Two Cent Halloween

Ghostbusters Vol. 1

When professors Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) are fired from the university, they go into business for themselves and open the first ghost extermination business. Business is slow until Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) comes looking for help when the portal of hell opens in her refrigerator. The Ghostbusters have to stop Zuul and Gozer from destroying the world.
I wish we had more Halloween movies like this. A perfect blend of comedy and frightening ghost possession. Less Horror, more comedy, please! A return of the 80’s comedy would be nice. Hopefully, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be worthy of its predecessor and wash the meh taste of Ghostbusters 2016 out of my mouth.

“Ray, if someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!”

Five years have passed and the Ghostbusters have disbanded. Their supernatural services are no longer needed or wanted. Then a river of pink cytoplasm is found underground New York City, and and an evil 16th Century tyrant is trying to come back to life wanting to possess the body of Dana Barrett ‘s son Oscar to do it. The Ghostbusters are forced out of retirement in order to save the city a second time.

The sequel’s almost as good as the first! It also feels a lot darker! Who knew after opening the gates of hell in the original, they could kick the evil up a notch or two?! Possessed babies feel more evil than hell dogs apparently.

A therapist for the “Living Impaired, ”Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) move into Carrigan Crittenden’s (Cathy Moriarty) haunted mansion to help ghosts resolve their unfinished business so that they can cross over to the other side.
The ghost of a young boy, Casper (Malachi Pearson, Devon Sawa) lives in the mansion with his three ghost uncles, Stretch (Joe Nipote), Fatso (Brad Garrett), and Stinkie (Joe Alaskey).
It’s Casper who arranges for the Harveys to come live with them after seeing Kat on TV and develops a crush on her. His only goal is to dance with Kat during her school’s Halloween party, but being a ghost makes this dream a seemingly insurmountable challenge.

Casper may be a friendly ghost, but the movie is anything but child friendly. Between the language (Christ’s name is taken in vain at least twice, the B-word is used twice) and the murders (with the intention of resurrection in one case), this is one that you’ll want to younger kids away from til their older. At least until they learn that dead means dead, and you can’t resurrect anyone unless you’re Jesus!

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