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Slimer (also known as Onionhead and Little Spud ) is a fictional green ghost featured in the 1984 supernatural comedy film Ghostbusters , as well as its 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II , whose popularity soared from the subsequent spinoff animated television series The Real Ghostbusters . Slimer later starred in his own Slimer! cartoons when The Real Ghostbusters was extended to a one-hour format. Slimer also appeared as a representative of The Real Ghostbusters in the animated anti-drug television special, Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue . Slimer was a ghost made up of pure Ectoplasm and the first ghost successfully captured by the Ghostbusters. Slimer is well known for his gigantic appetite and the slime he leaves behind when he passes through solid objects.

In Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 , he was voiced by the late Ivan Reitman.

  • 1 Personality
  • 2 Classification
  • 3.1 Ghostbusters
  • 3.2 Ghostbusters II
  • 3.3 Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)
  • 4.1 Legion Mini Series
  • 4.2 Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Version)
  • 4.3 Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Portable Version)
  • 4.4 IDW Comics
  • 4.5 Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  • 4.6 Animated Series
  • 4.7 Ghostbusters (Beeline mobile game)
  • 5 Development
  • 6.1 Primary Canon
  • 6.2 Secondary Canon
  • 9 Navigation

Personality [ ]

Throughout the first film, Slimer appears to lack intelligence and was all about getting a good snack. It was a normally shy ghost but is not afraid to slime when cornered. In the second movie, it appears that Slimer's intelligence grew and could drive a bus. So far, in the video game and cartoon he has grown in intelligence and seems to understand basic human concepts.

Classification [ ]

Slimer is classified as a focused, Non-Terminal Repeating Phantasm, or a Class 5 Full Roaming Vapor. And a real nasty one at that.

History [ ]

Ghostbusters [ ].

Slimer was a legendary ghost to all on the original staff of the Sedgewick Hotel. His usual territory was the twelfth floor, but his outings were usually non-violent and simply involved eating food. As a result, the hotel was able to keep a lid on the supernatural problems (for a while). For some reason, Gozer's approaching time of arrival provoked Slimer (and many other ghosts) into being much more active than usual. Eventually the staff couldn't keep the ghost a secret anymore and called the Ghostbusters. However, the Ghostbusters had not yet fully tested their equipment and weren't completely prepared for a full capture. Ray was the first to find Slimer, but missed him and Slimer escaped into the next hall, where he slimed Peter Venkman. After many errant shots and the resulting destruction, Slimer flew into the Alhambra Ballroom where the Ghostbusters made another attempt at capture. Though Slimer is at first tossed around by some more missed shots, the Ghostbusters eventually manage to get him in the streams. Slimer was then caught in the Trap and put in the storage facility. However, he was released with the many other ghosts when the storage facility was shut down. Slimer occupied a hot dog cart on on 1221 Avenue of the Americas in front of the Rockefeller Plaza. When the Hot Dog Vendor opened the cart, he was naturally shocked to see a ghost. After the Ghostbusters defeated Gozer and left Central Park West, Slimer was sighted in the area.

Ghostbusters II [ ]

Slimer seemed to be a pet to the Ghostbusters, though it's unknown what he had been doing since the Ghostbusters were put out of business years ago. Slimer did resurface after the Ghostbusters started up again and had apparently gotten much fatter in the span of five years. Throughout the Vigo incident of 1989, Slimer interacted with Louis Tully. The two first met when Louis caught Slimer eating his lunch, to which the two of them fled in fear. On New Year's Eve, Louis decides to take up a Proton Pack and help the Ghostbusters. In an attempt to patch up their initial misunderstanding, Slimer helped an exhausted Louis by giving him a ride to the Manhattan Museum of Art (to which Louis wonders how he got his license). It seems likely Slimer had simply commandeered an abandoned bus from the havoc resulting from Vigo's Mood slime assault.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version) [ ]

At some point, Slimer was recaptured and kept in a Paranormal Containment Research Tank in the Firehouse in the lobby. Egon Spengler used him for various paranormal studies (sometimes noted that this is a nod to The Real Ghostbusters shows take on Slimer). On Thanksgiving weekend 1991, Slimer was playing with Peter Venkman's ESP cards inside Paranormal Containment Research Tank.

The Psi Energy Pulse damaged the Tank and Slimer escaped. The team finds him looking at the Containment Unit. When the Rookie takes a shot, Slimer avoids it and the Proton Stream hits the Unit, releasing the Sloth Ghost. Rookie and Ray pursued Slimer into the Sub-Basement but it escaped through a wall. After the Sloth Ghost was recaptured, the Ghostbusters headed to the Sedgewick Hotel on Ray's hunch Slimer would return to his old haunt. Sure enough, Slimer was found by Ray, Peter, and Rookie eating and drinking off someone's tray in front of Room 1218. Rookie took a shot but Slimer ran for it and tried to hide. Rookie roused him out and Slimer flew off towards the elevators where he descended back to the ground floor (but not before sliming Peter for a second time). Slimer is joined by Bellhop Ghosts. With renewed paranormal activity, Egon opts to split up. Rookie and Peter are tasked with recapturing Slimer. Peter believes he's feasting in the Alhambra Ballroom but the manager John O'Keefe bars entrance. Peter regroups and leads Rookie through the kitchen to access the other entrance to the ballroom. Rookie and Peter successfully traps Slimer.

Slimer is placed back into a working Paranormal Containment Research Tank when the team returns from Times Square. When Peck shut down the containment grid again, Slimer is among the escapees. After the Ghostbusters destroy Ivo Shandor and return to the physical plane, Slimer slimes Ilyssa Selwyn just as she and Peter are about to kiss in Central Park.

Secondary Canon History [ ]

Legion mini series [ ].

Slimer fell into the Ghost Legion who allied with Michael Draverhaven. From a hangar at the JFK Airport, Michael kept Slimer at his side as he coordinated attacks on New York City and the Ghostbusters. He used Slimer's Ectoplasm to construct a simple map of the city and to restrain Ray. When the other Ghostbusters arrived, Peter relished the chance to take another shot at Slimer. In the aftermath, it appears he evaded capture and fled the hangar with the rest of the ghosts.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Version) [ ]

He is more like a pet in this version evidenced by three dog food bowls with him in the Paranormal Containment Research Tank. Much like the Realistic Version, he escapes from his tank when the Psi Energy Pulse passes through the Firehouse. However, he only stays shortly to waive goodbye to the Ghostbusters then leaves for the Sedgewick Hotel. Peter and the Rookie recaptures him and he is returned into another research tank. When the ghosts are released from the Containment Unit, Slimer escapes again but at the end of the game, Slimer doesn't slime Ilyssa. Instead, he reappears above the garage bay in the Firehouse. The credits roll while the Rookie(s) try to catch him again.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Portable Version) [ ]

He is much like the normal Stylized Version. However, the relationship as a pet/research subject wasn't suggested in dialog.

Tobin's Guide The sticky green slime machine from the Sedgewick Hotel.

Dealing with the Supernatural

  • Attacks: Melee, Range
  • Weaknesses: Proton Stream

IDW Comics [ ]

After the "Shandor Incident," Slimer proved to be a problematic repeat haunter. He began terrorizing an apartment complex occupied by Alan Crendall, who thought it was a curse for what his Uncle Janosz Poha did in 1989. One week later, Alan told Winston about his problem. Winston and Peter investigated the following afternoon. While Winston scanned the Crendall's unit in room 426, Peter checked next door in 427. Peter ran into Slimer and flew through the wall into 426.

An hour or two later, Winston and Peter were still having an unusually difficult time in capturing Slimer. In a shocking display, Slimer was able to pull free from the Proton Stream. Using Winston as bait, Peter managed to ambush Slimer and trapped him. Slimer was returned to a Paranormal Containment Research Tank in the Firehouse. Egon later postulated the current uptick in P.K.E. made Slimer stronger than usual.

In the fall, after the Ghostbusters' trip across the nation, Egon used Slimer as a test subject for his studies on the Ghost Smashers. For several days, Egon experimented on explosive dispersal of mid-range ectoplasmic manifestations. Slimer proved to be an excellent test-subject. Egon concluded the time to reconstitution in a 180 cubic foot enclosure averaged at around three hours and 47 minutes. From that data, he extrapolated when the entities atomized by the Ghost Smashers would also reconstitute. When Egon wasn't looking, Peter dispersed Slimer for fun.

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime [ ]

Slimer randomly appears in certain levels ( Level 1: Training Day, Level 2: Asylum Brawl, Level 3: River of Ooze, Level 7: Back to the Sedgewick, and Level 9: Lair of the Huge Spider ) but leaves after some time or taking a few blasts from the players. He is never dispersed nor trapped in the course of the story.

Animated Series [ ]

Continuing from the first movie, Slimer actually stuck around the Ghostbuster headquarters. He apparently was feeling lonely and the Ghostbusters were the only ones who paid attention to him. He mainly stayed hidden until being drawn out because of his appetite. The Ghostbusters at first reacted negatively to him, but as he hung around they started to tolerate him and even treat him like a friend. Ray gave him the name "Slimer" (just to annoy Peter). Slimer was finally accepted as a pet ghost after helping the Ghostbusters stop the Anti-Ghostbusters. Throughout the years, Slimer aided the Ghostbusters whenever a ghost was needed for the situation. Because he helped the Ghostbusters, Slimer had a large number of problems of his own. Many ghosts considered Slimer a "traitor" amongst ghosts for his compassion with the humans. This often put Slimer on bad terms with many villains who faced the Ghostbusters.

For more information of the animated version of this character go to the animated article.

Ghostbusters (Beeline mobile game) [ ]

You capture Slimer once, at the start of the game.

Tobin's Spirit Guide Fondly dubbed "Onion Head" he's haunted the HQ for years. Throws slimeballs around and provides daily rewards.

Development [ ]

Dan Aykroyd reportedly referred to Slimer as "The Ghost of John Belushi". In the script for Ghostbusters, Slimer is never actually called by any name, so is never given one. The creature's original moniker was simply The Onionhead Ghost, which the film crew semi-officially dubbed him because of his horrible odor, which he used to scare a couple in a scene cut from the original movie. When the cartoon series was produced, in response to the name much given to the character by audiences, the writers renamed the green ghost "Slimer", and the name stuck on all subsequent Ghostbusters properties (he was even named Slimer in the end credits of Ghostbusters II, but a character never actually referred to him as Slimer in the film canon until Ghostbusters: The Video Game), although he was referred to as "The Green Ghost" early in the related toy line. In later releases of his first figure, an extra label was applied specifying "Known as 'Slimer' in the 'Real Ghostbusters' TV show.

Slimer wasn't always a definite part of the Ghostbusters II script. It was a matter of considerable debate if he should appear at all. Slimer's appeal, luckily, was very universal among children thanks in part to the first movie and The Real Ghostbusters. Slimer was given a subplot and written into movie - Slimer would eat various foods in the Firehouse while Louis Tully would try to trap him then they would become friends. Michael Gross requested elements of the animated version of Slimer to be incorporated into the movie. Tim Lawrence and Thom Enriquez worked on a new design. Meanwhile, Bobby Porter was called into portray Slimer. Some of the technology and techniques used for Nunzio Scoleri were used for Slimer - the divided head construct, pneumatic jaws, SNARK and a fat suit - a departure from the first movie where he was hand puppeteered. Then Slimer was removed from the script. Porter was released.

Two weeks later, Slimer was back in the script and had a bigger role. However, Porter was no longer available. Effects ooordinator Ned Gorman remembered working with Robin Navlyt on "Willow" and she was brought in. Surprisingly, she was the same height as Porter and fit into the suit very well. Chris Goehe and his mold shop crew made a full lifecast on her and Al Coulter worked on a new skullcap. The Slimer shoot was finished close to the first day of shooting. Michael Gross was onhand to push the crew to keep Slimer subtle and reduce any complicated approaches to moving him. Slimer's segments were deemed intrusive by preview audiences. During editing, Ivan Reitman decided to limit Slimer's role even though all scripted scenes were filmed and completed. Ultimately, Slimer's scenes were trimmed to two brief shots plus one during the end titles.

Appearances [ ]

Primary canon [ ].

  • Chapter 12: "He Slimed Me!"
  • Chapter 13: "Nice Shootin', Tex."
  • Chapter 21: "Out of Biz"
  • Chapter 28: "Crossing Streams"
  • Deleted Scene: "Honeymooners" not shown, but referred to being in the bathroom
  • Chapter 12: "Two in the Box"
  • Chapter 24: "A Harbor Chick"
  • Chapter 28: "World is Safe Again"
  • Deleted Scene: "Louis Sets A Trap For Slimer"
  • Deleted Scene: "Louis Is Proton Gun Crazy For Slimer"
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Secondary Canon [ ]

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  • A reuse of "Past, Present, and Future" Cover A
  • At least two covers
  • Page 22 pin up

Gallery [ ]


  • During pre-production of the first Ghostbusters film, Ivan Reitman remarked Slimer was sort of like Bluto in the film "Animal House" like the ghost of John Belushi. Dan Aykroyd never argued with that point. Since then, Slimer has been described as "The Ghost of John Belushi" by Dan Aykroyd in many interviews.
  • Dan Aykroyd described Slimer as a vapor - a kind of confluence of stored up psychic energy, an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel who doesn't want to leave.
  • Thelma Moss, of the Parapsychology department at UCLA, told Harold Ramis Slimer was similar to a classic type of haunting known as 'hungry ghosts' - a ghost who just ears and drinks. Ramis admitted they didn't know about that when they wrote the script.
  • Except for Gozer's, Ivan Reitman provided all of the unearthly voices, such as Dana's demonic Zuul voice and Slimer.
  • In the early scripts and novelization of the first film by Larry Milne, Silmer is described as being yellow.
  • Asides from being able to render himself incorporeal, Slimer appears to have low-level telekinetic ability. During his first encounter with Ray, Slimer flees, dragging a room service cart behind in tow. Which collides with the wall as he phases through it. This may also explain how he's able to work the foot pedals on the bus he commandeers to help Louis.
  • In the Ghostbusters Role-Playing Game Series, Slimer's presence in the world of the living was credited as a side-effect of cult rituals. These cult rituals were likely performed in Slimer's case by the Cult of Gozer, lead by Ivo Shandor. Gozer, also known as "Lord of the Sebouillia", may-in turn-have influenced the name. Sebouillia in the Ukrainian language translates as "onion." Thus, Slimer's coined term, "Onion Head."
  • In The Real Ghostbusters Marvel UK series, Slimer was revealed to be the ghost of King Remils (an anagram of Slimer). The canonicity of this comic strip is doubtful though.
  • In the 1992 Annual by NOW Comics a profile of Slimer, stated, "In life he was an extremely greedy and obese man. After death he forgot all things about his life, even his own name, except the urge to continue eating."
  • At the end of the theater version of Ghostbusters II, Slimer comes out from behind the Statue of Liberty and flies right into the camera just like how he did at the end of the first movie. The VHS/DVD versions omits this and just ends with a pan up to the statue's head then a fade to black.
  • Slimer is shown in the trailer for "Ghostbusters: The Video Game," flying at the viewer in a manner similar to the end of the first movie, before a transition into the traditional Ghostbusters emblem.
  • Slimer makes a cameo on Ghostbusters Issue #9 Cover RI-B, Spook Central variant.
  • On Cover RI of Ghostbusters Issue #15, Slimer makes a cameo.

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Slimer, the lovable green ghost from the iconic animated series “The Real Ghostbusters,” has captured the hearts of fans young and old. With his insatiable appetite and mischievous personality, Slimer quickly became one of the most memorable characters in cartoon history.

In this article, we will dive into 21 fascinating facts about Slimer that will not only entertain fans but also provide a deeper understanding of this ghostly glob of ectoplasm. From his origins to his iconic catchphrases, we’ll explore the ins and outs of this beloved character, shedding light on some lesser-known aspects of his existence.

So, get ready to embark on a ghostbusting adventure as we uncover the secrets behind Slimer, the filthy but friendly specter who won our hearts with his quirks and charm.

Slimer is the iconic green ghost from the animated series “The Real Ghostbusters”.

Slimer made his first appearance in the Ghostbusters franchise in 1984 and quickly became a beloved character.

Slimer’s real name is not actually “Slimer”.

In the animated series, Slimer doesn’t have an official name but is referred to as “Slimer” due to his insatiable appetite.

Slimer’s personality is mischievous and fun-loving.

He is known for his silly antics, voracious appetite, and his love for causing chaos and slime-related mischief.

Slimer is often seen as a sidekick to the Ghostbusters.

He helps the team in their ghost-busting adventures and has become a fan-favorite character due to his unique charm.

Slimer’s origin story is revealed in the animated series.

According to the show, Slimer was once a human named Eugene who became a ghost after an experiment gone wrong.

Slimer has become synonymous with ghostly eating habits.

His constant hunger and love for food have made him a memorable character amongst fans of the franchise.

Slimer has appeared in various Ghostbusters merchandise and spin-off media.

His popularity has led to his inclusion in video games, comics, and even a cameo appearance in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot.

Slimer has a distinctive, slimy appearance.

He is depicted as a round, green ghost with a big, mischievous grin and a tendency to leave a trail of slime wherever he goes.

Slimer’s unique sound effects were created by layering multiple animal noises.

The sound designers combined sounds of a pig squealing, a horse neighing, and a stomach growling to create Slimer’s iconic voice.

Slimer was heavily inspired by a character from the original Ghostbusters movie.

In the film, there is a ghost known as the “Green Ghost” who bears a striking resemblance to the animated character of Slimer.

Slimer has been featured in several episodes of the animated series.

His prominent appearances often revolve around his comedic encounters with the Ghostbusters and his insatiable appetite.

Slimer has a friendly relationship with the Ghostbusters.

Despite his mischievous nature, the Ghostbusters have a soft spot for Slimer and often treat him as a part of their team.

Slimer’s character design has evolved over the years.

In the early episodes of the animated series, he had a more rounded and chubby appearance, but later iterations made him slightly slimmer.

Slimer is often accompanied by the sound of jingling keys.

Whenever he appears, the sound of keys jingling can be heard, adding to his unique presence.

Slimer has become an iconic symbol of the Ghostbusters franchise.

His popularity has led to his inclusion in the franchise’s logo and merchandise, making him a recognizable character worldwide.

Slimer has inspired a spin-off series called “Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters”.

In this series, Slimer takes on a more prominent role as the main character, showcasing his misadventures and comedic moments.

Slimer has a unique ability to pass through solid objects.

He can become incorporeal, allowing him to slip through walls and other barriers effortlessly.

Slimer has been portrayed in different ways in different iterations of the Ghostbusters franchise.

While he is mainly depicted as a comedic character, there have been instances where he has been portrayed as a more menacing ghost.

Slimer has a notorious appetite for food, especially hot dogs.

In the animated series, it is shown that Slimer’s favorite food is hot dogs, and he is often seen gobbling them up with gusto.

Slimer has made cameo appearances in other animated shows.

His popularity has led to appearances in cartoons such as “Extreme Ghostbusters” and “The Real Ghostbusters” spin-offs.

Slimer has become an endearing character to both children and adults alike.

His unique personality, memorable design, and comedic moments have made him a beloved part of the Ghostbusters franchise over the years.

So there you have it, 21 fascinating facts about Slimer (The Real Ghostbusters). Whether you remember him from the animated series, the movies, or the countless merchandise, there’s no denying the enduring charm of this lovable green ghost.

Slimer, the iconic green ghost from The Real Ghostbusters, has captured the hearts of fans for decades. With his mischievous and lovable nature, Slimer has become a beloved character in the world of cartoons.

Throughout the show’s run, Slimer has entertained us with his unique personality and paranormal abilities. From his insatiable appetite for food to his comedic antics, Slimer has proven to be one of the most memorable cartoon characters of all time.

As we’ve explored in this article, Slimer has a rich history and is full of fascinating facts. Whether you’re a long-time fan or just discovering the character, these 21 facts about Slimer help shed light on his enduring popularity and enduring appeal.

Next time you revisit The Real Ghostbusters, keep these facts in mind as you watch Slimer in action. He’s much more than just a ghost – he’s a beloved character who has left an indelible mark on the world of cartoons.

1. Who is Slimer in The Real Ghostbusters?

Slimer is a green ghost character in the animated TV series The Real Ghostbusters. He is known for his voracious appetite and his tendency to help the Ghostbusters in their paranormal investigations.

2. Why is Slimer so popular?

Slimer’s popularity can be attributed to his comedic and mischievous nature. He provides comic relief in the show and has become one of the most endearing characters, appealing to both children and adults.

3. Does Slimer have any special abilities?

Slimer possesses various paranormal abilities, including the ability to fly, pass through walls, and emit ectoplasmic slime. He also has an uncanny ability to consume large amounts of food in a matter of seconds.

4. How did Slimer become a part of The Real Ghostbusters?

Originally, Slimer appeared in the Ghostbusters movie as a minor character. However, due to his popularity, he was given a more prominent role in The Real Ghostbusters TV series, where he became a lovable member of the ghost-busting team.

5. Are there any other characters similar to Slimer?

While Slimer remains a unique character, his popularity has inspired the creation of similar characters in other cartoons. One notable example is “Stinkie” from the Casper the Friendly Ghost series, who shares Slimer’s mischievous demeanor.

6. What are some notable Slimer episodes in The Real Ghostbusters?

Some of the most memorable Slimer-centric episodes include “Slimer, Is That You?” where Slimer gains the ability to possess humans, and “Citizen Ghost,” which explores Slimer’s origin story and his connection to the Ghostbusters.

7. Can I find Slimer merchandise?

Yes, Slimer merchandise is widely available, ranging from action figures and plush toys to clothing and collectibles. You can find a variety of Slimer-themed merchandise online or at specialty stores.

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You can't have a Ghostbusters movie without ghosts . If there weren’t ghosts jogging through New York or menacingly shoving hot dogs in their faces, you’d just have four guys sitting around in brown uniforms quipping. Everyone knows the more popular ghosts in Ghostbusters , but what about the ghosts that don’t have a voice? This list of the all the Ghostbusters ghosts finally gives you a chance to speak up for the lesser known ghosts who you might prefer to Slimer or Zuul.

One of the most interesting things about every Ghostbusters ghost is how little the rules of traditional ghost movies matter to any of them. In the first film, you’ve got a demon dog coming out of a refrigerator and a giant marshmallow man wreaking havoc on New York. The ghosts in Ghostbusters II are all over the place. Some are 20-foot tall inter-dimensional creatures, while others are just heads on sticks. Is this kind of playful attitude that’s made the Ghostbusters films a touchstone for so many comedy, horror, and film fans since 1984. But as you know, all ghosts  aren’t created equal, so it’s time to rank all the ghosts in the first two Ghostbusters .

Vote up the ghosts in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II that made the biggest impression on you . Then leave us a comment about whether or not you are or ain’t afraid of no ghost.

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Every Ghost in 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' Ranked

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Set in the small town of Summerville, Oklahoma, Ghostbusters: Afterlife follows the grandchildren of the recently deceased former ghostbuster, Egon Spengler (played by Bob Guntman, Ivan Reitman, and Harold Ramis posthumously), as they discover their grandfather’s old ghost hunting equipment and his attempts to stop the coming apocalypse and the rise of Gozer the Gozerian (voiced by Shohreh Aghdashloo , played by Olivia Wilde ). As Phoebe ( Mckenna Grace ) and Trevor ( Finn Wolfhard ) pick up where their grandfather left off, they encounter ghost after ghost, from the harmless and annoying to the destructive beings hellbent on reviving their master. The following list is a ranking of every ghost in Ghostbusters: Afterlife , based on danger, destructiveness, and all around ghostly aura.

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While horrific screams and the ability to shoot metal out of his mouth like bullets is certainly a bit scary, Muncher ( Josh Gad ) seems to be more of a pest than an actual threat; the most he does by way of terrorizing the people of Summerville is some light property damage and the interrupting of lunch dates. Combined with some rather unpleasant eating noises and a strange body that sort of resembles a tardigrade (or water bear), Muncher is rather harmless if not a bit disgusting, and seems to be little more than a knockoff Slimer, but with less slime and more feet. Hands? We’re not actually sure.

5. Diner Zombie

Despite having less than a minute of screentime, this ghost still ranks higher than Muncher due to pure horror-energy. With rotting grey-blue skin, a single pale eye, and a set of teeth that could definitely benefit from a visit to the dentist, this ghost, while it doesn’t do much in ways of actively terrorizing the town or showing off whatever creepy powers it may have, it is terrifying enough on its own, even when it’s just trying to order a cup of coffee.

4. Giant Eyeball Ghost

With the ability to remove its single yellow eye from its socket to peer around corners and doorways, this goblin-like ghost seems to enjoy freaking out the poor people of Summerville, chasing them through the streets and letting loose some rather scary howls. Like the Diner Zombie, this ghost doesn’t get much screen time to show off his talents, but at least he takes an active role in haunting the town.

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3. Egon Spengler

A former ghostbuster-turned-ghost, Egon Spengler spent the last moments of his life doing what he did best; capturing ghosts and trying to stop the apocalypse. Of course, this wasn’t enough to save him and he ended up dying while trying to capture Zuul the Gatekeeper and Vinz Clortho the Keymaster. This hasn’t stopped Spengler, though, and throughout the film he acts as ‘Grandfather from Beyond the Grave,’ guiding his granddaughter, Phoebe, as she and her brother, Trevor, attempt to finish what Spengler started. He doesn’t have the same powers as some of the other entries on this list, but he still knows how to play a mean game of chess and when to show up during a final battle to support his family. Points could be deducted for his estrangement from his daughter and his fellow ghostbusters, but that happened in life so it doesn’t really count.

2. The Mini-Pufts

Small, cute, and mischievous; they look more like the perfect addition to a nice hot chocolate than anything actually threatening. Yet, despite their small size and squishy bodies, The Mini-Pufts pack a punch. Teamwork makes the dream work with these little guys, who band together to wreak havoc in the Summerville Walmart and jeopardize Mr. Grooberson’s ( Paul Rudd ) escape from Zuul The Gatekeeper, as well as destroy some important ghostbusting equipment during a rather important finale fight. Though not necessarily dangerous on their own, their chaotic energy and lust for trouble means ignoring them could lead to some pretty terrible situations.

1. Terror Dogs: Zuul the Gatekeeper and Vinz Clortho the Key Master

Gozer the Gozerian's two top servants are dedicated to their master and each other, and are not above using their horrific powers to get what they want; dematerialization, possessing innocent mortals, and transforming into some pretty terrifying creatures, all in the name of servitude. Whatever challenges arise, these two seem to have a way around them. Your original vessel escapes possession? Transform into a horrifying skeletal smoke monster and possess the next young woman you find. Problem solved. Because they function as a team and have the same set of powers, Zuul and Vinz Clortho are being ranked together as a unit; after all, it seems wrong to separate them when all they want to do is be together… by possessing two people and having them perform a sexual rite that will open the portal to their master.

Honorable Mention: Gozer

While not technically a ghost, this eldritch being deserves some recognition. Determination and killer aesthetics, along with the ability to raise an army of ghosts to terrorize the locals, earns Gozer the Gozerian a place on this list. Also, there’s just something about ripping a man in two that cannot be ignored.

Dishonorable Mention: Ivo Shandor

Despite being an actual ghost capable of possession in other Ghostbuster instalments, Shandor ( J.K. Simmons ) is nothing more than a dead cultist now revived in Ghostbusters: Afterlife . He doesn’t even get much time to enjoy his resurrection or the resurrection of Gozer; in the end, Shandor is rather unceremoniously ripped in half by the deity and his dream of ruling side by side with Gozer is destroyed along with him.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was released in theaters November 19, 2021 in the US and will be available to stream on January 10, 2022.

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His name is Slimer. Although I don't think he had a name in the actual Ghostbusters movies. I think he was only given a name in the cartoon TV show that was on in the late 1980s to early 1990s.

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What is the name of the Green ghost in 'Ghost Busters'?

It does not have a name in the movie.In the cartoon series "The Real Ghostbusters" it is given the name "Slimer"

What did the Ghostbusters use to fight the ghost?

Proton Packs and Ghost Traps

What happens in Ghostbusters if a ghost gets you?

The scientific theory in Ghostbusters is that the cohesive part of a spirit is an ectoplasmic residue, which is left behind in our realm if it comes into contact with a ghost. This has been discovered in a few paranormal investigations, but there is no scientific proof that the ectoplasm came from an incorporeal entity. Ghostbusters would not be a funny movie unless there was a common occurance of being attacked by a ghost... like that of Peter Venkman getting "slimed" from head to toe in green goo.

What was the giant ghost made of in the movie Ghostbusters?

He wasn't a ghost. He was a giant Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man. He was made of marshmallow.

What is the song in Ghostbusters 1 when the ghost are accidentally released and flying around the city?

Mick Smiley - Magic

What is the name of the movie that has a real ghost in it?


What is the name of the game in which the ghost are made to trap by cutting the area?

The game is Ghostbusters.

What were ghost guns?

There the guns from Ghostbusters. Remember?

What is the Ghostbusters catchphase?

I ain't afraid of no ghost!

What to do when you see a ghost at the cemetery?

Call ghostbusters

What games on Nintendo DS are ghost games?


How do you capture a ghost?

This isn't Ghostbusters. They can't be captured.

What is the best ghost move?

In my opinion, it is Ghostbusters!

What do you do if you upset a ghost?

Pick up the phone and call Ghostbusters


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The Tavern on the Green is a restaurant located in New York City's Central Park just off Central Park West at West 67th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side. After originally opening in 1934, the restaurant filed for bankruptcy and eventually closed its doors in 2009; however in 2014 it reopened under new management. [1]

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In 1984, Louis Tully fled from Vinz Clortho and ran into Central Park. Louis found himself outside the Tavern but couldn't find a way inside. He banged once on the window. He ran to door. It was locked. Louis whimpered to be let in. Louis knocked a white chair down, then doubled back and hopped over some brush, and banged on the window. He pleaded for someone to let him in. Louis kept on screaming, then turned his head around then his whole body. His back pressed against the window. Despite voicing his distress to the customers and employees inside, Louis was left alone outside with Vinz Clortho, who had caught up to him. Louis tried to talk to him like a person to a regular dog and frantically checked his pocket for a Milk-Bone. Vinz Clortho growled. Louis screamed in terror then slid down to the ground and fainted. The restaurant guests and staff were quiet for a couple of seconds, then resumed their conversations. The music restarted as well.

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Idw comics [ ].

Weeks after the Gozer incident concluded, Rebecca Morales interviewed Peter Venkman in Central Park for her book about the Ghostbusters. He led her to the Tavern and stated he was hungry. He misremembered what Louis told him about the restaurant. They got a table outside. Peter made sure the lunch would be paid by Rebecca's publisher. Rebecca tried to ask him about his career at Columbia University and why he never published any papers on his own. Peter claimed he published more than one about the "effectiveness of the behavioral vs. humanistic approach when dealing with the average skell in the five boroughs" through the Mason-Wolf Journal of Tentative Psychology. She asked if he published outside of Parapsychology. Peter reminded her he had more than one degree and added he was in the middle of a "mostly credible" experiment before he parted ways with academia. She noted Dana Barrett told her he liked to deflect. Peter was caught off guard and decided he was definitely ordering dessert. Rebecca continued and told him others said the same thing like Walter Peck . Peter was surprised he was still at the Environmental Protection Agency. Rebecca added Peck told her he was combative. She also revealed she read his report about the Containment Unit . Peter stopped her and wondered how thorough she was trying to be. Rebecca stated she was going to be as thorough as she could be since her name was going on the book. She noted Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore were cooperative. Peter keyed on her saying Ray was cooperative and asked if he talked about The Rose . She asked if he was talking about the night club. A waiter brought them their meals. Peter teased the national press didn't get the juicy details about that bust. He remarked the steak looked perfect and thanked the waiter. Rebecca suspected he brought it up so he wouldn't have to talk about his academic career. Peter told her about what happened at The Rose.

Rebecca was stunned with Peter's idea to have Egon dance. Peter explained that while some ghosts would talk to you like a person, most were straight Id and worked on impulse so if the right thing was dangled in front of them, they couldn't help but manifest. He continued with the story. Rebecca was surprised that was how the bust really went down. Peter quoted Casey Kasem 's report about it. Peter admitted he thought it was shame it happened before Winston got hired because he would loved to see his reaction to Egon's Moonwalk. Rebecca suddenly had more questions. Rebecca was handed the bill. Peter bet she did but excused himself for a meeting with his agent about working in television. He asked if she thought the Tonight Show could use a man of his talents. She ran after him outside Tavern and asked him if the story was true or did he just not want to answer any personal questions. Peter answered life could be a real mystery. He thanked her for lunch.

Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia [ ]

  • While scouting locations and emulating Louis Tully's path from 550 Central Park West apartment, Ivan Reitman saw the Tavern on the Green and decided to use it. [2] [3]
  • The entire scene was done in October 1983 when the film crew went to New York a week before principal photography started and filmed for three days. [4] [5] [6]
  • John DeCuir dressed the Tavern's entryway with two stone statues in order to tie into the Gothic undertones of the movie. [7] [8]
  • The girl with the pink bow in her hair, celebrating her birthday at the Tavern on the Green is singer Debbie Gibson . She turns her head and looks at Louis Tully as he screams, face-to-face with Vinz Clortho. [9] [10]

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  • In the February 11, 2008 draft revision of Ghostbusters: The Video Game , Peter jokingly mentions Tavern on the Green when he guesses where Ivo Shandor and Ilyssa Selwyn are after the mausoleum rises out of the ground. [11]

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  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1 , the Tavern on the Green has been replaced with the Ritz Cafe .
  • On page 3 of Ghostbusters International #11 , in panel 5, part of the Ritz Cafe, formerly the Tavern on the Green, can be seen.
  • The section of map on the Regular Cover of Ghostbusters 101 #4 references the Tavern.
  • On Cover B and page 5 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1 , the New York Times Monday classifieds references Tavern on the Green.
  • On page 8 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3 , in panel 3, the waiter is based on the headwaiter portrayed by Tony Steedman in "Scrooged" which starred Bill Murray .

Tertiary Canon Trivia [ ]

  • On page 29 of Egon's Journal, a supplement of the Hasbro Haslab Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Proton Pack , it is revealed the Tavern on the Green hosted Peter and Dana's wedding.

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  • ↑ Mail Online 4/23/14 "5 things to know about NYC's Tavern on the Green" Line reads: "Hollywood scion Warner LeRoy took over the restaurant's lease in 1974 and turned it into a sprawling banquet hall that was one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the United States with revenues of $38 million in 2007. But it was hit hard by the 2008 financial downturn and the city Parks Department declined to renew its lease. The restaurant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, served its last meal on Dec. 31, 2009, and auctioned off its furnishings...This April 13, 2014 photo provided by Tavern on the Green, shows a newly renovated dining room at Tavern on the Green in New York. The once-grand restaurant in Central Park, which has been closed since the previous operators lost their lease and declared bankruptcy in 2009, reopens Thursday, April 24, 2014 under new management. ."
  • ↑ Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters , p. 123 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685 . Michael Gross says: "The original idea was for Louis to be trapped by the Terror Dog in a dark corner of the park. But Ivan was scouting locations one day, emulating Louis' moves from the time he runs out of the apartment building -- 'Louis runs here, then he runs here, and then he runs ... there!' And there was the Tavern on the Green -- a logical distance for Louis to have run, and a logical place to seek refuge."
  • ↑ Joe Medjuck (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 54:32-54:33). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This is the real Tavern on the Green."
  • ↑ Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 53:59-54:00). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Was this in October?"
  • ↑ Joe Medjuck (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 54:01-54:03). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This was when we went a week early."
  • ↑ Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 54:19-54:29). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "And that... So I decided I would do, just arbitrarily, three days of shooting without the main cast in October, when actually we started shooting the principle photography in November."
  • ↑ Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters , p. 123 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685 . Paragraph reads: "Habitues of the Tavern on the Green were no doubt puzzled to see its entryway flanked by two stone statues -- another bit of John DeCuir set dressing designed to enhance the Gothic ambiance of the city."
  • ↑ Joe Medjuck (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 54:16-54:18). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "Another statue that was added by us, this is the real..."
  • ↑ Debbie Gibson instagram 6/8/2016
  • ↑ Debbie Gibson Facebook 6/8/2016
  • ↑ Dille, Flint & Platten, John Z. (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Draft Revision February 11, 2008) (Script p. 224). Peter Venkman says: "Tavern on the Green?"

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What is the name of the green ghost in Ghostbusters?

In Ghostbusters, what is the green ghost’s name? Slimer is a character from the Ghostbusters franchise who was originally known as “Onionhead” and sometimes called “the Mean Green Ghost.” Who is the Green Ghost, exactly?

Green Ghost was the original Guardians of the Globe member. They had worked with Omni-man, but he betrayed them and assassinated them. Slimer was born in the United States. “When the Ghostbusters arrive, they haven’t yet tested their equipment, so they don’t have the right levels,” Feig says.

“It blows his legs off because the proton beams are too hot. Then it turns him green. In Ghostbusters, he begins to distort, and as a result, he becomes Slimer. Who is the scariest ghost?

Vigo, without a doubt, is the most terrifying hombre in the Ghostbusters universe, as he has several mean-sounding aliases: Cruel, Torturer, Despised, Unholy, and, according to Peter Venkman, Butch.

Why is Slimer referred to as a green ghost?

Because of the smells that the ghost would have given off, his name was Onion Head during filming. While the name Slimer was appropriate, it was not given until The Real Ghostbusters aired.

Trivia: In the season 1 episode, Citizen Ghost, Ray considered the Green Ghost a pet and gave him the name Slimer.

Is Green Ghost a woman?

The gender of the character Green Ghost (Sonequa Martin-Green) is changed in Amazon’s new TV show Invincible, which changes several aspects of its source material. In the comics, Green Ghost was a man, but Amazon’s show makes her a woman. Green Ghost’s gender swap is one of the most noticeable changes in the comics.

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What are the names of the four original Ghostbusters films?

Bill Murray portrayed Peter Venkman, the group’s leader, while Dan Aykroyd played Ray Stantz, Harold Ramis played Egon Spengler, and Ernie Hudson played Winston Zeddemore.

Is Green Ghost no longer alive?

Omni-Man and his entire Guardians of the Globe team assassinated him.

In the Ghostbusters logo, who is the ghost?

Some fans may not realize that the ghost in the Ghostbusters logo bears a name, and during production, Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd dubbed him Mooglie. Michael C., an artist, designed the sign.

In Omni Man, who is the green girl?

Green Ghost from the television show, Alana (TV).

Is Slimer a true ghost?

Slimer (who was not named until The Real Ghostbusters), voiced by Ivan Reitman, was a legendary ghost to everyone on the Sedgewick Hotel’s original staff. His usual location was the 12th floor, but his outings were mostly nonviolent and consisted solely of gorging himself on food from room service carts.

In Invincible, who is the green character?

Sonequa Martin-Green as Green Ghost in Invincible (TV Series 2021) – IMDb.

What exactly is a Ghostbuster plot?

The Ghostbusters were able to transport the spirits to the Containment Unit in a sealed container, where they would be released into the grid. As a result, each of the Ghostbusters must carry several traps. Once a trap is used, they must empty it.

What is the substance of Ghostbusters slime?

Borax, water, and Elmer’s Glue are used in this slime recipe. Borax is made of sodium tetraborate and is commonly used as a laundry detergent.

The polymers cross-link and create a non-Newtonian fluid when combined with polyvinyl-acetate adhesives like Elmer’s Glue.

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10 things about the original ghostbusters that are actually true.

There's a lot of nonsense in the original Ghostbusters movies, but these things actually turned out to be true.

Ghostbusters was a cinematic epiphany in 1984, a hair-raising comedy with funny characters and broad-daylight scares.  Screenwriters and stars Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis peppered the script with parapsychology technobabble, making us all wonder about the veracity of Zuul, Gozer the Gozerian, and turn-of-the-century New York architecture.

We’re sorry to tell you, but most of the historical banter was nonsense - although it sounded cool and threatening when a possessed Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) talked about “the 3rd reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants”.  After some careful research, we found the following things are true.

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There Really was A Professor Spengler

Although not a doctor, the historian and philosopher Oswald Spengler was an inspiration for Ramis in naming his character, the introverted “brains” of the Ghostbusters , Egon Spengler.  The first name Egon came from Egon Donsbach, a foreign exchange student that went to highschool with Ramis.

The Spengler name will play a role in this summer’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife , as the prodigy of the late Ramis character, will carry the heart of the story.  Check out the “spores, molds and fungus” in the trailer, left behind as evidence of Dr. Spengler’s icky hobby.

The Sumerians Were a Real People

The Sumerians wandered around Mesopotamia in 2800 BC, building rudimentary cities and developing their agricultural skills.  Although they didn’t worship Gozer, as Dr. Venkman implies, they traveled the known-world, imagining monsters and demigods were in their midst.

According to historians, Sumerian civilization is a bit of a lost culture, so maybe they worshipped large, marshmallowy creatures and we don’t know it yet.

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You Can Obtain A Degree in Parapsychology

There’s a moment early on in Ghostbusters , where Dr. Venkman (Bill Murray) is trying to establish his ghost-hunting credentials, telling EPA Inspector Walter Peck that he holds degrees in “both psychology and parapsychology.”  It's a scene where the screenwriters are looking to give Dr. Venkman some gravitas and establish Peck as the antagonist.

Most have heard of the practice of psychology - but parapsychology?  It turns out that you CAN obtain your degree in Parapsychology - the study of psychic phenomena and other paranormal claims - from the University of Virginia or the University of Arizona.  There have been other academies of higher education that once taught the science of the occult - but no evidence that the curriculum included “How to Wield a Proton Pack”.

There Was a Tunguska Blast

Once the Ghostbusters have vanquished Gozer and the marshmallow ooze starts to dissolve, Dr. Stantz (Ackroyd) tells formerly demon-possessed accountant Tully that he unwillingly participated in “the biggest interdimensional cross rip since the Tunguska Blast of 1909."  That certainly sounds like a memorable event.

It turns out there was a huge explosion in central Russia in 1908, likely the result of a meteorite impact.  According to Wikipedia, it flattened 80 million trees and caused a shockwave that would register on the Richter scale (if such a device had existed then).

There’s no evidence that it did - or didn’t - include an interdimensional rift.

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Tobin's Spirit Guide is A Real Book … Now

Early in the film, doctors Spengler and Stantz refer to “Tobin’s Spirit Guide”, as if it was some sort of textbook for paranormal studies, or a common reference guide a scientist would use like the periodic table or Gray’s Anatomy.

Although Tobin's Spirit Guide didn’t exist in 1984 - it does now.  According to Amazon, this fictional account of all things paranormal references Gozer the Gozarian, Vigo the Carpathian, and, er, Ghostbusters 3 .  Maybe studying it will help you achieve a degree in parapsychology?

The Stay-Puft Man is the Child of The Pillsbury DoughBoy and the Michelin Man

The gigantic Stay-Puft attacked New York in 1984 in Godzilla-like fashion - right down to the actor in the suit that portrayed him onscreen (sorry to spoil the illusion).  True, Mr. Stay-Puft didn't exist before his starring role in Ghostbusters - but he was inspired by real-life characters, the Michelin Man and the Pillsbury Doughboy.

The change to the fictional brand-name Stay-Puft was probably due to copyright infringement concerns - and that fact that the Pillsbury DoughBoy means little to international audiences.  So although Mr. Stay-Puft never existed prior to filming, the iconography was familiar to people at the time.

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Some of the New York Locations Are Real

New York, New York can be a pretty frightening place, with petty crime, disaffected citizens, and the occasional hungry green ghost wandering the streets.  Ghostbusters gave moviegoers a sense of the dark corners of the city, by focusing on spooking architecture and dilapidated structures.

But some of these buildings are real, and still exist in New York.  There is a working fire-station at 14 North Moore Street in the Tribeca area, and people actually live at “ghost central”, 55 Central Park West .  The interiors of both buildings were shot on soundstages, and fx made the top of the apartment building look like the Continental Life Building (in St. Louis).

Fortunately for us, Ivo Standor never lived at either location.

Zuul is a Real Creature And Existed Millions of Years Ago

In 1984, the monstrous Zuul terrorized Central Park in New York, appearing on rooftops and in refrigerators alike.  This dog-like creature represented the Hounds of Hell, guarding the demigod Gozer as she summoned the end-times. Our heroes defeated Gozer and Zuul, and the monsters were banished to another dimension.

Thanks to some adventurous paleontologists, Zuul also terrorized the prehistoric world 75 million years ago, with large teeth and a spiky tail.  Although the creature envisioned doesn’t precisely match Ghostbusters Zuul, it's head in particular bears a strong resemblance.

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Ectoplasm is Real

Ghostbusters won audiences over and brought the entire funny/scary story to ahead early on, when our heroes are attacked by a goofy green ghost in the halls of an upscale hotel, causing Dr. Venkman (Bill Murray) to utter the famous line: “He slimed me.”  His colleagues quickly rush in to get a sample of the “ectoplasmic residue”, a slimy substance that would reappear throughout the series.

But according to actual Science, ectoplasm “is the outer portion of an amoeba's cytoplasm” - not a made-up term from Ackroyd and Ramis.  It's not specifically the output of ghostly encounters - nor is it, despite clever marketing by Amazon’s denizens - soap, candy, or play putty.

Proton Packs Will Exist Someday

When the Ghostbusters donned an “unlicensed nuclear accelerator” on their backs, a memorable costume was born, and cosplayers forevermore grappled with the design of the Proton Packs.  In the movie, they were used extensively to subdue and trap ghostly apparitions, but few have been able to duplicate this feat in the real world.

But there is hope;  the principle behind the Proton Pack - “ an energy weapon that fires a string of protons and polarizes the negatively charged energy of a ghost ” - may someday allow potential ghost hunters to wield this powerful tool.  According to “MIT particle physicist James Maxwell”, the proton packs could be created, but sorry cosplayers, they would be to large and heavy to carry.

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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Was Inspired By The Fan-Favorite Animated Series, And Now I’m Really Sold

Does this mean we will finally see a giant Slor?

Finn Wolfhard Carrie Coon Paul Rudd and McKenna Grace crouch armed with proton packs in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.

If you grew up being a lifelong fan of the Ghostbusters movies, their good and bad qualities alike, then you already know the films range in quality. But what you might not be aware of, because sadly, it has become a classic cartoon people don’t seem to talk about , is that in the 80s and 90s, we OG fans had The Real Ghostbusters to satisfy all our bustin’ cravings, and it's easily some of the best content of the franchise. Given that it's a true gem, it's exciting that the director of the Afterlife sequel , Gil Kenan, says the upcoming Frozen Empire takes heavy inspiration from the fan-favorite animated series, and now I am totally sold.

Gil Kenan, along with Frozen Empire ’s producer, Jason Reitman , sat down to discuss the upcoming movie with Empire Magazine . The director revealed to the publication that he wanted to bring that same energy, more specifically, the “wild, original, and weird-as-fuck villains” the animated series was known for. The filmmaker also added:

We wanted to bring that show's looseness and fearlessness to this movie. I think it's going to surprise people just how big this film is.

Working as a quasi-sequel/reboot, the classic series continued the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore. Their secretary, Janine Melnitz, was also a key player as was their mascot, the scene-stealing ghost (and eventually, the show's title) Slimer. In addition to building on what was established in Ivan Reitman 's 1984 film, the show also added to the lore.

With that in mind, this is exciting news for someone like myself who liked but didn’t love Ghostbusters: Afterlife, as it felt a bit too serious and stayed too close to the original movie's mythology. It's great to hear that the next installment is taking big swings and introducing imaginative creatures like The Real Ghostbusters did. One of my favorites was Samhain, a pumpkin-headed ghost who faced off with our beloved heroes multiple times. He was a Halloween-inspired ghost who could manipulate time to cause eternal night. Samhain was indeed "wild, original, and weird as fuck," and I couldn’t be more hyped to see that level of strangeness brought to the silver screen. 

While plot specifics are still relatively secret, the synopsis of the upcoming sequel teases the rise of an ancient force that causes old and new Ghostbusters to join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age. So, of course, this means we're in for a treat because the original team is set to return , sadly minus two, considering the death of Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis’ retirement from acting. While we won’t see the latter's Louis Tully suiting up again, it was revealed that Janine will be suiting up for the first time.

Suppose you’re a longtime fan of The Real Ghostbusters. It's time to rejoice. If you’ve seen the Frozen Empire trailer , you know that though the sequel brings the team back to NYC, the icy setting and spooky villains teased give serious animated series vibes. Who is that mysterious horned beast lurking in the mist as the ice spreads across the city? I, for one, can't wait to find out, especially after learning of the cartoon's influence on the tale!

Mark your calendars to catch the team in their biggest adventure yet when Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire , one of many upcoming horror movies , chills audiences to the core when it hits theaters on March 22 as part of the 2024 movie schedule .


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Ryan LaBee

Ryan graduated from Missouri State University with a BA in English/Creative Writing. An expert in all things horror, Ryan enjoys covering a wide variety of topics. He's also a lifelong comic book fan and an avid watcher of Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. 

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