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The new Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer is heavy on nostalgia

Plus the return of Muncher!

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The Ghostbusters are back ... well not really. But there is a new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife and it leans into just about everything you remember from the original movie.

The new trailer, released on Tuesday, sets the stage for the movie’s family of future Ghostbusters, just like other trailers have. A single mother (Carrie Coon) and her two children played by Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace move into a farmhouse left to them by the kids’ late grandfather, who appears to have been Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis, who died in 2014) based on the millions of clues this trailer offers. Of course, strange ghostly things start happening around the family’s new town and they have to dig up Egon’s past to save the present — along with some help from Paul Rudd.

And the movie’s more than willing to dig up the past.

Annie Potts, who played the Ghostbusters’ administrative assistant Janine in the first movie, shows up here, along with an end-of-trailer cameo from Dan Aykroyd — whose Ray Stantz character appears to be running an occult book store today. There are also YouTube videos of the original Ghostbusters commercials, Slimer, a Hellhound breaking out of a Wal-Mart, an army of tiny Stay-Puft marshmallow men, and a million other small references to the original movies. Hey, but at least Muncher, the new blue ghost, makes a return from previous trailers.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is also directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the original movie and its 1989 sequel. Supposedly, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will feature appearances from other original cast members, like Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson, but we haven’t seen them in any trailers just yet.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be released in theaters on Nov. 11.

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