Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Egon:
Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Peter:
Have you or your family ever seen a spook, spectre or ghost? Ray:
If the answer is "yes," then don't wait another minute. Pick up the phone and call the professionals. All: WE'RE READY TO BELIEVE YOU!
A popular, enduring horror/comedy franchise in which Mad Science
takes on occult terror, and wins, hilariously.
is modern day New York City
, which has become overrun with supernatural creatures of every description. Some ghosts are mere annoyances or even benign, but all too many of them are dangerous, and a few are bent on causing The End of the World as We Know It
. There's only one force that can stop them: A Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
who protect humanity with high tech weaponry—and entertain generations of viewers with their quirky personalities
and witty dialogue
The franchise started with the 1984 film Ghostbusters
, starring Bill Murray
, Dan Aykroyd
, Harold Ramis
and Ernie Hudson
; Aykroyd and Ramis also wrote the script. It was a smash hit which led to a sequel, Ghostbusters II
, in 1989.
The films produced a popular Animated Adaptation
—The Real Ghostbusters
in 1986, which had its own Spin-Off
, Extreme Ghostbusters
in 1997. As a rule of thumb, they aren't in continuity with the movies (and the later video game) but are otherwise based on the same story and internal principles
that the movies introduced.
There was also a Role-Playing Game
developed by West End Games in 1986; set after the first movie, the players were cast as owners/employees of a Ghostbusters
franchise in their local community. In addition to ghosts, adventure hooks could feature encounters with other paranormal creatures and incidents, including vampires, aliens, and time-travelers. A revised version of the game, Ghostbusters International
, was published in 1989 following the release of Ghostbusters II
. It was eventually named as one of "The Millennium's Most Underrated Games" by Pyramid
In 2009, a video game adaptation
was released, written and performed by the original casts, that acts as a third story. Two years after the second movie, the Ghostbusters are doing well. The new mayor rode into office on pro-Ghostbusting legislation: New York directly pays the Ghostbusters for doing their job, and insures all of their collateral damage
. In addition, their research on paranormal activity has given them enough cash to develop new technology, which allows them to hire a young intern (the player character) to test it out for them. However, a Gozer exhibit at the local museum triggers a reawakening of the forces unleashed in the first movie...
Because Dan Aykroyd
and Harold Ramis
were a key part of developing the story, they have stated that this game is in the same continuity
as the movies. Interestingly, there are still some variations to the plot that occur with three distinct versions: a "Realistic" version for the PlayStation 3
, Xbox 360
; a "Stylistic" version for the PlayStation 2
; and a version for Nintendo DS
that has totally different gameplay (and doesn't even have the rookie). The console games were very well received and applauded for being a unique and dynamic gaming experience. Tropes relating specifically to the Video Game (especially video game tropes) should go on the page for the game.
There were also computer game adaptations of both movies, but only Tropers over a certain age will possibly vaguely remember them. There was also a comic book series by long-defunct NOW Comics which used the animated series' art style but had its own story lines. IDW Publishing
, after a couple of miniseries, is now publishing an ongoing comic series picking up a few years after the second movie.
There was talk about a third film for decades
, though with Harold Ramis' death in February 2014
, it seemed to be unlikely to happen. A rebooted version with female leads was announced in October 2014.
Works in the Ghostbusters franchise with TV Tropes pages:
Not part of the official franchise, but still worth mentioning: