Ghostbusters: The reveal of the alien character is grimly familiar.

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Paul Rudd might be scared of some ghosts, as Sony has revealed a character from the upcoming Ghostbusters: Life after death. This will be the third Ghostbusters film in the main series, and the fourth overall if you count Paul Feig’s 2016 remake/reboot (which nobody does unless they offer it for their sins). Ghostbusters is set in modern times: In Afterlife, McKenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard (who will star in any horror or sci-fi series that needs a kid until he can’t play a kid anymore) star as siblings who want to play Ghostbusters, Carrie Coon as their mother, and Paul Rudd as an adult actor. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver will reunite with their iconic characters from the first two films. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is directed by Ivan Reitman’s son, Jason Reitman, who is a very good director despite Labor Day. Watch Ghostbusters: The following reveals the nature of life after death:

The Stay Puft marshmallow man is back, and now he’s small and a million feet tall. Mini Pufts, like Ghostbusters: The otherworldly characters calling them out are also CGI, and they look like they’re spinning around a lot. On its own, the scene is well done; the staging is almost identical to that of the haunted library with which Ghostbusters began, with the odd movement in the background as the unconscious character goes about his business. They even use the scary music from the original. But as a harbinger of things to come, it’s a little unsettling. It’s Ghostbusters: Will Afterlife throw a bunch of pickanberries at the crowd? For example, we all love Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but he existed in isolation; he was the last form of Gozer because Ray thought of him. Why would he come back? Maybe there is a different explanation than the one in the first part, but even if there is, what would it look like other than a tug-of-war over a nostalgic cape? I already have my doubts about Ghostbusters: Afterlife; now that Harold Ramis is gone, I don’t want a Ghostbusters movie anymore. I’m not interested in the new generation, even though I love Paul Rudd (and enjoyed seeing him buy Ben and Jerry’s ice cream). The return of the rest of the Ghostbusters – as the Ghostbusters – is nice, and I’m sure it will at least have more respect for the original than the Girls movie. But if it’s just a hodgepodge of nostalgia, I don’t see it becoming anything other than a novelty. I think the intentions are good this time around (on the part of the creators, if not Sony), but some things are better left alone.

How about the Ghostbusters? Are you discovering the nature of life after death? Can’t wait to see the movie? Is there any chance Slimer won’t be back? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for more Geeks + Gamers news!

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