For higher or worse, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, ahem, Ghostbusters 3 is a nostalgia melting pot. Except for Onionhead (Slimer), this canonized third movie harkens again to actually each beat from the 1984 traditional, one-liners and all. A few of it’s endearing and different bits are straight-up cringe, however ultimately, the filmmakers deal with all of it.
In actual fact, director Jason Reitman and co-writer Gil Kenan are so invested in bringing the unique story full circle that Afterlife carries fairly a surprising cameo – the never-before-seen antagonist behind every little thing, Ivo Shandor.
In Ghostbusters: Afterlife (evaluation), we see Egon Spengler‘s grandchildren exploring their inheritance, which incorporates not solely a haunted farmhouse and barn, but in addition a mining firm, “Shandor Mining Co.”, established in 1927.
Shandor is, in fact, Ivo Shandor, greatest referred to as the architect who constructed 550 Central Park West, Dana’s residence constructing (aka “Spook Central”) in Ghostbusters. He was additionally the chief of the Cult of Gozer who used this property as a technique to join with the afterlife and produce upon the tip of the world. Within the 1984 movie, the portal is opened and the Ghostbusters come face-to-face with Gozer and are compelled to danger “crossing the streams” to be able to shut the gateway.
Digressing, Shandor’s mine carries a darkish secret: it’s the central place of worship the place Shandor and his followers held ceremonies to honor Gozer.
Lengthy story brief, Gozer returns and so does… Shandor, who has been “sleeping” in anticipation of the massive occasion. Whereas Gozer would possibly idiot you into pondering the function is performed by Olivia Wilde (it’s not), Shandor’s surprising cameo is performed by an even-more surprising actor: Oscar-winner J.Ok. Simmons!
Simmons incessantly seems in Jason Reitman’s films, together with Juno, Up within the Air, Labor Day, Younger Grownup and The Entrance Runner, so it’s solely proper that he seems in Afterlife as properly. His look is brief and candy, but it surely’s one other enjoyable cameo alongside Josh Gad as Muncher and A Nightmare on Elm Avenue: Dream Warriors actor Ira Heiden because the Mini-Pufts.
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