Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Resurrects Concepts Originally Conceived For The 1984 Movie – SlashFilm


In “Ghostbusters,” the containment facility that the four parapsychologists dump the trapped spooks into for storage is located in the basement of their firehouse headquarters in lower Manhattan. When Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) is first hired to the company, he’s given a tour of the facility by Ray Stantz (Aykroyd), who demonstrates how they slide the trap into the red structure constructed over the basement wall, and when “the light is green, the trap is clean.”

However, as Don Shay’s 1984 book “Making Ghostbusters” revealed, the original concept Aykroyd had for the storage facility in the first draft script involved the containment unit being established quite far away from the ‘Busters’ headquarters. Shay explains that this initial idea had the storage facility located “in a deserted Sunoco gas station in northern New Jersey.”

Subsequently, in “Frozen Empire,” the newly expanded Ghostbusters company, with Winston as its CEO, has established a place known as the Paranormal Research Center inside of an abandoned aquarium just outside of NYC. Not only does the new facility act as an all-purpose paranormal studies lab, it also contains not one but several brand spankin’ new containment units, the better for the new Ghostbusters to dump their massive overflow of spooks into.

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