Ghostbusters: Afterlife Premiering this November

Marjorie Smedley, Staff Writer

Are you afraid of ghosts? Never fear, for the newest generation of Ghostbusters is here, hitting theaters with a month to go. Backed by Columbia Pictures, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” arrives in theaters Nov. 19 as a sequel to the 1980’s movies, “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II”. The trailer for “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” came out in Dec. 2019, with the movie’s original release date being July 2020. The release date has been pushed back numerous times due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has even been pushed back in the recent weeks from Nov. 11 to Nov. 19. COVID-19 has had a staggering impact on the movie industry, from theaters to the production of the movies themselves, with “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” not an exception to the large number of movies that have been delayed due to the pandemic.

The first movie, which came out in 1984, focused on a group of four men who decide to take on New York’s ghost pest problem head-on. Doctor Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), Doctor Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Doctor Raymond Stantz (Dan Ackroyd) end up taking down an evil supernatural force and save the world, which will be revisited in the the coming 2021 movie. However, not all of the original cast will be in the movie, as Harold Ramis passed away in 2014. Ramis was a major character in the films and his legacy in the beloved films is honored in the new movie.

The 2021 movie is expected to focus on the newest generation of ghostbusters, with the main protagonists Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) as the grandchildren of Egon Spengler, one of the four protagonists in the original film. The two, along with their mother, move to a new town in order to take care of their deceased grandfather’s house. As their time in their grandfather’s house progresses, the two siblings learn that there’s more to the town than at first glance. The two, along with Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), investigate the strange occurrences happening and uncover the secrets that their grandfather kept, including the legacy and friends he left behind.

“The new movie looks like it could be good and I like the actors that are in it,” says freshman Lily-Rose Costello. “A bit nervous if it will mess around with the original though.”

“I feel like the new movie isn’t going to be as good,” says freshman Cheyenne Jaucian. “The actors from the original cannot be replaced.”