How ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ pulled off its tribute to Harold Ramis

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Warning: The following story contains plot spoilers for “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” If you haven’t yet seen the film, we suggest reading the review and this feature on the collaboration between director Jason Reitman and his father, Ivan, instead. And then come back when you’ve seen it.

Going way back when he was an impressionable 6-year-old visiting the set of his father Ivan’s 1984 smash “Ghostbusters,” Jason Reitman’s favorite member of the team of proton-pack-wielding specter-catchers was always Egon Spengler.

So when Reitman decided three years ago to pick up the torch of the beloved franchise, he knew that he wanted to pay loving tribute to the man who had brought the bespectacled, socially awkward Egon to life: comedy legend Harold Ramis, who died in 2014 at age 69 from complications from inflammatory vasculitis.

Reitman and his co-writer Gil Kenan constructed the new film “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” around Spengler’s estranged family. Egon’s single-mom daughter (Carrie Coon) and her two children (Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard) have inherited Egon’s decaying farmhouse in Oklahoma — and, as they soon discover, also unwittingly taken on his responsibility for keeping the world safe from malevolent spirits.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Father and Son, Directors Jason and Ivan Riteman, pose for a portrait at the Hook and Ladder Company 8 Firehouse on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in New York, NY. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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Placing Egon at the heart of the film offered a way to bridge the ‘84 “Ghostbusters” — co-written by Ramis and Dan Aykroyd — with a new younger generation that hadn’t yet been born when the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man first terrorized New York. But with Ramis, who also directed such classic comedies as “Caddyshack,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Groundhog Day,” no longer here, Reitman knew he needed to handle the character with great sensitivity.

“The film’s journey is very much about the Spenglers but it was also very personal for me,” says Reitman, who shared the script before shooting began with Ramis’ widow, Erica, and daughter Violet. “The question was how to be how to be really respectful to the character of Egon Spengler. The question that Gil and I would ask ourselves the most is: what would Harold think of this? And are we actually capturing the voice of Egon, particularly through his granddaughter, who is modeled after him?”

In the film’s final scenes, the ghost of Egon materializes to help his grandchildren and his original fellow Ghostbusters — played by Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson — beat back the ancient, god-like evil spirit Gozer. Before vanishing back into the ether, Egon, with just a kindly smile and not a word of dialogue, makes peace with his daughter and salutes his ghostbusting compatriots. As Egon’s ghost returns to the beyond, the dedication “For Harold” appears against the night sky.

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Speaking to The Times before the film’s release, Reitman was hesitant to say too much about Egon’s appearance in the film’s climactic moments. “People have held on to that secret and it’s a real gift to us that people feel protective of it in the same way that we do,” he said.

For Aykroyd, shooting the film’s final sequence, knowing the character of Egon would be standing beside him once again via CGI, was very emotional.

“There would be no ‘Ghostbusters’ without Harold, without his brilliant writing and his frame of reference,” Aykroyd said. “It was deeply moving to play the scene because I loved him and I miss him. He was just so funny and intelligent. Harold was a genius from Second City all the way through his career. “

Having paid tribute to a key member of the franchise’s family and planted seeds for a new generation of ghostbusting, the film delivers a post-credits sequence that teases a potential next chapter ahead.

Back in New York, Hudson’s Winston, who is now a wealthy businessman, appears to have rekindled the old ghostbusting itch. As Winston enters the now-abandoned firehouse that served as the Ghostbusters’ headquarters and runs his hand across the Ecto-1, the camera pans to reveal the blinking red light of the spectral containment unit, suggesting there may soon be something strange in your neighborhood.

Speaking about the future of the “Ghostbusters” franchise, Reitman said there are already ideas cooking for a potential afterlife to “Afterlife.”

“I love these characters, and I love this world,” he said. “I want to see other filmmakers I love making ‘Ghostbusters’ movies. Every culture in the world has a unique relationship with the supernatural, and there’s opportunity for all those stories. ‘Ghostbusters’ has for many years sat dormant at Columbia, and we wanted to make a movie that set a foundation for all kinds of films. And I’d love to be involved in that.”

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife focuses on a new cast, but director Jason Reitman discusses how the original Ghostbusters -- one in particular -- were needed.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Ghostbusters: Afterlife .

Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman discusses the importance of having one founding Ghostbuster in the film and how it was made possible.

While promoting the film, Reitman has said that Egon Spengler, played by the late Harold Ramis, became the heart of the film  after the actor's passing made the director realize its story. During the climax of the sequel, the tide is turned when Egon's spirit materializes to help his granddaughter Phoebe and his old friends. Speaking to  Empire , Reitman walked through the process of returning Ramis's character to the screen and how heavily the late actor's family was involved in the film.

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In Afterlife , the Spenglers -- Egon's daughter and her children -- move into Egon's isolated home after he is killed, with none of them ever truly knowing who we was or their relationship being estranged. "We had this idea, which was that a family is introduced to their history and who they are. A teenage girl finds proton pack on a farm and a teenage boy finds ECTO-1 in a barn, and in so doing, learn who they really are, and what adventure lays ahead," Reitman said. "We wanted to make a movie about three generations of a family that needed to be repaired."

However, he pointed out that it is difficult to repair a relationship without someone being there, so Egon's return came with the blessing of Ramis's family, whose members were the first to read the script after Reitman's father Ivan, director of  Ghostbusters and  Ghostbusters II . "After my father it was the Ramis family. It was Harold's widow, Erica, and daughter Violet, who I grew up knowing – we were both on the set of the original back in '83. I talked to them about what we wanted to do, how we were going to do it," Reitman continued, saying that the two were some of the first to read the script and see the film in its entirety.

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Reitman then discussed having Ramis inserted virtually, something that has been done in movies before, and how it meant so much for the film's denouement. "This movie does not end with an explosion. It doesn't have a Death Star that blows up. It ends on a hug. And a hug has to work or we've got nothing."

Speaking on Spengler's virtual reappearance, "It's one thing to see in the middle of a movie, where it kind of comes and goes. It's another thing if the whole climax of the movie will be decided on whether or not you believe these two people are hugging each other, that a daughter is forgiving her father and saying goodbye to him . And that these Ghostbusters, who have gone through this misunderstanding and been broken apart, get to stand next to each other one more time and bust a ghost."

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is still playing in theaters and will be available for purchase in February alongside previous installments within the  Ghostbusters: Ultimate Collection for 4K and Blu-ray.

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Source:  Empire

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[This story contains spoilers to the ending of Ghostbusters: Afterlife .]

Violet Ramis Stiel knew watching Ghostbusters: Afterlife would be an emotional experience — but perhaps also cathartic.

The eldest daughter of the late, legendary Harold Ramis — a quadruple threat as a comedian, actor, writer and director — sat in a New York City screening room months before the highly anticipated Sony sequel was released to the public on Nov. 19, ready for a powerful ride.

Director Jason Reitman — whom she has known since childhood  — did not disappoint.

“He was so careful to get it right, to really honor the early films and everyone who was in them, but also to make something for now and the future,” Stiel told The Hollywood Reporter over a series of interviews. “Maybe he is the only person who could do that. He is the physical bridge.”

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Jason Reitman took over the Sony franchise from his father, Ivan, who helped craft what became some of the most beloved, recognizable characters in the world when he directed the first two films in the 1980s. (The elder Reitman produced Afterlife .) And Stiel was well aware it was vital to Jason Reitman to get his chapter right — for the fans, but also for his father, and, of course, her father.

The beloved Harold Ramis died in February 2014 at the age of 69. To most, he is best known for playing the brilliant but awkward scientist and Ghostbuster Egon Spengler. The late actor’s film legacy left an indelible impression on pop culture. Ghostbusters , which he co-wrote with Dan Aykroyd , was a crown jewel in the actor’s storied career.

So, how to do a Ghostbusters film featuring Peter Venkman, Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz, but no Egon? You don’t.

THR won’t spoil the specifics of the impactful moment — which is all but guaranteed to bring a tear to fans’ eyes — but all four of the original Ghostbusters, including Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray make an appearance, a moment foreshadowed from the very start of the film (and trailer teases).

“One thing that is timely about the movie is yes, it is a comedy, but it is also about loss and grief. And we are all dealing with that,” Stiel tells THR of a world in disarray due to the pandemic. “It was surreal. There are so many parallels to real life, but it is just a movie. And it is not actually him. It is a character. Jason, smartly, focused on capturing the Egon character and not necessarily my dad. I feel like it really worked in that way. Ultimately, it leaves us with that feeling: The people we love are always with us. They don’t go away.”

In her 2018 book, Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life With My Dad, Harold Ramis , Stiel offered an open, unflinching look into her father’s life. The book was recently translated and released in Italy, where the Ghostbusters are just as beloved as they are in the U.S.

Actresses Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace, who play Egon’s daughter and granddaughter, respectively, in Afterlife , read Ghostbuster’s Daughter in preparation for the film, they each told THR .

“I was really touched by Violet’s memoir. She writes very candidly about him and her relationship with him. And to read that very private father-daughter dynamic, it is a real gift to the world that she wrote it,” Coon says. “To work on the film without him, you really felt his absence palpably. He is one of those people who I wish I had met. I believe we would have a nice dynamic. And I feel like I got to touch his spirit a little bit.”

Saying she was fascinated by Ramis’ life and legacy as detailed in his daughter’s memoir, Grace notes she watched several of Ramis’ movies and studied his performance as Egon to better understand her character, the brilliant but misunderstood Phoebe Spengler. “I wanted to stay true to the original character but in a completely different story,” says the 15-year-old star. “I tried, with Jason, to mold and craft Phoebe into someone very reminiscent of Egon, but who stands on her own.”

Afterlife co-star Paul Rudd first met Harold Ramis on Knocked Up (2007) and they developed a rapport while Ramis was directing the comedy Year One (2009). “I was so taken with him, as I think everyone was,” says Rudd, who plays Mr. Grooberson in Afterlife . “He was such a kind person. There was something enlightened about him.”

For Stiel, there were no surprises plot-wise; she was actually among the first to read the script penned by Reitman and Gil Kenan. Having the Ramis family’s blessing was important to the writer-director. And he got it — not only from Stiel but also from her sister and brothers. And yet, for Stiel, watching the completed picture come to life on the big screen created a whirlwind of emotion for several reasons.

Using CGI for a posthumous character appearance has been somewhat controversial over the years, such as in 2016 when Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, had his digital likeness used to reprise Stars Wars villain Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One . And Stiel admits the concept seemed “weird” to her when presented with the idea. But that feeling faded fast thanks to director Jason Reitman making sure she had a voice in the creative conversation.

“It was so generous of him to let me feel as though I was a part of the making of the movie, even though I wasn’t. I saw some drafts [of Egon] along the way,” Stiel says of the CGI representation. “It was so satisfying. They could have done him as this jolly Santa-type, but that wouldn’t have been true to the character.” The daughter adds, with a laugh, “He was in great shape, nice and trim. My dad would have loved that.”

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife has a Harold Ramis dedication in the credits since the story itself became an intergenerational Spengler story

Ghostbusters: Afterlife has a dedication to Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler in the original Ghostbusters films. Ramis was joined by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson in the 1984 original directed by Ivan Reitman and returned to the role for the sequel, Ghostbusters II,  in 1989. Ramis passed away in 2014 from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, leaving behind a tremendous legacy of work, including his acting and writing work on the phenomenon that is the Ghostbusters franchise. 

The first two films in the franchise were directed by Ivan Reitman, who also worked with Ramis early on with films like National Lampoon's Animal House, Stripes and Meatballs . Reitman would go on to direct a string of notable films, including Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Dave, and Draft Day , while Ramis would appear in several films, as well as writing and directing a number of comedy classics, including Groundhog Day, Multiplicity, Bedazzled, and Analyze This and Analyze That. Numerous attempts were made to make a third Ghostbusters film, but that ultimately never came to fruition, eventually leading to a hard Ghostbusters  reboot in 2016 without the original characters.

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife is directed by Ivan Reitman's son, Jason Reitman, who has become a prolific filmmaker himself, making films like Up In The Air, Young Adult, Juno , and The Front Runner . Reitman took on directing duties for the film because he felt like he had a story to tell, but also because he wanted to make something for his father and daughter, as well as a family film that honored the Ghostbusters legacy . In an interview with Empire (via Ghostbusters News ), Reitman explains why there is a dedication to original star Harold Ramis at the end, saying:

"This movie is for my father, for my daughter and for Harold. For me, that’s it. For a long time, I had the idea of a girl finding a proton pack in a barn, walking outside and firing it into a row of corn and popcorn flew out. And I just didn’t know what to do with it. When Harold passed all of a sudden (in 2014), I knew who she was: it was Egon’s granddaughter. The concept of this intergenerational conversation between her and her grandfather become the real roots of what this story was. It became a Spengler story."

Reitman's father, Ivan, commented on the Ramis attribute as well, saying that he always thought of Ramis as "my smarter brother." He goes on to explain that Ramis was "very reasonable, very clever" and that he had a way of writing dialogue "quickly and with such dexterity" . Ramis, who also became a director, would be a positive influence on Reitman, who says he felt "handicapped" when Ramis wasn't around to help him on a film.

Ramis left behind an amazing body of work that continues to live on today, making him a staple of the comedy genre, for which he excelled. While many lament the fact that a third Ghostbusters film never came together with the original cast, it appears that Ghostbusters: Afterlife may well help scratch that itch, especially with the inclusion of the actors in the film's cast. While their involvement is still a mystery to those who haven't seen the film yet, there's hope that it will bring the legacy of those characters to justice and open the doors for them to continue on. With the new cast starting out at a young age, the possibilities seem endless for more Ghostbusters films that follow the lineage of the original cast. Either way, it's nice to see Ramis honored for his contributions to the franchise and shows that Reitman and co. have their hearts in the right place for the new film, which opens on November 19.

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"If there's something strange, in the neighborhood ... Who you gonna call?" "Ghostbusters" has been a pop culture phenomenon ever since the first film dropped in 1984, and recently the franchise has seen a resurgence. Following the exploits of a band of zany ghost-hunters (long before "Ghost Hunters" was even a thing), the original "Ghostbusters" is one of those movies that still influences the paranormal comedy subgenre to this day, and we won't complain about it. Aside from the catchy tune, those awesome proton packs, and the stylish Ecto-1, there's a lot to love about this franchise as a whole, even counting the missteps along the way. 

Though the original Ghostbusters left us for a few decades, they (mostly) officially returned to the big screen in 2021 with the advent of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," a revival sequel in the spirit of the original. And that's not all. The adventures of the Ghostbusters, both new and old, are set to continue in 2024's "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire," which looks to be upping the ante when it comes to high supernatural stakes. But whichever set of films is your favorite, it's clear that "Ghostbusters" can be a bit confusing at times. With that in mind, we're here to help sort through all the ectoplasmic cobwebs and get a better grasp on the workings of the "Ghostbusters" universe.

It all starts with Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler

At some point before the events of the 1984 film, Doctors Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) meet after discovering a shared interest in parapsychology. As revealed in 2019's IDW-published "Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters" comic — which may or may not technically be official canon — the friendship between Venkman and Stantz goes back years . First meeting in the mid-1970s, the duo soon hit it off during Professor Tonick's Esoteric Literature class at Columbia University in New York City, where they would one day teach together.

Spengler comes in a bit later during the "Ghostbusters: Year One" series — which again, is debatable as far as the canon goes — published in 2020 in anticipation of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." The second issue explains that Venkman introduces Stantz and Spengler, who soon hit it off. The three of them begin working closely together, and upon securing teaching positions at Columbia University, use their collective PhDs to research paranormal phenomena. While Venkman isn't as into it as the other two, he too starts to believe after encountering a ghost of his own.

Establishing the Ghostbusters brand

After they're canned by Columbia in 1984, the first "Ghostbusters" movie shows the trio turning to the private sector in order to further their research (and make a profit). Realizing that paranormal activity is on the rise in New York, Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler establish Ghostbusters, a ghost-fighting force capable of trapping evil spirits. It doesn't take long before the Ghostbusters become a phenomenon, with many claiming that the trio are simply con artists rather than heroes. Of course, with all the damage they leave in their wake, it's an understandable accusation. But because of the high degree of spooks and specters out there, the Ghostbusters are forced to expand. 

Adding additional members to their team, new Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) and secretary Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts), the original Ghostbusters finally begin making real waves around New York. Eventually, the gang catches the attention of the "d***less" Walter Peck (William Atherton), an EPA inspector who wants nothing more than to shut the whole operation down. But before he gets his chance, the Ghostbusters first uncover a dastardly and otherworldly threat coming to Earth through the refrigerator in Dana Barrett's (Sigourney Weaver) apartment.

Ghostbusters, meet Dana Barrett

After being haunted by evil spirits, Dana Barrett calls the Ghostbusters , and Venkman takes an immediate (albeit creepy) liking to their client. In their first official gig, Dana hires the Ghostbusters to deal with her haunted home after  a demonic dog-like creature appears to her ominously chanting "Zuul." While other hauntings get in the Ghostbusters' way of promptly solving Dana's case, they eventually discover that Zuul is a demi-god in service to the even more dastardly Gozer the Gozerian, which means that this isn't over. Soon, Dana herself is possessed by Zuul, and though Venkman attempts to do something about it, he's unsuccessful.

The team also discovers that Zuul is only one half of the duo that can bring Gozer into our world. Zuul is the Gatekeeper, and the Key Master is another entity named Vinz Clortho, who ends up possessing Dana's overly-friendly neighbor Louis Tully (Rick Moranis). Despite trying to keep these two separate, it becomes impossible, though that's not entirely the Ghostbusters' fault. It turns out that a cultist named Ivo Shandor (played by J.K. Simmons in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife") is the one who constructed the NYC apartment building that Dana and Louis live in, and as a result, it acts as an open door for Gozer to walk through, provided its servants do their jobs.

The Ghostbusters save New York City

Unfortunately, Zuul and Vinz Clortho do their jobs all too well, and the doorway for Gozer (Slavitza Jovan in the original film; Olivia Wilde in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife") is opened. The only ones standing in the gap between our world and the apocalypse are the Ghostbusters, and they've been shut down by Peck's poorly-timed investigation. But, as he always does, Venkman is able to talk their way out of being shut down, and once the mayor realizes their need for the Ghostbusters, the team is sent off again to do what they do best: bust some ghosts. Once our four heroes get there, Gozer stares them down and releases her champion.

Taking the form of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (thanks Ray), Gozer's destroyer begins to wreak havoc across New York City. Thankfully, the Ghostbusters decide to think quickly on their feet and do the one thing they vowed never to do in case it results in the destruction of our world: cross the streams of their proton packs. As they do so, the dimensional doorway is forced shut, leaving Gozer out in the ether and freeing Dana and Louis from their demonic forms. With that, the Ghostbusters officially save New York City, Venkman gets the girl, and all is well. At least, for a time.

Vigo the Carpathian arrives

In the years following Gozer's defeat, the Ghostbusters go out of business. Taking place five years after the original film, "Ghostbusters II" reunites the cast in 1989 after being shut down by a lawsuit concerning "destruction of property" — not that we didn't see that coming. In the interim, Stantz opens his own occult bookstore and works with Zeddemore as a birthday party attraction, while Spengler works in a lab (shocking) and Venkman hosts his own talk show, which seems just like him, doesn't it? This all changes after Dana — who split from Venkman years earlier, got married, then divorced, and now has a son named Oscar — comes to the team for help after her baby is nearly killed by a ghost.

The culprit behind this one isn't Gozer, but rather the spirit of a dead tyrant/sorcerer named Vigo the Carpathian (Wilhelm von Homburg) whose ghost resides in a portrait that Dana curates at an art museum. Once Vigo comes to life, he enslaves Dana's boss and gets him to hand Oscar over so that he might enter the land of the living once more. But during their investigation, our heroes are arrested and forced to quit once again, that is until the judge is haunted by ghosts from his own past and needs them busted too. Once they save him, the Ghostbusters are back in business, just in time to stop Vigo.

Saving New York City, again

Using a river of slime to influence all of New York, Vigo attempts to claim Oscar as his own once more, all but throwing Dana back into Venkman's wide-open arms. As these two get back together, Vigo uses his magical influence to attack the city on New Year's Eve, causing mass pandemonium. Though the Ghostbusters try to warn the mayor, his assistant Jack Hardemeyer (Kurt Fuller) tosses them into the psyche ward. Thankfully, their stay isn't permanent (you'd think these guys have been through enough) and they soon get back out there to tackle Vigo.

Since Vigo's slime feeds on negative emotions (resulting in him using the Statue of Liberty as a weapon), the Ghostbusters fight with the power of positivity. Somehow it works, weakening Vigo for a short time. But once he gains corporeal form, the Carpathian attempts to sacrifice Oscar once more, but between the positivity of NYC citizens singing "Auld Lang Syne" and the Ghostbusters' own efforts, he's defeated and once again trapped inside the painting, with our heroes replacing him on the canvas. Yeah, it's tacky, but "Ghostbusters" has never been the most serious movie franchise out there.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (sort of) bridges the gap

For years, "Ghostbusters III" (subtitled "Hellbent") was in development hell, and nothing ever fully materialized. The script — by "Ghostbusters" scribes Aykroyd and Ramis — eventually leaked online in the early 2000s, revealing that the project would have taken place in 1991 (and probably led to Venkman's death). Obviously, the movie never happened, which is no doubt leaving you wondering why we're even bothering to mention it. Well, eventually the story was used as the basis for 2009's "Ghostbusters: The Video Game," which reunited the original four Ghostbusters for one final time (sadly, it was Ramis' last time playing Egon Spengler before his death in 2014 ).

"This is essentially the third movie," Aykroyd told Now Gamer back in 2009. "If you have an appetite for the third movie, then the videogame is it." So what happens in the game? Well, the Ghostbusters find themselves dealing with a threat meant to merge the real world and the Ghost World on Thanksgiving where they relive some of their greatest hits. But it's not just a nostalgia-fueled throwback; the series adds additional character development, such as Zeddemore getting his PhD, and expands on characters like Ivo Shandor, who decides he wants to be Gozer himself. It's certainly not a perfect continuation, and its official place in the canon is a bit iffy, but "Ghostbusters: The Video Game" was a great placeholder until an official third film could continue the story into the 21st century.

Spengler goes rogue

In 2021, a new "Ghostbusters" movie continuing the original saga was finally released. Directed by Jason Reitman, the son of original film director Ivan Reitman, "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" picks up over three decades after "Ghostbusters II," where it's revealed that Egon Spengler retreated to the remote small town of Summerville, Oklahoma. Somewhen between "Ghostbusters II" and "Afterlife," Spenger had a daughter named Callie (Carrie Coon), who in turn had two children of her own, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace). Though the identity of Callie's mother is uncertain, many believe it's Janine Melnitz, who appears to be a friend of the family (and had a thing with Spengler back in the '80s).

Out in Summerville, Spengler spends the remaining years of his life preventing something big, something he's been on the verge of uncovering since mysteriously leaving the Ghostbusters and letting the group crumble to dust. Gozer's return is imminent, but following his discovery of Ivo Shandor's mining operation in Summerville, Spengler dies of a heart attack after being attacked by a ghost. This sends Callie and her children to Summerville to start anew, and hopefully find some closure concerning their estranged patriarch.

The Spengler family arrives in Summerville

Arriving in Summerville, Phoebe soon begins exploring, eventually encountering and befriending the ghost of her grandfather. Though he isn't seen, he leads her to his work underneath the barn where he's hidden his original Ghostbusters equipment, including the Ecto-1. After Phoebe shows a ghost trap to her teacher Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd) and her new friend, who for some reason goes by Podcast (Logan Kim), Gary realizes that Phoebe is the granddaughter of an original Ghostbuster and reveals to her the legacy she's stumbled upon. After Spengler's ghost helps Trevor fix up the Ecto-1, he takes Phoebe and Podcast for a ride where they capture their first ghost, Muncher. 

In true Ghostbuster fashion, they cause a ton of damage around their small town, and their equipment is seized by the local authorities. Thankfully, Trevor has a crush on the Sheriff's daughter Lucky (Celeste O'Connor), who ultimately helps get their stuff back. In the meantime, Phoebe attempts to get Ray Stantz to come and help, but he explains that the Ghostbusters are long gone and that he feels somewhat betrayed by Spengler for leaving in the first place. The new crew doesn't have time to dwell on that, as Ivo Shandor is revealed to be alive in his coffin and helping dismantle Spengler's safeguards, allowing Gozer to finally cross over — but only after Zuul and Vinz Clortho possess Callie and Gary, of course.

The original Ghostbusters are reunited

Becoming the new team of Ghostbusters, the Spengler grandchildren, Podcast, and Lucky decide to take matters into their own hands. Luring Gozer and its minions into a trap at the Spengler homestead, they successfully free Callie from Zuul's grip, weakening the Gozerian. But Gozer is smarter this time around and when the trap fails, Zuul instantly possesses Lucky instead. But before our heroes can despair, the original Ghostbusters return to save the day, with Venkman, Stantz, and Zeddemore all accounted for. Spengler is finally able to manifest a visible form himself (via CGI) and helps his old teammates (and his granddaughter) to save the day, just like they did all those years ago.

Finally at peace with his friends and his family after a heartfelt reunion, Spengler disappears into the, well, afterlife. Though it's unclear where exactly Spengler's spirit goes upon death (somehow he wasn't sucked into one of the ghost traps), his family and friends are comforted knowing why he disappeared all those years ago. With that, the original Ghostbusters head back to New York for further adventures, and the new team continues their lives in Summerville, though they'll never be the same.

After decades, the Ghostbusters are back in business

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" ends with the revelation that Zeddemore, himself a wealthy businessman with a family of his own, bought back the original Ghostbusters firehouse and has returned the Ecto-1 to its rightful home there. After meeting with Janine, Zeddemore seems intent on rebuilding the Ghostbusters name, and as the post-credits scene reveals, there are always more ghosts that need busting. According to the 2022 sequel video game "Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed," Stantz and Zeddemore have officially reopened Ghostbusters, which follows the adventures of new hires to the group (it remains unclear if this game is considered canon).

Additionally, we learn at the end of "Afterlife" that Peter Venkman and Dana Barrett got married sometime after the events of "Ghostbusters II." While we don't know much about their life together (other than that they seemingly live in New York City), Venkman is seen taking the same EPS shock test that he used to perform on his students back at Columbia, only with Dana pulling the trigger. We don't know what's become of Oscar or if they ever had any children of their own together, but after all these years they're happy, and that's the best ending for these two we could hope for.

The Ghostbusters multiverse is strong

Of course, there are other "Ghostbusters" projects out there worth referencing. In 2016, director Paul Feig attempted an all-female reboot of the franchise with a film that's come to be known as "Ghostbusters: Answer the Call." Though some of the original cast members make cameo appearances, they aren't playing the same characters from the original film series. Overall, the movie was deemed a disaster, and while some have tried to defend it in recent years, Sony and their Ghost Corps. brand have recognized that sequels to the originals are really what folks want. There is, however, a 2018 comic book crossover between the two teams titled "Ghostbusters: Crossing Over" that is mostly entertaining.

Additionally, though the Ghostbusters became incredibly popular through the cartoon series "The Real Ghostbusters," this animated series and its sequel, "Extreme Ghostbusters," don't take place within the original film series continuity either (though some events may cross over). Nevertheless, the animated shows gained an impressive cult following over the years, with many citing "The Real Ghostbusters" as their definitive interpretation of the team. If that's you, note that Seasons 1-4 take place after the 1984 film, while Seasons 5-7 and "Extreme Ghostbusters" occur after the events of "Ghostbusters II."

What's next for the Ghostbusters?

After the success of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," the trailer for the upcoming sequel dropped in November 2023 . Titled "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire," the "Afterlife" follow-up returns the action to New York City as the old and new Ghostbusters reunite again to tackle a new foe. This time though, the threat isn't just some standard world domination game: this evil spirit — which Ray calls "the death chill" — wants to freeze all of New York in its icy tendrils as it scares folks to death, which looks to be a bit more intense than the previous installment.

While Egon Spengler is seemingly gone for good, Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore are coming back for more, as are the Spengler grandchildren and their mother's boyfriend Gary, who looks to finally live his dream of becoming a Ghostbuster. With March 29, 2024 set as the release date, the confirmation that a follow-up is coming is an exciting one as the world of "Ghostbusters" only continues to grow. In a franchise once again rife with potential, "Frozen Empire" better knock our socks off if we want more.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Will Now Premiere One Week Earlier

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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will now debut in theaters on March 22, a week earlier than its previously announced March 29 release date.

Frozen Empire was originally announced for December 2023 , then pushed back to March 2024 last July. Interestingly, that March 29 release date would've overlapped with another highly anticipated Sony movie, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. However, that trilogy-ender was delayed indefinitely during the writers' and actors' strikes over the summer.

Frozen Empire is a continuation of the original Ghostbusters story and a direct sequel to 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife , which starred Carrie Coon as Callie Spengler - the daughter of original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler - and her children, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace). The sequel brings the story back to NYC and the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse.

Here's the official plot synopsis from Sony:

In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.

Coon, Wolfhard, and Grace return for Frozen Empire alongside Paul Rudd and original Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Bill Murray. New to the cast are Kumail Nanjiani and Patton Oswalt.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife writers Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman have penned the script for Frozen Empire, with Kenan taking his turn at the helm.

For more on the year ahead in film, check out IGN's list of the biggest movies coming in 2024 .

Jordan covers games, shows, and movies as a freelance writer for IGN.

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Included within the recent update to Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed , the game’s customization suite received a slight overhaul, allowing players to adjust and tweak their character’s facial features in new ways, with many choosing to either recreate themselves or, instead, their favorite Ghostbuster .

If you’ve been checking out the Ghostbusters News YouTube channel over the past couple of weeks, you’ve likely seen some of these creations. I’ve played alongside a cast of easily recognizable characters in recent live streams , with standouts including a Pee Wee Herman complete with his must-have bowtie, to being paired up with James Belushi’s Jake Blues. Getting in on the fun, I also had a hand at recreating the 1990s fan-favorite cast of The Real Ghostbusters .

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Night view of Egon Spengler's Farmhouse with Ghostbuster's car from Ghostbusters: Afterlife

In real life, Harold Ramis, the man who played Egon Spengler in the original Ghostbusters movies, died in 2014. Fittingly, even though he can’t physically be part of the much-anticipated third movie in the franchise, his spirit will still very much be a part of Ghostbusters: Afterlife . In fact, the plot wouldn’t work without his character since it’s Spengler’s farmhouse where the sequel takes us next.

Specifically, upon Spengler’s death, he leaves some property to his daughter, who finds herself needing to relocate herself and her children. The house doesn’t seem all that great until the kids discover his cache of equipment and learn their grandpa was once a Ghostbuster.

Speaking of that “creepy old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere,” as Finn Wolfhard’s character “Trevor” describes it in the trailer, what’s its story? Is it a real place or just a movie set? Where is it? If it’s a real place, is it haunted?

Let’s see if we can track it down and learn more about it. But let’s first take a look at what Ghostbusters: Afterlife is about and get a feel of it from its trailer.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Storyline

From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife , 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.

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New York City provides the setting for the first two original Ghostbusters movies. Although, with the exception of the library, the most popular Ghostbusters locations weren’t filmed in New York.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife keeps that tradition alive. It also moves the story to one of the most unlikely places I ever thought I’d see it go: Oklahoma.

While some NYC scenes used this time were filmed in New York City, it was predominantly shot in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Not Oklahoma.

Specifically, Summerville’s street scenes were filmed in the town of Fort Macleod, a town south of Calgary. Filming also took place in Crossfield, Beiseker, and Drumheller, which are all just north of Calgary.

But what about the inherited farmhouse? Where can we find it?

Spengler’s Farmhouse

One of the things Screen Rant noted after watching MythBusters Adam Savage’s behind-the-scenes sneak peek tour of the Ghostbusters: Afterlife set was what went into creating Spengler’s farmhouse.

Well, not so much the house as the barn. As they explained, the production team found a “unique-looking barn” they liked and had it moved to the Alberta ranch set. Which so far is an “unspecified location.”

The barn’s probably the movie’s more important setting rather than the farmhouse. It’s where Ecto-1 and all of the Ghostbusters paranormal equipment is stored. And that’s where Egon Spengler’s grandkids will discover who he was and what he used to do.

From Savage’s behind-the-scenes sneak peek, we also see, as Fantrippers confirmed, that, Spengler’s farmhouse is a constructed set. It’s not a real gem of a creepy, haunted-looking, dilapidated farmhouse the production team stumbled upon. Bummer.

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One of the highlights Screen Rant pointed out from Savage’s behind-the-scenes Ghostbusters: Afterlife set tour was the mirror. Specifically how they rigged it to move for filming purposes to avoid reflections, but SR hinted that it will also likely provide savvy and sharp-eyed fans an Easter egg or two.

Also, among the filming locations Fantrippers pointed out was the water tower. It belongs to the town of Drumheller, which is where you’ll find dinosaur country and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology as well as the World’s Largest Dinosaur.

Speaking of Drumheller, I don’t know if there are any dinosaur ghosts roaming about, but the Drumheller Guided Ghost Walk explores 100 years of haunted history in 90 minutes. So for those who “set jet” to check out Ghostbusters: Afterlife filming locations but who are also interested in real ghost stories, that tour might be one to take.

Fort Macleod’s Empress Theater is another place in the movie that’s rumored to have paranormal activity. Depending on who’s telling the story, some say it’s haunted by the ghost of a former manager named Dan Boyle. Others say the restless spirit is a former janitor named Ed. Maybe both of them haunt the theater?

Who knows? But it’s something those who take a jaunt to explore Ghostbusters: Afterlife filming locations might find out. If that’s you, be sure to Check-In and let me know what you learned…or if you ended up having any real paranormal experiences!

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Never did think someone like Egon would settled where he did, but I suspect it is all due to the same guy who caused the events to happen in first film, plus Gozer, of course.

Oh that’s a fun possible explanation for why he has a farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere! And GOZER! LOL I bet they’ll explain it somehow in the movie. Or maybe they won’t. So excited to find out either way SOON! THANKS for the comment!

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We’ve got two new images to share with you for Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire to share with you today! These are the covers for Empire Magazine and one of them features the new Ghostbusters team and the other one features the old one.

The new crew consists of Carrie Coon as Callie Spengler, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace ’s teens Trevor and Phoebe Spengler, and Paul Rudd ’s Gary Grooberson.

The old crew features Bill Murray ’s Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd ’s Ray Stantz, and Ernie Hudson ’s Winston Zeddemore, all suited up. But there’s also the surprising addition of Annie Potts who is back as Janine Melnitz, and she’s also suited up and ready to bust some ghosts! This is so cool!

I hope that the original film’s cast has a bigger role in this sequel than they did in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.


In the story, New York City finds itself freezing over due to an ancient artifact that unleashes an evil force! Also, the original Ghostbusters return! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson are all back for the new adventure! The synopsis reads:

In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is being directed by Gil Kenan , from a script he co-wrote with Jason Reitman who serves as executive producer on the new film. The movie also stars Patton Oswalt , Kumail Nanjiani , comedian James Acaster , and Emily Alyn Lind  have joined the cast.

The film is scheduled to be released on March 29th, 2024.

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Callie's first child was a boy who was named Trevor. He was born in February 2006. [3] [4] He got along well enough with his biological father but he left sometime after Trevor's sister Phoebe was born. [5] As a teenager, he developed in interest in cars. One morning in summer 2021, Trevor tried to eat breakfast and watch a car video on his camera phone while Callie gave him a hair cut in their apartment room at the Anderson East Estates on Barneson Street in Chicago . [Note 1] Trevor was annoyed but Callie claimed she was almost done and mockingly adored his mustache. He disliked her teasing. The power in the apartment hummed and caused Callie to become distracted. She inadvertently tagged Trevor's right ear with the electric shaver. He recoiled and touched his ear. He was not pleased to discover he was bleeding. Callie told him he would then went to check on Phoebe. After there was a knock at the front door, Trevor called out to Callie. She was annoyed he just sat in his seat. Trevor reminded her he was not an adult. Callie opened the door and learned from the landlord they were evicted. Callie initially mislead Trevor and Phoebe and told them their trip to Summerville was only going to take a week. At one point in the drive from Chicago to Summerville, there was car trouble. Callie and Phoebe sat on their Subaru's roof while Trevor fixed something under the hood then they continued on.

As they drove through Summerville, Trevor was not content with the weak cell phone signals he was getting on his phone. Trevor read the lines painted on improvised signs making up a quote from Revelations 6:12 at the entrance to the Farmhouse . He noted it was maybe a good thing Callie never met her father. Trevor took one look and called their new home a murder house. He walked around to get a signal on his phone and noticed rusted cars in various states of salvage. Trevor eventually went into the house and remarked it was so much worse than he thought it was gonna be. An earthquake prompted them to take cover under the dining table. Trevor joked, "Remember that summer we died under a table?" Callie came clean they were living in Summerville permanently. Trevor recalled she said she had money saved up. Callie confirmed she did before she had children. He hit is head on the table while trying to get out then noticed Phoebe had a strange device but she didn't know what it was either. Trevor grabbed at the top of the meter but Phoebe pulled it out his grasp. Janine Melnitz walked in and they learned there was no monetary inheritance.

That evening, they went to Spinners Roller Hop for dinner. Trevor was livid they had to spend a summer a heatwave. He whined they had lives back in Chicago. Callie contended she had one too. Trevor countered she did not because she was a mom and lived for them. Trevor noticed a Lucky , a teenage waitress, and followed after her. He quickly filled out a job application and tried to make small talk with her. Things became awkward. She was about to leave but Trevor presented the application to her. She skimmed it and noticed under experience, he wrote "friendly open smiley face." He admitted he didn't really know what to put. She mused "friendly" did not qualify as experience. Trevor guessed it was a more of a quality. She laughed, slid the application back to him, rolled to the counter to grab a finished order, and asked him how old he was. Trevor told her he was seventeen and asked if she could put in a good word for him. Lucky replied she could tell the bosses he had a pulse. Trevor told her his name. The two teenage cooks, Rufus and Zahk mocked him. After Trevor exited the restaurant, another of the teenage workers referred him as Casanova. All the teens giggled. Lucky punched the teen in the arm. Later that night, Trevor explored around the farm for a signal. He went inside the old collapsing barn and removed part of a tarp covering a retro ambulance . The light on his phone went out, to his chagrin, and he stood in total darkness. He then made it his mission to get the car running.

The next day, while Callie drove Trevor to work and Phoebe to summer school, she advised Phoebe not be afraid to start a conversation. Trevor reacted in disagreement. He thought that was horrible advice and she was literally setting her up for failure. To prove his point, Trevor asked Phoebe how her were jokes coming along. Phoebe told them one: "Why should you never trust atoms? Because they make up everything." Trevor turned back to Callie. She claimed it was funny. Trevor declared it was not and asked to be dropped off. Callie was amused he was too embarrassed to be seen with his mother. He quickly admitted it, told her bye, and crossed the street to Spinners. Callie honked and yelled out she loved him. Trevor was given inventory duty in the walk-in freezer and he counted meat patties. He began shivering and stuttering as he got to 23. Lucky stopped by to check on him. He admitted things were not going good at all and asked if everyone had to do what he was doing. Lucky confirmed everyone did and it was super important. She noticed his lips were literally blue and asked if he was okay. Trevor claimed he was fine. Lucky insisted on lending him her hoodie. She even pointed out it had a wolf on it so it was really masculine. Trevor accepted it and she helped put it on him. He was kind of surprised it fit. Lucky joked it was her boyfriend's and Trevor quickly removed it. She told him to get back to inventory. Back at home, Trevor ratcheted under the hood of Ecto-1 in the barn. A headlight casing fell off. He sighed, picked it up, and walked to the driver's side. He pulled the tarp off, took one look, and called Ecto-1 a shit box.

The next day at Spinners, Trevor crouched down and lifted up a black mat with gloves on. Lucky crouched down near the doorway and commented on how dirty it was. Trevor asked if any of it had been cleaned before. Lucky told him she never did then informed him a bunch of them were heading up the mountain. He stood up. She asked if he was coming. Trevor hopped into the back of a Ford Ranchero. They drove to the top of a mountain and circled by a mine elevator. Trevor and Lucky sat on the mine elevator. Trevor asked why she brought him along. Lucky named her reasons as entertainment value and asked him if he could juggle. Trevor was startled by a loud noise set off by the others. Lucky asked what he was doing in Summerville. Trevor contemplated his answer briefly then fessed up his family was broke, got evicted, and the only thing left in their name was the creepy farmhouse his grandfather left them in the middle of nowhere. She nodded. He added he meant to no offense. She told him she was not offended and confirmed Summerville was a dump. He asked why she lived in Summerville if she thought it was a dump. She dryly called herself "fourth generation dump." Trevor asked if she thought she would ever leave. Lucky knew she would not and asked what that said about her. Trevor joked it meant she did not own a car. She laughed but he elevator suddenly shook. They jumped off the elevator and looked down the shaft. There was a groan. The other teens noticed. They all gathered around. A spectral face briefly formed far down the shaft and spoke the word " Gozer ." An orange P.K.E. wisp shot up out of the shaft. There was silence then they started laughing.

The next day, Trevor continued working on Ecto-1. The car would not start. Trevor pleaded with Ecto-1. He failed to notice Egon Spengler 's invisible intervention. The motor roared to life. He slapped the steering wheel in triumph. The hood suddenly dropped. He looked outward drifted around in a barley field. Ecto-1 suddenly took off into the air and landed on the road. Coincidentally, he was just a few feet away from Phoebe and her friend Podcast . He drove up to them. Phoebe introduced Podcast. Trevor was surprised she had a friend. Phoebe was surprised he had a car. Trevor clarified it was a Cadillac. Podcast stated they needed a ride and asked if he knew how to drive. Phoebe quickly answered he failed his driver's test three times. [6] Trevor told them to get in the back. On the drive to town, Trevor asked them what was going on. Phoebe mentioned the Manhattan Crossrip of 1984 but Trevor claimed he already heard of the Manhattan ghost stories. Phoebe stated the stories were real. Podcast elaborated it meant the Ghostbusters were real, they really saved the world, fought back an invading army of the undead and 100 foot Marshmallow Man . Phoebe believed their grandfather was Egon Spengler, one of the Ghostbusters. The police CB radio picked up a dispatcher telling all units there were reports coming in of some kind of animal taking a bite out of Steve Fletcher's truck.

In Summerville, Trevor asked what they were looking for. Podcast stated they were searching for evidence. Trevor took a left, past a stop sign with the "S" missing. Podcast and Phoebe leaned towards the front. They drove past an alley where some trash cans have been munched on, too. There was blue ectoplasm left behind on them. Trevor asked Podcast to stop breaching in his ear. He refused. Trevor was starting to lose patience and asked them if what they saw was really a raccoon or a possum. Phoebe saw Muncher eating a fire hydrant. Trevor braked to a stop and was shocked to see a ghost then asked what they should do. Podcast wanted to get him. Podcast inadvertently triggered the gunner seat and Phoebe was moved outside the car. Muncher took off and they gave chase, causing a lot of property damage. Trevor swerved out of the way of traffic and struggled to keep Ecto-1 straight. Podcast was about to trap Muncher with the Remote Trap Vehicle but they were about to drive head on into a truck. They screamed and Trevor swerved out of the way. They gathered themselves and took off after Muncher. They managed to trap him before he could reach the mountain on the Shandor Mining Company 's property. They approached the bridge. Trevor screamed. Phoebe barely got the gunner seat back inside in time before impact. The side of the exposed door scraped along the bridge, then properly closed after they cleared the bridge. Everyone screamed. Ecto-1 slid into a stop and kicked up a gravel cloud. Trevor got out and high fived Phoebe. Trevor realized they were looking at the same mountain he went to the day before. Evening fell as they drove home. Trevor asked if any of it bothered Phoebe. She asked what he meat. Podcast declared their grandfather was a legend and they could be anything they wanted, like an Influencer or a DJ. Trevor admitted it was easier when he thought Egon was crazy. Phoebe stated he was not. Trevor agreed but wondered why he abandoned their mother. Sheriff Domingo pulled them over. Trevor panicked and thought they were screwed. Podcast suggested they fight. Trevor told them to open the glove box. There was an unopened Twinkie on top of the papers. Domingo tapped on the driver side window and asked Trevor for his license and registration.

Trevor, Phoebe, and Podcast were arrested on multiple charges, including driving without a license, an expired registration, speeding, and destroying half of Main Street with a Proton Pack. [7] They were taken to the Summerville County Sheriff's Department where they were placed on a jail cell. Trevor talked to Podcast and Phoebe about what happened to him the day before at the top of the mountain. Podcast grinned from ear to ear and looked around. Trevor stopped and asked Podcast if he was even paying any attention to him. Podcast claimed he was listening then admitted he was excited to be in jail. Trevor continued on about hearing something say "Gozer." From the jail cell next to theirs, Lucky stood up from the cot and confirmed Trevor was speaking the truth. Trevor turned around and made small talk. Lucky asked him for help with hiding something for her. He immediately agreed to. Lucky asked him if had any priors. Trevor told her he had none. Lucky explained he would only be charged as a minor and get a minimum sentence of two years. Trevor heard her say "two." Lucky promised to visit him. Sheriff Domingo heard everything and told Lucky to quit messing with his inmates. She apologized to her father. Trevor realized the sheriff was her father and she was only kidding. Lucky confirmed she was just waiting for her ride home. She stepped out of her cell, closed the door, and told Trevor he looked good behind bars.

Callie and Gary Grooberson , Phoebe and Podcast's summer school teacher, came to bail them out. Phoebe and Trevor were escorted to the front. Trevor's cuffs were taken off. Callie asked them what the hell they were thinking. Gary joined in and pointed out they could have really hurt themselves. While Callie's back was to him, Gary's face indicated the opposite and he thought they did something really cool. He casually introduced himself to a confused Trevor. Callie angrily took the cap off a pen and looked at the release form. She told them they were leaving then reminded him he was supposed to look after Phoebe this summer. Gary was surprised. Callie clarified she was talking to Trevor. Trevor quibbled the incident was Phoebe's idea. Phoebe pulled the Particle Thrower on Sheriff Domingo after learning the equipment and Ecto-1 were being kept by the sheriffs and after they talked down about Egon. Callie ordered Phoebe out again. Phoebe stormed off. Callie called out to Trevor then left the office. Trevor acknowledged Lucky and mused he would see her at work. Lucky nodded and told him she would see him. Back at home, Trevor sat near the top of the staircase upstairs in silence as Callie and Phoebe argued down in the study.

The next day, a meeting was held inside Spinners. Podcast, Phoebe, Trevor, and Lucky occupied one of the booths. Gary Grooberson's seismic map was unrolled over the table. Trevor and Lucky sat on one side while Podcast and Phoebe sat on the other. Trevor asked what exactly was happening with the map. Phoebe quizzed him about the concentric circles around the mountain on the map. Trevor had no idea what they looked like and could not identify them on the map. Phoebe went with a simpler question and asked if he saw the circles. He nodded. Phoebe stated something was happening inside the old mine owned by the Shandor Mining Company. Trevor thought that was pretty obvious. Podcast revealed he did some digging on the word Trevor heard in the mountain, "Gozer." Trevor questioned what he meant by "digging." Podcast, annoyed, looked at Phoebe. Phoebe explained Gozer was a Sumerian god who once walked amongst the living. Podcast added it was a "soul-eating, flame-dripping deity of evil" and he speculated it wanted to return. Lucky was surprised of all places, it was coming to Summerville. Phoebe asked Lucky what the name " Ivo Shandor " meant to the town. Lucky revealed he built Summerville, the mine, the foundry, the school, and the library, hence his name was on everything. Trevor found that last bit tacky. Phoebe continued and talked about how Shandor created an apartment building in New York City made out of selenium girders, mined from Summerville and it was same rooftop of that apartment where their grandfather fought to keep a horde of ghosts from entering the physical plane. Trevor got to the point and asked her what exactly was happening. Phoebe hinted there was only one way to find out.

Trevor, Lucky, Phoebe, and Podcast went to the old Shandor mine and rode the mine elevator down the shaft. To break the silence and tension, Phoebe told one of her jokes. She asked what a cigarette and hamster had in common. Lucky had no clue and asked what it was. Phoebe replied they were both harmless until you stick one in your mouth and light it on fire. Podcast snorted and Lucky refrained from laughing and looked away. Trevor commented it was the worst time. They turned on their flashlights as they got closer to the landing. Trevor spotted the large statue of Gozer. Once the elevator landed, Trevor pushed up the side then Lucky helped. Trevor shined his light on the Gozer statue. He asked if that was her. Phoebe informed him that Gozer had no gender. Lucky found that pretty woke for 3000 BC. Trevor warned everyone to watch their steps. He came upon a big hole in the ground. They all looked down it. Podcast believed it was a sacrificial death pit. Phoebe wondered what they were sacrificing. Lucky guessed it was virgins. She teased Trevor and noting tough luck for him. Phoebe recalled that statistically, most 15-year-olds were virgins. Trevor panicked. Lucky realized he was 15 and lied to her about his age when they first met. He tried to defuse things and told her he would be 16 in February. She pointed out it was June. He quickly changed the subject and asked what all those holes in the wall were. They all looked. Phoebe joked they were "vacancies." Lucky wondered where all the bodies were. Podcast announced he found one. They others joined him at the lone glass tomb. There was an elder man in a purple suit wearing a twin red sash. Trevor was shocked and asked if he was sleeping. Lucky pointed out it was a coffin.

Phoebe climbed up a wooden ladder nearby. Podcast saw the name plate and realized the man in the tomb was the late Ivo Shandor. Phoebe believed Shandor knew Gozer was coming. They looked up at her. She found a series of numerical inscriptions of years that included 1821, 1823, 1883, 1908, 1945, 1984, 2021, and 2134. Podcast recalled the Krakatoa eruption in 1883, the most violent volcanic activity in human history. Trevor asked what happened in 1908. Podcast guessed it was probably the Tunguska blast over Siberia. Lucky saw 1945 and begged the question of what did not happen that year. Phoebe saw 1984 and quickly matched it to the Manhattan Crossrip. She likened it to a countdown. Podcast deduced it was like a prophecy. There was a noise. Phoebe climbed down. There is an orange glow coming from the pit. Phoebe leaned over and looked down. A spectral horde was rising up. Trevor called out to Phoebe. There were vague figures and arms in the horde A familiar powering up sound was heard. Streams from four Proton Cannons crossed then shot into the spectral horde. The mine rumbled. Trevor shouted to Phoebe. Phoebe realized this was the cause of Summerville's earthquakes. Trevor shouted out to Phoebe again. A voice in the horde said her name, too. A humanoid figure started to form. Trevor pulled Phoebe away. The crossed streams forced the horde back down then the Proton Cannons each turned off. Lucky asked Trevor if he was okay and brushed the dirt off him. Trevor told her he was fine and asked her the same question. Phoebe walked between them and killed the moment. Trevor asked Phoebe what was wrong. She studied one of the Proton Cannons and declared Egon was right all along. She surmised he built the Proton Cannon array and stood guard, even when no one believed him, sacrificing everything: his life, his friends, and his family. There was a silence. Podcast thought that was a bummer. Trevor and Lucky looked down at him in dismay. Phoebe stated they needed to tell Callie what they discovered.

Trevor drove the family's Subaru Outback back to the Farmhouse. Lucky and Trevor exchanged looks. Back at the Farmhouse, Trevor and Lucky ran in last. Trevor wanted to know what was happening with his mother. Phoebe called to Callie again. Lucky asked if she was okay. The P.K.E. Meter registered. Zuul , in possession of Callie, got in Podcast's face and snarled then stroked the left side of his face. She asked him if was the Keymaster . Podcast had no idea. Phoebe was aghast. Podcast asked Phoebe what to do. Phoebe pulled at Zuul. Zuul snarled angrily. The taser setting suddenly activated on the P.K.E. Meter. Zuul quickly took cover behind the armchair. There was another earthquake. Zuul sensed something and jumped through a window, shattering the glass. Phoebe yelled for her mother. She took the P.K.E. Meter from Trevor and ran outside. Phoebe realized the farm was really a trap . Phoebe took them down to the underground laboratory.Trevor was last and landed awkwardly. They each grabbed a flightsuit out of the locker starting with Phoebe, Trevor, Lucky, and then Podcast. Trevor sneaked a look at Lucky's black bra as she changed. Lucky saw and asked, "What?" Trevor turned around and zipped up then replied "Nothing."

Phoebe presided over a model of the Farmhouse property. It lit up. She stated it was what Egon was working on all those years. Trevor thought she was talking about the model. Lucky admitted the detail was amazing. Phoebe clarified Egon came to finish what the original Ghostbusters started. Lucky deduced she was alluding to trapping Gozer. Trevor realized that was what the dirt field was for. Phoebe confirmed their thoughts and pointed out the big silos acted as a capacitor. The model capacitors activated and shorted. They backed off. Trevor inquired what a capacitor was. Phoebe asked him if it would kill him to read. Trevor quipped if it would kill her just to tell him the answer. Phoebe explained that once activated, the silo towers could hold a charge for one moment but in that one moment, they could power hundreds of Traps. Lucky asked the big question, how were they going to get Gozer into the field. Phoebe steered the conversation to Zuul and Vinz and explained Gozer needed both of them to exist on their plane. Podcast elaborated they both had to possess a human soul each. Trevor caught on that Zuul possessed Callie. Phoebe revealed they would then "unite formally." Trevor was not catching on, nor Lucky. Podcast shared they were thinking at least third base. Lucky cheered on Callie.

The children ran into the empty sheriff's office. Lucky and Trevor ran down a corridor and found Ecto-1 up on a lift. Phoebe pushed the equipment on a cart to the rear of Ecto-1. Trevor handed the equipment to Podcast inside. Lucky got into a squad car. Trevor, from Ecto-1, asked her if she was ready. Lucky teased she would be waiting. Lucky turned left. Trevor turned right with the sirens on and drove to the Shandor Mine. They watched as the possessed Callie and Gary transmogrified into Vinz and Zuul's Terror Dog forms. Then Gozer arrived. As soon as Zuul was captured with the the Remote Trap Vehicle, Trevor started up Ecto-1 and the sirens turned on. It slid in with its rear facing the stairs. The Remote Trap Vehicle headed down to it. Podcast and Phoebe headed into the rear with Callie. Phoebe closed the door and Ecto-1 took off. The Remote Trap Vehicle followed close behind. Callie came to in a discombobulated state. Trevor yelled out for everyone to hold on. He turned at Spinners. Callie shared she discovered Egon kept track of her entire life. Phoebe thought it was super but Trevor pointed out they were in the middle of trying to save the world. Callie wanted in. Vinz Clortho made a move for the Remote Trap Vehicle but missed. Podcast steered it to the sidewalk. Callie asked what that was. Trevor replied that was her boyfriend Gary. She took issue with "boyfriend." Phoebe held off Vinz on the gunner seat while she explained what was going on. Trevor plowed through some of the Revelation 3:16 signs at the Farmhouse driveway. Callie and Phoebe headed to the porch. Trevor got into the back of Ecto-1 with Podcast.

Gozer, in a disembodied form arrived soon after. Phoebe held out the Trap. The buried Traps were activated. Lucky kicked the front door open with the Proton Pack on. She fired and wrangled Gozer. Trevor came out of Ecto-1 on the gunner seat but his thrower failed to fire. Mini-Pufts were on the back of the gunner seat disabling the pack. The capacitors lost their charge and Gozer sent Lucky flying forward. Trevor asked Podcast what he was doing. Podcast yelled he had his own problems. Trevor watched as Ray Stantz , Peter Venkman , and Winston Zeddemore arrived and battled Gozer. While Egon's ghost came to Phoebe's aid, Podcast picked up the P.K.E Meter and tasered the Mini-Puft apart. Trevor peeked inside. A machine turned back on. Podcast declared they were back on. Trevor took aim but looked at the capacitors and fired at them instead of Gozer. The buried Traps hummed back on. Callie noticed and ran up to the porch and stomped the pedal. The Traps all opened and trapped the wisps, the atmospheric disturbance, Zuul, Vinz, and Gozer. Trevor ran over to the Terror Dog husks. He pulled the head off one. Gary's head was visible. Trevor asked him if he was okay. Gary noted his hands hurt from galloping. One of Lucky's hands emerged from the other husk. Trevor ran over and tried to pull the husk apart. Lucky emerged. Trevor told her he thought he lost her. He helped her up. They slowly approached Egon. Lucky pushed him forward. Trevor greeted Egon. Egon placed his left hand on Trevor's right shoulder. They turned to Phoebe. Egon knelt down and parted her hair. She teared up. Egon turned to Callie. He stood up. She walked over. They looked at each other. Callie ran up and hugged him. He was relieved and hugged her back. Trevor placed his left hand on Phoebe's left shoulder. Lucky placed her left hand on Trevor's right shoulder. Egon peacefully dispersed upwards. They all looked up into the sky.

Personality [ ]

Trevor can be best described as the gearhead that loves working on old cars.

Behind The Scenes [ ]

On February 14, 2019, a character breakdown was reported on, an "UNNAMED (LEAD BOY 2) To play 12 years old. Slender, pale, dark hair, piercing blue eyes, aquiline features, high cheekbones, withdrawn. He's prodigious - bright, witty, stubborn, and remains playful in spite of hardship. He is also a brilliantly quick thinker under pressure, is at ease with technology, and has a high facility for problem-solving." [8]

On March 1, 2019, it was reported Finn Wolfhard was in talks to star in the movie and the story will focus on a single mom and her family, with Coon playing the mom and Wolfhard playing her son. [9] Jason Reitman quoted a tweet about the report and the added detail the family has mysterious ties to the 1984 movie. [10]

On March 12, 2019, it was reported Finn Wolfhard's role would be "TEEN BOY (Male/15/Lead) – He is fifteen, but tells people he's seventeen. He's passionate about auto-mechanics. he's often trying to help his little sister (GIRL) navigate the world as she struggles with traditional friendships. His family moves to town and he's immediately smitten with TEEN GIRL." [11]

On March 29, 2019, Jason Reitman confirmed Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, and Finn Wolfhard will portray the new family in the movie. [12]

On April 3, 2019, Finn Wolfhard was reached for comments during CinemaCon and he revealed he had no idea the movie he was auditioning for was a Ghostbusters one. [13] [14]

On December 6, 2019, a first look article revealed Finn Wolfhard portrayed "gearhead" son Trevor and included stills of Trevor discovering Ecto-1 in a collapsing barn and Ecto-1 being driven in a field. [15]

On January 3, 2020, a still of Trevor driving Ecto-1 and Phoebe on the gunner seat was posted. The article reiterated they find out their Ghostbusters connection "at the center of a great mystery that connects back to the original." [16]

  • Callie and her children lived in Apartment 2B, it is seen on door eight seconds into Trailer #1.
  • Callie, Phoebe, and Trevor losing their home and getting wrapped up in a paranormal event mirrors how Peter, Egon, and Ray were fired from Columbia in the first movie.
  • Trevor's T-shirts were made for the movie. [17]
  • At the motel, Trevor's shirt advertises Vienna Beef Chicago Style Hot Dog.
  • The quote is the one somewhat errorneously used by Ray in the first movie when he is talking to Winston in Ecto-1.
  • "Baby It's You" plays in the scene where the family goes to the Spinners and Trevor sees Lucky for the first time.
  • "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" plays when Trevor is filling out the job application.
  • "Wait a Minute Girl" plays when the camera zooms in on the Spinners sign and before we see Trevor in the freezer.
  • Lucky gives Trevor a hoodie with a wolf on the back. Trevor is played by Finn Wolfhard.
  • On the basic cable broadcast version that aired on FX, the alternate version of Trevor saying "what a shitbox" is "what a piece of junk."
  • There is a deleted scene of Trevor working on Ecto-1 when Phoebe strolls by and says, "You went with the station wagon?" Trevor replies, "It's the only one that had an engine." The scene appeared in the second movie trailer. Based on Phoebe's clothes, the scene took place after her first day of summer school when she parts ways with Podcast at the driveway.
  • "Can You Get To That" plays starting when Trevor examines the dirty mat to when Lucky and friends take Trevor to the mountain, enters the mining property in trucks, and ascends the hill to the mine elevator.
  • The scene of Trevor joining Lucky and her friends after work was longer and was akin to a "Boogie Nights" one take shot. [18]
  • The scene of Trevor looking down the mine shaft and hearing "Gozer" is reminiscent of the scene in Ghostbusters when Dana Barrett looked in her refrigerator and heard a voice say " Zuul ".
  • "Boredom" plays during the scene when Trevor first gets Ecto-1 started and drives through the barley fields.
  • Jeff Senca was the stunt driver for the Ecto-1 jump scene. [19]
  • On the basic cable broadcast version that aired on FX, the alternate version of the jump scene is Trevor screaming "Aah!" instead of "Shit!"
  • Phoebe reveals Trevor failed his driver's test three times. In real life, Finn Wolfhard has failed twice and didn't have a license during filming.
  • Trevor asking Podcast to stop breathing into his ear was improvised by Finn Wolfhard. [20]
  • Phoebe, Trevor, and Podcast are arrested, similar to the Ghostbusters in the first movie.
  • As the other teenagers look over Phoebe, Podcast, Trevor, and Lucky's booth as they discuss the map, it mirrors when the Ghostbusters' cellmates started to get interested in their conversation about 550 Central Park West and Gozer in the first movie, Chapter 22: Holding Cell .
  • The scene of Phoebe explaining to Trevor what a capacitor is was inspired by a time when Adam Savage once explained to Jason Reitman what a capacitor was. On the day of filming the scene, Reitman texted Savage to make sure that was the right way to say it. Savage texted back two different reads to use. [21] [22]
  • Bill Murray added variations on Peter's barrage of insults at Gozer. Only some ended in the theatrical version. Finn Wolfhard suggested Trevor should laugh to annoy Gozer even more but Jason Reitman urged him to keep playing it low-key. [23]
  • The parts where Trevor was seated on the Gunner chair was done for about three days straight. Dirt was blown into Finn Wolfhard's face. When he blew his nose between takes, dirt came out of his nose. [24]

Appearances [ ]

Primary canon appearances [ ].

Expanded Universe

  • Is It Ever Too Late?

Tertiary Canon Appearances [ ]

  • Alluded to by Winston Zeddemore. [25]
  • ↑ According to the close up on the eviction notice seen in the first Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer, released on December 9, 2019, Callie, Trevor, and Phoebe lived in the Anderson East Estates on Barneson Street in Chicago, Illinois.

References [ ]

  • ↑ Sony Pictures Entertainment India "Ghostbusters: Afterlife | A Ride On The ECTO1 | Sony Pictures Entertainment India" 1:02-1:30 1/29/2022 Guy Bews says: "I brought Jeff Senca who's a good friend of mine and stunt guy that jumped cars, he races the Baja 1000 and the whole nine yards and so we designed and built the ramp into the approach coming out of a farm field of oats and tested it all to make sure that we had the right distances. All that stuff to make that car land on the road, be able to still make that turn and go down that road."
  • ↑ Trevor Spengler (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 3 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 14:02-14:03). Sony Pictures. Trevor Spengler says: "My name's Trevor."
  • ↑ Lucky Domingo (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 13 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:20:11-01:20:14). Sony Pictures. Lucky Domingo says: "Fifteen? You're 15?"
  • ↑ Trevor Spengler (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 13 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:20:15-01:20:17). Sony Pictures. Trevor Spengler says: "I'll be 16 in February."
  • ↑ Callie Spengler (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 9 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 55:51-55:56). Sony Pictures. Callie Spengler says: "He was-he was fine with Trevor, but with Phoebe he just really... He couldn't really connect with her, so..."
  • ↑ Phoebe Spengler (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 9 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 54:55-54:46). Sony Pictures. Phoebe Spengler says: "He doesn't. He failed his driver's test three times."
  • ↑ Sheriff Domingo (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 11 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:08:17-01:08:21). Sony Pictures. Sheriff Domingo says: "Driving without a license. Expired registration. Speeding."
  • ↑ HN Entertainment "EXCLUSIVE: Two More Character Breakdowns For Jason Reitman's 'Ghostbusters' Movie" 2/14/19
  • ↑ Variety "Ghostbusters: 'Stranger Things' Actor Finn Wolfhard and Carrie Coon Eyed to Star (EXCLUSIVE) 3/1/19
  • ↑ JasonReitman Tweet 3/1/19
  • ↑ The Hashtag Show "EXCLUSIVE: Jenna Ortega Rumored To Join Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’; Lead Character Breakdowns Revealed" 3/12/19
  • ↑ JasonReitman Tweet 3/29/19
  • ↑ MTV News Tweet 4/3/19 Finn Wolfhard quote reads: "It's all secret. It's like completely, ya know — I didn't even know what I was auditioning for when I auditioned for it."
  • ↑ Bloody Disgusting "Finn Wolfhard Had No Idea He Was Auditioning for Ghostbusters" 4/3/19
  • ↑ Vanity Fair "First Look at Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 12/6/19
  • ↑ USA Today "12 movies we can't wait to see in 2020, from Tom Cruise's 'Top Gun 2' to Harley Quinn" 1/3/20
  • ↑ Tested YouTube "Adam Savage Visits Ghostbusters: Afterlife's Costume Department!" 12:00-12:03 1/12/2022 Danny Glicker says: "But a lot of these things were created for the movie."
  • ↑ Collider Interviews YouTube "Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace on Ghostbusters: Afterlife Deleted Scenes" 4:13-4:51 mark 11/15/2021 Finn Wolfhard says: "I'd say the most complicated is actually a shot that wasn't in the movie, it's like this Boogie Nights one take shot that actually makes the movie like longer. It's a really cool but it's like-it doesn't-there's a scene where like Celeste O'Connor's character Lucky asked me to go hang out with her friends and I'm cleaning and then I take off my apron and I go and I get in the car. with them. That was like a way longer scene. It was like she's like 'You coming with?' I'm like 'Yeah' and I see her walk out of the door and then I follow her to the window and I see her and I follow her and uh it's like a one take and I take off all my stuff and I run out the door then I jump in to the cars-the car is moving as the car is moving."
  • ↑ TheIrishGhostbusters Facebook "Ghostbusters Ireland meets! PODCAST!" 26:36-26:39 7/23/2022 Logan Kim says: "That was improv-ed by the way. He did that right off the bat."
  • ↑ Adam Savage's Tested YouTube "Adam Savage and Jason Reitman Talk Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 20:25-20:46 11/23/2021 Jason Reitman says: "That's right and we sat down for breakfast one morning. We started talking through the script and you start talking to me about you know how this stuff would actually work. How ghostbusting equipment would actually work and there is a line where Phoebe is explaining to Trevor what a capacitor it-is and is based on the moment in which you told me what the f***ing capacitor was."
  • ↑ Adam Savage's Tested YouTube "Adam Savage and Jason Reitman Talk Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 20:47-20:57 11/23/2021 Adam Savage says: "There is a moment where you were shooting with Mckenna and you texted me and said here's the line I have for her. Is this the way she would say and I gave you two different reads and then I think I texted you afterward."
  • ↑ Vanity Fair "The Day Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson Became Ghostbusters Again" 11/22/2021 Line reads: "After feeling awkward for the first few days, what finally energized Murray was the chance to improvise again while Venkman lay sprawled with his cohorts beside the vehicle. "Bill is keeping her distracted with talking, while you raise the proton gun," Jason Reitman said, showing the fallen Hudson how he wanted him to slyly slip his neutrona blaster into position. In the script, Venkman decides to taunt Gozer by imagining a far more intimate relationship than the two actually had back in the '80s, with Murray adding new flourishes on every take, only some of which ended up in the finished film. "You know, you wasted a lot of time putting on that make up," he yells. "It's not going to work anymore. You've got a lot of nerve trying to crawl back." "The scene I just did now, it was fun," Murray said afterward. "I got to just say what I wanted to say, and it was always that way. The script was just our jumping off point." As Murray added variations to his insult barrage, Wolfhard, whose character is hiding near the collapsed OGBs, asked Jason Reitman: "Can I laugh?" He suggests maybe that will irritate Gozer even more. The director urges him to keep playing the moment low-key."
  • ↑ Collider Interviews YouTube "Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace on Ghostbusters: Afterlife Deleted Scenes" 4:00-4:10 mark 11/15/2021 Finn Wolfhard says: "I think there's a scene where I'm on the gunner's seat and there's like wind blowing dirt into my face and that was like three days straight and you'd go outside and you'd blow your nose and it would just be like dirt out of your nose."
  • ↑ Winston Zeddemore ; In Act 10, Scene 2 cutscene (2023). Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed – Firehouse (2023) (PS4/PS5/PC/Xbox One/Xbox Series X/Nintendo Switch). Illfonic. Winston Zeddemore says: "Oh and one more thing, the Spenglers are coming into town."

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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Magazine Covers Turns OG Star Into a Fully-Fledged Team Member

Empire Magazine have revealed a first look at their exclusive Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire covers, including an addition to the original team.

  • Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will blend old lore with new performances, promising a unique and faith-inspiring New York story.
  • The sequel will feature even more spectacular special effects, including a historical and visually stunning opening sequence.
  • The film will explore deeper themes of loss, betrayal, and forgiveness, making it a more emotional entry in the franchise, while still delivering scares and great effects.

There's something strange in the neighborhood this spring and there's still just one team to call. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will arrive in cinemas this March, bringing back the old and new 'busters from Ghostbusters Afterlife in an all-new adventure back in the iconic firehouse in New York City. In advance of the franchise's return to the big screen, Empire Magazine has started teasing their world exclusive Ghostbusters edition, which is released on January 18.

As seen below, the two exclusive covers feature the new Ghostbusting team of Carrie Coon’s Callie Spengler, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace’s teens Trevor and Phoebe Spengler, and Paul Rudd’s Gary Grooberson on one, and the original, the best, and the only Ghostbusters with Bill Murray's Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd's Ray Stantz and Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddemore being joined in their iconic uniforms by Annie Potts' Janine Melnitz, who appears to be a fully-fledged member of the team.

The Ghostbusters franchise is set to make its return to the big screen in 2024 after a three-year break following 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife , and original Ghostbuster , Dan Aykroyd , has promised in a new interview that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will be unlike anything we've ever seen before from the series. Speaking with Newsweek regarding his new show on The History Channel, The UnBelievable with Dan Aykroyd , the Canadian-born actor was asked about his return to the Ghostbusters franchise after more than 30 years away, and he mentioned how the next generation of actors have given him faith that carrying on the beloved series with Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire was the right move.

"When we marry the old lore and some of the traditions with these four spectacular new performances, you get a blend-in service of a really neat New York story that gives us faith in carrying on with the Ghostbusters concept."

In 2021, Ghostbusters: Afterlife saw Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd being added to the franchise, and it would go on to earn over $200 million dollars at the box office, against a budget of $75 million. Following its success, Aykroyd expressed interest in making more films along with the original surviving cast members, and in June 2022, an official sequel was confirmed. While Ghostbusters: Afterlife featured impressive special effects, Dan Aykroyd promises that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will be even more spectacular, especially when it comes to the opening sequence.

"We've never done this to Manhattan before...there's a historical base to it that's quite beautiful. We took full advantage of CGI technology but we also, where we could, kept old-school effects alive."

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will also be adding new cast members to the mix, as Kumail Nanjiani ( Obi-Wan Kenobi ), comedian James Acaster, and Emily Alyn Lind ( The Babysitter ) have all been cast in undisclosed roles. The story will take place in New York City rather than the southern setting of the previous film, making Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire a homecoming for the franchise, as it returns to the familiar location of the original two movies.

Related: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Will Be More Emotional Than Previous Films

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Reactions to the first teaser trailer (which you can check out below) have been positive , and you can also check out the official synopsis from Sony Pictures below.

"In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire , the Spengler family decide to leave Summerville, Oklahoma and go back to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – and help the original Ghostbusters, who've developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level! But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes a mysterious and evil force, known as the Death Chill, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a deadly and unpredictable fate that unknowingly, could affect earth’s history with a second Ice Age."

While Ghostbusters: Afterlife took audiences on an emotional roller coaster and dealt with themes of family, friendship, and death, Aykroyd says that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire , which wrapped filming earlier this year , will take viewers even deeper with its themes, which deal with loss, betrayal, and forgiveness, making for a film that's more emotional than prior entries in the franchise. Of course, it wouldn't be a Ghostbusters movie without some scares, and the 71-year-old actor promises that in addition to the film's emotional core, we'll get some frights as well.

"All that, along with some great scares and effects, it's really going to work."

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is set to hit theaters on March 22, 2024, and you can watch the trailer below.


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    Egon Spengler, PhD is a fictional character from the Ghostbusters franchise. He appears in the films Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife, in the animated television series The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters, and in the video games Ghostbusters: The Video Game and Ghostbusters Beeline.

  2. Harold Ramis

    Harold Allen Ramis ( / ˈreɪmɪs /; November 21, 1944 - February 24, 2014) was an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. His best-known film acting roles were as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), and as Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981); he also co-wrote those films.

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    Dr. Egon Spengler, Ph.D. (also known as Egie, Spengie, and Dirt Farmer) was a former professor of paranormal studies at the Columbia University. Upon his termination, Egon founded Ghostbusters, Inc. along with Doctors Ray Stantz and Peter Venkman.

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    Dr. Egon Spengler : Venkman, shorten your stream! I don't want my face burned off! [in jail, the Ghostbusters study the blueprints of Dana's apartment building] Dr. Egon Spengler : The structure of this roof cap is exactly like the kind of telemetry tracker that NASA uses to identify dead pulsars in deep space.

  5. How Ghostbusters: Afterlife Brought Back Egon (& Why It Had to Happen)

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    In Afterlife, the Spenglers -- Egon's daughter and her children -- move into Egon's isolated home after he is killed, with none of them ever truly knowing who we was or their relationship being estranged. "We had this idea, which was that a family is introduced to their history and who they are.

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    Eli Spengler is the legendary hero of Lewiston credited with driving witchcraft out of the village sometime in the 15th century. When Lewiston was plagued by Kestrel, Eli Spengler and other Pilgrims banded together to defeat the Witch once and for all. They imprisoned her and her Goblins in a Containment Rock Crystal. Eli became a famous hero and tales of his exploits were passed down from ...

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    Egon Spengler would pick a topic from fan mail and discuss such as the link between Ancient Egyptians and the spirits of the undead. On page 12 of Ghostbusters: Get Real Issue #3, Kylie is holding a Spengler's Spirit Guide. Ghostbusters Annual 2015 regular cover, the Spengler's Spirit Guide makes a non-canon cameo.

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  24. How to make Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed

    9:50 am Included within the recent update to Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, the game's customization suite received a slight overhaul, allowing players to adjust and tweak their character's facial features in new ways, with many choosing to either recreate themselves or, instead, their favorite Ghostbuster.

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  27. Trevor Spengler

    Trevor Spengler is one of two children who moved with their mother Callie to their grandfather's old rundown farmhouse near Summerville. Callie's first child was a boy who was named Trevor. He was born in February 2006. He got along well enough with his biological father but he left sometime after Trevor's sister Phoebe was born. As a teenager, he developed in interest in cars. One morning in ...

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