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Ghostbusters II

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Like the first Ghostbusters, this sequel had a lot of deleted scenes that weren't even put on the DVD!

One scene involved Dana stopping by the New York City court room to say good luck to Peter on winning the case.

Another scene was an extension of the ghost runner seen during the montage; after Peter waves "Bye-bye!" he went over to Ray who pulls out a stop watch and says "That's gotta be some record!". Peter replies "Yeah, if he weren't dead, he'd be an Olympic prospect!".

The commercial with Louis and Janine posing as a couple with a ghost problem was much longer and had a shot of Winston zapping and trapping the ghost as Peter, Ray, and Egon explained how they were now "back in business".

The scene where Vigo hypnotizes Ray (the red eyes), went on much longer. This scene along with the others mentioned here can be read about in the paperback novel for Ghostbusters II. After the boys have left the art museum, Ray gets into the drivers seat with a dazed, almost maniacal look on his face and floors it into New York City traffic (a brief shot of this deleted scene can be glimpsed at in the montage scene with the Ecto 1-A screeching through traffic, Egon looking at Peter confused, Peter looking at Egon confused, and then looking at the back of Ray's head). Peter says "Going a little fast aren't we Ray?". Ray replies rather loudly, "Are you telling me how to drive?" and goes even faster passing by cars and trucks at over 80 mph. "Careful man!" Winston shouts, "You're gonna kill somebody!". Ray turns off the street and heads for a tree near a park and shouts "NO! I'M GONNA KILL EVERYBODY!". Just then, Winston slaps Ray outside the head rendering him unconscious, takes hold of the wheel and swerves the car so it just misses the tree and flips on the emergency brake. Ray then comes to and is oblivious to what has happened. Pete then turns to Egon and says "Watch him Egon, don't even let him SHAVE alone!".

The scene where the boys are in a glass store went on a little longer showing more clips of Egon examining floating glass.



More Trivia from Ghostbusters II
Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters have been plagued by lawsuits and court orders and their once-lucrative business is bankrupt. They've had to resort to other means to make ends meet.

Peter Venkman now hosts a cheesy TV series entitled "World of the Psychic." Ray, when not working at his Occult book shop, assists Winston in entertaining at birthday parties for children who don't even know who they are. Egon conducts tests involving human emotions and the effects of stress.

The group is reunited when Dana Barrett asks them to investigate a strange occurrence involving her 8-month old baby and a runaway carriage. They discover, after some illegal drilling, that a huge river of slime is flowing under the city. Not only that, but there is also a demonic painting at the city museum containing a deceased Carpathian god who wants live again.

Can the Ghostbusters quell the negative emotions feeding the otherworldly threat and stop the world from being slimed?

When it was released in the summer of 1984, Ghostbusters had grossed over $220 million. Frank Price, the former head of production at Columbia Pictures, called the possibility of a sequel "a huge check sitting in the drawer waiting to be cashed." Well, not quite. When the completed film opened in the summer of 1989, it earned $100 million, less than half of what the original did. Because of what was given away to the actors, in order to lure them to the project, the movie was considered a flop.

Verdict?

As with most sequels, this film is not nearly as good as the original. The biggest let-down with Ghostbusters II is it's complete lack of character continuity with the first film. Since when did Janine change her hair and become interested in Louis Tully?!?

We all know that she has the hots for Egon! Even though he may deny it, it's clear that Dan Aykroyd changed the characters (namely Janine) to be more in sync with their animated counterparts (from The Real Ghostbusters animated series).

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: Still very funny and suitable for family viewing.

Weaknesses? Much weaker than the original.

Our rating: 7.5 out of 10


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