After almost a year of waiting, we have finally been gifted the ultimate Christmas present when the official Ghostbusters website dropped the first full trailer for the upcoming threequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Although the trailer was light on any actual original cast members, there was enough in the almost 3-minute long clip to whet our appetites for the summer 2020 release and keep us on the edge of our seats until the inevitable next trailer comes our way, probably around Springtime.
Before we look deeper into the trailer though, let’s first refresh our memories of that long-awaited moment when the real Ghostbusters franchise was brought back from the dead:
OK, so now you’re back up to speed let’s take a look at everything you might have missed in the Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer.
“WHAT WAS THAT?”
The trailer begins with a real indie movie vibe. Finn Wolfhard’s character Trevor is driving to some remote location with another group of kids, and they’re chatting and flirting and being all ‘teenagery’ and shit, at the top of an abandoned mine shaft, when all of a sudden the ground begins to shake. As this happens a bright green glow begins to emit from deep within the mine, before a strange burst of energy seems to explode out of the hole in the ground and ascend into the heavens.
Doesn’t this remind you of the spirits leaving the containment unit back at Ghostbusters HQ in New York, circa 1984? It should.
“NO HUMAN BEING WOULD STACK BOOKS LIKE THIS”
We cut to high school teacher Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd) as he explains that despite not being anywhere near a fault line and a load of other scientific stuff, his local town is subject to these mini earthquakes on a daily basis. This leads to a shot of Trevor and his family diving under a table at their recently acquired “creepy old farmhouse” home during one such instance of this phenomena. As they do we can see tall stacks of dusty old books all around the living room. This is a direct throwback to the original movie in which Peter (Bill Murray), Egon (Harold Ramis), and Ray (Dan Aykroyd) visit the New York Public Library and see this exact same thing. Exactly why the books have never fallen over in any of the previous pseudo-quakes remains a mystery.
“WOAH, KILLER REPLICA”
Mr. Grooberson manages to be the first on-screen character in the trailer to hold in his hand an actual piece of ghostbusting equipment from the original movies – a ghost trap,. At first, he thinks this is a replica but it soon becomes apparent that he’s going to be positioned as the wise old sage in this story – one of the few people in this sleepy town that still remembers what happened 30 plus years previously. We’re guessing he moved to Summerville from New York at some point – perhaps after he divorced Princess Consuela Banana Hammock?
Shortly after he utters the words “A ghost trap” we also hear 3 very familiar piano keys struck in quick succession. This is the same musical arrangement we hear in the same library scene back in 1984. The original Elmer Bernstein score also appears if you listen carefully enough.
“NEW YORK IN THE 80’S, IT WAS LIKE THE WALKING DEAD”
This is our only glimpse of the original team in the trailer, probably on a YouTube clip that Mr. Grooberson shows to the kids. We’re almost sure they’re going to show up, in some form, at some point during Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but until we see them on screen in living colour we can’t be sure.
“MY GRANDFATHER DIED. MY MOTHER SAYS WE’RE JUST HERE TO PICK THROUGH THE RUBBLE OF HIS LIFE”
Immediately following the old footage of the OG Ghostbusters, we get glimpses of the main female child protagonist – Phoebe- holding a PKE meter! This leads her to an old shack.
When we next see her she is sliding down a fireman’s pole and into a secret room. Oooh, the intrigue, oooh, the throwbacks, oooh, the “aren’t you glad it wasn’t an outside toilet?” vibe.
“I COLLECT SPORES, MOLDS, AND FUNGUS”
Remember when Egon tells receptionist Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) about his hobbies during the original Ghostbusters movie? Well, it looks like we found his collection. That isn’t all we’ve found …
We’re pretty sure that isn’t one of the blue plastic replicas we all had as kids.
“WHO ARE YOU?”
That moment of realization that the ghost trap isn’t a replica leads Mr. Grooberson to ask his student: “Who are you?”. Cut to Phoebe browsing through even more of her grandfather’s secret stash to reveal he was none other than … Egon Spengler. Bet you didn’t see that one coming.
“CALL IT FATE…”
As Peter Venkman’s dulcet tones play out like a ghost from the past we return to the abandoned mine only to discover it is named after Ivo Shandor, the architect who built Dana’s apartment block in the original movie. Oh and he’s the leader of the Cult of Gozer too – real nice dude. Whether this is just a nice easter egg for fans or a clue as to how the 2020 movie will be linked to the 1984 story remains to be seen. We’d be willing to bet this is more than a coincidence though, and narrating the moment with Venkman waxing philosophical about “fate” only confirms this to be true in our opinion.
“YOU CAN’T PARK THAT HERE”
No prizes for guessing what Finn Wolfhard has just stumbled across in the old abandoned barn, and it ain’t Eleven.
“OK, WHO BROUGHT THE DOG”
Our next big moment comes when a rather familiar-looking foot (or paw) stomps on the front of Mr. Grooberson’s car. The sinister growl that accompanies it sent a tingle up our spines. Could the return of Gozer’s Hounds mean the return of the Keymaster or even Zuul, or Gozer itself? Could history repeat itself in Ghostbusters: Afterlife? We’re beginning to see where the old team might fit into the story here.
“COME ON DARLIN'”
She may be bruised, battered and unloved but when Trevor mutters those three words Ecto-1 bursts back into life. Whether we get to see her fully restored to her former glory remains to be seen.
“IT HAS A GUNNER SEAT?”
Once Ecto-1 is mobilized it becomes a constant throughout the remainder of the trailer. Phoebe discovering that this version has a gunner seat built into it shows there are still some secrets we’ve yet to discover about the Ecto-1 we last saw in Ghostbusters 2 and the one we see in the 2020 movie.
WAIT, WAS THAT SLIMER?
In the moments that follow we see or more accurately we hear, Ecto-1 and the familiar sound of her siren as the car bursts around the corner, discharging a proton pack like it’s a toy. It is evident from this sequence that the kids are trying to capture a ghost. At first glance, we were sure this was Slimer, but on closer inspection, it looks to be a similarly shaped ghoul, but this one has a bumpy head and is the wrong shade of green. Slimer was such an iconic character in the franchise (more so in the animated series’) that we doubt they’d throw away his big return as a quick cut in the very first trailer. Who knows, maybe his agent just didn’t Answer the Call. Ahem.
And there we have it. All the key talking points from the Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer that we picked up on. Is there something we missed? Do you have a differing opinion about any of the sequences we discussed? We’d love to hear them, so feel free to drop a comment below this list or hit us up on any of our social media accounts.