Cannibal Mini Stay-Puft Marshmallow Men Take Over ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’
Sure, they’re cute. That doesn’t mean they won’t try to kill you… or make smores out of each other. Gross.
This movie is one of the victims of 2020, and was originally slated to come out last summer. Let’s take a quick walk back to when the first trailer hit the scene.
This is a continuation that ignores the 2016 reboot. It has a bit of a Stranger Things, kids on bikes feel to it that’s kind of hard to avoid when you cast Finn Wolfhard in a lead role. The effects look like an update on what Boss Film Studios did in the ’80s, not like a Disney ride (my biggest complaint about the 2016 reboot). Hopefully, the story will make die-hard fans happier, as well.
There are some familiar names in the team behind this – Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts are all back on screen. And that’s not all, the director has a personal history – for the Reitman’s, Ghostbusters is a family tradition. Ivan Reitman directed the first two movies, and he cast his family as extras and had them visit the set during production. His son, director Jason Reitman, recalled what that was like.
I remember being on set and seeing them try out the card catalog gag for the first time when the library ghost makes them come flying out. I remember the day they killed Stay Puft and I brought home a hardened piece of foam that just sat on a shelf for years. I was scared there was a terror dog underneath my bed before people knew what a terror dog was.
Ivan produced this new film, but handed the directing over to his son. Jason has a good record; mainly with indies about human relationships with a layer of dark humor like Juno, Up in the Air, and Tully. This movie will have that same undercurrent – as seen in this new clip of a bunch of twisted mini Mr. Stay-Pufts.
The movie stars Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, and Mckenna Grace. There will be some cameos from Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts, as well.
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