Ghostbusters: WTF You Need to Know About This Franchise

Last Updated on November 9, 2022

The Ghostbusters franchise is one Hollywood can’t seem to let go of. In 1984, the original Ghostbusters became the second highest-grossing movie of the year (after Beverly Hills Cop) and became a gateway into horror for its young fans. Five years later, the sequel, Ghostbusters 2, wasn’t nearly as successful, and the franchise was on ice for a long time.

Jump forward to 2016 when Paul Feig launched an all-female reboot of the franchise that went down like a lead balloon amongst fans, despite making a decent amount of coin at the box office. In 2021, Jason Reitman, the son of the late Ivan Reitman (who was living at the time), came forward to make his own “requel,” Ghostbusters: Afterlife, that reunited the original cast, leading to a film that many think will launch a franchise all of its own. Of the four films, which are the ones that are essential, and is the much-maligned second film and 2016’s reboot all that bad? In this episode of WTF You Need to Know About This franchise, we dig into this franchise, written, narrated, and edited by Kier Gomes and produced by Tyler Nichols.

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About the Author

Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.