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Ghostbusters II

Ghostbusters II movie poster
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Produced by Ivan Reitman
Written by Harold Ramis
Dan Aykroyd
Starring Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Sigourney Weaver
Harold Ramis
Rick Moranis
Ernie Hudson
Annie Potts
Peter MacNicol
Wilhelm von Homburg
Music by Randy Edelman
Theme Song
Ray Parker Jr.
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Editing by Donn Cambern
Sheldon Kahn
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 16, 1989
Running time 108 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$ 25 million
Gross revenue $215,394,738[1]
Preceded by Ghostbusters
Followed by Ghostbusters III

Ghostbusters II is a 1989 sci-fi comedy film and sequel to Ghostbusters. Produced and directed by Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters II follows the further adventures of a group of parapsychologists and their organization which combats paranormal activities ("ghostbusting"). The sequel was originally to be called Ghostbusters II: River Of Slime.

The sequel had what was, at the time, the biggest three-day opening weekend gross in history ($29,472,894, which is equivalent to $50,864,510 in 2009[2]), a record that was broken one week later by Batman ($40,505,884).[3] Despite the record-breaking opening, the film has received mixed reviews from both critics[4] and viewers.[5][6]



Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters are undeservedly out of business after being sued by the city for property damage incurred during the battle against Gozer, and have incurred a restraining order preventing them from investigating the supernatural. Ray Stantz owns an occult bookstore and does side-work with Winston Zeddemore as unpopular children's entertainers, Egon Spengler works in a laboratory conducting experiments into human emotion, Peter Venkman hosts a little-watched pseudo-psychic television show, and Dana Barrett works at the Manhattan Museum of Art restoring paintings and raising her infant son Oscar at a new apartment, having broken up with Peter under acrimonious circumstances, but strongly hinted to be from Peter's fear of commitment. After a supernatural incident in which Oscar's baby carriage is controlled by an unseen supernatural force and drawn to a busy junction on First Avenue, Dana turns to the Ghostbusters for help, prompting an awkward reunion between herself and Peter. Meanwhile, Dr. Janosz Poha—Dana's boss at the art gallery—is possessed by the spirit of Vigo the Carpathian, a seventeenth century tyrant trapped within a painting in the gallery. Vigo orders Janosz to locate a child that Vigo can transfer his consciousness into, thus gaining physical form upon the approaching New Year.

The Ghostbusters' investigation leads them to conclude that the supernatural presence originates from under the city streets, prompting them to illegally excavate First Avenue at the point where the baby carriage stopped. Lowered down on a wire, Ray discovers a river of pink slime filling an abandoned subway line. Attacked by the slime after obtaining a sample, Ray accidentally knocks out the city's electrical grid, and the Ghostbusters are arrested. At their trial they are defended poorly by Louis Tully and are found guilty, but the judge's emotional outbursts prompt a reaction from the slime sample presented as evidence; after a final tirade, the slime explodes, releasing the ghosts of the Scoleri Brothers, two murderers the judge had previously sentenced to death. The Ghostbusters agree to trap the ghosts in exchange for the dismissal of all charges and the rescinding of the restraining order; after doing so, they re-open their business and commence investigating the supernatural once more.

After the slime invades Dana's apartment, seemingly attempting to abduct Oscar, she seeks refuge with Peter; the two begin to renew their relationship. Investigating the slime and the history of the painting of Vigo, the Ghostbusters discover that the slime (which they find all over the city) reacts both to positive and negative emotions -- and even "dances" to music such as Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher" -- but suspect that it has been generated by the immense amount of negativity reflected in the attitudes of New Yorkers. While Peter and Dana have dinner together and Louis and Janine babysit (and become romantically involved), Egon, Ray and Winston explore the river of slime and, after falling in and barely escaping, discover that it leads back directly to the museum. The Ghostbusters go to the mayor with their suspicions, but are dismissed by the skeptical politician; his scheming assistant attempts to defuse them as a potential problem by having them committed to a psychiatric hospital. As they do so, a spirit resembling Janosz kidnaps Oscar, prompting Dana to break into the museum by herself; after she does, the museum is caked in a wall of impenetrable slime.

New Year's Eve sees a sudden outburst of increased supernatural activity as the slime rises through the ground and onto the surface of the city, including a demon invading Washington Square Park, a man-eating fur coat returning to life to attack its owner, a film monster burst out of a screen to attack and chasing audiences at a local movie theatre, and the "better late than never" arrival of the Titanic and its long-deceased passengers and crew into the harbor. The NYPD's emergency lines are flooded with calls from panic-stricken New Yorkers, and an ominous mass of psychokinetic energy blocks out the sun and shrouds the city in darkness. Realizing the truth of the situation, the mayor fires his assistant and has the Ghostbusters released, whereupon they make their way to the museum. Their initial attempt to break through the museum's slime barrier are unsuccessful, the wave of negativity that has generated it proving too powerful to damage with their proton packs. Determining that they need a symbol of equally-powerful positivity to break through the slime, the Ghostbusters use positively-charged mood slime from their slime blowers and a remix of "Higher and Higher" to animate the Statue of Liberty and pilot it through the streets of New York, using her torch to break through the museum's ceiling to do battle with Vigo and Janosz.

While Janosz is easily taken down with mood slime, Vigo proves to be a difficult adversary; immensely powerful with both the negative vibes of the city and with midnight and the New Year rapidly approaching, he manages to paralyze the Ghostbusters and attempt a transfer into Oscar's body. However, the positive energy from a chorus of "Auld Lang Syne" from outside the building manages to weaken him sufficiently to allow the Ghostbusters to break free and return him to the painting. Vigo momentarily possesses Ray, so the other three Ghostbusters attack him with a combination of proton streams and positively charged mood slime. At the same time, Louis, dressed in full Ghostbusters attire, attacks the weakened slime barrier around the building with a proton stream of his own. Their combined efforts manage to trap Vigo within the painting, destroying him and transforming the painting to a likeness of the four Ghostbusters surrounding baby Oscar protectively. The movie ends with the Ghostbusters receiving a standing ovation from the crowd and, at a later ceremony to restore the Statue, the Key to the City from the mayor.


Some notable cast members in the film include one of Bill Murray's siblings, Brian Doyle-Murray, who played the psychiatric doctor, and Ben Stein, who played a public works official for the mayor. Cheech Marin and Philip Baker Hall also appear in the movie, as the dock supervisor who sees the Titanic come in and as the city police chief, respectively. Bobby Brown also appears in this movie as the doorman to Gracie Mansion when the Ghostbusters go to see the mayor of New York City. In the scene he asks the Ghostbusters for a proton-pack for his younger brother, to which Egon answers "A proton pack is not a toy". Max Von Sydow was uncredited as Vigo's voice; he later reprised the role on the video game.


After the success of the first film and the animated series, The Real Ghostbusters, Columbia Pictures pressured the producers to make a sequel. However, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman were uncomfortable with this as the original film was intended to be conclusive and they wished to work on other projects. Eventually, they agreed and created a script. Annie Potts was also working on her TV series, Designing Women, at the same time. A video game sequel, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, was released in June 2009, along with the Blu-ray version of the first film through Sony Picture's campaign site,[7] and a third movie is in the works, with the script being written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, two writer/producers on The Office.[8]

The Scoleri Brothers are played (uncredited) by Tim Lawrence and Jim Fyfe in latex suits with animatronic masks. Ostensibly, Tony and Nunzio are based on the real-life Scoleri Brothers, who once robbed Harold Ramis's father Nate Ramis' store. "The ghosts themselves were very loosely based on the fact that my father was a storekeeper who was once robbed and assaulted by the Scoleri Brothers." Some however have suggested that they might be based instead on Tony and Eddie Scoleri, who were convicted of robbing and killing a store owner in Philadelphia in the 1960s. None of this is known for certain however. The designs were created by the Visual Development Artist Henry Mayo (Credited) after extensive input from the Producer Michael Gross.


Ghostbusters II has received average reviews from critics. Based on 33 reviews, the film holds a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 56% at Metacritic. Variety praised the film as having amusing visuals and a clever plot, while Nick Shager of Screengrab criticized the film, claiming that it "Effectively slimed everyone's fond memories of the original".[9]

Production notes

  • There are no opening titles. The movie's title is represented by an animation of the movie's logo, but the title is never displayed on screen until the very end of the closing titles.
  • Vigo's full name, found by Egon in a computer encyclopedia, was Prince Vigo von Homburg Deutschendorf, a wordplay on the name of the actor who played Vigo and the surname of the twin babies who play Oscar.
  • Filmed from November 28, 1988 to March 7, 1989.

Home video release

The original Laserdisc and VHS versions of the film were made incorrectly: instead of being produced either in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 or panned and scanned at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, the movie was panned and scanned in a 1.66:1 frame. Compared to the "proper" pan and scan version at 1.33:1, width is definitely gained on the edges, though very slightly. However, the DVD version was transferred and encoded at the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1.

At the end of the version shown in theaters, Slimer comes out from behind the Statue of Liberty and goes right into the camera (as he did at the end of Ghostbusters). The video version ends with a pan up to the statue's head, then a fade to black. Also, in an unusual move, Slimer has his own cast billing in the credits: "and Slimer". Slimer was puppeted and controlled by Robyn Shelby but much of her performance ended up on the cutting room floor.


A great deal of merchandise (such as coloring books) came out with the release of this film. As was the case with the Real Ghostbusters cartoon, the makers of this material may have wanted to avoid likeness fees and as a result, the main characters in these bear little resemblance to any other version of the characters.


Comic book adaptation

During this period, The Real Ghostbusters comic book produced by NOW Comics ran a three-part adaptation of the film, using the cartoon character designs instead of the likenesses of the actors. The overall story received minor alterations to run as a three-part series, and includes several scenes that were in the shooting script but were not included in the released movie.

Most notable is a scene set after their first visit at the museum (and Ray's first encounter with Vigo). In this scene, Ray is momentarily possessed while driving the Ecto-1A, and as a result tries to crash the car and kill the Ghostbusters. They soon bring Ray around to his senses after speeding through New York streets, and he apologises, unable to account for his actions. They never connect it to Vigo since, while possessed, Ray never mentions him. The comic panels further reinforce the movie's scene where Ray is briefly hypnotised by Vigo (leading to him being chosen as a host at the end).


In a novelization of the movie by Ed Naha, Hardemeyer rushes at the museum's slime shell, which engulfs him, and the book does not mention him again. In the ending credits of the film, he is shown in the crowd outside the museum, singing with them.

Video games


There have been many fan films, including Return Of The Ghostbusters[10]

Ghostbusters: The Video Game released in 2009 uses what was originally the script to Ghostbusters 3, taking place two years later. Dan Aykroyd has referred to it as "the third movie".[11]

For more information, see Ghostbusters 3

Soundtrack and original score


  1. (original version), performed by Jackie Wilson. (This was not included on the soundtrack album.)
  2. (updated version), performed by Howard Huntsberry.
  • "Spirit", a rap performed by Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew, written by Doug E. Fresh and Bernard Wright.
  • "Flesh 'N Blood", performed by Oingo Boingo; written by its leader, Danny Elfman. This track was exclusive to the Ghostbusters II soundtrack until the release of the Oingo Boingo album Dark at the End of the Tunnel a year later.
  • "We're Back", performed by Bobby Brown; written by Bobby Brown, Dennis Austin, Larry White and Kirk Crumple Original.


  • Years Later
  • Hi Peter
  • Named After a Hot Dog Brand
  • Vigo's Plan
  • She's Twitching
  • We're Back
  • The Painting
  • Refuge to Peter
  • Oscar, Dana & Peter- The Museum
  • Tuck in the Guts, We're The Ghostbusters
  • Dates and Sewers
  • Take off Your Clothes
  • No Reservations
  • Trip to the Asylum- Bring Me A Child
  • Oscar's Walk on the Ledge
  • The Museum
  • Total Madness
  • Big Ball-o-Yellow- The Symbol
  • The Girl Can Walk
  • A Fifth Ghostbuster
  • The Boys Are Back
  • Put Oscar Somewhere Safe
  • Vigo
  • Resolution- End Titles


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From Wikiquote

Ghostbusters II is a 1989 film and the sequel to Ghostbusters.

Directed by Ivan Reitman. Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.


Dr. Peter Venkman

  • Kitten, what I think I'm saying is, sometimes, shit happens, somebody's gotta deal with it, and who're you gonna call?!
  • We're the best. We're the beautiful. We're the only Ghostbusters.
  • Suck in the guts, guys, we're the Ghostbusters.
  • Dana? The boys are going down under the sewers tonight to look for slime. Egon thinks there might even be some kind of big roach-breeding surge. Should we forget about dinner and go with them instead?
  • Boys, boys. You're scaring the straights!
  • Here's something off the request line from Liberty Island. We're gonna squeeze some New Year's juice from ya, Big Apple!
  • You know, I have met some dumb blondes in my life, but you take the taco, pal! Only a Carpathian would come back to life now and choose New York! Tasty pick... bonehead! If you had brain one in that huge melon on top of your neck, you'd be living the sweet life out in Southern California's beautiful San Fernando Valley!
  • Oh, Viggy, Viggy, Viggy, you have been a bad monkey!

Dr. Egon Spengler

  • Very cheerful, my parents didn't believe in toys.
  • We had part of a Slinky. But I straightened it.
  • (About Venkman, to Dana) Oh, he was borderline for awhile. Then he crossed the border.
  • (After Louis makes his opening statement in court in defense of the Ghostbusters) Very good, Louis. Short, but pointless.

Dr. Raymond Stantz

  • Not so fast Dead Head! You want a baby, why don't you go knock up some willing hellhound! Otherwise I'm giving you three to get back in that painting! One!

Vigo the Carpathian

  • I, Vigo, the scourge of Carpathia, the sorrow of Moldavia, command you! (to Janosz)
  • On a mountain of skulls in a castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood. What was will be, what is will be no more. Now is the season of evil! Find me a child that I might live again! (to Janosz)

Dr. Janosz Poha

  • No, no photographs, please! Slides are available in the Gift Shop! [is forcibly hauled aside]
  • He has been chosen to be the vessel of the spirit of Vigo, and you, Dana, will be the mother of the ruler of the world. Doesn't that sound nice?
  • He is Vigo! You are like the buzzing of flies to him!
  • Soon, the city will be mine and Vigo's... mainly Vigo's.
  • You know, Dana, there are many perks to being the mother of a living God.
  • Oh! Command me, Lord!
  • Then why are you came?

Louis Tully

  • Your Honor, ladies and gentleman of the audience, I don't think it's fair to call my clients frauds. Sure, the blackout was a big problem for everybody. I was trapped in an elevator for two hours and I had to make do the whole time. But I don't blame them. Because one time, I turned into a dog and they helped me. Thank you.


Boy at party: My dad says you're full of crap.
Dr. Raymond Stanz: Well, a lot of people have trouble believing in the paranormal.
Boy at party: No, he just says you're full of crap and that's why you went out of business.

Dr. Raymond Stantz and Winston Zeddmore: [singing] Something's strange in the neighborhood / who you gonna call?
Kids at party: He-Man!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Hi, welcome back to "World of the Psychic," I'm Peter Venkman. I'm chatting with my guest, author, lecturer and psychic, Milton Anglund. Milt, your new book is called "The End of the World." Now can you tell us when it's going to be or do we have to buy the book?
Milton Auglund: Well I predict that the world will end at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.
Dr. Peter Venkman: This year?
Milton Auglund: MmHmm.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Well that's cutting it a little bit close, isn't it? I mean, just from a sales point of view, I mean your book is just coming out, you're not gonna see any paperback sales for at least a year. It'll be at least another year before you know whether you've got that mini-series or movie of the week kind of possibilities. I mean just Devil's Advocate Milty! I mean shouldn't you have said: Hey the worlds going to end in 1992! Or better yet 1994!
Milton Auglund: This is not just some money-making scheme! Alright! I have a strong psychic belief that the world will end on New Year's Eve. [begins to cry]
Dr. Peter Venkman: Well, for your sake, I hope you're right. Okay. But I think my other guest may disagree with you. Elaine, now you had another date in mind?
Elaine: According to my source, the end of the world will be on February 14, in the year 2016.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Valentine's Day. Bummer. Where did you get your date, Elaine?
Elaine: I received this information from an alien. As I told my husband, it was in the Paramus Holiday Inn, I was having a drink at the bar, alone, and this alien approached me. He started talking to me. He bought me a drink, and then I think he must have used some kind of a ray or a mind control device because he forced me to follow him to his room and that's where he told me about the end of the world.
Dr. Peter Venkman: So your alien had a room at the Holiday Inn, Paramus.
Elaine: It might have been a room on the spacecraft made up to look like a room in the Holiday Inn. I can't be sure about that, Peter.
Dr. Peter Venkman: [to audience] Of course not! And that is the whole problem with aliens; is you just can't trust them. Occasionally you meet a nice one; Starman, E.T., but usually they turn out to be some kind of big lizard. That's all the time we've got for this week on 'World of the Psychic'. Next week though . . . hairless pets. [holds up a hairless cat] Weird. Until then, this is Peter Venkman saying [puts a finger to his temple and sends out a thought to his viewers](laughs) See you then!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Hi, Egon. How's school? I bet those science chicks really dig that large cranium of yours, huh?
Dr. Egon Spengler: I think they're more interested in my epididymis.

Dr. Egon Spengler: I'd like to run some gynecological tests on the mother.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Who wouldn't?

Louis Tully: I think you guys are making a big mistake. I do mostly tax law and probate stuff occasionally. I got my law degree at night school.
Dr. Rayomd Stantz: Well, that's fine, Louis. We got arrested at night.

Prosecuting Attorney: Why were you digging a hole in First Avenue?
Dr. Peter Venkman: Well, there's so many holes already in First Avenue we didn't think anyone would notice.

Judge Wexler: [two ghosts in electric chairs are attacking the court room] The Scolari brothers!
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Friends of yours?
Judge Wexler: I tried them for murder, gave 'em the chair! You've got to do something!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Why don't you just tell them you don't believe in ghosts?

[the ghostbusters turn on their proton packs and sing]
Dr. Peter Venkman: Do.
Dr. Raymond Stanz: Re.
Dr. Egon Spengler: Egon.
[Venkman and Stantz stare at Spengler who just smiles at them]

[After catching the Scoleri Brothers in the court room.]
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Two in the box!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Ready to go!
Dr. Peter Venkman: We be fast...
All three: ...And they be slow!
Louis Tully: Wow!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Where in the hell are you from anyway, Johnny?
Dr. Janosz Poha: [with slavic accent] The upper vest side...

[Dana hands Oscar to Peter]
Dana: It's late, I really ought to put him down.
Dr. Peter Venkman: May I?
Dana: Yeah, if you want to.
Dr. Peter Venkman: [points in baby's face] You're short, your bellybutton sticks out too far, and you're a terrible burden on your poor mother.

Dr. Egon Spengler: Vigo the Carpathian. Born 1505, died 1610.
Dr. Peter Venkman: 105 years old? He hung in there, didn't he?
Dr. Rayomd Stantz: He didn't die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Ouch.
Winston Zeddmore: Guess he wasn't too popular at the end, huh?
Dr. Egon Spengler: No, not exactly a man of the people. Also known as Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised, and Vigo the Unholy.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Wasn't he also Vigo the Butch?
Dr. Raymond Stantz: And dig this, there was a prophecy. Just before his head died, his last words were "Death is but a door, time is but a window: I'll be back."

[The Ghostbusters are discussing the mood slime.]
Dr. Egon Spengler: We're running tests to see if we can get an equally strong positive response.
Dr. Raymond Stantz: We sing to it, talk to it... say supportive, nurturing things to it.
Dr. Peter Venkman: You're not sleeping with it, are you Ray?
[Stantz shakes his head; Spengler looks embarrassed. Venkman notices.]
Winston Zeddmore: It's always the quiet ones.
Dr. Peter Venkman: You hound.

Dr. Raymond Stantz: So you think there's a link between this Viggo person and the uh...slime?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Is the atomic weight of Cobalt 58.9?

Dana: Okay, but after dinner, don't put any of those old cheap moves on me. It's different now.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Oh, no! I have all new cheap moves.

Janine Melniz: [asking about Dana's date] Where's Peter?
Dana Barrett: He got arrested.
Janine Melniz: Typical.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Have you been outside lately? Do you know how weird it is out there? We've taken our own head count! There seem to be three million completely miserable assholes living in the tri-state area!
Hardemeyer: Oh, please!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Excuse me. Three million and one.
Jack Hardemeyer: Hey!

(The mayor concludes he has no choice but to call the Ghostbusters, unaware that Hardemeyer has sent them to an insane asylum.)
Jack Hardemeyer: Wait! Uh... Now, I'm sure there's another way.
Mayor: Jack, I spent an hour last night in my bedroom talking to Fiorello La Guardia, and he's been dead for forty years! (In a demanding tone he continues) Now get me the Ghostbusters.

Dr. Janosz Poha: Don't you know who this is?
Dr. Peter Venkman: (to Janosz) Happy New Year.
Dr. Janosz Poha: He is Vigo! You are like the buzzing of flies to him!
[Janosz looks to see that Vigo has disappeared from his portrait]]
Dr. Peter Venkman: Oh, Johnny, did you back the wrong horse. (to Ray and Winston) Would you hose him, please?
Dr. Raymond Stanz: ( to Winston) Hose him. [Both spray Janosz with positive slime as he screams and falls motionless to the ground]]
Winston Zeddmore: One down.
Dr. Raymond Stanz: On the ground.

(Vigo's awesome power has paralyzed all of the Ghostbusters. He holds Oscar aloft.)
Vigo: Now we become one.
(Suddenly, singing is heard from outside)
Crowd: 'Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and ne'er brought to mind...'
Dr. Raymond Stanz: Where's that singing coming from?
Winston Zeddmore: The people outside!
(Vigo begins to roar in pain)
Crowd: 'If auld aquaintance be forgot, remember Auld Lang Syne!'
(They continue to sing. Vigo roars, his form becoming less tangible)
Dr. Egon Spengler: He's weakening! The singing is neutralizing the slime!
Dr. Raymond Stanz: I can move!
Dr. Egon Spengler: He's back in the painting!

Dr. Janosz Poha: They will come from behind... Ah, ah... why am I drippings with goo?
Dr. Egon Spengler: You had a violent prolonged transformative psychic episode.


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