There have already been a number of reviews popping up for the Ghostbusters remake or reboot, which is set to hit theaters this Friday. Many are dead set against this even having a chance of being a good film, but there are some things to look forward to. A lot of respect is being paid to the original films that were released in 1984 and 1989, and that means inside jokes, references, and Easter Eggs are going to be everywhere.
Please let it be known that there are spoilers ahead for the new Ghostbusters film due out in theaters this week. If you don’t wish to know anything before viewing, please stop watching now.
Last night, the film made its world premiere, and info is going to start coming out more as the week goes on so it’s time to learn about it. While there are more Easter Eggs, and they will likely continue to be found as time goes on, but here are just 13 to get you started.
1.) Cameos — There are a ton of them in this movie, and fans of the original two can’t help but notice them. Three of the original team members do appear as Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Aykroyd are going to appear, and Harold Ramis would have been if not for his sad passing. Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts are also in there, but none of them play their previous roles.
A month ago, Cinema Blend had a video of Aykroyd’s cameo, but it ended up being taken down.
Here are the roles of all the old cameos:
- Dan Aykroyd – Cabbie
- Ernie Hudson – Uncle Bill
- Sigourney Weaver – Rebecca Gorin
- Annie Potts – Hotel desk clerk
- Bill Murray – Martin Heiss
2. Harold Ramis — Even though he passed away back in 2014, there is a bust of the actor in his role of Egon Spengler at Columbia University. Look for the scene at the office of Erin Gilbert, who is played by Kristen Wiig.
3. Building the team — While it’s not exactly the same, there are some similarities to how the team comes together. This is what makes the film lean more toward a remake than a reboot as a couple of college professors/scientists need one more to complete their quartet, and that is where Winston/Patty come in.
4. Possession — At one point, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) is possessed by a ghost and tries to take out the other members of the Ghostbusters. The same exact thing happens in Ghostbusters II when Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) is possessed by Vigo and turns on his friends.
5. Even more cameos, but of the paranormal variety — A few familiar apparitions are going to show up in this movie and one of the most obvious is the gelatinous green blob known as Slimer. You won’t have to look hard to see one of the others as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is never difficult to spot.
6. Scene-for-scene — In this way, the 2016 film is very much a remake, but some may say that they are simply trying to pay tribute to the original. It’s hard to think that the world is not looking at Egon, Ray, and Peter while now seeing Jillian, Abby, and Erin as their heroes standing before them.
7. The subway scene — In Ghostbusters II, there is some exploring that has to be done in the old mass transit system by Ray, Egon, and Winston. It leads to a terrifying moment for Winston and there is a similar scene in the 2016 film which has all four women testing out a proton pack against a ghost full of electricity.
It’s actually quite frightening and well done.
8. The Ghostbusters firehouse — While the new team in the remake is looking for a place to call their home, they are shown the iconic firehouse that Raymond Stantz and the boys used to call home.
9. That’s a big Twinkie — This scene was first shown in one of the trailers and as previously reported by the Inquisitr, it references an iconic moment from the original Ghostbusters. It symbolizes a conversation between Winston, Ray, and Egon before leading to Winston’s famous line of “That’s a big Twinkie.”
10. Zuul – Don’t leave the theater quickly as there is indeed a post-credits scene and it references a big bad from the original Ghostbusters.
11. The music — A couple of weeks ago, the new theme song for the remake of Ghostbusters from Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott was released, and it certainly will be heard. Fans of Ray Parker Jr.’s original theme need not worry, though, as they will hear the famous tune and it’s pretty awesomely included.
12. Familiar lines — If you’ve seen the first two movies and know them well, you’re going to catch on to some more familiar lines. You can’t help it when things go crazy and there is pure “mass hysteria” going around the city of New York. Don’t let it get to you and always respect those who ask you “What’dya want?”
13. The iconic library scene — One of the first times that the teams (when just trios) spot a ghost in the 1984 and 2016 films is in the library. Well, there is also the small incident that leads to both Peter Venkman and Erin Gilbert are “slimed.”
Bonus: It’s quite obvious that this is a different version of the remake and that is obvious with how both the original and the new team are made up. Each of the four women has similarities to the men on the original team while also being their own people.
Keep your eyes peeled for many small things here and there that are obvious tributes to the 1984 Ghostbusters as well as Ghostbusters II from 1989.
— Ghostbusters (@Ghostbusters) July 10, 2016
The remake (reboot) of Ghostbusters has gotten under the skin of a lot of people, and honestly, they’ve already made up their minds about it. That is quite the shame as they should at least give it one viewing before making an ultimate decision to hate it or love it. Besides, even if you think the movie isn’t great, it will be so much fun finding all these little Easter Eggs, inside jokes, and references to the legacy and first two movies.
[Image via Sony Pictures]