REPOST: Ghostbusters II, created by Ivan Rietman: a Film Review


Five years after saving New York City from Gomer and his cronies (Zuul and the Keymaster, as well as the StayPuft Marshmallow Man) the Ghostbusters are basically defunct.  They have gone out of business when something goes wrong with Dana Barret again.

This time her child’s buggy ends up rolling away of its own accord and stopping in the middle of the street.  So she goes to two of the Ghostbusters, hoping to keep her ex-boyfriend out of the situation.  Which of course doesn’t work.  And as they begin to investigate the trio uncovers a huge river of slime beneath the city.

Their activities land them in court with a judge who is less than kind.  The resulting effects land them right back in their rolls as Ghostbusters.

Meanwhile, Dana’s employer gets visited by the ghost of a long dead count… who attempts to employ the man to bring him back to life.

What ensues is nothing short of traditional Ghostbusters hilarity, with a smattering of paranormal insanity thrown in.

General Information:

-Genre: Paranormal Comedy

-Creator: Ivan Rietman

-Length: 108 minutes

-Rating: PG (mild sex and nudity, mild supernatural violence and gore, moderate profanity, some supernatural themes, mild smoking)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (rent or buy), iTunes (rent or buy), YouTube (rent or buy), DVD, Blue-Ray, or find it at your local library (like I did!)

-Main Cast: Billy Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, Peter McNicol, Kurt Fuller

-Page of Reference in RPO: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

This was my brother’s first time watching through Ghostbusters 2 (he got scared by Slimer in Ghostbusters… or maybe the freaky painting in this one… as a kid and never watched them after that).  I’m an avid Ghostbusters fan and watch it every single Halloween season.

So I decided to ask his opinion of the movie both as we watched it and afterward.

He said: it was good.  Different than the first but still really good.

You can tell this movie was defiantly trying to go for more of a horror aspect vs the kind of campy comedy in the first movie.  Between some of the now classic effects true horror fans know and love like the push through wall, the talking echo, and the attempt at jump scares this Ghostbusters is trying to be a little more adult and a little more scary.

Though it does retain the comedy and charm of the first film.

I do enjoy the first film more but this was a solid sequel that didn’t feel like a cop out like many others do.  The continuation of the first story is very well done and feels like a full story unto itself.

This and the first make a great double feature with some Chinese food on one of those brisk and chilly October nights.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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