Ghostbusters Afterlife officially airs in Indonesia on Wednesday (1/12). This film offers a new story in the form of a continuation of the famous Ghostbusters universe in the 1980s.Ghostbusters: Afterlife follows the adventures of brothers Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), after finding the remains of their grandfather, Egon Spengler.
They moved into Grandpa’s house in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma’s midtown Summerville. Egon died a week earlier and left the house to their mother, Callie (Carrie Coon). In the house, they find a number of surprising things. Starting from the secrets of Egon Spengler to efforts to improve relations between family members.
However, before watching Ghostbusters: Afterlife in theaters, which has been airing since December 1, 2021, you should first consider the following facts.
1. Set 3 Decades After Ghostbuster I & II
Ghostbusters Afterlife is set 32 years after the 1989 release of Ghostbuster II. The story is still related to the fate of the original Ghostbusters, played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Harold Ramis.
Even so, Ghostbusters Afterlife no longer highlights the four considering that Harold Ramis passed away in 2014. Now the story will be continued by the descendants of Harold’s character, Egon Spengler.
Ghostbusters Afterlife also highlights a number of events in the first two Ghostbusters films, most notably the ghost hunters’ fight with Gozer in 1984’s Ghostbusters.
2. Located in Inland Town
If the first two Ghostbusters films were centered in Manhattan, New York City, now the ghost hunters are in a rural area in a small town in outback Oklahoma.
This location change follows the premise of the film that Egon Spengler has a home in a town called Summerville after he is no longer active in Ghostbusters.
The location of the Ghostbusters Afterlife story will also answer a number of things after Ghostbusters II, such as the fate of the Ghostbusters team, the fate of their headquarters in New York, to the reason Egon moved to the city.
Ghostbusters Afterlife director Jason Reitman brought his crew to shoot in small towns in the United States and Canada. The team also built a house with an area of 278 square meters on the location where the film is based.
3. 1984 Ghostbusters exact equipment
The production team for Ghostbusters: Afterlife ensures that the equipment for the ghost hunters in this film is exactly the same as in the first two Ghostbusters films, especially the proton pack, aka the set of equipment for catching ghosts.
“The proton pack is exactly the same as the proton pack from 1984,” said the person in charge of the property, Ben Eadie, in the production notes for Ghostbusters Afterlife received.
“We spent a lot of time making sure that this film was based on the 1984 version,” he continued.
He said the laser shooting gun to catch ghosts used in this film was also made exactly like the 1984 version.
Eadie admitted to looking to various parties to find the person who made the engine saddle exactly like the 1984 version. Luckily, they found someone who could make it back.
“The original proton packs had a lot of lights that would flash in circles. Jason, like me as a kid, didn’t realize they were flashing. It’s called a cyclotron,” says Eadie.
4. The Marshmallow Ghost and Terror Dog are back
Ghostbusters’ iconic marshmallow ghost, The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, is back in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. But instead of taking the form of giants and attacking big cities like in the 1984 film version, this time they appeared in small forms.
“There’s something iconic and weird and wonderful about seeing the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man walking the streets of Manhattan,” said Jason Reitman.
“When we listed everything we wanted to see in Ghostbusters Afterlife, it immediately came to our mind how important Stay Puft is to this mythology and how much we wanted to see a little Mini-Puft running around and destroying things,” he continued. In addition, the monster Terror Dog also returned. The shape of the two important monsters in the generation of Gozer is exactly the same as the 1984 version.
5. Muncher replaces Slimer
One of the iconic ghost characters from Ghostbusters is the existence of a floating ghost that eats everything and leaves slime everywhere. In Ghostbusters 1984 and 1989, this type of ghost is named Slimer and he eats everything he can eat. The floating green fluffy ghost also appears in a number of other Ghostbusters franchises.
But this time, Jason Reitman chose a slightly different character. Now the all-consuming ghost is called Muncher. This ghost also does not eat food, but all kinds of iron. The shape is also slightly different from Slimer. Muncher has a more rounded body, bluish in color, with an older face and has six hands. He is also like a Slimer, leaving various slimes on iron scraps that he does not eat and when it penetrates walls or roofs.
6. Surprise from the Original Ghostbuster team
Since Ghostbusters Afterlife is the official sequel to the original two Ghostbusters films from the ’80s, the presence of the original cast is definitely something to look forward to. In the trailer, which was released in July 2021, it appears that the recipient of the call is suspected to be part of the original Ghostbusters cast.
In addition, previously actor Bill Murray, who played Peter Venkman in the first two Ghostbusters films, admitted that he wanted to appear again because he was interested in the scenario of this film. Not only Murray, two of his colleagues who played in the first two Ghostbusters films will also return.
The original Ghostbusters lineup was actually four, one was Dr. Egon Spengler, played by Harold Allen Ramis. Ramis, who also served as scriptwriter for the first two Ghostbusters films, died in February 2014. But Jason Reitman as writer and director promised there would be a special tribute to Ramis who was involved in writing Ghostbusters I and II.