GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE Magazine Covers And Still Feature Both Casts, Slimer, And The Returning Mini-Pufts

GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE Magazine Covers And Still Feature Both Casts, Slimer, And The Returning Mini-Pufts

Three new Empire Magazine covers put the spotlight on this March's Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, and they unite the new and returning cast members with some familiar ghouls, including Slimer and Mini-Pufts!

By JoshWilding - Jan 12, 2024 11:01 PM EST
Filed Under: Ghostbusters
Source: Fear HQ

2016's female-led Ghostbusters reboot failed to strike a chord with fans (for the majority, it wasn't that they were women; it was the lack of laughs and scares). With that in mind, it's easy to understand why there was a fair bit of scepticism surrounding 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife

The movie ended up exceeding all expectations and served as a launching platform for a new series of movies, all while respecting the original cast despite shifting the spotlight to a group of younger Ghostbusters. 

Next up for the iconic franchise is this March's Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.

Today, we have some new covers from Empire Magazine (via which feature the sequel's ensemble, including the returning Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz. And this time, she'll clearly be getting in on the action as well! Slimer also makes an appearance, as does the deadly new spectre which will haunt the Big Apple.

Perhaps most exciting, though, is the return of the previous movie's Mini-Pufts! They stole the show last time and look to be making themselves at home in the city by enjoying a New York cup of coffee. 

Ernie Hudson spoke to the magazine and confirmed Winston will play a key role in Frozen Empire. "Winston’s a wealthy guy now, and he’s funding research into new technology and the science behind ghostbusting" he teases. "When the world is threatened... Who you gonna call? He suits up with the rest of them."

Dan Aykroyd, meanwhile, is excited to bring Ray Stantz out of retirement...even if bustin' ghosts isn't as easy as it once was. "Ray’s been retired! He’s got fitness problems, insurance problems - Winston’s the shot-caller now and he decides Ray should step back from the ghostbusting frontline and just be an advisor. Ray does not like this."

"Gozer’s gone, but there’s an equally terrible threat emerging from Queens - by way of the Indus Valley - and Ray wants to be out there, driving the Cadillac."

In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level.

However, when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.

The movie stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Celeste O’Connor, Logan Kim, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Bill Murray. Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan penned the screenplay, while the latter will direct. 

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire arrives in theaters on March 29, 2024.

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bobevanz - 1/12/2024, 11:08 PM
This is going to be great! At least they're trying new things
StSteven - 1/12/2024, 11:42 PM
@bobevanz @THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - Right there with you guys! And to me this story progression makes sense:

(1) Following the OG 2 movies Egon is still obsessed with Gozer and believes that something BIG is going to happen. He tracks down the activity to that town in OK and takes all the equipment with him that he can. The other GBs are pissed and say "F him".
(2) Turns out that Egon was right and that big bad thing (the return of Gozer) IS actually happening, and all alone he tries to stop it but dies in the process
(3) His family inherits his estate and destitute moves form NY to OK where they stumble upon what was working on\
(4) Shit gets real, Egon's family alerts the OG GBs to what's happening, and they show up in the nick of time and they all save the day (for now)
(5) From this experience Winston decides that there's still more bustin' to do, and he's going to get the gang back together in NYC, along with the newbies and restart everything
(6) Everyone's back at the firehouse, Echo-1 is restored, the team is bustin' ghosts, and then Ray discovers something big coming...

I mean, it all just seems like a fairly coherent story to me so far. And, of course, because this "ice age" thing is coming (an environmental issue) that explains why we see Peck return (presumably to blame the GBs for what's happening with the weather). NOW, if someone can just back up a dumbstruck of cash up to Rick Moranis's door and get him back, we're golden. Hell, even Slimer is coming back and we know how busy his schedule typically is!

Timerider - 1/13/2024, 12:45 AM
@StSteven - I think either Sigourney Weaver or Rick Moranis show up in the credits, so technically they’re not in the movie, but I think SW might show up, more so than RM would.

It would be funny if they both crossed paths in the street, stopped and looked back at each other and did or said something funny then the credits begin to roll again. It’s a missed opportunity if they don’t show them again.
kg8817 - 1/13/2024, 11:24 AM
@Timerider - Sigourney showed up in the end credits of the last one, and Venkman is married to Dana now so she’s definitely showing up.
JackBurton1 - 1/13/2024, 11:27 AM
@bobevanz - Going with a "The Real Ghostbusters" vibe...probably the way to go.I don't know how the newer cast will be able to hit on the humor of the og's.
StSteven - 1/13/2024, 3:35 PM
@Timerider @kg8817 - Yeah, they even did a gag in the end credits with SW and Murray based on the scene at the beginning of "GB1" when he's doing the ESP test with the hot coed. I won't spoil it if you haven't seen it but it's pretty funny. You can find it on YouTube. Definitely worth a watch.

So that means all we're missing is RM (even just in a stinger) and everyone's back (or as close as can be expected). Actually, it would be funny if the just show RM watching a GB ad on TV and he's now like this rich Hugh Heffner surrounded by hot blonde chicks and he's like "Yeah, I used to roll with those guys." or even if he finally hooked up with that blonde bouncy chick from his party that he was dancing with.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 1/12/2024, 11:21 PM
It looks like the OG cast is going to have a larger role in this movie so I'm all for it!
lazlodaytona - 1/12/2024, 11:52 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - I'm all for it too but, man .... dudes is lookin crusty :D
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 1/13/2024, 12:08 AM
@lazlodaytona - Lol the Ghostbuster becomes the ghost.
lazlodaytona - 1/13/2024, 2:22 AM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - Egon already did at the end of the last film
MyCoolYoung - 1/12/2024, 11:25 PM
I just never thought these movies were good lol I’m a watch though. My daughter is really into ghost busters because of the fun squad
NinnesMBC - 1/12/2024, 11:33 PM
I love it when they do spreads like this, it's a good mix of the previous and new gen.

Gonna rewatch the past films in anticipation, this is one of the March movies I'm looking forward the most.
incredibleTalk - 1/12/2024, 11:35 PM
Why can't there be a Ghostbuster universe? Everyone else has one!

lazlodaytona - 1/12/2024, 11:54 PM
@incredibleTalk - I'm right there with you. There's a whole world of possibilities for Ghose-Verse!
JustAWaffle - 1/13/2024, 1:15 AM
@incredibleTalk - This is more like Highlander. There can only be one.
ObserverIO - 1/13/2024, 7:41 AM
@incredibleTalk - It's supposed to be an actual franchise in-universe. There should be ghostbusters in every city.
NinnesMBC - 1/12/2024, 11:35 PM
Off-topic: Maybe there is some hope after all with Karen and Foggy coming back in Born Again?

@JoshWilding @MarkCassidy
Saga - 1/13/2024, 12:02 AM
@NinnesMBC - [frick] yeeeeeeeah!!!!!
valmic - 1/12/2024, 11:43 PM
its strange they left out the other two kid ghostbusters... the minorities.
ObserverIO - 1/13/2024, 7:42 AM
@valmic - It's a tradition, lol
lazlodaytona - 1/12/2024, 11:57 PM
"(for the majority, it wasn't that they were women; it was the lack of laughs and scares)"

Yes, it was because they were women and the black lady who was torn to shreds online by racist, misogynistic a-holes. I felt so bad for her.
I found the film to be genuinely funny throughout and I really liked it over-all. The ending was bad but so was Wonder Woman's first film too.
JustAWaffle - 1/13/2024, 3:19 AM
I’m so stoked for this movie.

The only thing that would make this better is if they could pull Moranis from retirement.
ObserverIO - 1/13/2024, 7:46 AM
@JustAWaffle - He's doing a Honey I Shrunk the Kids thing, I think. So if he's not in this movie, Frozen Empire, he might be in the next one.
JustAWaffle - 1/13/2024, 9:29 AM
@ObserverIO - Seriously? That’d be cool to see him back for that
S8R8M - 1/13/2024, 3:28 AM
Can't wait!
Afterlife made me so happy and tearful. Studio's can learn a lot from that movie when it comes to franchises.
AmazingFILMporg - 1/13/2024, 3:57 AM
The film looks awful. That trailer looked so bad. Hope it's good though 😅
WhatIfRickJames - 1/13/2024, 5:03 AM
Honey, why are you putting your winter jacket on in summer?

Cold ghosts, dear, cold ghosts out.
FusionWarrior - 1/13/2024, 5:29 AM
Who you gonna call, Janine Melnitz!
Blergh - 1/13/2024, 6:27 AM
While looking awesome I'm a bit angry that Bill Murray seems so eager to return now,
for over 30 years he refused any script that Ramis ran by him and essentially blocked a third movie from happening.

Ramis dies and Murray jumps at the chance to do the reboot, revival and now this?

What happened? Did he just hate Ramis?
ObserverIO - 1/13/2024, 7:51 AM
@Blergh - He's angry at himself for the same reasons, that's why he's doing the movies now. He didn't want to do the third one unless the script was good, because he loved the first Ghostbusters so muc thathe didn't wanna ruin it with a commercial cash-grab. But I think Ramis' death filled him with regret and so now he'll do any of them. Good script, bad script, no script, he's there.
kg8817 - 1/13/2024, 11:25 AM
@ObserverIO - Yep this is definitely his mindset now.
Fogs - 1/13/2024, 6:40 AM
Afterlife was so good, way worse I could hope for (partly because the average soft reboot quality average is so low), I really hope they don't drop the ball now.
captainireland - 1/13/2024, 7:35 AM
"Perhaps most exciting, though, is the return of the previous movie's Mini-Pufts! They stole the show last time and look to be making themselves at home in the city by enjoying a New York cup of coffee."

Not sure if this is sarcasm 🤔 I have no problem with the mini-pufts, but in a Ghostbusters movie with the original characters returning, I definitely don't think that mini-pufts are the most exciting thing about it!
ObserverIO - 1/13/2024, 7:55 AM
@captainireland - Seeing Janine Melnitz in costume along with the other guys is incontestably the most exciting thing about these images. It was such a powerful, nostalgic-yet-new image, it punched my brain in the face when I saw that.
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