Hook & Ladder 8

The original spook exterminators choose an abandoned, rundown firehouse as their headquarters in the first movie. It’s the real Hook & Ladder 8 firehouse in Tribeca, New York City, and it’s a temporary location for the new Ghostbusters in the middle of the movie, until they realize they can’t afford the $21,000 a month rent. They end up getting the firehouse back in the end, though. Also, the real estate agent who shows the firehouse to the new Ghostbusters just happens to be the film’s writer, Katie Dippold.


If There’s Something Strange…

Ray Parker Jr.’s theme song for the original Ghostbusters has the iconic lyric, “If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call?” Abby references the first part of the line when she’s attempting to come up with a new slogan for their Conductors of the Metaphysical Examination since “If you see something, say something,” is already taken.

In the same vein, at one point Abby also wonders what New Yorkers are going to do if they encounter a ghost, and she asks the question aloud, “Who are they gonna call?”


The Scoleri Brothers

This is a bit of a deep cut, but there are two ghost brothers who appear in a courtroom scene in Ghostbusters II known as The Scoleri Brothers. They famously got the electric chair a long time ago, and they end up haunting the courtroom in a key scene. The ghost discovered by Patty (Leslie Jones) appears to be one of the Scoleri brothers, or at least another prisoner who was given the electric chair.



Easily one of the most obvious references to the original movie, the new vehicle driven by the Ghostbusters is still called the Ecto-1. Instead of being an old, busted ambulance, it’s a hearse, keeping with the strange origin of their iconic vehicle.


Proton Packs and Traps

The proton packs are one of many obvious lifts of technology from the original Ghostbusters. They’re the devices used to ensnare ghosts before they get sucked into the ghost trap. The same basic premise of the tools is used in the reboot, though the proton technology from the packs is expanded into some other little gadgets, and the proton streams themselves are used a little more liberally in confrontations with the ghosts.

In the 1984 movie, when the proton packs are turned on for the first time in a confined elevator, Egon (Harold Ramis) and Venkman (Bill Murray) slowly move away from Ray (Dan Aykroyd). Our new Ghostbusters do the same when they try out one of their new gadgets.


Nuclear Accelerators and Total Protonic Reversal

In the original Ghostbusters, the proton packs are referenced as containing unlicensed nuclear accelerators. The proton packs in both the original movie and the reboot can be charged up by the Ecto-1, and that’s why the reboot reveals that the vehicle is technically a nuclear bomb.

In fact, when the Ecto-1 is used to close the portal that the villain Rowan unleashes on the city, it’s called “total protonic reversal.” In the original film, that’s referred to more commonly as crossing the streams, and it’s the exact same way that the original Ghostbusters defeat Gozer the Gozerian.


Magnificent Feast

After the Ghostbusters in the original movie have moved into their firehouse headquarters, they’re a little short on cash. Ray lets Venkman know in one scene that the “magnificent feast” of Chinese food they’re eating represents the last of the petty cash they had on hand. It’s no coincidence that the headquarters that the new Ghostbusters end up in turns out to be a Chinese restaurant.


Spook Central

The climax of the original Ghostbusters takes place in an art deco apartment of Central Park West where Sigourney Weaver’s Dana Barrett character lived. The location came to be dubbed as “spook central” by Ray when the Ghostbusters are spending some time in a jail cell. A building with a similar aesthetic known as the Mercado Hotel is used for the climax of the new Ghostbusters where Rowan transforms into a moving version of the Ghostbusters logo, and there’s even a shot that is framed just like a shot from the original movie.

There are actually plenty of other New York locations from the original movie that can be spotted in the new Ghostbusters.


Mass Hysteria

When Peter Venkman and the rest of the original Ghostbusters meet with the mayor to convince him to let them out of jail to fight the breakout of paranormal activity in the city, he references the possibility of “dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.” Both the mayor’s assistant (Cecily Strong) and Abby Yates use the phrase when discussing paranormal activity in the city with the new mayor, played by Andy Garcia.


Ghostbusters, Whaddaya Want?

On the answering machine for the new Ghostbusters, their secretary Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) can be heard on the answering machine saying, “Ghostbusters, whaddaya want,” just like the original secretary played by Annie Potts. In fact, the actress also says this line in the movie as a hotel receptionist in the reboot.

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