All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Five years after they defeated Zuul, the Ghostbusters are out of business. When Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement to aid her and hopefully save New York City from a new paranormal threat.
Wow, this was one of the most bizarre rewatches I've had in quite some time.
When this first came out I had already practically destroyed my VHS player by playing the first film over and over and over again. So when halfway 1990 the sequel finally reached the cinematic wasteland we call the Netherlands, I was first in line to watch it. And boy did I hate its guts. I'll be honest, I really can't remember what my fifteen year old self disliked about it so much, all I know is that I had never watched it again until now.
And yes, I think my fifteen year old self is an idiot.
This film, while never truly recreating the magical…
There were a host of great comedies back in the eighties and Ghostbusters was one of those films that went for that lucrative cash-cow, the merchandise. We got everything Ghostbustery, from lunch-boxes and t-shirts to pajamas and toys. It was done well and probably outshone the movie in the cash stakes.
Harold Ramis's second outing with the Ghostbusters was more of the same. It worked the first time around and with Bill Murray let off the leash more than the rest, this had more gags and a noticeably more fun approach. All the gang returned and with Peter MacNicol bringing his own unique brand of humor to proceedings, this hardly faltered in the comedy stakes. His role as the geeky…
One of the reasons the first Ghostbusters struck such a chord in the early 80's, and as a franchise continues to linger on in the public consciousness despite bringing nothing new to the table in a quarter of a century, is because Ivan Reitman's film knew exactly how daft the whole endeavour was and played up to it, casting gifted comic actors as the heroes involved & taking previously terrifying elements such as ghosts, demons & Gods & making them cheesy, comical and thoroughly beatable by the titular team of ectoplasmic nerds. After the first one, Reitman & writers/stars Dan Ackroyd & Harold Ramis didn't want to do another, they felt it was a definitive tale. Ghostbusters 2 is the inevitable result of great box…
Although not quite on par with its' predecessor, Ghostbusters 2 does a good job of retaining most of the elements that made the first so gratifying. The three leads pick up where they left off, and weaknesses in script and an inconsistent tone are bailed out a bit by Peter MacNicol's fantastic performance and Rick Moranis line deliveries. A feel good message does not de-rail the fun, but it does keep it from achieving the level of the previous film.
It certainly is their love letter to New York, and to quote the great Rick Moranis "One time I turned into a dog and these guys helped me". They certainly did. Thank you Mr. Ramis.
We're the best. We're the beautiful. We're the only Ghostbusters.
This is the greatest argument against the making of Ghostbusters 3 and why people shouldn't get so upset over Bill Murray wanting nothing to do with it (most of the time anyways).
You couldn't have asked for a better cast and crew for a sequel. Ivan Reitman returns behind the camera. Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis write the sequel to their original comedic masterpiece. Practically the entire cast also returns from Bill Murray to Annie Potts. So what the hell went wrong?
In 1984 they made one of the most original comedy/fantasy/sci-fi films to come out of Hollywood in years. In 1989 they weren't making a sequel to…
Someone get me the Ghostbusters!
This movie is amazing.
It manages to be a sequel to one of the most successful classic 80's comedies and not spectacularly fail. It's actually funny, and fun to watch. Sure, there's some moments that felt pretty cheap or out of place, but let's be real: you can't really expect a sequel to live up to the original, let alone be good on its own. But Ghostbusters II does just that, because it's a film I can go back to time and again and love to death every time.
Perhaps it was the witty presence of Bill Murray that saved this film from being a disaster. After all, he's pretty much the best part…
A classic in my eyes. One of those films that after you've lost count of how many times you've seen it, you'll still want to see it many more times.
Ghostbusters II is a very unique case. A follow-up to perhaps the most original and best comedies of all time, it should never succeed. How could it top or even come close to something so perfect?
But if we don't compare it to the original, it is actually a decent comedy. It certainly has flaws (much less laughs, a completely cheesy premise, villains that are not compelling, and very little conflict between its principal characters), but it still has a sense of fun, some interesting visual work, and some truly good laughs (almost all by Murray). I suppose all of this puts it just ahead of middle of the road.
I think there was a painstaking process taken to make this movie as subtly about the Cold War as possible.
Rick Moranis wasn't in this one quite as much, though.
A lot of people hate this. And yes, it's sillier, the soundtrack is worse and structurally it's all over the place.. But yknow what? Fuck off. Quit being a dick.
In spite of its flaws, this is still pure fun and it was a huge part of my childhood. Have you seen those effects? Or the awesome character actor cast? Have you SEEN how incredible Janine is?
If you hate on this, you suck. Quit being a dick.
its watered down ghostbusters what more is there to say?
Sadly not as good as the original, but still fun.
who you gonna call!
"You're nothing but an unstable short-chain molecule!"
While not as entrancing as the first film, Ghostbusters II is still a solid film. It has its moments, but the comedy isn't as entertaining and the story is not as engrossing. One might claim that is because the concept was no longer fresh and unique. Maybe if I had been alive when these films came out I could use that excuse. Maybe if the first time I saw Ghostbusters the world hadn't already engulfed it into popular culture. Nope, I don't like this second film as much as the first simply because it's not as good.
I always found it interesting that in both Ghostbusters films, Sigourney Weaver is subjected to the…
I know this is not as good as the orginal. But when you walk down stairs and your boyfriend just happens to put it on, and the pink goo is seeping through the cracks you know its going to be a good time. If you want a really good ghostbusters watch the orginal 1984 movie, if you want something goffy with Vigor, you are still going to have fun. I can't really defend this movie, even as a kid I hated that they broke Peter and Diane up, just so they put them back together, and they added a baby for no reason. But if this movie is on, I will never turn it off, it is insanely re-watchable.
Your movie might as well not exist if it doesn't end with a rap summary.
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…