With the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, one thing is visible that Director Jason Reitman has given a tribute to his father, Ivan Reitman. He has added enough references from the original 1984 Ghostbusters. If you’ve ever watched any part of the Ghostbusters series, you’ll definitely notice many elements like the traps and the jumpsuits are similar to the first parts of the movie. Not only this, Afterlife includes some characters who are returning in this part also, followed by some new generation secret cameos. Below are Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Every Easter Eggs and references, explained! Also, this article consists of major Ghostbusters: Afterlife SPOILERS!!!
1. Shandor Mining Company: At the beginning of the movie, Egon is seen fighting with ghosts that escape from the “Shandor Mining Co”. Ivo Shandor, an architect who constructed the haunted building at Central Park West where Dana Barrett used to live, and the Ghostbusters battled Zuul.
The building was built with “cold-riveted girders with cores of pure selenium,” which is good for conducting spectral energy. In Afterlife, we got to know that all the selenium was mined in Summerville, Oklahoma. This is the reason why Egon has relocated there.
2. Janine Melnitz, the secretary from the original Ghostbusters movie, cameos in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. When Trevor, Callie, and Phoebe arrive at Egon’s house, Janine welcomes them. Janine also explains that she has been looking after the house after Egon’ death.
3. Everyone could feel Egon’s ghostly presence in the farmhouse at the start of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. “Asymmetrical book stacking” is a clear sign of ghost activities happening there. A pile of books is stacked weirdly at an unreachable height when Trevor, Phoebe, and Callie move into the living room. These were the same ones that were there in the Ghostbusters in New York Public Library in 1984.
4. Many in the audience were sad to see that Rick Moranis doesn’t return in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. But there is a quick reminder of his part in the earlier parts of the movies in Egon’s secret basement. Phoebe finds her grandfather’s possessions in which she also saw the homemade colander helmet he wears in the original 1984’s Ghostbusters.
5. Gary was searching through some sugary products at Walmart. While wandering around, he came across a shelf with Stay-Puft Marshmallow bags on it. Suddenly, a whole bunch of mini Stay-Puft Marshmallow man blast out of the bags and start destruction across the store.
The reference here is pretty clear about the gigantic Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. By the end of the 1984 Ghostbusters, the Huge Marshmallows beat all around the streets of New York.
6. Callie was wearing a golden dress which was very similar to the orange dress Dana was wearing when Zuul possesses her in the Ghostbusters 1984 movie.
7. It wouldn’t be justice to a Ghostbusters movie if we’ll not mention Ray Parker shouting, “Bustin’ makes me feel good!” The original version of the song arrives at the end credits with an all-new updated and modern touch to it in the Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
8. When Phoebe and Podcast tests the proton pack, founded by Phoebe in Egon’s lab, Phoebe shouts, “Switch me on.” Ray said the exact same thing when he first tested the proton pack in the original 1984 Ghostbusters movie. This line simply shows a connection between the old and new generations of Ghostbusters.