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The next Ghostbusters movie, aptly titled Afterlife, has gotten a new clip to drum up hype for the latest chapter in the iconic supernatural saga, and it features its most recognisable villain.
In the very, very, very brief clip, Mr. Grooberson (played by Paul Rudd) is strolling around a supermarket when he hears a scream. Slightly surprised, he ignores the noise and continues on his way, picking up processed foods and chuckling at their ridiculous labels. However, he turns and notices a bag of Stay Puft marshmallows twitching on the shelf. Any other rational being would avoid looking too closely and head on out before they are the ones to go face-to-face with a pest infestation. Not Mr. Grooberson, though. With what might be termed foolhardiness, he peers at the bag when a Mini-Puft bursts from it, smiling angelically.
The premise of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is that the odd events of the 1980s have been lost to time. Ergo, the character doesn't know the danger he's in when he coos and pokes the cute Mini-Puft with his finger. It sinks its teeth (?) into his flesh, and soon the supermarket has become the playground of these tiny terrors. Commandeering Roombas and performing what appears to be ritual sacrifice on a barbeque, Mr. Grooberson suddenly realises that he might be witnessing the return of paranormal activity in this dimension.
Fans of the original movies will be delighted to know that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts are reprising their roles in Afterlife. The third movie had actually been on hold since the late 1990s, because Murray notoriously dislikes sequels. That's why we got the reboot in 2016, though this unfortunately underperformed at the box office. Jason Reitman, the son of Ivan Reitman who directed Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, is directing.
And, if that wasn't enough, Aykroyd couldn't be happier with the way the series will evolve the classic chaotic storylines with fresh faces and exciting events. "[It's] a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation. It hands the legacy off to a new generation," said the actor in an interview in 2020. Ghostbusters: Afterlife releases on November 11th, 2021.
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