Things Get Nostalgic In New Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer

Hey, look at that – the trailer for next year’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife dropped today.

It’s packed full of all sorts of nostalgia and nods to the original movies, but it looks like we’ll mostly be following the new adventures of Egon Spengler’s grandchildren:

β€œIn Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. ”

We also get a quick glimpse of Egon’s collection of spores, molds, and fungus. And that, I think, is the most important thing of all.

While I’m a bit weary of remakes and reboots and old heroes always turning out a bit washed up, what I like about this trailer are the little hints of the greater Ghostbusters mythology. Especially the Shandor Mining Company sign.

That means the small town here is probably located over the mine where Ivo Shandor acquired the materials he used to build 550 Central Park West.

Because ghosts didn’t just start appearing in 1984 New York for no good reason. It all had to do with Ivo Shandor, the Cult of Gozer, and 550, or the Shandor Building (what Ray referred to as ‘Spook Central’).

It was actually a giant “super-conductive antenna” designed by Shandor “for the purpose of pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence.” He and his fellow cultists would perform rituals at the very top in an attempt to summon Gozer the Gozerian. You know, bring about the end of the world, that sort of thing.

I’m just saying: Ghostbusters actually has some pretty cool lore, if you stop and think about it.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is directed by Jason Reitman, and stars Carrie Coon as the daughter of Egon Spengler. She’s joined by Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace, and we’ll be seeing much of the old cast return, as well, including Bill Murray (maybe), Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. Here’s hoping Rick Moranis shows up, as well. The film is scheduled to release July 10, 2020.


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.

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