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2¢ After Dark: Ghostbusters Vol. 2: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

After being evicted, Callie (Carrie Coon) and her two kids, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (McKenna Grace) move to Oklahoma and into the old, broken-down farmhouse that belonged to Callie’s father, a man that the community thought was crazy. While there, the kids discover connections to the original Ghostbusters, including a personal connection and try to become Ghostbusters themselves to stop Gozer from being resurrected and completely destroying the town.
PS. To whoever cast Paul Rudd as Mr. Grooberson, the science teacher, thank you for doing the Lord’s work.
This movie is a lot of fun! It was a great continuation of the franchise while being a love letter to original Ghostbusters fans at the same time. The action scenes are a bit darker and the special effects are obviously improved from the 80s. The content issues aren’t any different then they were in the original like language including damn, hell, ass, shit, and several misuses of God’s name. There’s also a few suggestive references and scary images. The action and monster-packed third act is what pushes this movie into 2¢ After Dark territory. I think the scenes featuring Gozer and the demon possession of two characters were a bit darker than in the original. This movie was so good and surprisingly emotional. A Ghostbusters sequel was the last thing I expected to make me cry. This is a legacy sequel done right in every way possible! You can stream Ghostbusters on Starz or get it from Redbox.

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!