Thursday, February 27th 2020
They're back. Sorta. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the next chapter in the Ghostbusters story. It's been over 30 years since the last film. Most fans had written off a 3rd film. Many fans were angry at the last attempt at a Ghostbusters movie. Looking at the trailer there seems to be new "stranger" faces. With some hints at old faces too. Very exciting stuff. The cast looks amazing. Watch the trailer below if you haven't seen it. But today, we're focusing on an old face that's near and dear to our hearts. Our beloved ECTO 1. I'm glad to see that they're bringing this iconic relic back for a new generation film. Here's a few screenshots from the film trailer to help you dissect the trailer.
ECTO 1 is found sitting in a barn at the family farm in Oklahoma. From what we understand, the grandkids have no idea who or what the Ghostbusters were. With a little movie magic the car starts up after being tucked away for at least 25+ years. We don't know how or when the car was moved out there. But I'd like to see a 1959 Caddy that has been sitting around that long start up on the first crank. Pretty sure it's going to need..
Dr Ray Stantz: Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end.
In this next shot you can see the car whizzing through the streets of a small town. Just blasting away. I take it young drivers learning how to drive and proton pack at the same time. Folks. Don't proton pack and drive. This is your PSA.
This next shot is interesting. It looks like the ECTO 1 got a new feature. Some sort of suicide door, jump-seat/gunner-seat contraption. If you're not familiar with suicide doors. Here's the short run down. They're basically doors that open backwards. Many cars from the 20's and 30's had this feature. There's one problem with these doors. If you open them while the car is moving at a decent rate of speed, you could get blown out of the car. Just for the record the factory rear doors on the Caddies open normally. So this would have been a customization. The original car did not have this feature. However some of the Kenner toys in the 80's had something similar.
In this shot the teens appear to be practice driving through the fields. Possibly testing out that new jump-seat. Or they're just learning how to drive that beef-cake of a car.
This last shot is the end of the trailer. I wanted to point out the wonder patina work done by the studios. The car really looks like it's been sitting in a barn forever. The tires look dry-rotted don't they? This trailer leaves us with a lot of questions. My biggest question is: "Where's the ECTO 1A?" Hopefully time will tell and provide us the answers. Tell next time, Happy Ghostbusting!