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Not as great as the first yet a great standalone film, Ghostbusters II is savagely underrated. The scariest of the two films it follows on five years later from the destruction of Gozer. The team have lost their paranormal investigation privileges and are doing odd jobs. Ray owns an occult book store; Egon is back in university studying some kind of environment changing mood or something like that; Winston, along with Ray, do children's parties, and Venkman presents a pseudo-psychic chat show.
So, the first feeling is disappointing. The busters aint busting, and they aint feeling good. You'd have hoped that as soon as the second film starts you'd be right back in the action with the Ghostbusters taking out disruptive ghosts.
Despite this slight hiccough, the action starts to move and creates the scariest of the two films; a film still heavily edited when played on the Disney Channel (the underground train station part...spooky). The plot comes fourth in the form of Dana Barrett once more being chased by the restless dead in the form of a painting of Vigo the Carpathian - a play on Vlad Drakulya. Once again it's down to the Ghostbusters to stop this evil spirit before he takes over the world. They get their licence back after an amusing court scene involving the recently dead spirits from electric chair.
It may seem odd to be harping on about this film but seeing as the duo are soon to be a trio with Bill Murray as a ghost, it's about time Ghostbuster mania starts hitting the streets again. It's going to be sweet seeing these guys in the uniform again; I just hope they do away with the 'let's create new Ghostbusters because we've been away for so long' etc etc. We don't want to see new Busters Ramis, get your boiler suit on.
Having saved the world from green slime and marshmallows, dominated the box office and generated a small fortune in spin-off merchandise, a sequel to Ghostbusters was inevitable. The only real surprise was that it took five years to appear and was surprisingly good.
Bankrupt and reduced to appearing at children's parties, the Ghostbusters fortunes change when a spooky painting and an underground river of slime once more threaten New York. After all, face with all that, Who Ya Gonna Call?
As with the original film, the plot is piece of nonsense which simply provides a frame on which to hang a supernatural buddy movie. For fans of the first film, there are lots of pleasing references to the original (some obvious, some not so), but it's not essential to have watched it in order to enjoy this sequel (although where have you been if you've never seen Ghostbusters?!)
The film starts off particularly strongly, establishing what has happened to the team in the last five years and showing them gradually get back together with old friends and foes alike. The setup is both quick (to allow the "proper" film to start) and very funny (Ray and Winston's party appearance is superb).
Indeed, it's the opening 45 minutes or so which provide much of the film's humour and there are some very funny parts that will have you laughing out loud. The 'Busters' court appearance and the hilariously inept defence of Louis Tully is priceless, easily on a par with the best that the original had to offer. Once the boys are back in business, the film loses a little pace and starts to rely too heavily on trying to replicate the best parts of the original, just in a different context. The hotel battle with Slimer is replaced by a fight with the ghosts of two executed convicts; the impressively large Marshmallow Man is replaced by The Statue of Liberty and so on. It does feel slightly by the numbers; as if Aykroyd and Ramis did focus groups, looked at what audiences like most from the original, and then wrote the sequel with that feedback on their desk.
One of the real strengths of Ghostbusters was that it managed to mix very funny comedy with a genuine sense of tension and undertones of menace. The sequel never quite achieves that. The plot is a little less scary (a bad guy trapped in a picture and an underground river of slime), leaving the film to rely far more heavily on the humour which is rather patchy after the inspired opening. It's not helped by the fact that the real bad guy scarcely appears (limited to less than five minutes at the end) and is rather easily defeated, leaving it all feeling somewhat anti-climactic.
Despite these weaknesses Ghostbusters 2 still delivers a reasonable amount of humour. The original's sense of fun and mischief between the ensemble cast has, for the most part, been successfully recreated. With the exception of Sigourney Weaver's Dana Barrett (feisty and independent in the original, here reduced to "helpless woman" status), all the returning characters work well and, in some cases are given more of a chance to shine in the sequel.
Amongst the Ghostbusters themselves, of course, it's Bill Murray's Pete Venkman who stands out. As in the first film, his sarcastic, cynical outlook and sardonic one-liners are perfect. This might be the standard 80s/90s Bill Murray performance, but it's also the one we love most, so who's complaining? Dan Aykroyd's impression of an enthusiastic puppy is once again endearing and provides some hilarious moments of contrast with Venkman's cynicism. Even geek Igon Spengler (Harold Ramis) gets to exercise some more overt humour this time around - although whether this works or not will divide fans and Ramis does appear slightly uncomfortable with his new role. Sadly, once again, the excellent Ernie Hudson is somewhat sidelined as Winston.
It's amongst the sub-characters, though, that there's a noticeable shift. Rick Moranis as Louis Tully and Annie Potts as Janine get much more expanded roles and their own sub-plot, which breathes a bit of life back into the film when it is in danger of becoming a little saggy. Peter MacNichol has great fun camping it up as Dr Janosz Poha, with an outrageous accent and ludicrous amounts of charm. His attempts to flirt with Dana Barrett are both hilarious and excruciating. It's just a shame that William Atherton couldn't be persuaded to return as oily bureaucrat Walter Peck, because the film sorely misses him and Kurt Fuller is no substitute.
It's this ensemble feel that makes Ghostbusters 2 work so well. Whilst the plotting might be a little by-the-numbers, the spark, banter and bickering is still there. The viewer is made to feel part of this dysfunctional group of people which helps the film enormously and makes you more willing to overlook some its shortcomings.
Whilst never approaching the classic status of the original, Ghostbusters 2 retains enough of its humour and charm to entertain. The recycling of some plot elements does mean it can feel a little formulaic at times, but it's still worth adding to your DVD collection since you can now pick it up for around £3.
Director: Ivan Reitman
Running time: approx. 108 minutes
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After the huge success of the first movie, the "Ghostbusters" franchise became a money-spinning monster in the 80's, with first the movie, the iconic theme song, the toys and "The Real Ghostbusters" cartoon. It wasn't until 5 years later, the long-awaited second movie came out. At this point, it could've been easy to churn out a mediocre movie and generate large cinema takings, and also, would director Ivan Reitman manage to keep in touch with the feel and atmosphere of the first movie? I would say it was a strong yes, despite a somewhat similar storyline.
It may not be as witty as the original, but this is a great feel-good movie for all the family, with a good, modern soundtrack and even better special effects.
What makes this work is the high likeability of the cast, from the 4 Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis & Ernie Hudson), but you also appreciate Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett, Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz, and of course the nerdy underdog that is Louis Tully, played by Rick Moranis.
Why i say the storyline is somewhat similar, is because once again the main villain is portrayed as some immortal being trapped, and waiting to be summoned, and then he/she/it possesses a single building in New York city, and is used as a conductor for paranormal activity. The main villain Vigo though, is still a formidable opponent with a stronger constant form than "Ghostbusters" previous Gozer, who was a Sumerian shape-shifting god. And damn, you wouldn't like scary painting in your living room!
The storyline is, it's set 5 years later, where the Ghostbusters have been taken out of business, after being sued for property damage after their final battle in the previous "Ghostbusters" film against Gozer. Ray and Winston now perform as children's performers, with some not very good results, while Ray also owns an Occult bookstore in New York. Egon Spengler works in a lab, investigating experiments that analyse human emotion. They reunite with Dana, Peter Venkman's (Bill Murray) former girlfriend, after weird supernatural events happen, focusing on her baby so, Oscar.
This leads to the discovery of a "river of pink slime", from under the New York streets in the sewers. The Ghostbusters forge themselves as sewer workers, but are confronted by the police over illegal access and then things go from bad to worse as Ray accidentally knocks out the city's electrical grid. This leads to the trial, where it is discovered that the pink slime sample reacts, to negative emotions like anger, and this unleashes ghosts and demons.
Vigo the Carpathian, a 17th century tyrant, has his spirit trapped in a large painting at a NY art gallery, which is where Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) unfortunately works. Vigo possesses Dana's boss Dr. Janosz Poha (played by Peter MacNicol speaking in a East European accent, with some comedic effect) to find a child, which he can take over his body, and become a mortal again, and to reign again in the 21st century.
The movie still has some funny moments, although as i've said, not as funny as the original, and the language is more kid-friendly. This includes the sub-story of the Louis Tully and Janine Melnitz relationship angle, the ghost train that runs through Winston, and Bill Murray's (Peter Venkman) dry quips, especially "Boys! Boys! You're scaring the straights, okay?", to the other 3 excitable Ghostbusters as they run into a high-class restaurant, soaking in pink slime, exclaiming where the now know where the river of slime is sourced from.
I've watched this movie many times, and it always makes me feel great. The music really adds to it including the non-soundtrack classical music, but i always love Bobby Brown's "On Our Own", which comes on 3 different ocassions near the end of the movie. There are some moments where the humour seems to fail ("Doh, Ray....Egon!", i got it, but just not very funny!). However, i don't ponder over the technicalities for this film, as it's a fun ride and a safely entertaining flick with a reliable and strong cast.
Ghostbusters 2 is that rarest of things: a good sequel. Set five years after the events of the first film, The Ghostbusters agency has been slammed with a restraining order and driven out of business by the New York City Council, and its members have been forced to scrape a living elsewhere, Dr Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd) and Winston Zeddmore (Ernie Hudson) earning money as children's entertainers and Dr Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) eking out a living presenting a dubious psychic TV show on cable.
Venkman's ex fiancee Dana meanwhile is working for a local art museum, helping to restore an old painting of a Romanian medieval warlord by the name of Vigo the Carpathian. Vigo's ghost still resides within the painting however, and takes possession of a museum-worker in order to claim Dana's newborn son to use as a vessel for his consciousness, whilst the ghostbusters stumble upon a strange slimy susbtance in an abandoned section of New York subway system which appears to be sensitive to emotional activity. Vigo presses on with his nefarious scheme, whilst the ghostbusters end up commiited to a pychiatric ward, that is until all manner of ghostly manifestations appear all at once in the city with the ghostbusters seeming to be the New York-and Dana's- only hope....
The plot is in many ways very similar to the first film albeit with a few twists here and there, but it works well, and the film has plenty of inventive scenes, including one set in a courtroom in which the ghosts of two criminals appear to wreak revenge on the Judge that sent them to the electric chair, a scene in which the ghostbusters coat the Statue of liberty with the slime, animating the statuie and then use it as a makeshift mode of transport, and a great scene in which the titanic returns back to harbour, a century overdue, its ghostly inhabitants pouring out of its cracked hull.
The performances are once again strong and the casting works as well as they did in the first film, whilst the SFX are better than ever, and the sequel somehow manages to retain the magic of its predecessor despite its slightly derivative nature. All things considered though Ghostbusters 2 is great sequel, even its not not as original as the first film.
A very underrated sequel if you ask me.
Yes, the first movie was something else. It was something that was truly unique. Can you top that? Quite frankly, no. However, you can make a decent follow up. People talk of this movie as if its a stinker, but it really isn't.
I feel that all of the main characters in this movie are done justice. Even Winston, "the forgotten Ghostbuster", isn't forgotten.
Among the highlights of this film are the river of slime, the statue of Liberty scene and the various spooks. Perhaps its just me but some of the late eighties, early nineties non-CGI special effects just have something about that that is vastly superior to anything that the computer generated era has churned out. Why? Because it is, frankly, more real. You know when you see these ghosts and ghouls that they are real objects, even if they are models, they exist in some physical form on this planet in order to facilitate the movie that they are in. You just don't get that these days.
A great follow up to a classic movie. Role on Ghostbusters III!
Ghostbusters 2 is the huge follow up film to the classic 1984 film that created a cult following almost instantly. The film sees the return of the ghostbusters in their fight to keep New York free of ghosts and ghouls and thankfully sees the return of the original cast (Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson) and thankfully also sees the return of Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis which gives the movie the feel of a new film following on rather than a rip off money maker. The film sees a situation where the ghostbusters have been put out of commission thanks to a court order and so when they discover that a river of slime under New York is being fed by the negativity of New Yorkers and to try to convince them to stop with their negative thoughts as the ghostbusters also try to fight against the ghosts unleashed on the Earth. The film is another classic of the 80's but in many ways does not live up to the original in every aspect but taken as a stand alone movie this is still a terrific film well worth seeing. The film is less funny than the original but is still 104 minutes that you won't feel you regret spending watching the film.
Ghostbusters was such a successful movie that a sequel was inevitable. What is surprising is that it took five years to get the cast together for it. What is really surprising is that even with the same talent, the sequel isn't up to much. Don't get me wrong, I still like this movie!
5 years on and fifty pounds heavier, the Ghostbusters are back. The sequel picks up after the company has been put out of business by an ungrateful city after the Gozer incident. Ray owns an occult bookstore and occasionally teams up with Winston as party entertainers. Egon is back at the university, researching the effects of extreme emotion on psychic phenomena, and Peter Venkman has a cable TV show, where he interviews various would be psychics and attention seekers. After a brief dalliance, Dana Barrett left Peter and has since had a baby, Oscar from another relationship.
However, the familiar problems faced by Ghostbusters resurface, when a mysterious force that drags his pram into the street kidnaps Dana's child. Seeking help, she contacts the defunct team and they happily investigate by digging a big hole in the street. They find a river of ectoplasm flowing deep under Manhattan and manage to blackout the city in the process.
One quick court case later, where Louis Tully defends them and some ghosts resurface, they get the court order against them rescinded and Ghostbusters is back in business. Investigating properly, they find that the river of slime is flowing to the Manhattan Museum of Art, where Dana works restoring paintings. Looming over her workspace is a painting of Vigo the Carpathian, a medieval psychopath. Using his minion, the unwilling Janosz Poha who Vigo controls, he plots to take Dana's baby and live again through the child.
Ghostbusters II is displayed in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen 5 years on and the effects are just the same. Slimer looks a little worse actually, but the ghosts and ghostbusting looks fairly similar to before.
In the first film, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man made a memorable appearance striding down the streets of New York. Here it's the Statue of Liberty, and she looks really fake. I think the angle used in that scene is wrong. Instead of using the people view looking up at a looming Marshmallow man, we have an eagle eye shot of Lady Liberty striding down the street. It looks like a woman dressed up as the statue. The picture itself is clean and well presented, though there are a few sign of age.
There is a DD 5.1 English soundtrack as well as 2.0 Stereo German, French, Spanish and Italian. Randy Edelman has supplied the music this time, and the spooky music of the original has gone to be replaced by a more triumphant theme for the Ghostbusters.
Worse, the early eighties pop of the original has been replaced by, I'm sorry to say, Bobby Brown, who also has an ill-advised cameo. Ray Parker Jr barely gets a look in and even the presence of Jackie Wilson isn't enough to redeem this soundtrack.
As far as features go, you can watch the trailer and read the filmographies if you want.
The cast all return for the sequel. Bill Murray is if anything even more sarcastic as Peter Venkman, Dan Ayckroyd is still earnest as Ray Stantz, Harold Ramis is the intellectual Egon Spengler and Ernie Hudson is the reliable Winston Zeddemore. Sigourney Weaver is a little restrained this time as Dana Barrett but Rick Moranis gets an expanded role as the lawyer cum fifth Ghostbusters. Annie Potts has a meatier role too as Janine Melnitz and finally gets her man. Peter MacNicol of Ally McBeal fame is the slimy Janosz Poha though it's difficult to place his accent.
Sequelitis hits the ghostbusting franchise and does it terminal damage I'm afraid. You would never expect this Peter Venkman to ask, "Are you currently menstruating?" and similarly the bite has been removed from all the other characters. This isn't a criticism as the film was obviously marketed at a younger audience. However, the story has suffered considerably as a result.
Superficially, this film can be seen as a remake of the original. Supernatural problem occurs, Ghostbusters try to solve it, no-one believes them and they end up incarcerated, Mayor gets desperate for help and releases Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters save the day. Deeper down though, the story seems forced, the idea of peoples' feelings causing bad ghostly happenings, and the way to solve the problem being "get everyone to be nice to each other" just seems very Sesame Street to me.
Although Ivan Reitman takes the reigns again, the magic isn't there and the film is often slow in places. But, and this is a but that redeems the film, is again the cast. With so much talent in front of the camera the chemistry is palpable. Despite the weakness of the script, Bill Murray et al are eminently watchable and their performances rescue this film from sequel oblivion. They may be busting ghosts for a younger age bracket, but the Ghostbusters are back.
Forget your misgivings about the story and spin this disc just for the fun of it. Ghostbusters II is not half bad.
I'll never understand what people's problems were with Ghostbusters 2. I love it just as much now as I did when I watched it as a kid in the 80s; considering it has all the original cast, improved special effects, memorable humour, and an even more ridiculous story line, this sequel has all the elements that made the original such a success, and is just as enjoyable.
Sequels have such a bad reputation for being unimaginative, with critics primarily complaining that they just repeat the same material as the first film. Really though, this has never been a great concern of mine: I'd much rather have the "feel" of original movie, than it departing so far from the formula, aspiring too much to be different. Rambo: First Blood Part II did this and I hated it; however, Rocky II kept the essence of the original and I loved every minute of it.
So, five years after the Ghostbusters saved New York, they are now out of business and being sued for property damages by the council (how ungrateful). Zedmore and Stanz are attempting to entertain little kiddies at parties for income, while Spengler conducts scientific experiments in laboratories, and Venkman hosts a television show called "World of the Psychic". Rather than this being a depressing experience for the viewer, however, the jokes are still a key feature of the characters, from their unwillingness to be beaten by all the bad vibes generated by ungrateful, two faced people of New York- making us even more glad that the Ghostbusters are back.
Dana (Sigourney Weaver) is back too, now a single Mother, and is being menaced by a mysterious pink slime. During a test of the slime, the boys realise that the slime reacts, kinetically, to human emotion- whether this be positive or negative. The Ghostbusters soon enough discover a river of slime, under the city of New York, that leads to a painting of Vigo the Carpathian in the art museum, which possesses an evil spirit within and seeks the body of a young child- Dana's baby -to become mortal again.
Yes, it sounds all ridiculous, but that's what the Ghostbusters are all about. In fact, I remember being scared a lot more in Ghostbusters II than I was with the original; the scene where Vigo's eyes "come alive" and shock Janosh never failed at making me flinch, even when I knew it was coming.
What's more, there is a brilliant moment where the guys soak the statue of liberty in "positive charged slime" and control it with the NES joystick. Now, if ever there was a primitive example of the 1980s, this would have to be it.
Bottom line: Ghostbusers 2 is a visual improvement upon its predecessor; there may be a reliance of special effects, but the actors still fit significantly into their character roles and showcase their comic talents and ghost-busting-heroism, which make this another significant fun fest for all the family that shouldn't be missed.
Oh, and the Ghostbusters DVD box set contains two bonus episodes of The Real Ghostbusters. That's one hell of a special feature.
Ghostbusters 2 is much the same as the previous fil, the usual antics and playful fun that we loved in the original film. The new artwork again looks fab, but why have they left off one of the ghostbusters? I cannot believe they forgot to include Winston.
Plot: This time round it is all about the ooze, brewing thick goopy green stuff beneath the streets of New York. The team of ghostbusters , Venkman, Stanz, Spengler and Zedmore reform their troop and decide to get on the trail of the ooze and see just what is going on in those sewers.
Cast: A solid cast here, with Bill Murray pulling off another fine turn as Peter Venkman and the other guys going through the motions as Egon, Ray and Winston. The film focuses more on Venkman though so it's really his film once again.
Others: The effects are on a par with the original, there are some great scenes, like the nightmarish train and the creepy painting coming to life; that one might just freak you out a little
Overall: A solid blend of action, mayhem and comedy kept this sequel feeling fresh and fun throughout. There are ghouls to scare you, Bill to laugh with and a touch of romance on the cards again
Finally: Why wasn't there a third, this was a smash hit. I am still waiting!
Hot on the heels of the first film (well not really seeing as it came out five years later) is Ghostbusters 2. When this film was released in 1989 it quickly became the biggest 3 day opening weekend in history.
Set five years after the first film, the Ghostbusters are now running very low on business and are close to bankruptcy. That combined with the fact that they are being sued by the city means that its time to close up shop and go their separate ways. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) decides to become a chat show host, Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) is now working in a laboratory, and Raymond Stantz (Dan Ayroyd) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) are now shockingly bad kids entertainers.
Sigourney Weaver also returns as Dana Barrett but she has now got a young son, Oscar, and works at the local museum. Due to her extremely unfortunate luck, she is once again chosen to be the centre of all evil in the city. This time however, it all starts from a painting that her boss, Dr. Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol), is restoring. The painting is of a warlord called Vigo and his spirit soon takes over Dr Poha and decides that he wants a child to use as a vessel to bring him out of the painting and into the world. Needless to say he decides that he wants Oscar and begins his reign of terror in order to get what he wants. There's only one group that can stop him, so I ask you, Who you gonna call??
As per the first film, the acting in the film is great and the chemistry between the characters is absolutely brilliant. Each of the characters retain their original personalities but at the same time seem to have grown in different ways aswell meaning there is a slightly different dimension between the characters compared to the first film. Again, the brilliant Rick Moranis and Annie Potts retain their roles in the film and provide a very different kind of comedy.
The special effects in the film are certainly much improved from the first film but are still obviously poor by today's standards.
The one major thing I found is that this film is a hell of a lot scarier than the first one. Vigo looks pretty scary but there's something about when he is talking from the painting that freaks me out. Even today I still find it a bit scary!
I love this film. Its one of the few sequels that I prefer to the original and I would definitely recommend watching this film if you have seen the first one.
Producer/Director: Ivan Reitman
Writers: Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Siourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Peter MacNicol, Wilhelm Von Homburg and Annie Potts.
Released in the summer of 1989 this 1 hour and forty minute sci-fi/ comedy sequel continued to follow the once famous and wealthy but now penniless team of ghostbusters...
With the ghost busting team bankcrupt after being sued for damage to the city they have all gone there separate ways...
Peter Venkman, (played by Bill Murray) is now a chat show hosst on a very questionable supernatural show...
Egon Spendler, (played by Harold Ramis) works in a experimental laboratory...
Raymond Stantz, (played by Dan Ayroyd) and Winston Zeddemore, (played by Ernie Hudson) both work as childrens entertainers.. Albeit terrible ones at that...
Dana Barratt, (played by Sigourney Weaver) is now a single mum to Oscar, (played by baby brothers William and Henry Deutschendorf) and working as a restorer at the local art museum... and once again it is Danas' apartment which seems to be the centre of attention. But the spirit in the fridge and the slime in the bathtub are after more than her yogurts and bath salts...it is her son Oscar, that has come to the attention of an evil spirit named Vigo, (played by Wilhelm von Homburg), who inhabits a painting which Dana is restoring...
Fearing for her son safety she pleads for help from Spendler and Stantz and it is not long before the full Ghostbusting team are back together... fighting the forces of evil....
Unfortuanately, with the help of Dr. Janosz Poha, (played by Peter MacNicol) Danas' superior at the museum, it is not long before little Oscar is under the control of Vigo... and the end of the world is nigh....???
With much proton pack action and some very strange possessions it is about to become a very messy city once again...but with the help of a rather large lady and a united front the team know they can achieve anything
Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond Stantz
Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler
Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore
Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett
William T. Deutschendorf and Henry J. Deutschendorf II as Baby Oscar
Peter MacNicol as Dr. Janosz Poha
Rick Moranis as Louis Tully
Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz
Harris Yulin as Judge Stephen Wexler
David Margulies as Mayor Lenny
Kurt Fuller as Jack Hardemeyer
Wilhelm von Homburg as Vigo
Cheech Marin as Dock Supervisor
A great sequel to what was a fantastic first movie....
Ghostbusters 2 is just as good, if not better, than its predecessor.. Full of action and comedy...
Venkman, Stantz, Zeddermore and Spengler have the same characteristic as they did in the first movie... Venkmen the 'wanna-be stud with a big ego... Stantz the calm thinker with a no nonsense approach...Spengler, the strange scientist whose passion for his job is his life.... And finally there's Zeddermore, the once non-believer who soon started to believe...?
They all act out there parts to perfection with what looks like a fantastic banter amongst them... clearly feeding of each others abilities as the movie unravels...
Again, the professionalism of Sigourney Weaver, playing the part of the terrified mother who is trying to protect her baby boy, needs no words ( a far cry from her part as the outright hero in the Alien saga)...
The story is well written and goes at a good pace, giving the viewer a nice steady 100+ minutes of comical entertainment, a few scares, albeit humorous, a river of slime and a lot of panicking people.... Put in the bit of romance involving Dana and Vebkman and you have everything your standard movie needs...
Would I recommend this...?
I surely would as it is a very good movie to watch, more than likely over and over again once you've seen it once...
It will not disappoint at all.
You can get a copy from www.amazon.co.uk for between £3.00 and £10.00 or from www.play.com for less than £4.00
You can get both Ghostbusters 1 & 2 for £ 9.00 from play.com or £ less than a fiver from amazon.co.uk...( the prices on these sites may vary and are totally confusing at times????)
As a kid I had 3 favourite things, Celtic Football Club, WWF Wrestling and Ghostbusters! I still remember going to see Ghostbusters 2 in the cinema and it's a movie that I still never tire of watching. For me it's not just nostalgia, it's a great film too.
Starring the hilarious Bill Murray along with Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver and Ernie Hudson - This is the story of how the Ghostbusters rise again to the top after near ruining New York City in the midst of saving it in the first movie.
Basically theres a demon within a paining, an old Carpathian by the name of Vigo and he needs a baby to sacrifice so that he can live again in it's body. He possesses the museam clerk and has him do his bidding for him . All the while New York City is bubbling over as a river of pink slime which turns everyone against each other is running right through the sewers. It's down to the Ghostbusters to save the day.
It's a great movie with decent effects for its' time. A good storyline and some brilliant acting from Murray as Cool Scientist Peter Venkman. If you haven't seen this it's required viewing, a wonderful family film that still holds up almost 20 years after it was made.
Following the success of Ghostbusters in 1984, director I van Reitman once more takes the helm in directing the guys in boiler suits carrying proton backpacks around New York city in 1989's Ghostbusters 2.
Having been run out of business after costing the government millions in slime-fighting, the Ghostbusters find themselves back in action when a river of slime proves to be the start of a dangerous attempt of an ancient paranormal tyrant to enter the world through possession of a baby. Determined to stop this happening, the Ghostbusters ocne more take to the streets to fight the slime and save the city!
The Cast and Performances
Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis once again take the reins as ex-parapsychology professors Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler respectively. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis also return for the second installment, and although all do well, they do not quite capture the magic of the first film five years previously.
Although a good film, the storyline does not quite live up to that of the first Ghostbusters film in 1984. It was an original concept for a film then, but a sequel was always going to be limited. The cast and crew do a good job, but do not come close to the first film.
A decent sequel to Ghostbusters.
I rate this film as 3 stars.
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Ghostbusters 2 is set five years after the original Ghostbusters film. Even though the guys saved the city in the first movie, it seems that they were sued by every government agency in the city due to the mass destruction they caused in the process. With their reputation in tatters, their business bankrupt and supernatural activity having dried up, the guys are forced into other lines of work: Peter Venkman (Bill Murray - Lost in Translation, Groundhog Day) hosts low budget chat show 'World of the Psychic', Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis - Orange County, Knocked Up) carries out experiments at a research institute and Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd - Blues Brothers, Dragnet) owns bookshop 'Ray's Occult' as well as performing at kids parties with Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson - Oz, Desperate Housewives). The guys are called into action again however when a ancient river of supernatural slime flowing under the city conjures up a wave of supernatural activity. Now back, better that ever, the Ghostbusters, along with their lawyer Louis Tully (Rick Moranis - Honey I Shrunk the Kids , The Flintstones) must save the city from Vigo the Carpathian, an evil 16th century ruler and magician who wishes to return to the city and claim it as his own. Vigo needs a child that he needs a child who will serve as a vessel for his evil soul, it just so happens that he chooses the baby of Dana Barret (Sigourney Weaver - Alien, Copycat). Can the Guys save both Dana and the City again? You bet they can!
The Chemistry between the Ghostbusters is fantastic. The Dialogue is outstanding and very funny.
An action packed movie that again has outstanding special effects and will entertain the whole family. Another Classic!
The soundtrack is great too, featuring fantastic tracks from various artists including Bobby Brown and Run DMC.
Peter Venkman - Hi, Egon. How's school? I bet those science chicks really dig that large cranium of yours, huh?
Peter Venkman - Suck in the guts, guys, we're the Ghostbusters.
Peter Venkman - We're the best. We're the beautiful. We're the only Ghostbusters.
Ray Stantz - As I explained before, we think the spirit of a 17th century Moldavian tyrant is alive and well in a painting at the Manhattan Museum of Art.
Winston Zeddemore - It's always the quiet ones.
Director - Ivan Reitman
Cert - PG
Year of Release - 1989
If you read my op on Ghostbusters 1, you will know that I was inspired to write it after digging out my old VHS copies of the films. Similarly, I thought I'd let the masses know about Ghostbusters 2 after watching it intensively for the last couple of weeks. Now, the sequel to one of the greatest films ever made, stars the same actors that made the original such a big hit. Bill Murray is at his sarcastical best in this film, and Akroyd and Ramis perform just as brilliantly. The plot starts when the Ghostbusters, who have been put out of business after blowing up a sky rise building in the first film, are brought in by Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) to investigate the bizarre movement of her pram into the middle of 1st Avenue, New York, where they discover the river of slime. Of course, this violates their restraining order, and they are taken to court, where a very narrow minded judges anger releases two ghosts from the slime, and the Ghostbusters are back in business! After fighting off more ghosts, the Ghostbusters investigate a painting of a carpathian warlord and reveal there is more to it than meets the eye. A true spine-tingling scene then follows where the Ghostbusters mobilise the Statue of Liberty as a force of good to destroy the evil. The spectacular special effects once again dominate the talking points of the film, way ahead of their time, and still able to stand the test of latest technology. Jokes abound, this film is certainly another of the best films to have ever been made. I say 10/10!
The same team as the wildly successful first Ghostbusters installation are still at their old tricks but after five years of lawsuits and court orders the once thriving business is going broke. The ghost-busting trio discover that NYC is again under threat from a river of ectoplasmic slime and an incredible evil that has taken over the body of a beautiful classical musician (Sigourney Weaver) and they must come out with all guns blazing to save the city and rescue their sinking business.