The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.
Release Year: 1989
Rating: 6.2/10 (62,917 voted)
Critic's Score: 56/100
Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters have been plagued by lawsuits and court orders, and their once-lucrative business is bankrupt. However, when Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement only to be promptly arrested. The Ghostbusters discover that New York is once again headed for supernatural doom, with a river of ectoplasmic slime bubbling beneath the city and an ancient sorcerer attempting to possess Dana's baby and be born anew. Can the Ghostbusters quell the negative emotions feeding the otherworldly threat and stop the world from being slimed?
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Dr. Peter Venkman
Dr. Raymond Stantz
Dr. Egon Spengler
Dr. Janosz Poha
Judge Stephen 'The Hammer' Wexler
Wilhelm von Homburg
William T. Deutschendorf
(as Will Deutschendorf)
Henry J. Deutschendorf II
(as Hank Deutschendorf)
Release Date: 16 June 1989
Filming Locations: Columbia University – Broadway & 116th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $29,472,894
(16 June 1989)
Did You Know?
In the German dub of the movie Dana's child Oscar is renamed to 'Donald'.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
When asked if she (Lady Liberty) can go faster, Ray denies it because the vibrations could damage her. Presumably, she got off the pedestal on Liberty Island very slowly and carefully, using all four limbs.
[on waking after being freed from his possession, singing]
They will come from behind… Ah, ah… why am I drippings with goo?
You had a violent prolonged transformative psychic episode.
No, It's Not The Original, But It's Still Very Funny
This was another sequel that was fashionable to knock when it came out.
It got panned because it couldn't live up to the first Ghostbusters.
Well, what could? The first one was so original, so enormously popular
than any sequel was bound to fail as far as matching it.
This second Ghostbusters was just fine, very entertaining and it was
nice to see all the main characters back. It had a little nicer feel to
it and was more family-friendly language-wise, so it even had some
things going for it the first one didn't have.
The other major different in this sequel was watching Peter MacNichol,
who reprized his "Renfield"-type character from Mel Brooks' "Dead: And
Loving It" comedy with Leslie Nielsen. Here, MacNichol plays "Janosz
Poha," another wacko with a thick Eastern European accent. He is
hilarious, and elevates the enjoyment of this film. Otherwise, the rest
of the cast plays and acts just as they did in the first film, which
means you'll get a lot of laughs out of them The story just isn't as
intense, that's all. No, it can't equal the original, but…..
The bottom line is this: Don't try to compare the two films. If you
enjoyed the first, you'll like this…..period.