dryden Vos.
While Solo: A Star Wars Story sees the titular smuggler best Vos, it also teases another big Star Wars villain. It turns out that Vos has been working for Darth Maul, who is upset to hear of Vos's failure. Whether this was meant to set up a conflict between Han Solo and Darth Maul is unknown. Disney has since moved away from anthology films and seems to be focusing on TV series instead.
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A g-g-g- ghost!
That — spluttering and all — was the usual reaction to Casper, the Friendly Ghost. Ghosts scare people. Even if, like Casper in the old cartoons, they just want to be your friend.
Ghosts, as a matter of fact, often have more on their minds than just saying "boo!"
Sometimes, as in "Macbeth," "Julius Caesar," and "Hamlet," they come back to scold, warn, prod. Sometimes, as in "A Christmas Carol," they do interventions.
And sometimes — as in "Ghostbusters" — ghosts just wanna have fun.
At Halloween, our annual festival of fear, they'll always have a place of honor — if only because their costume is a gift to the lazy. White sheet, two holes, done. Coincidentally, ghosts are also among the simplest of Hollywood's special effects. Double exposure is as old as film itself.
Maybe that's why ghosts have haunted movie theaters for 120 years — ever since Georges Méliès made "The Apparition" in 1903. And Halloween is a great time to catch up with the best of them. Here are some of our favorites.
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With this caveat: Hollywood's ghosts, like all ghosts, have mixed motives. Not every ghost movie is meant to scare you.
Some movie ghosts are wistful. Or romantic. Or funny. Or even thought provoking.
But others? BEWARRRRRE!!!!!!
'A Ghost Story' (2017)
There are sad ghosts, just like there are sad clowns. Casey Affleck, for instance — killed in a crash, who comes back to his old home to haunt his grieving wife, Rooney Mara. Ludicrously, wistfully, he looks exactly like a trick-or-treat ghost — the sheet with two eyes. This minimalist meditation on time, grief and memory, from writer-director David Lowery, is slow, unsettling. Haunting, in a word. Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google, Apple.
'The Others' (2001)
The other whats? Not humans, for sure, in this moody tale of a woman (Nicole Kidman), her photo-sensitive children, and her servants, in an isolated house in the Channel Islands where — it turns out — they are not quite so alone after all. Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu.
'Sixth Sense' (1999)
"I see dead people." And there's a reason for that, in M. Night Shyamalan's much-discussed thriller featuring a psychologist (Bruce Willis), a disturbed and disturbing child (Haley Joel Osment), and a famous "shock" ending that we won't spoil — though you probably know it already. Peacock, Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon Prime.
The ghost: Patrick Swayze. The widow: Demi Moore. The medium: Whoopi Goldberg. The revelation: pottery. Who knew it was sexy? This iconic '90s film may or may not be a classic of supernatural love. But it's certainly Hollywood's greatest advertisement for ceramics class. Max, Roku, Spectrum TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Redbox.
Leave it to Tim Burton to tell a ghost story from the ghost's point of view. In this case, about a ghostly couple (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) who hire an ectoplasmic exterminator (Michael Keaton) to rid their house of its human pests. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! There, we've said it. Amazon Prime, Vudu, Apple TV.
Who could resist Slimer, Zuul, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? Apparently only Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd — which is why they had to be called in in the first place. This monster hit earned a place in comedy history, but — heretical opinion — we prefer "Ghostbusters II" (1989), with its demonic spirit Vigo (Norbert Grupe), a sort of ectoplasmic Vlad the Impaler, and his nutty enabler Dr Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol, borrowing the Polish accent of his "Sophie's Choice" co-star, Meryl Streep) who warns the heroes that to Vigo "you are like the buzzing of flies!" USA Network, OXYGEN, SYFY, Bravo, E!, Prime Video, ROW8, Apple TV, Vudu.
This Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg shocker goes a bit over the top in the last act. But the early scenes, involving a nice suburban daddy (Craig T. Nelson), his nice normal family, and his sweet little daughter (Heather O'Rourke), who gets sucked into the TV set, are notably creepy, and Zelda Rubenstein is unforgettable as the medium with the happy message: "All are welcome in the light!" Max, Philo, Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu or Redbox, or on TCM 12:30 a.m. Oct. 18.
'The Shining' (1980)
Just because you're dead, doesn't mean you don't have to earn a living. In "The Shining," Stanley Kubrick's epic rendering of the Stephen King novel, the ghosts include butler Grady (Philip Stone) and bartender Lloyd (Joe Turkel), who do their best to make homicidal Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) comfortable as he plots to murder his wife and child in an empty, snowbound hotel. Kubrick brought a new twist to ghost movies: all the scary stuff happens in broad daylight. Which makes it worse. Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu.
'The Fog' (1980)
"It's not the fog. It's what's in the fog!" Carcinogens? No — it's the ghosts of an evil ship's crew lurking within the creepy mist that blankets Point Reyes, California. John Carpenter's flashlight-in-the-face ghost yarn, starring the inevitable Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis, is good spooky fun. Prime Video, Apple TV or Vudu.
'The Haunting' (1963)
Even ghosts gotta live somewhere. Hence, the Haunted House — one of Hollywood's favorite pieces of real estate. This one is especially nasty, with its middle-of-the-night pounding, cold spots, and a memorably unstable spiral staircase. Naturally, the 1999 remake (both are based on Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House") upped the shocks — and naturally, no one talks about it. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, or on TCM 1:30 a.m. Oct. 21.
'Carnival of Souls' (1962)
This unique low-budget chiller, featuring a haunted amusement pier, has a twist that out-Shyamalans M. Night Shyamalan. Recommended. Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft Store, Apple TV.
'The Innocents' (1961)
Two sweet children. A spunky governess. But this isn't "The Sound of Music." Because these kids are haunted by evil spirits. Or else the governess is losing her mind. And either way, this gorgeously photographed, subtly spooky rendering of Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" is probably the best ghost movie ever made. Deborah Kerr's performance is a tour de force. Netflix, Amazon, Vudu.
'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir' (1947)
Is a ghost your ideal mate? eHarmony might not think so. But Hollywood has occasionally thought otherwise. The best of all the otherworldly love stories is probably this one — about an independent-minded widow (Gene Tierney) circa 1900, who is romanced by the ghost of a cranky sea captain (Rex Harrison). It sounds trite — but the movie has a depth and melancholy that is hard to forget. A lot of it has to do with the seaside setting, and Bernard Herrmann's exquisite music. Prime Video, Apple TV or Vudu or TCM 8 p.m. Oct. 20.
'Dead of Night' (1945)
This omnibus film of the uncanny — a sort of dry run for "The Twilight Zone" — includes several ghost stories. Best of all is the convalescing patient, and the ghostly hearse driver who calls up to him: "Just room for one inside sir!" Guess who, a week later, is driving the bus to take him home from the hospital. iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu.
'The Uninvited' (1944)
It sounds like a problem for Miss Manners. But it's actually a problem for Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey, whose lovely seaside house on the Cornwall coast is plagued by ghostly sobbing, inexplicable cold drafts, and the scent of Mimosa that was associated with the murderess who lived there years before. Hollywood's first attempt at a "serious" ghost movie — though mild by today's standards — still holds up pretty well. TCM 11:45 p.m. Oct. 20.