Where to watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife – our streaming services predictions

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Want to see Ghostbusters: Afterlife ? You're not alone. The latest entry in the Ghostbusters franchise may have been met by a mixed reception, but those keen to see for themselves – or simply immune to the warnings of critics – may still want to know how, where, and when they can watch the film.

It's just come out in cinemas in the US and UK, though the more cautious among you may be wondering when you can stream the film comfortably at home – ideally for the price of an existing TV streaming service subscription. 

We're here to explain when the film should be available to watch at home and which platform it's likely to drop on.

Is Ghostbusters: Afterlife available to stream?

Because of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions across the globe, we got used to films releasing both in cinemas and on streaming platforms around the same time – unfortunately, that isn't the case for Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Right now Ghostbusters: Afterlife is only available to watch in-person at a movie theatre and there currently isn't a timeline for when the film will no longer be exclusive to cinemas. That means you'll likely have to wait a good few months into 2022 before you can easily stream, rent or buy the movie – with options emerging from February at the earliest.

Unlike most studios, Sony doesn't have a dedicated platform like HBO Max or Paramount Plus – so it's a little harder to guess where the film will release. We've seen Sony team up with Netflix , Amazon Prime Video , and soon Disney Plus for its streaming releases.

Based on the availability of previous Ghostbusters films, though, a release on Starz or Spectrum in the US would be our guess, and Netflix in the UK. Wherever it comes out we also expect it will available to rent or buy digitally too – giving you plenty of options if you want to watch.

Where to watch other Ghostbusters movies

While you wait you can check out the previous films in the franchise. The 1984 original is available on Spectrum On Demand in the US and Netflix in the UK, while 1989's Ghostbusters 2 is on Spectrum On Demand and IMDB TV in the US, or Virgin TV Go in the UK.

The 2016 Ghostbusters reboot (starring Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon) is streamable in the UK on Netflix – in the US you'll have to rent the movie.

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From the return of bill murray's dr. peter venkman to new characters like paul rudd's dr. gooberson, here is the entire cast of ghostbusters: afterlife (so far)..

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set to arrive in theaters on November 11, 2021, and looks to continue the story of the franchise as it picks up years later after the events of 1989's Ghostbusters 2. While there will be new characters in the film, it will also see the return of much of the original cast.

Set in the small town of Summerville, Ghostbusters: Afterlife tells the story of Carrie Coon's Callie, a single mom who left Chicago with her two children after hearing of her long-estranged father's passing — a father she never even knew. When the three settle in, they find out they are now connected to a team of paranormal investigators named the Ghostbusters and that their father/grandfather may have been one of its key members.

In celebration of the film's second official trailer , which you can see below, we've compiled a comprehensive rundown of who's appearing in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Be sure to keep coming back as we'll be regularly updating this article as we learn more about the cast of characters who ain't afraid of no ghosts.

Bill Murray

Bill Murray is officially returning as Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and we get the briefest of teases of his character in the latest trailer. Murray is one of the original cast members of 1984's Ghostbusters and he is joined by many of his old co-stars in this new film. Murray has known Ghostbusters: Afterlife's director Jason Reitman since he was a child and praised the script of this latest entry.

“The script is good. It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting,” Murray said. “It’s gonna work.”

Murray also shared how uncomfortable it actually is to be a real-life Ghostbuster, as the equipment is much heavier than you'd think.

"When you put that gear on, it’s so uncomfortable. It’s so heavy, just to stand there with that weight on your back, tilting your spine,” Murray said while reportedly rolling his eyes. “And we wore them for a long time.”

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd, Dr. Raymond Stantz himself, is also returning for Ghostbusters: Afterlife , and much like Bill Murray, really loved the film's new script.

"Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation," Aykroyd said. "It hands the legacy off to a new generation of stars, and players, and actors, and character."

Aykroyd also shared that the film is going to be a bit scary, a bit thought-provoking, and a bit heartfelt. Furthermore, he promises that Ghostbusters: Afterlife will "recognize" the late Harold Ramis — the actor who played Dr. Egon Spengler — in "some way."

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson will be returning as Dr. Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. He was the fourth member of the Ghostbusters team, joining after he saw a job advertisement in the wanted ads. He is one of the most spiritual and religious of the Ghostbusters and is an expert in Egyptian history.

Since Ghostbusters, Hudson has appeared in such films and shows at Oz as Warden Leo Glynn, L.C. Duncan in The Family Business, and Albrecht in The Crow.

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver, who played Dana Barrett in the first two Ghostbusters films, will be reprising her role in Ghostbusters: Afterlife . Director Jason Reitman confirmed this was the next chapter in the original franchise and not a reboot, which paves the way for us to revisit some of our favorite characters years later.

While we don't know much about where her character is in this new movie, she did confirm that "it's going to be crazy working with the guys again!"

Weaver, who played Ripley in the Alien franchise prior to Ghostbusters, has had a prolific career since the original films and has starred as Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar, Gwen DeMarco in Galaxy Quest, and much more. She also won Golden Globes for her work in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl.

Annie Potts

Annie Potts' Janine Melnitz is another original Ghostbusters character who will be making a new appearance in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, giving a touchstone for fans of the '80s film while bringing the franchise to the modern day.

Potts continued her acting career following the original films and can currently be seen as Connie 'Meemaw' Tucker in Young Sheldon. She also lent her voice to the Toy Story films as Bo Peep and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in Corvette Summer.

Carrie Coon

Carrie Coon will be playing a brand new character named Callie in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and is the single mother of Finn Wolfhard's Trevor and Mckenna Grace's Phoebe. She inherits a farm from a father she didn't know, who we now know is the late Dr. Egon Spengler.

Carrie Coon began her career in theater and was nominated for a Tony Award for her work in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She then had her breakout roles in film in Gone Girl and on TV in the Leftovers as Nora Durst and as Gloria Burgle in Fargo's third season. She also played Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War.

Speaking of Marvel, Ant-Man's Paul Rudd is also part of Ghostbusters: Afterlife's cast as a teacher named Mr. Grooberson. Director Jason Reitman said he's been wanting to work with Paul Rudd since his short film Gulp opened for Wet Hot American Summer at Sundance 2001.

While Rudd has starred in the MCU as Ant-Man, he's also been the star of such other films as Clueless, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and much more.

Mckenna Grace

Mckenna Grace's Phoebe is the daughter of Carrie Coon's Callie and is the granddaughter of Dr. Egon Spengler. Grace has been acting since the age of six, and has already had roles in Captain Marvel as the younger version of the titular character, the younger version of Sabrina Spellman in Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and earned a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Esther Keyes in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.

Finn Wolfhard

Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard is set to play Trevor in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and is the son of Carrie Coon's Callie and brother of Mckenna Grace's Phoebe. Wolfhard is no stranger to playing characters in terrifying situations, as he also played Richie Tozier in both It and It Chapter Two.

Logan Kim is playing the role of Podcast in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and he is considered to be "the truest believer in the film and the heart of the movie." He is also a classmate of Mckenna Grace's Phoebe.

Logan Kim is a relatively new actor, and his only other credits on IMDB are for The Grandson in Home Movie: The Princess Bride.

Celeste O'Connor

Celeste O'Connor is playing Lucky, a classmate of Finn Wolfhard's character Trevor. She appears to be an employee of Spinners Roller Hop, as revealed by an image from the film.

O'Connor played Nyla Chones in Freaky, Paloma in Selah and the Spades, Teen Abbie in Irreplaceable You, and Amy in Wetlands.

Oliver Cooper

Oliver Cooper is playing Elton in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. While we don't know much about his character, there are those who believes he bears a striking resemblance to Harold Ramis and his character Dr. Egon Spengler.

Oliver Cooper starred as Costa in 2012's Project X and made appearances on such TV series as Californication, Red Oaks, Valley of the Boom, and The Coop.

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Bokeem Woodbine

Sheriff Domingo in Ghostbusters: Afterlife is played by Bokeem Woodbine. Besides his name revealing that he is a sheriff, we don't know much about his character.

We do know that Woodbine played Mike Milligan in Fargo's fourth season, Uncle Earl in Queen & Slim, Herman Schultz/Shocker in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and that he will be playing a character named Soren-066 in the upcoming Halo series.

Marlon Kazadi

Marlon Kizadi is playing a character by the name of Thickneck in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Kizadi has made guest appearances as Malcolm on Riverdale, as Omar in Child's Play, and as Taylor in Chained.

Tracy Letts

Tracy Letts, who is the husband of Carrie Coon, is playing Jack in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The Lady Bird actor and playwright actually secured the role when director Jason Reitman was looking for someone to fill in a smaller role for the film.

"My wife Carrie is in... the new 'Ghostbusters' movie coming out in the summer, and we were there in Calgary while she was shooting it, and a role became available, and so I was able to jump in and play a small part in it myself," he said.

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If you’ve been sensing something strange in the neighborhood lately, you’d be right, because the new Ghostbusters movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife , is now available to watch in the comfort of your living room.

Unlike the 2016 reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, this fourth installment in the Ghostbuster franchise will serve as a direct sequel to the original movies that came out in the ’80s. Directed by Jason Reitman , Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set 30 years after the events of Ghostbusters II , and features a new generation of spectral experts: Siblings Phoebe ( Mckenna Grace ) and Trevor ( Finn Wolfhard ). When Phoebe and Trevor start experiencing, well, something strange in the neighborhood, they discover their connection to the original ghostbusters via their late grandfather.

Featuring appearances from the OG busters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is sure to be a treat for fans. Here’s where to watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife and when you can expect Ghostbusters: Afterlife on streaming.

WHEN WILL GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE BE STREAMING? WHERE TO WATCH GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE

After a brief theatrical run that began in November 2021, Ghostbusters Afterlife is now available to purchase via a number of digital outlets, like Amazon Prime , Vudu , iTunes , and more. The movie is not yet available to rent, though; you must purchase the title (for $19.99) to be able to watch.

The first place  Ghostbusters: Afterlife will most likely go after its digital release—though it’s not guaranteed—is Starz, due to a pre-existing deal with the premium cable network. If Ghostbusters: Afterlife does go to Starz, it will most likely be 6 to 9 months after it opens in theaters, meaning May 2022 to August 2022. It would also be available on services like Hulu with the Starz add-on.

Disney also recently  made a deal with Sony  to bring  Spider-Man and other Marvel properties to Disney Plus after the movies are released on Netflix—but that deal begins with Sony’s 2022 release slate, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife was released in 2021.

In other words, it may be a while before Ghostbusters: Afterlife is available to stream at home. If you can’t wait to bust some ghosts, you’ll want to go see this one in a movie theater.

WILL GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE  BE ON HBO MAX?

No. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a Sony movie, not a Warner Bros. movie, and therefore Ghostbusters: Afterlife will not be on HBO Max at the same time it is in theaters.  HBO Max—which is owned by Warner Media—has been the streaming home for blockbuster Warner Bros. theatrical movies like Dune , but it will not be the streaming home for Ghostbusters . (At least, not any time soon.)

IS GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE  ON NETFLIX?

No. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is not on Netflix. While Netflix has signed some deals to stream some 2022 Sony films, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a 2021 movie and will likely not be included in that. Therefore, it’s unlikely that Ghostbusters will be streaming on Netflix any time soon.

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Welcome to the exciting world of Ghostbusters: Afterlife! If you’re a fan of the iconic Ghostbusters franchise, get ready for another supernatural adventure filled with humor, thrills, and nostalgia. In this article, we’ll explore when Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be available on HBO Max and how you can catch all the ghost-busting action from the comfort of your own home.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the highly anticipated sequel to the original Ghostbusters movies from the 1980s. Directed by Jason Reitman, the son of the original director, Ivan Reitman, this film aims to continue the legacy while introducing a new generation of characters and storylines.

The story follows a single mother and her two children who move to a small town and discover their family’s connection to the original Ghostbusters. As strange occurrences start happening in the town, they uncover long-hidden secrets and must team up with the original Ghostbusters to save the day.

With a blend of heartfelt moments, exciting supernatural encounters, and references to the beloved characters and events from the past, Ghostbusters: Afterlife promises to be a thrilling and emotional ride for fans both old and new.

Now that you’re familiar with the premise of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, let’s dive into the release date and find out when you can expect to watch it.

What is Ghostbusters: Afterlife?

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the highly anticipated sequel to the iconic Ghostbusters franchise that took the world by storm in the 1980s. Directed by Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, this installment aims to continue the supernatural adventures while introducing a fresh storyline and a new generation of characters.

The story of Ghostbusters: Afterlife follows a single mother, Callie, and her two children, Trevor and Phoebe, who move to a seemingly quiet small town in Oklahoma. Unbeknownst to them, their late grandfather, Dr. Egon Spengler, was one of the original Ghostbusters and left behind a mysterious legacy.

As the family settles into their new home, strange occurrences begin to plague the town. Alongside their new friends – podcasting enthusiast Gary and classmate Lucky – Trevor and Phoebe discover a hidden underground lab filled with old Ghostbusters artifacts and equipment.

With the help of the original Ghostbusters – Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore – the younger generation embarks on a thrilling supernatural adventure to uncover the town’s secrets and save it from an escalating paranormal threat.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife not only pays homage to the beloved characters and events of the original films but also introduces a fresh new perspective through the eyes of Trevor and Phoebe. It combines elements of supernatural comedy, heartwarming family dynamics, and exciting ghost-busting action to create an experience that’s both nostalgic and refreshing.

The film boasts an impressive cast, including Carrie Coon as Callie, the mother trying to find her place in the world while protecting her children, and Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace as Trevor and Phoebe, the inquisitive and adventurous siblings who uncover their family’s rich ghostbusting heritage.

With its blend of humor, mystery, and supernatural elements, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is sure to captivate both die-hard fans of the original films as well as a new generation of viewers eager to experience the Ghostbusters universe for the first time.

Release Date

Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been eagerly anticipated by fans ever since it was announced, and the wait for its release is finally coming to an end. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on November 19, 2021, in the United States. After several delays due to the ongoing global pandemic, fans can now mark their calendars and prepare for the return of the proton pack-wielding heroes.

The November release date promises to add to the excitement and anticipation surrounding the film. As the holiday season approaches, Ghostbusters: Afterlife has the potential to become a family-favorite blockbuster, offering a perfect blend of thrills, nostalgia, and heartfelt moments that audiences of all ages can enjoy.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is not only a continuation of the Ghostbusters saga but also a significant milestone in the franchise’s history. With the original Ghostbusters movies gaining a cult following over the years, this new installment aims to channel the spirit of the beloved classics while introducing fresh and compelling stories.

While the release date of the film has been set for theaters, fans are eager to know if they will have the option to stream it at home through platforms like HBO Max. In the next section, we will explore whether Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be available for streaming and how you can watch it from the comfort of your own home.

Theatrical Release vs. HBO Max Release

With the ongoing shift in the entertainment industry towards streaming platforms, many moviegoers are curious about the simultaneous release of films in theaters and on streaming platforms. Ghostbusters: Afterlife initially had a traditional theatrical release plan, but fans are wondering if they will have the option to watch it on HBO Max as well. Let’s explore the details of the theatrical release and the prospects of an HBO Max release.

As of now, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is confirmed to have a theatrical release on November 19, 2021. This means that fans can experience the movie’s spectacle on the big screen, immersing themselves in the supernatural adventures, the stunning visual effects, and the booming sound design. Going to the theater to watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife offers the traditional cinematic experience and the opportunity to enjoy it with fellow fans in a communal setting.

However, the question remains: will Ghostbusters: Afterlife also be available to watch on HBO Max? As of now, no official announcement has been made regarding its streaming availability on HBO Max. It’s essential to note that streaming arrangements can change, so it’s always a good idea to stay updated on any news or announcements from Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio behind Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and HBO Max.

While the theatrical release provides an immersive experience, having the option to stream the movie on HBO Max would offer convenience and accessibility for those who prefer to watch from the comfort of their own homes. Streaming platforms have become increasingly popular, providing a wide range of movies and TV shows at the fingertips of subscribers.

It’s worth mentioning that some highly anticipated movies have been released simultaneously in theaters and on streaming platforms to cater to a wider audience and adapt to changing viewing habits. However, the final decision ultimately lies with the studio and the distribution team behind Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

As the release date approaches, fans should keep an eye out for any official updates regarding the possibility of a simultaneous release on HBO Max or subsequent availability on the streaming platform.

Will Ghostbusters: Afterlife be on HBO Max?

As fans eagerly anticipate the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, many are wondering if they will have the opportunity to watch the film on HBO Max. While no official announcement has been made regarding its streaming availability on HBO Max, it’s important to consider the possibilities and factors that could potentially influence the film’s availability on the popular streaming platform.

It’s worth noting that the decision to release a movie on a streaming platform like HBO Max is typically made by the studio and the distribution team. Factors such as distribution agreements, licensing deals, and the overall strategy for maximizing the reach and profitability of the film play a significant role in determining whether it will be available on streaming platforms or exclusively in theaters.

However, considering the industry trend and the growing significance of streaming services, there is a possibility that Ghostbusters: Afterlife may eventually become available on HBO Max, allowing subscribers to stream the film from the comfort of their own homes. Many studios have recognized the convenience and accessibility that streaming platforms offer, particularly in a time when the global pandemic has impacted movie theater attendance.

With the rise of hybrid release models, where films are simultaneously released in theaters and on streaming platforms, studios can cater to a broader audience and adapt to the evolving viewing habits of consumers. As we have seen with other highly anticipated movies, the availability of Ghostbusters: Afterlife on HBO Max could potentially be announced either prior to its theatrical release or shortly after.

It’s important for fans to stay updated on any official announcements from Sony Pictures Entertainment and HBO Max regarding the streaming availability of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Following official social media accounts and subscribing to newsletters or alerts can provide timely information and ensure that fans don’t miss out on any updates.

While we can’t guarantee whether Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be available on HBO Max, it’s important to remain optimistic and excited about the possibilities. Whether you choose to experience the movie in theaters or stream it from the comfort of your own home, the supernatural adventures and nostalgic moments of Ghostbusters: Afterlife are sure to bring joy to fans of all ages.

Streaming Availability

Considering the shifting landscape of the entertainment industry, where streaming platforms have gained significant prominence, it’s crucial to explore the potential streaming availability of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. While there has been no official confirmation regarding its availability on specific streaming platforms, let’s delve into the potential streaming options for fans to catch the supernatural adventures of this highly anticipated film.

One of the major streaming platforms that viewers often look to for new releases is HBO Max. Known for its vast library of movies and TV shows, HBO Max has become a go-to platform for streaming entertainment. However, as of now, there hasn’t been an official announcement regarding Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s availability on HBO Max.

It’s not uncommon for movies to have a window of exclusivity in theaters before they become available for streaming. This approach allows studios to maximize their box office revenues and maintain the traditional theatrical experience for moviegoers. However, as the industry continues to evolve and adapt to changing viewing habits, studios are increasingly embracing hybrid release models – where movies are simultaneously released in theaters and on streaming platforms.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife could potentially follow a similar release strategy. If that is the case, fans might eventually have the opportunity to stream the movie on various platforms, including HBO Max, after its initial theatrical run. Streaming availability could be announced closer to or shortly after the film’s release date, so fans should keep an eye out for updates from both Sony Pictures Entertainment and streaming platforms.

In addition to HBO Max, there are other streaming platforms that may secure the rights to stream Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Major platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ have been known to acquire streaming rights for highly anticipated movies. While there is no confirmation regarding these platforms at present, it’s always worth exploring different streaming platforms to discover if and when Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be available to watch from the comfort of your own home.

Ultimately, the streaming availability of Ghostbusters: Afterlife will depend on various factors and decisions made by the studio and distribution team. It’s essential for fans to remain patient and stay updated on any official announcements to ensure they don’t miss out on the opportunity to stream this thrilling adventure.

As the release date approaches, keep an eye on official sources and streaming platforms to find out when and where you can catch Ghostbusters: Afterlife for an enjoyable streaming experience that will have you busting ghosts right from your living room.

How to Watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife on HBO Max

As fans eagerly await the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, there is anticipation for the film’s availability on streaming platforms like HBO Max. While no official announcement has been made regarding its streaming release, here are some potential steps you can take to watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife on HBO Max, should it become available on the platform:

1. Stay Updated: Keep an eye out for any official announcements from Sony Pictures Entertainment and HBO Max regarding the streaming availability of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Following their social media accounts and signing up for newsletters or alerts will ensure you receive timely updates.

2. Check HBO Max: Visit the HBO Max website or app to see if Ghostbusters: Afterlife is listed as an available title. If it becomes available on the platform, you can stream the movie directly from there. HBO Max offers various subscription options, so ensure you have the appropriate subscription to access the film.

3. Consider Add-On Channels: HBO Max may offer add-on channels or partnerships with other streaming platforms. Explore these options to see if Ghostbusters: Afterlife is available as part of any specific add-on packages.

4. Rental or Purchase Options: If Ghostbusters: Afterlife is not available for streaming on HBO Max, you can opt for rental or purchase options through platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, or Vudu. These platforms often provide the option to rent or buy movies, allowing you to watch them digitally.

5. Physical Copies: In addition to streaming options, Ghostbusters: Afterlife may also be available on DVD, Blu-ray, or other physical formats. Check local retailers or online marketplaces to see if the movie can be purchased in physical form for your collection.

Remember, these steps are speculative and based on potential scenarios. The final decision regarding the availability of Ghostbusters: Afterlife on HBO Max rests with the studio and distribution team. It’s crucial to stay informed and keep an eye out for any official announcements or updates regarding the film’s streaming release.

Whether it’s the theatrical experience or the convenience of streaming, the supernatural adventures of Ghostbusters: Afterlife are worth the anticipation. Be sure to explore the various avenues available to watch the film and immerse yourself in the world of ghostbusting in whatever way suits you best.

The upcoming release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife has generated immense excitement among fans eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the beloved Ghostbusters franchise. While the official streaming availability on HBO Max has yet to be confirmed, fans remain hopeful for the opportunity to watch the film from the comfort of their own homes.

As we explored the details surrounding the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, we discovered that the film is scheduled for a theatrical release on November 19, 2021. This cinematic experience promises to deliver the supernatural adventures, humor, and nostalgia that fans have come to love from the Ghostbusters franchise.

Although there has been no official announcement about Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s streaming availability on HBO Max, the industry trend of hybrid releases and the growing demand for streaming options make it a possibility. It’s crucial for fans to stay updated on official announcements from Sony Pictures Entertainment and HBO Max to determine if Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be available for streaming on the platform.

Should Ghostbusters: Afterlife become available on HBO Max or other streaming platforms, fans can explore various options to watch the movie, including subscribing to HBO Max, checking for add-on packages, or opting for rental or purchase options on platforms like Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV.

Whether you choose to watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife in theaters or stream it from the convenience of your own home, the film promises to deliver a thrilling blend of supernatural adventures, heartfelt moments, and nostalgic references to the original Ghostbusters movies.

As the release date approaches, be sure to stay tuned for official updates to ensure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the new generation of ghostbusters and embark on a memorable journey filled with laughter, excitement, and a touch of the supernatural.

Get ready to answer the call and immerse yourself in the world of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, where seeing ghosts will never be the same again!

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‘Ghostbusters’ & ‘Ghostbusters II’ are coming to HBO Max next month

  • December 20, 2022

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For anyone who’s an avid visitor of Ghostbusters News, we know that you likely already own the first two Ghostbusters films countless times, from VHS to Blu-ray, heck, some of you even have them on Betamax or LaserDisc. Still, there’s something to be said for the convenience of streaming.

In today’s bit of news, HBO Max is set to ring in the new year in the best way possible, adding the Ivan Reitman classics, Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II, as part of a January 1st update.

The additions, in a similar fashion to busting, will make fans of the Bill Murray-led comedies feel good, as HBO has had a bit of a dry spell with regards to Ghostbusters films, as neither the 2016 female-led reboot nor last year’s sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife being available on the platform.

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Alongside the two Ghostbusters films, January will also see the series premieres of both The Last of Us and Velma . ’80s movie fanatics will also appreciate the inclusions of Teen Wolf & Teen Wolf Too . Grab the full list below.

Jan. 1 20 Feet From Stardom, 2013 (HBO) American Hustle, 2013 American Ultra, 2015 (HBO) At Middleton, 2013 (HBO) Back to School, 1986 (HBO) Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons, 2022 Black Butterfly, 2017 (HBO) Captain Phillips, 2013 (HBO) Catch a Fire, 2006 (HBO) Child’s Play, 2019 (HBO) Cold Pursuit, 2019 (HBO) Cops and Robbersons, 1994 (HBO) Coup de torchon, 1981 Crocodile Dundee, 1986 (HBO) Crocodile Dundee II, 1988 (HBO) Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles, 2001 (HBO) Cruising, 1980 (HBO) Death Warrant, 1990 (HBO) Dim Sum Funeral, 2008 (HBO) Dom Hemingway, 2013 (HBO) Every Secret Thing, 2014 (HBO) Extortion, 2017 (HBO) Fool’s Gold, 2008 (HBO) Flashpoint, 2007 (HBO) From Here to Eternity, 1953 Gemini, 2017 (HBO) Geronimo: An American Legend, 1993 Ghostbusters, 1984 Ghostbusters II, 1989 Hereditary, 2018 (HBO) Hoodlum, 1997 (HBO) Insidious: Chapter 2, 2013 Jennifer Eight, 1992 (HBO) John Wick, 2014 John Wick: Chapter 2, 2017 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, 2019 Jumping the Broom, 2011 Jury Duty, 1995 (HBO) Kill The Irishman, 2011 (HBO) Kusama: Infinity, 2018 (HBO) Law Abiding Citizen, 2009 (HBO) Lawrence of Arabia, 1962 Line of Duty, 2019 (HBO) Marley & Me, 2008 (HBO) Matilda, 1996 Nine, 2009 (HBO) Oasis: Supersonic, 2016 (HBO) Our Idiot Brother, 2011 Piranha 3D, 2010 (HBO) Piranha 3DD, 2012 (HBO) Planet 51, 2009 Precious Cargo, 2016 (HBO) Quartet, 2012 (HBO) Regression, 2015 (HBO) Rememory, 2017 (HBO) Sarah’s Key, 2010 (HBO) Skate Kitchen, 2018 (HBO) Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift, 1990 (HBO) Stephen King’s Silver Bullet, 1985 (HBO) Support the Girls, 2018 (HBO) Teen Wolf, 1985 (HBO) Teen Wolf Too, 1987 (HBO) The Artist, 2011 (HBO) The Book of Life, 2014 (HBO) The Brink, 2019 (HBO) The Cabin in the Woods, 2012 (HBO) The Company Men, 2010 (HBO) The Cookout, 2004 The Crying Game, 1992 (HBO) The Guilty, 2021 (HBO) The Haunting, 1999 (HBO) The Homesman, 2014 (HBO) The Hunter, 2011 (HBO) The Iron Lady, 2011 (HBO) The Last Face, 2016 (HBO) The Lobster, 2015 (HBO) The Master, 2012 (HBO) The Perfect Score, 2004 (HBO) The Promise, 2016 (HBO) The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, 1974 (HBO) The Unborn, 2009 (HBO) The Whole Ten Yards, 2004 (HBO) This Boy’s Life, 1993 (HBO) This One’s For The Ladies, 2018 (HBO) Urge, 2016 (HBO) USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, 2016 (HBO) Vendetta, 2022 (HBO) When We Were Kings, 1996 White Chicks, 2004 (HBO) Wild Rose, 2018 (HBO) Woman at War, 2018 (HBO) Zero Dark Thirty, 2012 Jan. 3 The Menu, 2022 (HBO) Jan. 6 DC’s Stargirl Season 3 The Nun, 2018 (HBO) Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? Season 2

Jan. 8 We Baby Bears, Season 1F Jan. 10 Horrible Bosses 2, 2014 (HBO) Jan. 11 In with the Old, Season 3 Jan. 12 Blended, 2014 (HBO) The Climb, Max Original Series Premiere Velma, Max Original Series Premiere Jan. 13 The Big Soirée (El Gran Sarao), Max Original Premiere I Don’t Like Driving w/t (No Me Gusta Conducir), Max Original Premiere

Jan. 15 The Last of Us Series Premiere (HBO) Jan. 17 Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons Sesame Street Mecha Builders Season 1E USWNT @ New Zealand #1, Live Sports Jan. 20 Game Theory with Bomani Jones Season 2 Premiere (HBO) Real Time with Bill Maher Season 21 Premiere (HBO) The Cabin Chronicles Season 3 USWNT @ New Zealand #2, Live Sports Jan. 23 YOLO: Silver Destiny Season 2 Jan. 25 USMNT vs Serbia, Live Sports

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How & Where to Watch Ghostbusters in 2024: Plus Watch Order 

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Where to Watch Ghostbusters Movies

‘Ghostbusters’ is a movie multitudes know and love, but you might not be able to find it in your location because of geoblocking. If this is the predicament you’re in, read on for how and where to watch ‘Ghostbusters’ with a VPN.

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Key Takeaways: Where to Watch Ghostbusters

  • In the U.S., ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) is on fuboTV (which has a free trial) and Peacock Premium, but you can stream it for free with ads on CTV (Canada). 
  • If you’re outside Canada, you can access CTV by connecting to a Canadian server on a VPN. 
  • We recommend all-rounder ExpressVPN for streaming ‘Ghostbusters.’ Otherwise, NordVPN and Proton VPN are secure and reputable services. 

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If you want to watch Ghostbusters on a streaming service library outside your country location, you can use a VPN to access it and bypass geoblocks.

How to get instant access to Ghostbusters:

  • Sign up for ExpressVPN and download the app.
  • Connect to a server from the respective country.
  • Start Netflix and watch Ghostbusters.

During the spooky season, you simply can’t beat ’80s nostalgia. ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) is one of the most legendary modern classics in its genre, and it didn’t stop there. Two sequels and one reboot have been released and another movie is on the horizon for 2024. Get ready to bust some geoblocks in this guide on how and where to watch ‘Ghostbusters’ and its sequels. 

The ‘Ghostbusters’ collection can’t be found all in one place — it’s distributed across a number of streaming services in the United States and abroad. Before you sigh and think, “Ugh, geoblocks,” know that these regional restrictions don’t have to be an issue. 

With a subscription to a reputable VPN service like ExpressVPN or one of our other recommendations, you can unblock streaming services from around the world. We’ll tutor you on how that works further down after we’ve revealed where ‘Ghostbusters’ is available to watch in different countries. 

Where Can I Watch Ghostbusters Online?

In the United States, ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) is on Peacock Premium and fuboTV, or you can buy or rent it on platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Apple TV, YouTube, the Microsoft Store and Vudu. 

However, there is a way to watch it for free with a VPN, and we’ll look into how you can do that further down. Meanwhile, let’s explore where all the movies can be found online. 

Which Streaming Services Have Ghostbusters?

The ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise is available on various platforms in different countries, so here’s a roundup for your convenience. If you need to access one of these services, but they’re geoblocked in your location, scroll down to our VPN tutorial. 

Ghostbusters: Streaming Services and Watch Order

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You can stream ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016) and ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ (2021) on Netflix U.K. You can also watch the 2016 reboot on Netflix Australia. If you’re outside one of these two countries, connect to a British or Australian server on a VPN to get into these Netflix libraries. ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Ghostbusters II’ are not available on the platform, though. 

How to Access Other Netflix Libraries

Netflix is different in every country , so the content you see in one region might not be available in another. As explained above, the last two ‘Ghostbusters’ films are on Netflix U.K., but not Netflix U.S. If you look for these movies on Netflix U.S. , you won’t find them. 

Streaming services know which country you’re in by your IP address, so changing your IP address means the service will think you’re in a different country. 

When you connect to a VPN , you are assigned a new IP address. This new IP address correlates with the country you connected to. For example, if you connect to a server in the U.K., you’ll get a U.K. IP address. In this case, you could open Netflix and see the content in the British Netflix library. 

To do this, subscribe to and download a VPN, connect to a U.K. server (or wherever your desired streaming service is available) and launch Netflix as normal. You’ll be in the U.K. Netflix library and able to watch the last two ‘Ghostbusters’ films. 

How to Watch Ghostbusters for Free

You have a number of options for watching ‘Ghostbusters’ for free. The first and third films are on CTV in Canada, and you can watch them there for free with ads. If you’re outside Canada, connect to a Canadian server on a VPN . 

As for the second and fourth films, you can get a free trial with one of the services that host them, but this will depend on your location and the individual service. Some services, like Amazon Prime Video (this includes with add-ons like STARZ, Hollywood Suite, etc.), fuboTV, Crave, Binge and Now TV offer free trials, whereas others don’t.

Bear in mind that if you go the free trial route, you may need a payment method linked to a country the streaming service is available in (for example, a U.S. service may require a U.S. credit card or another payment method linked to a U.S. address). You can also get a 30-day money-back guarantee with a VPN if you’re a new subscriber. 

How to Watch Ghostbusters With a VPN

Here, we’ll walk you through how to watch the first ‘Ghostbusters’ movie on free (with ads) Canadian service CTV with a VPN. You do not need to register with CTV. Our recommended provider, ExpressVPN, offers a 30-day money-back guarantee . 

Connect to a server in a country other than Canada if your desired streaming service is elsewhere, but remember that, unless it’s a free streaming service, you’ll need a paid account with that service. VPNs don’t make paid streaming services free, they simply let you gain access to your account from overseas.

Subscribe to a VPN plan on the provider’s website. Plan types vary, but they typically range from one month to two years in length. Useful hint: The longer the plan, the cheaper it will be. Most VPNs also offer a money-back guarantee, including ExpressVPN .

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Check the provider’s website for the “download” prompt . Install the VPN on your device. You can download it on a mobile device via the Apple app store or Google Play store.

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Open the newly installed VPN app on your device and connect to a server in Canada .

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Go to CTV, search for ‘Ghostbusters’ and click “play” to start streaming.

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The Best VPNs for Watching Ghostbusters

If you plan to get a VPN to unlock streaming services around the world, be sure to treat yourself to one of the very best — it’ll be worth it. Slow VPNs with security and privacy issues are about as useful as a chocolate teapot, so save yourself the hassle. 

1. ExpressVPN

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  • Tight security
  • Very user-friendly
  • Diverse server selection 

In addition to expanding the selection of content you can stream, a VPN’s job is to keep your online data secure and private from prying eyes (hackers, ISPs, etc). Because it performs so strongly in both streaming and security, as well as in other areas like server selection and speed, we consider ExpressVPN to be an all-rounder. Read more in our ExpressVPN review . 

It’s also a great choice for those who are traveling and need to use public WiFi networks (snooper hotspots) and is ideal for beginners because it’s a breeze to use. 

There’s only one con we can think of: the price. If you’re on a budget, you might want to see our other recommendations, but bear in mind that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’d like to try it without the commitment.

  • Unlimited GB

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  • Robust security
  • Cheap plan options
  • Fantastic speeds
  • Finicky mobile interface 

If ExpressVPN isn’t your cup of tea, we’d say give NordVPN a go. Though we consider ExpressVPN to be the overall best VPN, NordVPN gives it a run for its money , especially in areas like speed, pricing and plan selection. Not only is NordVPN the frontrunner for speed , but it’s also very secure and its long-term plans come at a fair price. 

One area in which ExpressVPN streaks ahead is user-friendliness. NordVPN’s user interfaces are well-designed and easy to use, but on mobile, things have a clunkier feel. Additionally, if you want to set up advanced and extra features with NordVPN, they can take a bit more digging out than with ExpressVPN. 

Minor issues aside, we’ve always had an overall positive experience with NordVPN, and it also offers a money-back guarantee . Head to our NordVPN review for more. 

3. Proton VPN

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  • Unlimited free data
  • Decent speeds
  • Easy to use
  • Only 3 free locations

Though Proton VPN’s free plan won’t get you into CTV (Canada), you can access U.S. streaming services like Peacock and fuboTV with its free U.S. servers if you’re traveling. Unlike many other free VPNs, Proton VPN doesn’t impose any data caps, so you have complete freedom to stream as much and as often as you want on the free servers.

However, if you’d like to unblock streaming services in countries outside the U.S., the Netherlands and Japan, you’ll need to get signed up with a paid plan as these are the only free locations. Learn more about what we like and what we think could be improved in our Proton VPN review . 

Cast, Characters & Plot: Ghostbusters

The comedy-supernatural-sci-fi series hit theaters in 1984 with its first installment, ‘Ghostbusters,’ directed by Ivan Reitman. The movie tells the story of three paranormal researchers given the boot from their jobs at the prestigious Columbia University. Out of work, the three scientists join forces and go into business catching ghosts. Here are the main cast.

The 2016 reboot welcomes new cast members, including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. 

Final Thoughts

With a worthy VPN, you can break through geoblocks and enjoy ‘Ghostbusters’ and other Halloween classics that aren’t available in your location. Our final piece of advice: Be careful when it comes to choosing VPNs. Some claim to be secure and private but really aren’t, so stick to one of our recommendations, like ExpressVPN , to make sure your data remains uncompromised. 

What’s your favorite ‘Ghostbusters’ movie? Will you use a VPN to watch it this Halloween? Share in the comments below, and thanks for reading. 

FAQ: Watch Ghostbusters Online

You can watch ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) for free on CTV by connecting to a Canadian VPN server if you’re outside Canada. Alternatively, you can get a free trial with a streaming service like fuboTV or another, depending on your location.

No, ‘Ghostbusters’ isn’t on Max or HBO Max.

Yes, the first two movies are on Peacock Premium.

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A Guide to the ENTIRE ‘Ghostbusters’ Franchise

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When it comes to major movie franchises like Jurassic Park , Star War s , and Harry Potter , it’s easy to forget that the worlds they’ve created also exist beyond the silver screen, in many other forms of media. It could be a novel, video game, comic book, TV show, or all of the above.

This is also true in the case of the Ghostbusters franchise . Fans are currently in their element that four Ghostbusters movies now exist (even if the reboot leaves a lot to be desired), but sometimes, other material set in the Ghostbusters universe can get overlooked.

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It would take forever to list all the Ghostbusters video games , tie-in novels, and comic books, but we’ve compiled the most relevant stories — the four movies, the two animated shows, IDW Publishing’s long-running comic book series, and even the canonical video game!

Here’s your guide to the entire Ghostbusters franchise…

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Ghostbusters (1984)

The 1984 film follows parapsychologists Peter Venkman ( Bill Murray ), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz), who discover a surge in paranormal activity in Manhattan. Recognizing a gap in the market, they decide to go into business as the Ghostbusters.

They buy an unused fire station as their headquarters, convert an old Cadillac into their emergency response vehicle known as the Ecto-1, and hire Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) as their fourth member. Almost overnight, the Ghostbusters become a citywide sensation.

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The team winds up helping Dana Barrett ( Sigourney Weaver ) and Louis Tully ( Rick Moranis ), who have been chosen by minions Zuul (AKA “The Gatekeeper”) and Vinz Clortho (AKA “The Keymaster”) as vessels to allow a god known as Gozer entry into the human world.

Using their proton packs (unlicensed nuclear accelerators) to “cross the streams”, the Ghostbusters send Gozer — and the 112ft manifestation, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man — back to their dimension, saving the day and covering everyone in melted marshmallow in the process!

Stay Puft Ghostbusters

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The Real Ghostbusters (1986 — 1991)

The Real Ghostbusters is an animated series inspired by the 1984 film, and ran for seven seasons before departing our TV sets. The premise is the same, however, instead of beige flight suits, the Ghostbuster sport retro colors (which is actually explained in the episode “Citizen Ghost”).

And the gang’s all here — Peter (Lorenzo Music), Egon (Maurice LaMarche), Ray (Frank Welker), Winston (Arsenio Hall), Janine (Laura Summer/Kath Soucie), and Slimer (Frank Welker)! Sadly, Dana Barrett isn’t, but Louis Tully (Rodger Bumpass) does appear on occasion.

The Real Ghostbusters

The show depicts the Ghostbusters battling a huge number of supernatural threats across New York City. And if you’re wondering whether it’s canon with the movies, then wonder no more, because it definitely is (although this obviously isn’t the case the other way around)!

The episodes “Citizen Ghost” and “Take Two”, along with a few others, directly tie in to the 1984 film , while “Partners in Slime” references Ghostbusters II . In fact, the show influenced the 1989 sequel, in which Slimer is portrayed as a friendly ghost during his encounter with Louis Tully.

The Real Ghostbusters

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Ghostbusters II (1989)

Set five years after the original film, Ghostbusters II finds the team almost divided and disenfranchised. Despite saving the world, it seems New Yorkers have been quick to forget the supernatural events that plagued their city, which has put the team out of business.

Ray now runs a bookstore known as Ray’s Occult and does the odd side-gig with Winston (they dress up in their Ghostbusters outfits for kids’ birthday parties). Meanwhile, Peter is a talk show host, and Egon is studying the effects of negative energy on human beings.

Ghostbusters II

But when paranormal activity across the city begins to rise again, the Ghostbusters reunite and discover a river of highly-energized “Mood Slime” running beneath the streets. They also learn that the supernatural substance is feeding off all the millions of miserable inhabitants above.

Eventually, the river causes the portrait of Vigo the Carpathian (Wilhelm von Homburg/voiced by Max Von Sydow) to come to life! But when the ancient sorcerer tries to possess the body of Dana Barrett’s baby, Oscar, the Ghostbusters use a positively-charged Statue of Liberty to save the day!

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Extreme Ghostbusters (1997)

Animated show Extreme Ghostbusters (1997) follows on from The Real Ghostbusters , serving as an almost direct sequel, though with a noticeable difference in the style of animation. But there’s also a huge shift in tone, as the show really flirts with the boundaries of family-friendly horror.

Extreme Ghostbusters is set years after The Real Ghostbusters and follows four college students, Kylie Griffin (Tara Strong), Eduardo Rivera (Rino Romano), Roland Jackson (Alfonso Ribeiro), and Garrett Miller (Jason Marsden). Together, they form the next generation of Ghostbusters.

Extreme Ghostbusters

To say that Extreme Ghostbusters  is a completely different animal to its ’80s-born predecessor, though, wouldn’t be entirely true. After all, the ingredients are all there: a team of Ghostbusters, New York City, Slimer, the Ecto-1, and so on. But make no mistake — this is pretty edgy stuff!

Original characters also make an appearance in the show, while Egon (Maurice LaMarche), Slimer (Billy West), and Janine Melnitz (Pat Musick) are part of the main line-up. Kylie Griffin also went on to become a frequently recurring character in IDW’s comic book series.

Extreme Ghostbusters

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009)

Before Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) entered our lives, Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009) was considered the unofficial and canonical sequel to the original two movies. Even Dan Aykroyd himself, who co-wrote the game with Harold Ramis, confirmed this a few years ago.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game takes place in New York in 1991, two years after the events of Ghostbusters II , when a supernatural energy wave causes a surge in ghostly activity throughout the city. Returning spooks include Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and even Vigo!

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The game is a near-perfect celebration of all things Ghostbusters , and Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Aykroyd even reprise their roles! However, you play a new Ghostbusters cadet known simply as “Rookie”(like Kylie Griffin, he also appears in the comic book series).

However, the existence of Ghostbusters: Afterlife does throw the game’s canonicity into question. While the 2021 sequel doesn’t go out of its way to retcon the game, it doesn’t seem to acknowledge it, either. But then it probably isn’t personal, as it doesn’t even mention the 1989 sequel.

Ghostbusters The Video Game

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Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016)

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016) was met with a whirlwind of controversy even before it hit theaters. The trailer for Paul Feig’s female-led film quickly became one of the most disliked videos on the Internet, and the film itself remains one of the most hated reboots of all time.

The reboot follows paranormal scientists Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates ( Melissa McCarthy ), and Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and MTA worker, Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), as they team up to fight a wave of supernatural entities in Manhattan.

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Is it all that bad, though? Well, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call gets a few things right , but ultimately, it just isn’t funny, substituting the well-written jokes and believable protagonists of the original for cringe-worthy ad-libbing and one-dimensional caricatures.

Despite the fact that many fans wish this film didn’t exist, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call still forms part of the Ghostbusters franchise. However, while it is in no way canon with anything in the series, Anny, Patty, Erin, and Jillian do appear in the more recent IDW comic books.

Erin Gilbert Ghostbusters Reboot

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IDW Ghostbusters Comic Book Series (2011)

Ghostbusters comic books date as far back as the 1980s, when The Real Ghostbusters was in its heyday, but the most commonly known series is the long-running IDW Publishing version, which started in 2011, and is still in publication . As such, there are a huge number of issues to collect.

Just like the original two movies and The Real Ghostbusters , the Ghostbusters comic book series focuses on Peter, Egon, Ray, and Winston, and includes other iconic characters such as Janine, Louis, Dana, and Walter Peck (played by William Atherton in the films).

IDW Ghostbusters Comics

However, as it’s a comic book universe, naturally, Ghostbusters (2011) takes many liberties, often “crossing the streams” with over franchises in special one-off story arcs, such as Men in Black , The X-Files , Trans-Formers , and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles .

The series has also brought in The Real Ghostbusters versions of the characters, and even Abby, Jillian, Erin, and Patty from Ghostbusters: Answer the Call , using the concept of the “ multiverse ” to do so. The comic books also feature several other Ghostbusters exclusive to this particular continuity, which means that there are more than just 12 Ghostbusters !

IDW Ghostbusters Comics

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is one of the most long-awaited sequels of all time. For the best part of the last three decades, fans have waited for a third movie in the original Ghostbusters series , but it seemed like it just wasn’t mean to be. At least not until the 2016 reboot had been and gone.

That film’s underwhelming box office success led Sony Pictures to rethink their Ghostbusters strategy , and consequently, an actual sequel was greenlit and handed to Jason Reitman , the son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the original two Ghostbusters movies. Like father, like son!

Ghostbusters Afterlife

Set in the backwater town of Summerville in Oklahoma, Ghostbusters: Afterlife  introduces us to new characters. After moving to an old farmhouse left behind by their late grandfather, Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and brother Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) discover the legacy of the Ghostbusters.

Along with their mother, Callie (Carrie Coon), summer school teacher, Gary Grooberson ( Paul Rudd ), and fellow teens, Podcast (Logan Kim) and Lucky (Celeste O’Connor), Phoebe and Trevor attempt to thwart a supernatural threat that the original Ghostbusters defeated in 1984.

Phoebe Ghostbusters Afterlife

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Ghostbusters Movies in Ord er: Get ready for some serious slime-time and redo one of those old ghost comedies, with the ultimate Ghostbusters film series, containing the original classic Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 along with Paul Feig’s brand-new hilarious take on the classic, supernatural comedy! 

Based on the same storyline, the franchise ostensibly centers on a group of eccentric New York City scientists who investigate and capture ghosts for a living, they also encounter other paranormal manifestations such as demigods and demons that threaten the world. The franchise was created in 1984, with its first release “Ghostbusters” which is followed by two more sequels that continues the original film canon with Ghostbusters II and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021).

The Ghostbusters use a specialized set of equipment in the 1984 film, and all subsequent Ghostbusters fiction includes similar equipment to aid in the capture and containment of ghosts. Even at that time, there was plausible research that could point to a device that could capture ectoplasm or materialization; at least visually. 

So if you want to experience a freewheeling, marvelously cast supernatural comedy— Watch Ghostbusters Movies in Order guide’s here. But you can also enjoy Ghostbuster films as standalone.

In what order should I watch Ghostbusters movies?

There are four different way to enjoy Ghostbusters story chronology:

1. Original continuity Ghostbusters

2. Ghostbusters film/animated continuity

3. Ghostbusters The Video Game continuity

4. Ghostbusters Reboot continuity

How to Watch Ghostbusters Movies in Chronological Order

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Original Ghostbusters Continuity

1. Ghostbusters (1984)

2. Ghostbusters II (1989)

3. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

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Suit up for classic comedy! With the most successful comedy films of the 1980s film “ Ghostbusters (1984) “. In the film, When kooky, spooky college profs Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) lose their university jobs, they decide to go freelance, de-haunting houses in a new ghost removal service. As soon as they open their doors, their first order of business becomes saving beautiful cellist Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and nerdy Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), who’ve inadvertently opened the gates of hell…right in their own apartment building! UHD Synopsis: When kooky, spooky college profs Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) lose their university jobs, they decide to go freelance, de-haunting New York City with a new ghost removal service. As soon as they open their doors, their first order of business becomes saving beautiful cellist Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and nerdy Louis Tuilly (Rick Moranis), who’ve inadvertently opened the gates of hell…right in their own apar.

On a US$30 million budget, but it grossed approximately US$240 million in the United States and over US$50 million abroad during its theatrical run, more than the domestic gross of the second Indiana Jones installment, making it the most successful film in America that year.

In Ghostbusters2, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson take up their proton packs once more to battle the forces of evil in Manhattan! Five years a fter waging a war on slime that cost New York City millions, the they find themselves out of business until an ancient tyrant, preparing a return to the Earthly domain through his portrait at the Manhattan Museum of Modern Art, sets his sights on Dana Barrett’s baby as the new home for his wicked soul! With the help of the Museum’s possessed curator, he plans to turn New York into a really scary place to live! Now only the Ghostbusters can save New York City, by turning paranormal pest control into an art form!

As the sequel to the then-highest-grossing comedy film of all time, Ghostbusters II was expected to dominate the box office. Instead, the film earned $215.4 million during its theatrical run compared with the original’s $282.2 million, making it the eighth-highest-grossing film of the year.

The next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe, Ghostbusters: Afterlife take place thirty-two years after the second, the Ghostbusters have disbanded and their legacy is mostly forgotten. The late Egon Spengler’s teenage grandchildren (Finn Wolfhard and Mackenna Grace) find themselves following in their grandfather’s ghost-battling footsteps in this long-awaited direct sequel to the ’80s flicks. Armed with vintage proton packs, can the kids-with a little help from some of Egon’s old friends-defeat the Ghostbusters’ otherworldly foe, Gozer, who’s returned to wreak more havoc on Earth?

Ghostbusters: Afterlife has grossed $204 million worldwide against a production budget of $75 million. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife crosses the streams between franchise revival and exercise in nostalgia — and this time around, the bustin’ mostly feels good”. A sequel is set to be released on December 20, 2023.

Ghostbusters Film/Animated Continuity

2. The Real Ghostbusters (Season 1-4)

3. Ghostbusters II (1989)

4. The Real Ghostbusters (Season 5-7)

5. Extreme Ghostbusters (Season 1)

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Characters from the 1984 blockbuster continued to answer calls for help against all manner of paranormal nuisances.  The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spinoff of the 1984 comedy movie Ghostbusters, continues the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, their secretary Janine Melnitz and their mascot ghost Slimer.  The show expanded to an hour in September 1988 and was retitled ‘Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters.’

The Common Sense Media gave the series a three out of five stars: “Parents need to know that The Real Ghostbusters is an animated series spun off the mega-popular 1984 movie Ghostbusters (the “Real” was added to avoid confusion with an unrelated cartoon of the same name). The core characters remain the same, though the cartoon is skewed toward younger kids and as such, drops the swearing, the smoking, and the sexual innuendo. While the Ghostbusters do spend their days vanquishing evil, the monsters and phantoms they encounter are often quite silly (some of them even make wisecracks) and not too scary”.

Set years after the end of The Real Ghostbusters, The Extreme Ghostbusters features a team of college-aged Ghostbusters led by veteran Ghostbuster Egon Spengler. Proving that there’s still life in the old story, Ghostbusters gets another reincarnation, with state-of-the-art animation that’s both riotous and genuinely spooky.

The series follows the adventures of this “Next Generation” of Ghostbusters tracking down and capturing ghosts all over New York and occasionally beyond the city. The series is styled as a supernatural comedy, following the trend set by its predecessor but with an updated and darker feel. This is reflected by the use of a gritty, rock/punk-inspired variation of Ray Parker Jr.’s song “Ghostbusters” as the opening theme, written by Jim Latham and performed by voice actor Jim Cummings. Recurring themes throughout the series are the new team learning to work together despite their differences, Janine’s largely unrequited affection for Egon, the unresolved love-hate relationship between Kylie and Eduardo, and the Ghostbusters’ frequent clashes with authority figures who disbelieve their work.

Ghostbusters The Video Game Continuity

3. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009)

Continuing the story of original films, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is set two years after Ghostbusters II, in 1991, with the Ghostbusters team training the player’s character while investigating paranormal activities in New York City.

The single player campaign will put you through a story full of mystery and adventure. Based on the Ghostbusters media franchise, many of the principal cast members from the films were involved in the game’s production. Each of the actors who portrayed the Ghostbusters in the films (Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson) lent their voices and likenesses to the in-game characters.

The game follows the player’s character as a recruit in the Ghostbusters, a team of parapsychologists who pursue and capture ghosts. The game features elements of typical third-person shooters, but instead of a traditional gun, each player is equipped with a Proton Pack, and other technological means of fighting and capturing ghosts.

Ghostbusters Reboot Continuity

1. Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today, but follows a similar narrative as the original film.

This time Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth team up to save Manhattan from a sudden invasion of spirits, spooks and slime that threaten to engulf the entire city.

 In the film, Paranormal researcher Abby Yates and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.

The film received mixed reviews, and grossed $229 million worldwide against its $144 million budget, making it a box office bomb with losses of over $70 million following theaters taking their revenue cut.

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How many Ghostbusters Movies are there?

The Ghostbusters film series consists of a total of FOUR (4) movies which takes place in 1984’s Ghostbusters and is followed by Two sequels Ghostbusters II (1989) and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021). The 2016 film, Ghostbusters, is a remake of the 1984 film franchise which takes place in an alternate universe, featuring a new cast of characters.

The franchise expanded with licensed action figures, books, comic books, video games, television series, theme park attractions, and other original Ghostbusters-themed products.

All Ghostbusters Movies in Order of Release Date

Here is the Ghostbusters movie franchise, in the order, they were released.

1. Ghostbusters — June 8, 1984

2. Ghostbusters II — June 16, 1989

3. Ghostbusters — July 15, 2016 (1984’s Reboot)

4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — November 19, 2021

5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel — December 20, 2023

Is Ghostbusters a horror movies?

When it comes to Ghostbusters, the line between funny and scary is razor thin. The original 1984 film was a little scarier, but there was enough comedy woven throughout to keep things from going full horror.

Where to watch Ghostbusters Movies?

You are able to stream the Ghostbusters films in order by renting or purchasing on Amazon Prime because it is pretty much solely available to watch on Amazon Prime, you may be able to Rent and buy on Vudu and iTunes Apple.

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The Proton Pack/Realistic Version is an experimental and untested prototype upgrade of the standard Proton Pack , an unlicensed nuclear accelerator that functions by concentrating protons through the Neutrona Wand ; its the Ghostbusters' main tool against negatively charged ectoplasmic entities.

  • 1.1 Primary Canon
  • 1.2 Secondary Canon
  • 2 Settings/Uses
  • 3.1 Upgrades
  • 4.1 Upgrades
  • 5 Capture Stream
  • 6 Development
  • 8.1 Primary Canon
  • 8.2 Secondary Canon
  • 9 Secondary Systems
  • 10 References
  • 11.1 Primary Canon
  • 11.2 Secondary Canon
  • 11.3 Behind the Scenes

History [ ]

Primary canon [ ].

The Proton Pack was a quantum leap in technology. It was the world's first energy-based weapon and the first and primary Ghostbuster tool against the supernatural, made by Dr. Egon Spengler and Dr. Ray Stantz in 1984.

For more information in the standard version, see Proton Pack

By Thanksgiving weekend in 1991, Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz completed the experimental Proton Pack with upgrades and secondary systems designed to enable them to be more flexible in the field and more effective against ghosts and other types of paranormal entities. These add-ons and upgrades include the redesigned Slime Blower , the powerful Composite Particle System and the experimental Dark Matter Generator . The upper right section of the pack was modified with several displays. One monitored the wearer's physical condition. The more green on the bar, the more damage the wearer could sustain and not get knocked down. The red bars monitored the pack's heat level. Before the bars rise to the top, the wearer should vent the pack. If the wearer does not, the pack temporarily shorts out and resets. [1] The Plasm Distribution System's plasm banks were integrated into the pack. [2] In addition, a new safety feature was integrated to the Proton Packs. When in use, the feature kept the Ghostbusters from accidentally crossing the streams. Protonic Feedback occurs and only causes the Ghostbusters involved to be knocked down by the backlash and suffer a bit of bodily harm. The safety can be turned off, allowing the packs to cross the streams in case of an emergency.

Just as Egon outfitted Ray with the pack, the Experimental Equipment Technician, Rookie , showed up for his first night of work. Egon wanted to start at 50% capacity to keep any burning or tissue damage to a minimum but Peter Venkman reminded him that the mortgage was in Ray's name. Peter suggested the Rookie. Egon revealed they perfected an extensive and rigorous training regimen to teach Rookie all of the pack's basic functions but they were interrupted when a Psi Energy Pulse moved through the Firehouse . Egon, Ray, and Rookie followed the newly escaped Slimer to the basement. Ray tried to talk Rookie through shooting Slimer but he accidentally blasted the Containment Unit and the Sloth Ghost was released. Ray and Rookie continued to pursue Slimer to the sub-basement but only recaptured the Sloth Ghost. When Peter questioned why the Rookie had the new pack, Ray reminded him it was packed with untested and extremely dangerous hardware with the capacity to blow him somewhere into New Jersey. As the night went on, Rookie got training on the fly as the Ghostbusters cleared up the Sedgewick Hotel then followed the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man through Times Square . In order to secure an alternate route through an alley, Egon waived precaution and activated the Boson Dart function on the experimental pack's Neutrona Wand.

The next day, the Ghostbusters were directed to the New York City Public Library . In the lobby, Egon and Ray activated the pack's Shock Blast and Stasis Stream functions of the Dark Matter Generator. As the trio moved further down the library in pursuit of the Library ghost , their path was blocked by a flow of Black Slime . Egon and Ray instructed Rookie on using the pack's Plasm Distribution System (PDS) to neutralize the slime. Forced to enter a cross-dimensional portal, they found themselves in a Gozerian dimension. Luckily, the packs were still functional. Ray quickly taught Rookie how to use the Slime Tether function from the PDS. That night, the World of Gozer gala was interrupted by The Chairman . As the Ghostbusters followed it down a secret passage, Ray decided to install a new Composite Particle System (CPS) into the pack. Ray taught him how to use the system's Meson Collider and Overload Pulse. In the final battle, in Central Park , the Rookie weakened Ivo Shandor 's force field. Ray instructed everyone to get a capture stream on him, de-activate their pulse, then cross the streams with the blast function. They soon realized they were unable to shut down and were pulled through a portal where they battled Shandor again. As the Ghostbusters weakened Shandor's Supreme Destructor Form, Egon announced it was time to cross the streams again and deactivated the cross-stream governor. [3] Shandor was destroyed and the Ghostbusters were safely blown back into the physical plane.

Secondary Canon [ ]

Some time after the Shandor incident, the Rookie's experimental pack shorted out in Las Vegas , Nevada. [4] The experimental packs were deemed too dangerous to use anymore. [5] Egon eventually built a successor, the Boson Pack which could only generate Boson Darts. Rookie still used the experimental pack after he relocated to Chicago but only the Proton Stream function was still operational and a standard thrower was attached. [6] At some point, the Boson Dart function was restored. Rookie fired one off at the Doom Ghost during the Fort Washington Park case.

Settings/Uses [ ]

The settings below are for the Proton Pack. As cases unfolded, Egon and Ray added and/or activated secondary systems to the Proton Pack, further increasing its effectiveness against more persistent and varied supernatural entities.

Blast Stream [ ]

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Using the Proton Pack's particle accelerator, the Neutrona Wand releases a concentrated stream of protons that fluctuates as it reaches a paranormal entity. The fluctuations of the Blast Stream tend to cause extensive property damage.

Upgrades [ ]

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Name: Blast Stream Focusing Category: Proton Upgrade: Reduces Beam Wandering Desc: Utilizing a series of charged nucleon jackets, the Blast Stream Focuser increases the proton stream's stability, greatly reducing the amount of beam perturbation or 'wander'.

This increases your Proton Pack's accuracy.

BlastStreamRecoilDecreaseinGBTVGRVIcon

Name: Blast Stream Recoil Decrease Category: Proton Upgrade: Removes Movement Restrictions Desc: Increasing the pack's number of nucleon jackets as well as adding a second proton buffer reduces the Proton Stream's negative energy kick back allowing the user to move more quickly while firing his weapons. Note: Smoking emitter coils are considered normal and should not cause concern.

This upgrade increases your mobility while firing the Proton Stream, allowing you to chase creatures on the move while maintaining maximum accuracy.

Boson Darts [ ]

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Boson Darts are super de-polarized bursts of extremely volatile, but very effective, boson particles. Boson particles quickly overheat the Proton pack so sparse usage is recommended. Accidental Neutrona Wand blockage could vaporize the surrounding 3 square miles.

Boson Darts are extremely effective bursts of protons that can quickly disperse big chunks of a target's PK energy. While this tool can be used in conjunction with the Proton Stream for a powerful one-two punch, the Boson Dart can also be used by itself to knock large enemies back or to disperse groups of smaller enemies. Use Boson Darts against small packs of creatures to inflict damage over a wider range or to blow off chunks of PK energy from moderately sized targets.

Effectively, Boson Darts behave like a grenade or rocket launcher: a slow-moving projectile which detonates on impact, dealing intense damage to anything in its immediate proximity. This applies to the corporeal and incorporeal alike. Boson Darts are effective for taking out groups of low-level manifestations with minimal effort, and can deal severe damage to more violent P.K.E. phenomena.

The Boson Dart was activated for the Rookie during the chase through Times Square, partly because of Egon's on-going field testing, but mostly in response to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and his lesser manifestations, the Marshmallow Minis . The Boson Dart was integral to the eventual defeat of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Afterwards, the Boson Darts were added to the remaining Proton Packs, and the other Ghostbusters used them whenever they deem it necessary.

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Name: Boson Dart Supercharge Category: Proton Upgrade: Heat Cost Reduction and Damage Increase Desc: It has been discovered that the addition of a fermion absorption ring to the Proton Pack's Neutrona Wand substantially reduces boson particle overheating allowing more Boson Darts to be fired before causing pack shutdown. Boson Dart impact damage is also increased. Also, accidental Neutrona Wand blockage vaporization damage is reduced to only 1 mile!

Of all Proton Pack upgrades, this Boson Dart upgrade is the best. Because the Boson Dart is extremely powerful, the ability to fire more Darts per charging cycle greatly increases your capacity to dish out damage in a short period of time. The increase in damage output is nice also.

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Name: Boson Damage Immunity Category: Proton Upgrade: User Damage Reduction Desc: In addition to the installation of a secondary fermion absorption ring, extensive modifications to the Boson emitter's integrity field have led to the absorption of close range boson particles. This dramatically reduces the amount of damage taken by point-blank and close proximity Boson Dart impacts. Please note that these Z-based modifications in no way compromise the dart's Bose-Einstein statistics!

Because the Boson Dart is the perfect tool to disperse small groups of enemies like Crawlers, you're more likely to use it at close-range while they swarm around you. This upgrade allows you to more safely disperse Swarmers without the threat of taking blow-back damage from the Boson Dart's explosion.

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The Capture Stream allows for the containment of ghosts. The Capture Stream can be used to contain Ghosts over a trap and to manipulate ethereal objects away from specters. Once contained in a Capture Stream, ghosts can be thrown against walls causing damage or even complete neutronization.

Even though the Capture Stream is an extension of the Proton Stream , it functions differently. After activating the Capture Stream, the rapidly fluctuating particles steady just enough to capture whatever they've surrounded, essentially creating a proton "cage" around the target. A pleasant side effect of the particles' steadying is that the Capture Stream is incapable of overheating your Proton Pack. Once a target is captured in the Stream, you can use it to wrangle the creature as it struggles to get loose, then slam it around to daze it. The Capture Stream can also be used on inanimate objects to solve environmental puzzles.

The Neutrona Wand will automatically switch to this setting when needed, but can also be manually-activated to move physical objects as well. The properties of the proton stream are altered so that the beam will coil and arc around its target, rather than blast it directly. With the proton stream on this setting, ghosts can be wrangled into a trap , and heavy objects can be moved out of the way.

The beam can also be 'pulsed' to forcibly bash ghosts against physical objects, further wearing them down. Ray has eloquently dubbed this technique 'Slamming'.

Dr. Spengler has not developed any upgrades for the Capture Stream.

Development [ ]

Glenn Gamble worked on the Proton Pack. He was involved with the model, the HUD, the effects, the animated state changes, the upgrade states and the base weapon design. Since there was so much work done on it, the crew often referred to the pack as the "sixth Ghostbuster." In terms of the proton stream, Gamble and a programmer worked on its look and movement for a week. The hard part was getting the stream right from the player camera perspective and from the other Ghostbusters. For each iteration of the pack as it is upgraded, Gamble made sure the silhouette and color theme matched the new projectile so there would be no confusion on what configuration a player switched to. As the game became more action orientated, the crew realized the need for a HUD to convey information to the player. The HUD feature was born and from that point on, there would be at least 3 informational indicators on screen for the player. Gamble eventually added in statistic tracking elements and an interactive reticule so the player could spend more time looking at the game than the pack. Dan Aykroyd approved of Gamble's work on the pack. [7]

The Proton Pack's sounds were created in foley. Sound Designer Brian Fieser recorded a replica prop Proton Pack and jumpsuit for the Ghostbusters' movements in game. The recording was then layered with recordings of a backpack filled with random junk. The overheat sound was a combination of glass tubes, metal clangs, processed latches and steam hisses. The charging sound was remote control car servos layered with various sweeteners tuned to whatever the player is charging at the moment. Proton Stream variations and the turbo/slam sounds were created using various software synths. [8]

  • According to Grant Gusler, the experimental Proton Pack was an advanced version Egon kinda worked on between movies. [9]
  • The pack weighs 100 pounds. [10]
  • The pack can function during a rain storm. However, functionality wasn't tested until the Ghostbusters proceeded through a section Central Park and battled the Cult of Gozer. [11] [12]
  • The Proton Pack was mentioned in Rookie's bio in the 30th Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card, released on May 31, 2018. [13]
  • The Hasbro Ghostbusters Plasma Series: Spengler’s Neutrona Wand has an overheat function as a nod to the pack. If the Intensify button is held down for 15 seconds during any stream mode, it will overheat and ring the alarm like in-game then turn off.

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game

  • Mentioned by Egon on page 12
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  • Ghostbusters Annual 2018

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Secondary Systems [ ]

  • Dark Matter Generator
  • Plasm Distribution System (Slime Blower Mk. II)
  • Composite Particle System

References [ ]

  • ↑ Ray Stantz (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game ( Realistic Version )- Welcome to the Hotel Sedgewick Level "Searching Firehouse Sub-basement for Slimer with Ray" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Ray Stantz says: "Everything you need to know is displayed on the pack itself! Here's where you keep an eye on your current physical condition. The more green that's on the bar, the more damage you can sustain and still stay on your feet. This bar indicates your pack's heat level. When it gets to the top, you'll want to vent the pack and keep it from shorting out and resetting."
  • ↑ Egon Spengler (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game ( Realistic Version )- Checking Out the Library Level "Trying to follow Library Ghost after fighting Coal Golems" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Egon Spengler says: "This is the PDS: Plasm Distribution System. Basically, it's Slime Blower, Mark II, heavily modified from the earlier version. Your plasm banks are now integrated into the Proton Pack."
  • ↑ GBTVGReferenceCrossingTheStreamsRV.jpg
  • ↑ Egon Spengler (2011). IDW Comics - " Issue #3 " (2011) (Comic p.12). Egon says: "Not the experimental pack our former associate used, it shorted out in Vegas."
  • ↑ Tristan Jones post Ghostbusters Fans 5/10/12 Tristan Jones says: "I actually removed a bit of dialogue from Who Killed that explained that the all-in-one packs were too dangerous to use, and I think Erik pretty much said it WITHOUT saying it when he put the Boson Pack in there."
  • ↑ IDW Publishing Forums Erik Burnham reply 12/30/13 Erik Burnham says: "Just the proton stream. More work to make 'em, and the extra features aren't permanently stable as separate equipment is. Ray and Egon have been working on it."
  • ↑ Glenn Gamble Weebly Portfolio
  • ↑ Reddit AMA "AMA with the developers of 2009's Ghostbusters: The Video Game!" 7/16/16 Drew Haworth says: "The proton pack sounds were created in foley. Sound Designer Brian Fieser recorded an actual replica prop proton pack & jumpsuit for the Ghostbuster's movement. They layered that with recordings of a backpack filled with random junk. He knows at least an RC car was in there. The pack overheat was some glass tubes, metal clangs, processed latches, & steam hisses. The pack charging was some RC car servos layered with various sweeteners tuned to whatever you're charging at the time. The proton stream variations & turbo/slam were mostly created using various software synths."
  • ↑ Reddit AMA "AMA with the developers of 2009's Ghostbusters: The Video Game!" 7/16/16 Grant Gosler says: "...this is not the original pack, but an advanced version. Egon kind of worked on the pack between movies."
  • ↑ Ray Stantz (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game ( Realistic Version )- Central Park Cemetery Level "Peter gives Rookie a boost over the front gate" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Ray Stantz says: "Junior's pretty spry, even with that hundred pounds of Proton Accelerator."
  • ↑ Winston Zeddemore (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game ( Realistic Version )- Central Park Cemetery Level "After Ray realizes Gozer is locked into one Destructor Form per dimension" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Winston Zeddemore says: "Hey! We ever test the Proton Packs in the rain?"
  • ↑ Egon Spengler (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game ( Realistic Version )- Central Park Cemetery Level "After Ray realizes Gozer is locked into one Destructor Form per dimension" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari. Egon Spengler says: "That's what the recruit is doing right now..."
  • ↑ TomWaltz Tweet 5/31/18

Gallery [ ]

As seen in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions

Behind the Scenes [ ]

Proton Pack concept (credit: Robert St. Aubin)

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There’s a hook for the wand, but it’s sold separately.

You’ve always wanted your very own Ghostbusters Proton Pack. Your options have been: find a cheap toy, 3D print, sand and paint your own, pay for someone to do it for you, start with a premade kit, or painstakingly build something even more intricate from scratch.

Here’s a sixth way that might be the easiest and most cost-effective yet: pay Hasbro $400 for this incredible-looking thing :

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Hasbro says the Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler’s Proton Pack is based on 3D scans of the actual movie prop from Ghostbusters: Afterlife , and it’s complete with lights, sounds (from both 1984 and 2021), a cyclotron you can open up and dismantle, a full set of straps so you can wear it, and apparently an incredible amount of fantastic weathering.

I reached out to my Ghostbusters -loving friend for context, who’s been trying to build his own for years. He was impressed by the price, pointing out that you can easily pay $400 just for a competent body kit to help you build your own, let alone a finished product with this level of detail, and the cost of all the bits you’d need for the full effect can add up quickly.

I hear Mack’s Factory is a popular parts destination for Proton Pack builders.

Still, if you buy Hasbro’s version, you’ll have the same one as everybody else who does. Some take pride in building their own, just like there’s a community of fans reaching for the perfect replica of Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster or the perfect Star Wars lightsaber . And you’ll still need to figure out how to add a plasma wand: Hasbro’s $125 version is sold separately.

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It also could be quite a wait: this crowdfunded toy / prop isn’t scheduled to ship till spring 2023. You’ve got until December 12th of this year to decide if you’re in — with these HasLab products, the company is only promising a single production run. I still wonder if I made the right choice skipping the amazing $350 The Mandalorian Razor Crest , though the Lego version’s not bad.

Like I recently said , there’s never been a better time to be a grown-up kid.

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It's September, which means for some of us, Halloween is basically already here. With the promise of fall weather comes the urge to watch as many spooky things as possible, but sometimes we like a few laughs with our scares. That's where  Ghostbusters  comes in. The comedy classic and its sequels have been delighting audiences at Halloween and beyond for nearly 40 years now, and thankfully for fans, there's a pretty easy way to watch the fun this Halloween.

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As you may have heard, NBCUniversal's streaming service, Peacock, is going all out for Halloween 2023 with a massive roster of new additions to its catalog just in time for the spooky season. Beginning September 1, the streamer's offerings will include more than 100 additional horror films (on top of an already robust horror lineup), from modern classics to black-and-white icons and much, much more. 

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You see where we're going with this, right? Yes, the Peacock Halloween lineup this year does include 1984's  Ghostbusters , directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver. So, starting September 1 (today!) you can watch the original classic –– about four guys who start up a ghost pest control service and wreak havoc on NYC –– as many times as you like between now and Halloween.

But wait, there's more! Peacock's Halloween offerings also include  Ghostbusters II , the 1989 follow-up to the original film, featuring the return of the entire original cast to the fold as the Ghostbusters struggle to get back on their feet after the events of the first film. It's not quite as fondly remembered as the original, of course, but  Ghostbusters II  still has plenty of great moments, and come on, the completist in you just has to stream it after you see the first one, right?

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Ghostbusters  was an absolutely massive hit in the summer of 1984, becoming one of the most successful comedy movies of all time up to that point, and spawning not just a movie sequel, but an animated series that ran for seven seasons, not to mention merch galore.

RELATED:  Ernie Hudson says 'Ghostbusters' can 'get a little bit more complicated' post-'Afterlife'

It was only a matter of time before someone came along and decided it was time for a reboot, and sure enough, we've gotten that with  Ghostbusters  not once, but twice. In 2016,  Bridesmaids  director Paul Feig helmed a new  Ghostbusters  with an all-female version of the title team featuring comedy icons Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. That one isn't streaming anywhere at the moment, but you're welcome to rent it in the usual places.

Then, in 2021, Ivan Reitman's son, filmmaker Jason Reitman, took the helm of a legacy sequel to the original duo of movies.  Ghostbusters: Afterlife  follows the family of the late Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) as they cope with his legacy and find an old evil lurking beneath the plains of Oklahoma. The film was successful enough to launch a sequel, directed by  Monster House 's Gil Kenan, set to hit theaters next year. If you're itching for the next chapter of the story, you can find  Afterlife  streaming on Starz right now.

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