“Who You Gonna Call?: Ghostbusters: Afterlife”

Stone Smith, Pawprint Staff Reporter

The original GhostBusters was made back on June 1, 1984, directed by Ivan Reitman. The first film is about a group of friends who start an emergency response team that will catch ghosts. They start looking for a place to hold all their work and decide to buy an old fire department. After a few renovations, they started to move in. When they first start their job, people think they’re crazy and don’t take them seriously. Eventually, people start seeing the ghosts and start freaking out, so they contact the group of friends and stop the ghosts from taking over New York.

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was made by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman. It came out on Friday, November 19, 2021. The film stars new faces to the series, such as Finn Wolfhard and Paul Rudd, but we can see some reappearing faces like Bill Murray, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver. 

The movie starts with Egon Spengler, one of the original GhostBusters from 1984, driving away from an invisible force. He drives to a field and runs for his house. He stands on the porch looking out into the cornfield. The camera pans over to the ground and shows that footprints are being formed, so Spengler flips a switch and some silos start emitting a plasma-like beam which causes the creature to start approaching Spengler faster, and as he sees that the footprints are getting closer and closer, he steps on a pedal, but nothing happens. Spengler retreats into his house, sits on a chair, and we see him put a trap in a small hole, then he sits there and waits until some smoke slowly comes down into his fireplace and then arms rip through Spengler’s chair and grab him. Finally, we see a bright orb float away from the house, meaning Spengler died.

The movie then shows a small family getting evicted from their apartment. The family moves to a house that their grandfather left for them. After arriving at the small town, the viewer and family are informed that earthquakes are common, and people suspect that it’s just fault lines. The daughter of the family, Phoebe, finds a strange device and wonders what it is but is interrupted by her mom. At night, the brother, Trevor, goes outside to a barn to investigate, while Phoebe notices that her chessboard fell, so she sets it up and goes to bed. When she wakes up, she sees one of the pawns has moved, so she makes her move and leaves. While skeptical at first, she learns to believe in ghosts and a grandfather she never knew. 

The movie is fantastic. It has excellent references to the older movies and is a good “blast-to-the-past” ending. The only problem is that the beginning (from Spengler getting chased to Trevor going to the mountain with co-workers), is slow and nothing interesting happens, but the rest of the movie makes up for it. Overall the movie was perfect, and people should watch it.