Ghostbusters II

Members of a ghost hunting company investigate a stream of ectoplasm flowing in the sewers of New York City.
Feel-Good
Horror for Beginners
United States
1989
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Kid Friendly
Character Focus: 
Professional Film
Ghost Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Cultists: 
Worshipper
Dimensional: 
God
Unknown
Fluids: 
Ooze
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Hypnotist
Telepathist
Wizards: 
Possessor
Necromancer
7.04
A spooky come-back!
8
5.04
8
7.04
4
4
2
Performances
Plot
Effects
All the main characters return for an excellent sequel that tries to match the original formula and mostly succeeds. It also suggests new effects in the rendition of ghosts, but it’s not the wisest of decisions. The old ghosts are there, too, but we spend more time on slime, now, and its creepy behaviors. The novelty is interesting but we’re spending too much time at the wrong place.
The film is more mature in tone, now, with more dialogue, psychological struggle, and a baby in jeopardy. The stakes are raised and the film is incidentally more serious. We still get majestic key scenes that are well shot and composited to deliver a friendly polish. The acting is up to par. The characters have evolved but they are still offering a competent comedic and warm performance.
We've been accustomed to supernatural problems escalating and growing out of proportions by the third act, and we get this here too. Although things are a little underdone, disregarding the heavy procedural and pet peeves aside, Ghostbusters 2 is a perfectly suitable sequel to an unbeatable classic that does a lot right and is accessible to the whole family, something rare in horror movie land.
Alternate Titles: 
Ghostbusters 2
Ghostbusters Part 2
Ghostbusters Part II
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