The Alberta-shot blockbuster movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is now out in theatres across the globe. Several premieres and events have been held across the province for the movie and it’s hard to find one that the Alberta Ghostbusters did not attend. The Alberta Ghostbusters is a not-for-profit society comprised of mega-fans who attend events dressed in full Ghostbuster gear all for charity.
To say they have been busy as the new movie premieres across the province is an understatement.
“I'm not gonna lie. I haven't slept very much at all.” Laughs Mario Giguère, President of The Alberta Ghostbusters. “We had the Fort Macleod special screening on Saturday and we had some setup to do there. We also had the cast and crew screening at the Scotiabank theatre Chinook mall in Calgary. It's been a grind but it's been so worth it.”
Composed of 51 members from around the province. The Alberta Ghostbusters not only rock Ghostbuster suits but also proton packs, ghost traps, and even an Ecto-1 vehicle. They raise money to support the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation in Calgary as well as the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton.
The group was recognized by the Government of Alberta’s Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program for their support of children’s hospitals and providing supplies to frontline workers during the pandemic.
The highly anticipated sequel features areas all over Alberta including Fort Macleod's Empress Theatre and Drumheller's water tower.
“Most times when we see a Hollywood movie that’s shot in Alberta, they always make it kind of indiscernible so you know, you can't really tell if it's Alberta. In the new Ghostbusters, they don't hide anything.”
“You know that's Drumheller, you know that's Crossfield, you know that's Fort Macleod, you know that’s Turner Valley. It's awesome”
“One thing that I really noticed at our cast and crew screening is everybody staying through the credits. It was so great to hear people’s screams of joy when they would see their name or their friend's name in the credits at the end. It was incredible.”
But is it a good movie?
“I think it definitely lives up to the hype. It's a really, really good movie.”
“It actually surpassed my expectations. It's funnier than I thought it would be. It's scarier than I thought it would be. It was more original as well because we've seen the string of like nostalgia movies come out in the last year and this is a more original movie than I thought and has a lot of heart.”
The Alberta Ghostbusters will be celebrating the new movie all weekend in front of the Scotiabank theatre Chinook mall in Calgary and the Scotiabank theatre at West Edmonton Mall. If you would like to become a Ghostbuster yourself, check out more information here.