Written by on November 16, 2021

As a kid growing up in the 80’s there was a definitive shift in comedy that decade. You could have a comedy that wasn’t just all jokes, but you could also mix in action as well. To take it even further you can add in a little bit of scary moments and the mix of emotions you felt changed from scene to scene and line to line. One of the best examples of the “action comedy” was Ghostbusters. The movie became a huge pop culture presence invading everything from Saturday morning cartoons, to toys, to even spawning one of the most popular Hi-C flavors in Ecto-cooler. To this day when someone says, “Who you gonna call?” someone in their vicinity is thinking to respond “GHOSTBUSTERS!” at the top of their lungs because it’s emanating from their warped nostalgia filled brain. Parents share the movie with their kids and it has become a right of passage to pass on the comedy genius that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and the late Harold Ramis gave us. You can’t deny the fact that the theme song by Ray Parker Jr. is still as catchy today as it was in 1984. In 2016 there was an attempt to put a spin on the series with an all female version of the movie with some of the most talented comedic women in Hollywood. The original cast made cameos in it as totally different characters. It was not received well though as some internet trolls just didn’t like women in the roles while others concentrated on the feeling that it was missing the original heart of the first two movies and some of the comedy felt forced. There is a subtle humor that the original actors have that is missing from some comedies today including the remake. So when it was announced that Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman was helming a continuation called Ghostbusters: Afterlife the internet and fans (including myself) rejoiced that they were finally getting the movie they deserved after years of speculation and teasing by the former actors of the first two movies. Just a simple teaser of a barn in a storm that had the wind blow a tarp off of Ecto-1 made fans excited to see it back, and every trailer that has come out since has fans ready to race to theaters to show that they ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Bill, Dan, and Ernie recently stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk about the new movie and share a story about how the original came to be.

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