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!
Just found out moments ago. That Harold Ramis has passed away at age 69. I'm sure you may remember Ramis as Ghostbuster Dr. Egon Spengler. Ramis was known for his writing, directing and acting in countless films. According to ABC News Ramis died at his Chicago home surrounded by family. Please keep the family of Ramis in your thoughts and prayers during their time of loss. Harold we'll never forget you!
I came across this great image through Ghostbusters.net's Facebook page. It's a mashup of 80's movies created by Deviant Art member: mestre-du-temple. I like how he included the Delorean Time Machine with Ferris Bueller and his friends riding in it. You can also see Marty Mcfly hanging from the door-frame on a hover board. Then there's Lisa from Weird Science holding Gizmo. That's just a few of the references. Can you spot them all?
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters of course. Especially if you play the Facebook Game - Car Town. If you haven't heard of Car Town checkout one of our earlier posts. Otherwise here's another reason to come back or try it out. After today's addition to the game. Guest will now have access to the Ghostbuster's Firehouse! Check out the screenshot above. In the new Ghostbuster Central there are a few new jobs you can do. You can create a team to help you bust ghosts. This will allow you to trick out a ECTO 1 for your collection. The team at Car Town did a bang up job of decking it out the new area. Slimer, A Trap, Protron Pack, The Containment Unit to name some of what content you will see. So what ya waiting for? Get Bust'n!
January 2021 Update
Car Town has long since been dead. Such a shame. Was such a neat little game.
The Twisted Metal franchise is back (for those living under a rock). The lastest release is the first title in over 7 years. But I think it's well worth the wait. The game has a short but interesting story told through chapters. I have to say it's defiantly a treat for the adults (sorry kids it's a little rough). If you were a fan of series from back in the day then check this out. I think you'll find some interesting vehicles. I know I did.
After playing for a while I found a few cars I liked. But one really stuck out. That was Meat Wagon. If you look at the photos above and below you can see why. Meat wagon has a resemblance to the Ghostbusters ECTO 1. That's because it's based off a 1959 Miller Meteor Cadillac ambulance. Sorry Meat Wagon's special ability is not a proton back. But a more morbid form of artillery.
That being some poor guy with a bomb strapped down to a gurney. The gurney can be launched from the front or behind. The nearest target will receive the blast. The gurney used primary automatically homes in, but secondary the player can guide the gurney. Pretty neat stuff.
According to Twisted Metal Wiki The original concept art for Meat Wagon was a very modern looking ambulance. Glad the team went with this direction. Makes for a great On Screen Car. A real conversation piece. Haven't played Twisted Metal for the PS3 yet? Then be sure to check it out on Amazon. This game make for a great game night. Especially the co-op and death-match modes. I know my friends and I did enjoy this one.