Directed by: Hank Braxtan
Starring: Tim Johnson, J. Michael Weiss, Joel Hanson
This is a fan sequel to Ghostbusters which also happens to be a student film. In fact, I know people who know the guys who made this, and I mention this because they started playing the movie at a party I was at once and I drunkenly heckled it in front of the people who made it. Later I heard that I was called “your asshole friend”, and that was one of my proudest moments.
There’s a chapter of the Ghostbusters which has opened up in Denver, which consists of mostly the same characters. There’s Igon’s nephew who acts exactly like him, a pompous dick, and a… Russian guy. That’s his personality. Anyway, there’s an evil German Egyptologist (is there any other kind?!) who finds an amulet that gives him super powers, but he needs to capture souls for it to work. He steals one of the Ghostbusters’ ghost-capturing things and uses that to put people into comas to power himself. In the end, they shoot him a lot and he explodes.
Like all fan fiction, Return of the Ghostbusters is three-fourths recycled ideas and imagery from the source material with self-inserts filling out the rest. This actually isn’t nearly as bad on the self-insert front as a lot of fan fiction, but it’s still a hell of a lot of “remember when this happened in the original movie? Well, here it is cheaper and the same and you don’t actually care because it wasn’t set up appropriately.” Strangely, the one thing this movie didn’t try to copy from Ghostbusters was the sense of humor, which is replaced here by people calling each other assholes and making fun of Batman & Robin (???).