Ghostbusters II

Published May 5, 2010

Ghostbusters II

Film info

  • Title Ghostbusters II
  • Director Ivan Reitman
  • Year 1989
  • Run time 1hr 48m
  • Genres Fantasy, Comedy
  • Tagline We're back!

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis take up their proton packs once more to battle the forces of evil in Manhattan! After waging a war on slime that cost New York City millions, the Ghostbusters 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!

Live Blog

Time Comment
0:20 Blimey, that is more dramatic than I’d imagined.
0:43 Although if the baddie is pink goo… not so dramatic.
2:40 Ah… great theme!
3:37 Hehehe! Oh, I thought it was going to be HeMan.
6:56 I am a bad Ghostbusters fan. I’ve forgotten which one is which.
10:44 “Hairless pets. Weird.”
12:20 Worst accent ever?
13:25 Already the moral of the story is, never own a painting with a face on it.
15:15 Never in a million years was she playing that instrument.
15:41 “He tortured me! He pulled my ears!”
20:55 I have a feeling digging up the street is going to cost them some more money.
25:59 Ray is my favourite. Always causing trouble.
34:48 Where’s the other guy? He was there just now.
37:03 Ooh, they pimped their ride.
38:40 I know the clue is in the title, but Slimer is so gross.
45:24 Argh. Why must these films be so full of goo? I’ll never bath again.
47:34 Look at that computer! Is that the internet?
52:26 The photography thing reminds me of Austin Powers.
55:02 Many subtle levels of dirty laundry. Love it.
57:29 Uh oh. Doors locking themselves is very Final Destination. A bad sign, indeed.
1:01:12 They had steam trains underground?
1:02:24 That’s exactly the same spot he was lowered into. Low budget?
1:11:15 A frog on a hot plate is quite an image.
1:15:54 It’s like the horror version of Mary Poppins.
1:20:51 The Titanic!
1:24:50 Marshmallows in the first film, Jello in the second.
1:29:27 Mr C had to explain the plan to me. I got a bit confused about the mood slime thing.
1:29:58 I think I’d be more freaked out at a walking statue, never mind happy and cheering about it.


Having got the original Ghostbusters out of the way quite early on (and finally admitting that it was good), the sequel was also recommended. Some say it is better, some say it is worse, I was ready to judge for myself.

I actually fall somewhere in between the two camps of whether this was better or worse than the original. I think the story was lacking somewhat, way too much goo and I got lost halfway through. However, the characters were more fun because we know them already and they play off each other better. It hasn’t aged as well, the music seemed to date it quite badly, particularly right at the end. Overall, though, a thumbs up.

Rating: 3 / 5

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