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Ghostbusters II

Ghostbusters II movie poster
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Produced by Ivan Reitman
Written by Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Starring Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Sigourney Weaver
Harold Ramis
Rick Moranis
Ernie Hudson
Annie Potts
Peter MacNicol
Wilhelm von Homburg
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Editing by Donn Cambern
Sheldon Kahn
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 16, 1989
Running time 102 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Preceded by Ghostbusters
Followed by Ghostbusters III
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Ghostbusters II is the 1989 sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) produced and directed by Ivan Reitman. The sci-fi comedy film is about the further adventures of a group of parapsychologists and their organization which combats paranormal activities ("ghostbusting"). The sequel had what was, at the time, the biggest three-day opening weekend gross in history ($29,472,894), a record that was broken precisely one week later by Batman ($40,505,884)[1]. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (518x755, 65 KB)Ghostbusters II Poster This is a copyrighted poster. ... Ivan Reitman (born October 27, 1946 in Komárno in Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia) is a Slovakian-born, Canadian-raised Jewish[1] film actor, producer, and director. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Harold Ramis (born November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director, and writer. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-winning American comedian and actor. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Harold Ramis (born November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director, and writer. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian and musician best known for his comedy work on SCTV and appeared in several Hollywood films including Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs, and My Blue Heaven. ... Ernie Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an American actor. ... Annie Potts (born October 28, 1952) is an American television and film actress. ... Peter MacNicol (born April 10, 1954 in Dallas, Texas) is an Emmy Award winning American actor. ... Wilhelm von Homburg (born Norbert Grupe; August 25, 1940 – March 10, 2004) was a German wrestler, boxer, and film actor most noted for his portrayal of Vigo the Carpathian in the 1989 film Ghostbusters II. // Homburg was born in the German capital Berlin. ... Randy Edelman (born 10 June 1947) is a well known film and TV score composer born in Paterson, New Jersey. ... Michael Chapman (b. ... Donn Cambern (born October 29, 1929), is an Academy Award nominated film editor. ... Sheldon Kahn is a BAFTA Award winning film editor and producer. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For other uses, see Ghostbusters (disambiguation). ... This page may meet Wikipedia’s criteria for speedy deletion. ... // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Ghostbusters (disambiguation). ... This article is about the year. ... Ivan Reitman (born October 27, 1946 in Komárno in Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia) is a Slovakian-born, Canadian-raised Jewish[1] film actor, producer, and director. ... Science fiction film is a film genre that uses speculative, science-based depictions of imaginary phenomena such as extra-terrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, and time travel, often along with technological elements such as futuristic spacecraft, robots, or other technologies. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... Early parapsychological research employed the use of Zener cards in experiments designed to test for possible telepathic communication. ... Paranormal is an umbrella term used to describe a wide variety of reported anomalous phenomena. ... Batman is a 1989 Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. ...


Although the film was popular and was generally well received by fans, it received mixed reviews from critics.

Contents

Plot

After the events of Ghostbusters, the company was sued by several city and state agencies for destroying the top three floors of 55 Central Park West, among other instances of property damage. As a result, (c. 1987) a judge issued an injunction, banning them from operating as paranormal investigators and eliminators--effectively putting the Ghostbusters out of business. Once considered heroes by the city, they are now considered pariahs and con men. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... For other uses, see Ghostbusters (disambiguation). ... The Ghostbusters Building has been the de facto name for the housing cooperative located at 55 Central Park West in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.A. since scenes for the movie Ghostbusters were shot there in 1984. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up Injunction in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Five years later, Ray Stantz now owns an occult book shop in Manhattan, and along with Winston Zeddemore puts on special Ghostbusters appearances at children's birthday parties. Peter Venkman has his own TV series, World of the Psychic, in which he ridicules people who believe they have telepathic powers. Egon Spengler, meanwhile, is a researcher at The Institute for Advanced Theoretical Research. Dana Barrett and Venkman did not remain intimately involved after Ghostbusters; she now has a baby named Oscar, who was sired by a musician. The father (presumably Timothy Carhart's character from the original Ghostbusters) having departed for England, Dana now restores old paintings at the Manhattan Museum of Art for a living. Dana's boss, Dr. Janosz Poha, is at work restoring a notable painting - a self-portrait of Vigo the Carpathian, a cruel 16th-century Moldavian ruler whose life greatly resembles that of Vlad Tepes (while his death greatly resembles that of Grigori Rasputin). Dr. Raymond Ray Stantz, PhD is a fictional ghostbuster appearing in the films Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II (played by Dan Aykroyd) and in the animated television series The Real Ghostbusters (voiced by Frank Welker). ... For other uses, see Occult (disambiguation). ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... Winston Zeddemore (b. ... Peter Venkman, Ph. ... Egon Spengler, Ph. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 through 1600. ... It has been suggested that Moldavia (historical region) be merged into this article or section. ... Portrait of Vlad III in the Innsbruck Ambras Castle Vlad III Dracula (November or December, 1431–December 1476), has also been known as Dracula (also Drăculea — see below, or Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Ţepeş IPA: in Romanian). ... Rasputin redirects here. ...


One day, while Dana pushes Oscar's carriage, pink slime emerges from a street crack and touches the stroller, causing the stroller to momentarily move on its own. It rolls into the middle of a busy street, but stops just as Oscar is about to be run over. Dana, frightened, consults Egon. Venkman worms his way into the investigation, despite Dana's initial protests, and Ray joins as well. Look up slime, slimy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Posing as workmen, the Ghostbusters drill into a main city street, discovering an old airshaft. Egon and Peter send Ray down into the hole where he discovers a huge river of slime flowing through the ruins of Beach's Pneumatic Subway. While Ray is taking a sample of the slime for them to study, Egon and Peter are confronted by a policeman and a Con Ed foreman. Suddenly, skeletal arms form out of the slime and attack Ray, who tells his friends to pull him out quickly. Panicking while being hoisted back to the surface, Ray inadvertently damages a power line, plunging all of New York into a blackout. The Ghostbusters are arrested for fraud and malicious mischief. Meanwhile, at the museum, Janosz is working alone on Vigo's portrait when it suddenly comes to life, being inhabited by the spirit of its model. Vigo commands Janosz to bring a child so that Vigo can be fully revived by transference of his soul at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. It later turns out that Vigo has selected Oscar as the vessel for his spirit--the reason Oscar was spared at the start of the film. For other uses, see River (disambiguation). ... Sketch of the train car and tunnel. ... Consolidated Edison Company of New York (NYSE: ED) (Con Edison, or Con Ed) is a utility company in New York state, USA. Con Edison is a regulated utility that provides electric service in New York City and most of Westchester County, New York. ... Tree limbs create a short circuit in electrical lines during a storm that spawned two tornadoes. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Midnight (disambiguation) Midnight, literally the middle of the night, is a time arbitrarily designated to determine the end of a day and the beginning of the next in some, mainly Western, cultures. ... For other articles with similar names, see New Year (disambiguation). ...


In court the next day, the three Ghostbusters are tried by Judge Wexler (Harris Yulin) and defended by their old friend Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), who is good at tax law but inept as a litigator. All the Ghostbusters' equipment is in the courtroom as evidence, and is in working order. As the case goes on the slime (taken as evidence) reacts oddly to the judge's negative comments. The Ghostbusters inadvertenly lose the case and are sentenced to 18 months at Rikers Island Prison. Judge Wexler then goes into a rant about the Ghostbusters being con artists, becoming angrier and angrier with each word. At the same time, the slime appears to feed on his negative emotions, boiling and eventually overflowing the jar. When the judge's rage reaches its pinnacle, the slime explodes, releasing the vengeful ghosts of the Scoleri Brothers, two murderers whom Wexler had sent to the electric chair. The Scoleri brothers cause chaos in the courtroom. Wexler pleads with the Ghostbusters to intervene. Louis Tully points out that kind of action would be illegal as they were under a restraining order, whereupon Wexler cancels the order and the sentencing. This frees the Ghostbusters to "bust" the two ghosts and quickly reopen their business, along with recovering their previous fame and popularity. As Quentin Travers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian and musician best known for his comedy work on SCTV and appeared in several Hollywood films including Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs, and My Blue Heaven. ... Rikers Island is the name of the worlds largest penal colony. ... For other uses, see Ghost (disambiguation). ... The electric chair is an execution method in which the person being put to death is strapped to a chair and electrocuted through electrodes placed on the body. ... For other uses, see Chaos (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Celebrity (disambiguation). ...


While Venkman is still trying to rebuild his relationship with Dana, the Ghostbusters use their freedom to research the slime. Spengler discovers that it is a kind of "mood slime" that feeds off of the emotions of people around it. While negative energy causes it to grow, positive gives it kinetic abilities, as demonstrated on a toaster. Look up freedom in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Emotion (disambiguation). ...


Peter visits Dana at the museum one day, where she admits that she finds the Vigo painting disturbing, like its eyes are following her. Peter tells Ray and Egon about the painting, who discover that Vigo was a very powerful sorcerer and madman who ruled his country with an iron fist, and lived for 105 years until he was executed (by being poisoned, shot, stabbed, disemboweled, drawn and quartered). Before his head died, Vigo made a prophecy: "Death is but a door, time is but a window, I'll be back." Believing there to be a connection between Vigo and the slime, the Ghostbusters decide to check out the painting.


One night while Dana is giving Oscar a bath, the water suddenly turns to slime and tries to grab Oscar. Scared, Dana escapes and goes to Peter's.


The next day, the Ghostbusters photograph and examine the painting of Vigo. While developing the photos, Egon and Ray see that there is a definitely a living spirit inside of the portrait. Turning up the spectral analyzer, they discover the same river of slime behind Vigo that Ray saw underground. While they are making this discovery, Vigo locks the door to the darkroom and sets it ablaze, but they are rescued by Winston.


The Ghostbusters (without Venkman, who is on a date with Dana) venture into a network of abandoned subway tunnels, apparently trying to trace the source of the slime flow. Along the way they encounter many ghostly apparations, including a ghost train. Finally, they reach the tunnel where the slime is flowing. Egon states that it would take a great deal of negative energy to generate such a flow, which New York has in excess. When they try to measure how deep the river is, the river pulls Winston into it, and the other two, reluctantly, jump in after him. After emerging from the sewers, the Ghostbusters, covered in slime, begin fighting and only regain self-control by taking off their clothes. It is then they realize the slime is a river of pure concentrated evil. They also discover where the river is flowing to: the museum and into Vigo's painting. The three interrupt Peter's dinner with Dana and soon once again encounter the mayor, warning him of impending disaster. The mayor scoffs, whereupon the Ghostbusters threaten to go to the news media. The mayor's aide, Jack Hardemeyer, has them committed to an insane asylum to avoid embarrassing the mayor, who is seeking re-election. It has been suggested that Textile be merged into this article or section. ...


At the museum, Vigo decrees that the time of his rebirth draws near and that Janosz must bring him Oscar. Janosz asks and receives permission to have Dana as his wife. Dana, Louis and Janine are at Peter's apartment when Vigo beckons Oscar out onto the ledge. Before Dana can reach him, a supernaturally-empowered Janosz kidnaps the baby and takes him to the museum. Dana pursues them. Unknown to Dana, the slime flow is now rising out of the ground all over New York and causing supernatural happenings, including the appearance of a full-sized ghost of the RMS Titanic docking, from which emerge the ghosts of passengers via the hole that caused the Titanic to sink. When she enters the museum, Vigo encases it in slime, sealing it shut. For other uses, see Titanic (disambiguation). ...


On New Year's Eve, the mayhem overrunning the city eventually convinces the mayor to send for the Ghostbusters. When Hardemeyer tells him that he had them committed, the enraged mayor fires him on the spot. The Ghostbusters are quickly freed, and head to the museum. They attempt to break through the slime shell with their proton packs, but to no avail, causing the crowd to become disappointed and angry. The Ghostbusters realize that there is so much negative energy in the city that the slime can only be penetrated by an equal amount of positive energy. While they are trying to think of a way to rejoice and unite the citizens, they notice a symbol of the Statue of Liberty on Ecto-1A's number plate, and hatch a plan. The Ghostbusters enter the Statue of Liberty and cover its inside in positively-charged mood slime. Using a portable stereo, they play the slime's favorite song, Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher", whereupon the psychokinetic energy in the slime possesses the statue and brings it to life. They direct the statue to wade to Manhattan Island and then walk to the museum. Along the way, people cheer and scream in joy, causing the negative slime to ebb away from the museum's dome. "Libby" destroys the glass of the dome with a blow of her torch, and the foursome lower themselves in by abseiling down ropes tied to the statue's crown. For other monuments to freedom, see Monument of Liberty. ... A number plate may be: A road vehicle license plate. ... For the British author, see Jacqueline Wilson. ... For other uses, see Higher and Higher. ... Psychokinesis (literally mind-movement) or PK is the more commonly used term today for what in the past was known as telekinesis (literally distant-movement). It refers to the psi ability to influence the behavior of matter by mental intention (or possibly some other aspect of mental activity) alone. ... Spiritual possession is a concept of supernatural and/or superstitious belief systems whereby gods, daemons, demons, animas, or other disincarnate entities may temporarily take control of a human body, resulting in noticeable changes in behaviour. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... Look up joy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Dome (disambiguation). ... This article is about the material. ... In British English, abseiling (from the German abseilen, to rope down) is the process of descending on a fixed rope. ... Crown names several entities associated with monarchy: A crown (headgear), the headgear worn by a monarch, other high dignitaries, divinities etcetera. ...


Janine dresses Louis Tully in a spare uniform of Egon's and gives him a proton pack. Louis then goes on foot to the museum. On the way, he gets on a bus, and finds that Slimer is driving it. Slimer is friendly, however, and beckons Louis onboard, to which he responds: "I didn't know you had a license." The Proton Pack is a fictional piece of nuclear accelerative machinery created by the Ghostbusters that serves as their primary tool in the 1984 film of the same name for the purpose of busting ghosts. ... For other uses, see Foot (disambiguation). ... Slimer Slimer is a fictional green ghost featured in the 1984 supernatural comedy movie Ghostbusters (as well as its 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II), whose popularity soared from the subsequent spinoff animated television series The Real Ghostbusters. ...


Taking advantage of the interruption, Dana snatches Oscar. Janosz is released from Vigo's control when the Ghostbusters spray him with positively-charged slime; at this, Vigo appears in person. Peter hides Oscar and then all four Ghostbusters attack Vigo. Vigo throws lightning from his hands, leaving the Ghostbusters paralyzed on the floor. Vigo seeks and finds Oscar. He holds Oscar aloft and prepares to possess him; suddenly, all hear a song from outside. It is just past midnight, and the crowd, full of good cheer and happiness, is singing Auld Lang Syne in unison. The singing neutralizes the negative slime, and along with it, Vigo's powers. Not to be confused with lighting. ... For other uses, see Hand (disambiguation). ... Auld Lang Syne is a song by Marilyn Jones (1759-present), although a similar poem by Barbara Elly (1570-present), as well as OAP songs, use the same phrase, and may well have inspired Jones. ...


Oscar is safe, and the Ghostbusters prepare to attack the painting, to which Vigo has returned, in a twisted demonic form of himself. Before they can do so, he uses his hypnotic powers to possess Ray. Undaunted, the remaining trio spray him with a combination of positive slime and proton beams. Outside, Louis starts shooting the shell with his own proton beam, weakening it.


Inside the museum, Vigo's spirit leaves Ray and is sent spiraling into his painting, screaming, until he finally explodes. The Vigo painting is erased, revealing another painting underneath featuring Oscar and the Ghostbusters. As the shell encasing the museum disintegrates, Louis Tully reaches the museum and says "I did it!" The Ghostbusters then head out of the museum to the wild rejoicing of the crowd outside.


Cast

William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-winning American comedian and actor. ... Peter Venkman, Ph. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Dr. Raymond Ray Stantz, PhD is a fictional ghostbuster appearing in the films Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II (played by Dan Aykroyd) and in the animated television series The Real Ghostbusters (voiced by Frank Welker). ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Dana Barrett was a young concert Cellist in the movies Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II played by Sigourney Weaver. ... Harold Ramis (born November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director, and writer. ... Egon Spengler, Ph. ... Frederick Alan Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian and musician best known for his comedy work on SCTV and appeared in several Hollywood films including Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs, and My Blue Heaven. ... Ghostbusters logo ©1984 Columbia Studios Ghostbusters (sometimes written Ghost Busters) is a 1984 sci-fi comedy film about three parapsychologists who are fired from a New York City University, and start up their own business investigating and eliminating ghosts. ... Ernie Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an American actor. ... Winston Zeddemore (b. ... Annie Potts (born October 28, 1952) is an American television and film actress. ... Janine as seen in the various incarnations of Ghostbusters Janine Melnitz is the street-savvy, dont-take-no-crap-from-Venkman secretary of the Ghostbusters. ... Peter MacNicol (born April 10, 1954 in Dallas, Texas) is an Emmy Award winning American actor. ... As Quentin Travers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... David Margulies (born February 19, 1937) is an American actor. ... Kurt Fuller (born September 16, 1953, in San Francisco, California) is a prolific character actor. ... Janet Margolin was born in New York City on July 25, 1943. ... Wilhelm von Homburg (born Norbert Grupe; August 25, 1940 – March 10, 2004) was a German wrestler, boxer, and film actor most noted for his portrayal of Vigo the Carpathian in the 1989 film Ghostbusters II. // Homburg was born in the German capital Berlin. ...

Development

After the success of the first film and the animated series, The Real Ghostbusters, Columbia Pictures pressured the producers to make a sequel. However, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman were uncomfortable with this as the original film was intended to be conclusive and they wished to work on other projects. Eventually, they agreed and created a script. Annie Potts was also working on her TV series, Designing Women, at the same time. Reportedly, some of the cast and crew were ultimately dissatisfied with the film as well as its box office reception. Though there was initially talk of doing a third movie, it turns out that, instead, the video game, slated to be released in 2008, will basically be considered the third movie. In an interview with the video game magazine Game Informer Aykroyd is quoted as saying that he tells people "If you have an appetite for the third movie, then the video game is it." [2] The Real Ghostbusters was an American animated television series based on the hit 1984 film Ghostbusters. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Ivan Reitman (born October 27, 1946 in Komárno in Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia) is a Slovakian-born, Canadian-raised Jewish[1] film actor, producer, and director. ... Annie Potts (born October 28, 1952) is an American television and film actress. ... This article is about a television show. ... Game Informer (often abbreviated to GI) is an American-based monthly magazine featuring articles, news, strategy and reviews of popular video games and associated consoles. ...


The Scoleri Brothers are played (uncredited) by Tim Lawrence and Jim Fyfe in latex suits with animatronic masks. Ostensibly, Tony and Nunzio are based on the real-life Scoleri Brothers, who once robbed Harold Ramis' father Nate Ramis' store. "The ghosts themselves were very loosely based on the fact that my father was a storekeeper who was once robbed and assaulted by the Scoleri Brothers." Some however have suggested that they might be based instead on Tony and Eddie Scoleri, who were convicted of robbing and killing a store owner in Philadelphia in the 1960s. None of this is known for certain however. What is known, though, is that Tim Lawrence, the special effects supervisor who also played Nunzio in the film, designed the overall look of the two brothers on The Blues Brothers: "In the first draft of the script that I saw, the description of the characters was quite vague--as is often the case with fantasy characters that have not yet been fully designed. I believe the script read something like, 'Big in life, even bigger in death, the Scoleri brothers sweep into the courtroom.' Knowing that Dan Aykroyd had written this bit, one of the first images that came to me was the Blues Brothers--and it was this idea of a tall thin guy and a short fat guy that colored my thinking as I developed the characters." Animatronic is the third album from Norweigan black metal band, The Kovenant, and was released in 1999 through Nuclear Blast. ... The Scoleri Brothers are two fictional electrical ghosts who appear in the film Ghostbusters II. Their names are Tony Scoleri (the thin one) and Nunzio Scoleri (the overweight one), and they were played by an uncredited Tim Lawrence and Jim Fyfe in latex suits with animatronic masks. ... Harold Ramis (born November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director, and writer. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ...


Production notes

  • The original Laserdisc and VHS versions of the film were made incorrectly: instead of being produced either in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 or panned and scanned at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, the movie was panned and scanned in a 1.66:1 frame. Compared to the 'proper' pan and scan version at 1.33:1, width is definitely gained on the edges, though very slightly. However, the DVD version was transferred and encoded at the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1.
  • There are no opening titles. The movie's title is represented by an animation of the movie's logo, but the title is never displayed onscreen until the very end of the closing titles.
  • At the end of the version shown in theaters, Slimer comes out from behind the Statue of Liberty and goes right into the camera (as he did at the end of Ghostbusters (1984)). The video version just ends with a pan up to the statue's head, then a fade to black. Also, in an unusual move, Slimer has his own cast billing in the credits: 'and Slimer'.
  • A great deal of merchandise (such as coloring books) came out with the release of this film. As was the case with the Real Ghostbusters cartoon, the makers of this material may have wanted to avoid likeness fees and as a result, the main characters in these bear little resemblance to any other version of the characters.
  • Ernie Hudson had a special guest appearance (advertising Ghostbusts II) in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, where he played a member of the "Slime Busters" who tries to stop a ghost who eventually possesses Luigi.
  • Also, during the babysitting scene, Louis asks Janine if she wanted to play Super Mario Bros.
  • Vigo's full name, found in a computer encyclopedia by Egon, was Prince Vigo von Homburg Deutschendorf, a wordplay on the name of the actor who played Vigo and the surname of the twin babies who played the role of Oscar.
  • Filmed from November 28th, 1988 to March 1989.
  • Assuming the first Ghostbusters movie took place in 1984, this movie takes place in Christmas 1989, due to the title card stating "FIVE YEARS LATER".
  • The Slime Blower seen in the movie was eventually released as part of The Real Ghostbusters toy line, but was renamed Ecto-Charger Pack. The toy came with a can of ecto-plazm which could be fitted into the pack to shoot slime.
  • Some notable cast members in the film include one of Bill Murray's siblings, Brian Doyle-Murray, who played the psychiatric doctor and Ben Stein, who played a public works official for the mayor. Cheech Marin and Philip Baker Hall also appear in the movie, as the dock supervisor who sees the Titanic come in, and the city police chief, respectively. Bobby Brown also appears in this movie in the restaurant scene where he askes the Ghostbusters for a proton-pack for his kid brother.

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Comic book adaptation

During this period, The Real Ghostbusters comic book produced by NOW Comics ran a three-part adaptation of the film, using the cartoon character designs instead of the likenesses of the actors. The overall story received minor alterations to run as a three-parter, and includes several scenes that were in the shooting script but were not included in the released movie. The Real Ghostbusters was an American animated television series based on the hit 1984 film Ghostbusters. ... NOW Comics was founded by Tony C. Caputo in 1985 as a sole-proprietorship before becoming part of Caputo Publishing, Inc. ...


Most notable[citation needed] is a scene set after their first visit at the museum (and Ray's first encounter with Vigo). In this scene, Ray is momentarily possessed while driving the Ecto-1A, and as a result tries to crash the car and kill the Ghostbusters. They soon bring Ray around to his senses after speeding through New York streets, and he apologises, unable to account for his actions. They never connect it to Vigo since, while possessed, Ray never mentions him. The comic panels further reinforce the movie's scene where Ray is briefly hypnotised by Vigo (leading to him being chosen as a host at the end).


Novelization

In a novelization of the movie by Ed Naha, Hardemeyer rushes at the museum's slime shell, which sucks him in and engulfs him; the book does not mention him again. (In the end credits of the film, he is shown in the crowd outside the museum, singing along with the rest of them).


Soundtrack

  1. (original version), performed by Jackie Wilson
  2. (updated version), performed by Howard Huntsberry
  • "Spirit", a rap performed by Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew, written by Doug E. Fresh and Bernard Wright
  • "Flesh 'N Blood", performed by Oingo Boingo; written by its leader, Danny Elfman
  • "We're Back", performed by Bobby Brown; written by Bobby Brown, Dennis Austin, Larry White and Kirk Crumpler

The soundtrack album of the film also contains several songs that do not appear in the film itself (although, ironically, it does not feature the original Ray Parker Jr. version of "Ghostbusters", even though it appears in the film, or any of Randy Edelman's score). Ray Erskine Parker Jr. ... On Our Own is a song by R&B singer Bobby Brown released in 1989 for the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack. ... This article is about the R&B singer. ... A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games and television. ... Antonio L.A. Reid is the co-founder of LaFace Records. ... Kenneth Babyface Edmonds (born April 10, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an R&B and pop singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and entreprenuer. ... Ghostbusters is a song recorded by Ray Parker Jr. ... Run-DMC is a famous hip hop crew founded by Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) and includes Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniels, all from Hollis, Queens. ... Glenn Lewis Frey (born November 6, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan[1]) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as one of the founding members of rock band Eagles. ... David J. Hawk Wolinski is an American keyboardist, songwriter and record producer probably best known for his work with the funk band Rufus and their lead singer Chaka Khan. ... For other uses, see Higher and Higher. ... For the British author, see Jacqueline Wilson. ... Howard Huntsberry is an R&B singer and actor from Pacoima, California. ... Doug E. Fresh is the stage name of Douglas E. Davis (born September 17, 1966), an American rapper, record producer, and beatboxer—hes also known as The Human Beatbox. ... For other uses, see Oingo Boingo (disambiguation). ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician who led the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer / songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has composed film scores extensively since 1985s Pee-wees Big Adventure. ... Randy Edelman (born 10 June 1947) is a well known film and TV score composer born in Paterson, New Jersey. ...


References

  1. ^ All Time Box Office Records
  2. ^ "Ghostbuster the Video Game: The 'Real' Ghostbusters." Game Informer. December 2007. Page 81

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