CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Is Ghostbusters 2 a Christmas film?

It’s rare for a film that was released in the month of June to be talked about as a Christmas film, but Ghostbusters 2 is an exception.

Released the 16th June 1989 the sequel to the 1984 hit comedy Ghostbusters was expected to be one of the big films that summer; whilst not savage reviews at the time were average at best. Its box office returns were similar to its predecessor, but its budget was twice that of the 1984 film. This led many to consider the film both a critical and commercial failure.

So how is this comedy realised to be a summer box office smash a Christmas film?

First off the time of year it’s set. The exact date and timeline is never revealed, but considering that it concludes with the New Year being celebrated, we can assume that it’s set in that awkward week between Christmas and New Year. Christmas is not mentioned throughout with New Year only cropping up to make the finale make sense. The only references throughout the movie are the Christmas decorations that decorate any room, except Peter’s apartment.

Secondly it was meant to be a Christmas film. During the writing phase Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd had envisioned the seconded instalment to be a holiday film. Due to prolonged arguments with the studio over budget that film was rewritten a number of times. By the time the finances had been agreed Ghostbusters 2 had gone through a few rewrites and in fact was still going through one. By this time most of the references to Christmas had been removed. Both writers did like the idea of the New Year bring hope and positivity to people, so left this along the setting in the movie.

Much like Lethal Weapon Ghostbusters 2 is unfairly overlooked by many looking for an alternative watch at Christmas. Much like the Mel Gibson vehicle an argument could be made that it’s a film set during the holiday period and not a Christmas film. The same arguments could also be hurled at the first two Die Hard’s or Gremlins. In the end it’s up to you to have you own opinion on the question ‘is Ghostbusters 2 a Christmas film?’

 

Related Posts
The worst Doctor Who episode of the modern era?

With the exception of series 1 and 10 every season of Doctor Who has that one episode the fans don’t want to talk about. You know, watch once and then Read more

The Real Ghostbusters

Following on from the hit 1984 Ghostbusters movie, The Real Ghostbusters was an American cartoon than ran for seven seasons (140 episodes) from September 13th 1986 to October 5th 1991. It Read more

The Middleman

"...an over-the-top, sixteen-car-pileup-sugar-popped-cereal-bowl of a series that's not afraid to be everything your mother warned you about television: a cartoonish extreme, randomly fantastic, special-effects laden, three-fisted walking-and-talking toy-line advertisement of Read more

Susan Blu

Susan Blu was born on July 12th 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA and gained fame as an American voice actress, voice director and casting director in American and Canadian cinema and Read more

Star Wars – The Last Jedi – One 40 Something’s ‘Obsessed Fanboy’ take on it all!

Let's get this straight from the start.  I've seen TLJ a few times now and it IS a damn fine movie.  So why are so many people vehemently angry? I Read more

So the new Ghostbusters trailer is here…

My psychic powers are seeing the word "Fantastic" and the number "4" Anyone else getting any visions?

Rick Moranis turns down new Ghostbusters movie!

Following news of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver all set to cameo in Sony’s upcoming Ghostbusters reinvention eyes fell on Rick Moranis - who exclusively revealed to The Read more

Preview: TMNT Ghostbusters #4 (of 4)

IDW brings you a conclusion to its awesome cross-over series where ghostly forces converge on the Ghostbusters HQ, and the Turtles' opportunity to get back home is fast dwindling! The two Read more

Preview: Horror Icon – Inside Michael’s Mask with Tony Moran

Insomniac Productions and Lock it Down Productions are proud to present the teaser trailer for Horror Icon: Inside Michael’s Mask with Tony Moran. The independent documentary explores the life of Read more

Preview: GHOSTBUSTERS DEVIATIONS 1 (ONE SHOT)

In a world, where on that fateful day in New York, the Ghostbusters did NOT cross streams, and were thus unable to destroy Gozer or close his portal. Now, 31 Read more

%d bloggers like this: