‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ trailer is spirited

(Sony delays Ghostbusters until 2021)

If Netflix’s Stranger Things and Stephen King’s IT had a baby, the upcoming film Ghostbusters: Afterlife might just be the result. That’s not a bad thing at all, especially coming on the heels of the 2016 dead on arrival reboot, the “progressive” female-led Ghostbusters.

The trailer for the Columbia and Sony film, quickly introduces us to single mom (Carrie Coon) and her two kids, Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and Trevor (Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard). The three have just moved to a remote farm which was owned by their grandfather (Egon?)

After a series of incidents and the discovery of an old ghost trap in a small town reminiscent of Stranger Things, It, 10 Cloverfield Lane and even Super 8, the kids soon learn that spirits have not been seen in thirty years. Their teacher(?) Paul Rudd even states, New York in the 80’s was pretty much The Walking Dead.

Of course this is Ghostbusters, so things are bound to change quickly. And they do when… well, watch the trailer below: 

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Now that looks like a Ghostbusters film. Even without Manhattan which was almost a character itself in the first two film.

If you look reeeeeeeeal closely you’ll see what appears to be Slimer. It’s hard to believe that there has only been one really good Ghostbusters film. I mean 2 is okaaaaaay for nostalgia’s sake and it did have Bobby Brown and a walking Statue of Liberty, but it did feel a little phoned in.

But here, it feels like writer/director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) is firing on all pistons and that’s a great thing with dad, Ivan, overseeing. There’s also Bill Murray’s narration which made me smile. And there’s an amazing new teaser poster.

Teaser poster for Ghostbusters: Afterlife

All in all, the trailer points to a Ghostbusters film that will be more successful than the ill-fated Feig reboot.  

I ain’t afraid of these ghosts.

The Geek is a working screenwriter/director in the film and TV industry.