Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer Blends Nostalgia and Novelty

I recently had an unexpected experience at a movie theater. I was watching the same handful of previews they seem to show before every movie these days, when all of a sudden I saw something I didn’t immediately recognize. I was intrigued by the possibility of some fresh footage, so I watched it intently. It ended up being the trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a movie whose release date has been pushed back numerous times due to the pandemic, and even though I had seen it before, seeing it once again on the big screen reminded me of just how excited I am for this film.

Plot details are still a bit scarce, but there are a few things we know about Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It’s a sequel to the original Ghostbusters films from the 1980s, and it follows a single mom and her two kids as they move to a small town and try to start a new life there. Soon after they arrive, the town begins to experience some strange phenomena, and the children discover their grandfather’s hidden ghostbusting legacy.

If you’re a fan of the original movies, you’re bound to be intrigued by this trailer. It does a great job of slowly building up to the truth about this family, so you can’t help but feel a bit of a tug at your nostalgic heartstrings. Then, once the trailer pulls back the curtain and reveals its big secret, it tugs a bit harder by giving you a sneak peek at this new generation of supernatural exterminators.

That alone is enough to get me interested in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but the nostalgia isn’t the only thing to love about this trailer. It also tells us that the movie is going to have a bit more of a horror feel than its predecessors, and I’m all for it. In particular, there’s a scene where Paul Rudd’s character is in a car and a monstrous foot steps on the hood, and it almost looks like it comes right out of a Blumhouse film. The original movies were pretty much straight up comedies with a horror veneer, so I’m excited to see some genuine scares mixed in with the franchise’s signature laughs.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is currently scheduled to hit theaters on November 11, and I’m confident that this latest release date will finally stick. Recent movies like Godzilla vs Kong and Mortal Kombat have been doing pretty well at the box office, so I suspect that the days of pushing films back are just about at their end.

So what do you think of the trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife? Do you agree with JP that it pulls on our nostalgic heartstrings while also offering something new? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for horror trailers we’ve got you covered!

Written by JP Nunez

JP Nunez is a lifelog movie fan, and his favorite genres are horror, superheroes, and giant monsters. He blogs at Embrace Your Fears.

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