'Ghostbusters: Afterlife': 9 Things to Know Before You Watch

Before you hop in the Ecto-1 and start hunting down ghosts this weekend in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," here are the 9 things you need to know.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Ghostbusters: Afterlife: 9 Things to Know Before You Watch

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The iconic Ghostbusters franchise has been reborn for a new generation of youngins to enjoy! This weekend, we get to see the resurgence of some freaky-looking ghosts along with some antique ghost-capturing equipment. We've even been told that we'll get to see some familiar faces. With such a beloved film series, it can be daunting as a filmmaker to produce a sequel film. Especially when it's decades later. But when done the right way, it can be a beautiful thing. So far, we've heard that this new flick is considered a very welcome addition to this legendary franchise. To make sure you're ready for "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," these are the 9 things to know before you see it in theaters this weekend.

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    Directed by Jason Reitman

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife: 9 Things to Know Before You Watch

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    The idea of a group of people busting down doors and picking up ghosts all started with the 1984 film "Ghostbusters," which was directed by Ivan Reitman. One of the things you'll be excited to know about "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is that it's actually directed by Ivan's son, Jason Reitman. The younger Reitman is known for directing great films like "Juno" and "Up in the Air," which are also much smaller in scale. So, we'll be interested to see how he handles this bigger budget film. His dad is also sticking around as a producer on this new ride down nostalgia lane.

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    This Is a Direct Sequel to "Ghostbusters II"

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    This new story is meant to be a sequel film following the events of "Ghostbusters II." Decades have passed without any ghost activity until a small town begins experiencing earthquakes on a daily basis. By this time, the Ghostbusters are no more than a legend or a faint memory. A single mother and her kids have just moved to the town. And the more they discover about their past, the more they realize that they may be the only ones who can help. Because this follows the original films from the '80s, there may be some tie-ins to those films that may relate to this one.

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    Dedicated to Original Film Actor Harold Ramis

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife: 9 Things to Know Before You Watch

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    Director Jason Reitman had always been thinking about making a new Ghostbusters movie and he even had a vision of what it might be. But there was a key plot point that was missing. And he couldn't quite figure out what it was. Then, after the unfortunate passing of "Ghostbusters" star Harold Ramis, he finally knew what the vision for the film had to be.

    Reitman says, "There was a moment where I just saw this girl in my head, she was 12 years old and she was picking up a proton pack in the middle of a field and I didn't know who she was. And then I saw this, this teenage guy, and he was in Ecto-1 and he was drifting through wheat fields and I didn't know who he was. And when Harold Ramis passed away, I suddenly knew who they were. They were the Spenglers, and I knew I needed to tell the story." Though we all wish Ramis was still here to share in the glory of this new film, Reitman has made it very clear that there's a special dedication to the late actor.

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    Introducing the New Generation of Ghostbusters

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    The young girl and teenage boy that Reitman mentions are just a couple members of the new Ghostbusters squad. Phoebe and Trevor Spengler (Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard) are the granddaughter and grandson of Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis). Once they discover who their grandfather is, they recruit some friends to be the new group of ghost hunters that this small town needs. This film is a sort of passing of the proton pack from the older generation to the new generation.

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    We're Not in New York Anymore

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    One thing you might not know about is the different setting you'll see in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." In the previous films from the '80s, the gang was always waging war against ghosts in the Big Apple. Now, because the Spengler family has fallen on hard times, they've been forced to live in the only house they own. It's a farmhouse in Summerville, Oklahoma which was left to them after their grandfather Egon passed away. It'll be in this house where they discover the ties to grandpa's past.

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    Get Ready for the Ecto-1

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    Among the things these kids manage to find, we know the heirloom we're most excited to see in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is the Ecto-1. For those unfamiliar, we're referring to the converted antique emergency mobile. This car has been through it all. And somehow, it's still kicking. We still hear that iconic ghost siren blaring in our ears just thinking about it. And we've noticed that it's had a bit of an upgrade. There's now a gunner seat that pops out so you can catch ghosts on the go. So, we can't wait to see it back on the road again.

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    Will Feature Some of the Original Cast

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    This next announcement is one that everybody will get a kick out of. Certain actors from the first two films will be reprising their roles after more than 30 years! It's confirmed that we'll be getting back actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver. Getting them to come back after this much time is so incredible. And we're looking forward to the old and new generations getting some face time. Also, in case you were unaware, Paul Rudd is joining the franchise.

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    It's a Perfect Mix of Humor and Horror

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    Actors like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd were critical in cutting the tension with brilliant moments of comic relief in the earlier films. We're assuming Paul Rudd will be our funny front man this time around. But we'll also warn you to be vigilant because there will be some scary moments as well.

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    Look Out for Easter Eggs and References

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    The fandom for a franchise like this spans multiple generations. And with so many iconic elements that comprise this film series, we can only imagine how many easter eggs the Reitmans will throw in. From the trailer alone, we've already seen a ton of references. And the great thing about this franchise is that there's plenty more to choose from.

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

PG-13

Comedy

November 19, 2021

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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