New trailer for ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ is scary but nostalgic

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It’s been 37 years since the original’s release, but the Ghostbusters are still who you’re gonna call.

A new trailer for the highly anticipated “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was released Tuesday, and fans are absolutely thrilled — and spooked.

Directed and co-written by Jason Reitman, the latest franchise installment stars Carrie Coon as Callie and Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard as her kids, Phoebe and Trevor.

Fans even caught a nostalgic glimpse of some of the original cast in their iconic roles from the 1984 blockbuster and the 1989 sequel. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the original films along with Paul Rudd, who plays a summer school teacher.

After being evicted, Callie, a single mother, and her two children move into a decaying farmhouse in Summerville, Oklahoma that was left to them by the children’s late grandfather.

The trailer opens with Callie noting that “I’m fine with Trevor, but with Phoebe, she really keeps me on the outside.” Phoebe is called an “awkward, nerdy kid” and Trevor later notes that “we’re completely broke, and our grandfather left us this creepy old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.”

But all of a sudden, a series of unexplained earthquakes wreak havoc, even though the home is not situated on any fault. At the same time, strange things start to happen in an old mine previously owned by alleged occultist Ivo Shandor.

While the original Ghostbusters had been largely forgotten at the time, the children stumble upon the gang — via YouTube videos — who might be able to help save them from the strange supernatural phenomena.

In later scenes, Trevor and Phoebe also discover the Ectomobile, with Phoebe digging into her grandfather’s past. “Maybe it’s the apocalypse,” Phoebe surmises.

After a rather creepy scene in which Marshmallow Men wreak havoc in a supermarket, Phoebe warns that “something’s coming,” as supernatural manifestations begin to swirl around the town. Phoebe then harnesses the power of a proton pack as she shoots a ghost pursuing the Ectomobile.

The very end of the trailer teases the return of Dan Aykroyd, whose character Ray Stantz answers the phone, “We’re closed.”

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was pushed from a 2020 release date due to the pandemic. It will now be released on Nov. 11 from Sony Pictures.

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