Ghostbusters 2

Corrected entry: The Ghostbusters 'frost' the inside of the Statue of Liberty and are shown dousing it in a rather wasteful, abundant way - with just two backpacks of slime. That's just a comically small amount of produce for such a huge monument. And they even have plenty left for the battle with Vigo. (01:27:30)


Correction: 1. You have no idea how much positive slime they have made 2. You have no idea how much slime is needed to make the statue of liberty come to life. It is only fiction after all, made up by the movie makers, so they are allowed to make the rules. It's not a mistake in the movie, at all.


It is indeed fiction! I am merely saying that with two backpack tanks they 'frost' the inside of a 151 feet tall monument, and they have plenty more to spare. I do admit to not having the technical specs of psychoactive slime and what the recommended usage in public monuments engineering is. On a macroscopic scale, it feels a little off.


Correction: As shown with the toaster, you don't need to completely cover something in slime to animate it. Remember, a small drizzle made the toaster dance. They seem to spray a comparatively scaled-up amount inside of the statue. You also have to factor in the fact that emotions are shown to have an effect on the volume of slime - strong emotions cause more slime to generate. (Which is why there's so much in the first place. We also see this happen during the courtroom scene.) Chances are, the backpacks are constantly being "refueled" by their emotions or the positivity they are generating.


For the 'small drizzle', Ray made sure to pour the thing back and forth through the whole length of the slit, effectively coating its interiors, and they splooge that thing all over the place in, a randomic and wasteful way, which we see before any of it expands because of the goodwill of people - which by the way never happens, at least it's never represented in the shots of the Statue; if at any point they showed the statue bubbling with power, charging because of the positivity or something, we'd never have had the conversation about the museum either. It's not that I missed what the film said, it's just that it's more often than not contradicted by what it is shown.


I literally just loaded up the scene - it was a small drizzle, in no way do they "effectively coat the interior" of the teaser. And how precisely can you say it's a "random and wasteful way"? Do you have personal experience bringing statues to life with slime? At no point does the film contradict itself. It shows early on that a certain volume of slime can bring a small object (the toaster) to life, and then pays it off later with a larger object. (The statue). Also, they do indeed show energy flowing through the slime in the statue when the music starts... you literally see like bolts/electricity/energy moving through it.


The 'energy' part was referred to the properties of the slime to increase in volume and such, you don't see that going on even in the scene when it flashes activating because of the music. I haven't had experience bringing statues to life with slime (at most applying gels in cove joints), but I had experience talking with other people about the movie, and we all laughed at the fact that they had a seemingly unlimited amount of slime, but hey, you can always meet other people with a different view and it was just my little bubble.


TedSixton makes an excellent point that I forgot, the slime increases in volume when more positive energy is added. You can go many ways with this theory, even so philosophical as to say the statue of liberty is such a positive symbol that the slime that was sprayed on it started to grow immediately simply because of what the statue of liberty represents or perhaps in a way has already gathered all positive energy of the city into itself, which is why it came to life. Not a mistake in any case.


Corrected entry: During the scene in the subway with the river of slime, as Egon, Ray and Winston are measuring the depth of the river Winston's equipment begins to pull him into the slime. During the struggle to stop this Egon is heard to shout the name Ernie, the actor who plays Winston.

Correction: He doesn't shout "Ernie!", he shouts "Hurry!"

Corrected entry: When Ray is being lowered through the hole in Maine street, he hasn't reached the river of slime yet, but you can see slime dripping from the device he later uses to take a sample.

Correction: I've watched the scene numerous times, I just don't see the slime dripping, until after he takes the sample. I've slowed it down as well...just don't see it. In all fairness though to the OP, there is a metal teat at the end of the device that would look like a drip of slime in some shots.

Corrected entry: When Ray and Egon are analysing the photos and talking about what sort of take-away to have, Vigo manages to slide the bolt on the door shut. Presumeably this is the only door into the room, so the bolt has to be on one side of the door or the other (being a dark room, it should be on the inside to prevent anyone else coming in). Why didn't they just slide the bolt back? If the bolt was on the other side of the door, then Winston could have slid it back instead of smashing the door open with the fire extinguisher. (00:56:47)

Correction: Actually one of them does try to open the bolt from the inside but can't because the Vigo guy must be controlling it still.

Corrected entry: During the courtroom scene, one of the ghosts grabs the prosecutor and she is hanging upside down. Her dress comes down a little, but when she is about to fly through the door you can see part of the dress is pinned to her panty hose to stop the dress from falling off. (00:33:30)

Correction: She's not wearing pantyhose, she's wearing stockings with a garter belt, that's the part that is 'pinned' to the hosiery. The skirt does seem to ride up (I mean, upside down) a bit but it could have latched onto one of the clips.


Corrected entry: At the end of the movie you see the Statue of Liberty looking down from the rooftop, and then you don't see it the next time we see the rooftop. Then it's on the ground. How can it move without them controlling it?

Correction: Because it fell over, which requires only gravity.


Also I think they are not controlling it, the positive slime turned it sentient.


Corrected entry: When the heroes walk the statue of liberty across New York Harbour, her head etc, are well about the waterline. Yet if you measure the statue herself and find out the depth of the harbour in some places, it would have been impossible for her to take that walk and not "drown". (01:28:23)

Correction: The key phrase is "some places." The Ghostbusters could have mapped out a route along the harbor that would make sure they didn't get submerged.

Correction: The harbor is only 62 feet deep at the deepest point, and the statue is well over 100 feet tall.

Corrected entry: Dana is really worried about her baby throughout the whole movie. She was literally almost eaten by a bathtub of slime less than 24 hours before. So naturally, when the guys show up to investigate, she blows them off to go on a date. (00:58:30)


Correction: Dana asked Janine if she could babysit Oscar for her while she was on her date and Janine said yes.

That's not the point; they are going to check the "slime stuff" (as Peter says) that happens to be the same slime that nearly ate her baby and the reason why she's there and needs a babysitter to begin with, but to her the date with Peter is more important. Like, way more important, she does not even think about it a second.


Peter sees that Dana is stressed out, so he offers to take her to dinner to help ease her. She's reluctant at first until Peter mentions having Janine as a babysitter. After that Dana agrees to use Janine as a babysitter for Oscar as she works for the Ghostbusters and Dana knows how reliable Janine is.

Corrected entry: Louis is wearing Egon's ghostbusters uniform. The uniform shouldn't fit, because Egon is much taller than Louis.

Correction: You can see while Janine is zipping it up and when he runs out of the firehouse, that the suit is extremely baggy on him, as would be expected because of the height difference.


Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie, the Ghostbusters are controlling the Statue of Liberty through the streets of New York City. At one point, the statue accidentally steps on a parked police car, smashing it seemingly beyond repair. However, it is fairly easy to notice that the police car is "changed" from a real one to a model right before the statue's foot comes down on it. Slow motion and/or pausing is NOT needed to see this. It is clear that a (bad) edit was put into place here. The primary tell is that the car's lights go off a split second BEFORE the statue's foot makes contact with it.

Brittle Fingers

Correction: I've watched this scene in slo-mo over and over again. The car is NOT replaced, and the lights do NOT turn off. The car does become slightly pale and a thick black line appears around it, but that is because of the blue screen effect. The car is always the same.


Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, the Statue of Liberty is looking down into the window of the art building. When the Ghostbusters come out of the building, it's on the ground.

Correction: That is intentional since the power of the slime had been neutralized. The statue was just a statue again, so fell over.


Corrected entry: Why does everyone in the mayor's office and the police think the Ghostbusters are crazy and lock them up? You would think they would believe their story, It couldn't be too outlandish considering a few years before a giant Marshmellow man attacked the city.

Correction: It was implied that the 'bad vibes goo' was making everyone in New York crazy, and not just people who really touched it.

Correction: It's only Hardmeyer played by Kurt Fuller that has them committed without telling the Mayor or anyone else. He does this when the Ghostbusters say they're going to the press.

Corrected entry: The film takes a large liberty when portraying the Titanic. The Titanic we see is complete with a huge hole in one side. The real sinking was nothing like this with small gashes made along the front of the ship, which eventually split in two. There was no large gaping hole like that made when she hit the iceberg. The Titanic was found four years before the film was made, so it was known at that time what condition the Titanic was in. (01:20:35)

Correction: It's a ghost ship, so I think we can forgive them for this, just like the ghost train in the subway scene, because it was a steam engine, which never would be in a subway tunnel like that.

This isn't a valid correction. The ghost train appearing on the subway tracks is different and had nothing to do with the way the Titanic ghost ship looked.


They are both ghost vessels, not the actual machines, it is understandable that they will look different on the etheric plane.

They aren't the actual machines sure, but there isn't any reason why a ghost ship would pick a physical appearance with severe damage that is in a different spot from the original. The explanation is not in 'the etheric plane' but in poor research (not that in a movie like this matters) or the fact that it simply is more impactful visually to show that sort of gaping hole. It is a factual error even if we understand very well why it was made - call it Deliberate Mistake if you will.


The people are the ghosts, not the ship. The ship never picked the appearance. One can assume the ghosts made the Titanic alongside themselves, from memory. Since the victims never actually saw the damage, this is what they thought it looked like.


We don't know who picked the appearance of the Titanic or the ghost train and how any of the 'supernatural' works, other than the end result is factually inaccurate. There's no reason to try to find metaphysical justifications for a clear creative liberty the art department took without giving it a second thought. Which is exactly what the original poster said; "The film takes a large liberty when portraying the Titanic."


It's just a matter of opinion whether they are allowed to take that liberty or not. If they did it intentionally, it's not a mistake.


The thing is, 99% of Factual Errors in movies are very likely to be liberties taken for convenience of the plot or better visual impact (like I said, Titanic=big hole in the hull from iceberg, the audience instantly makes that mental association and feels more real than reality). That's why as long as the observation is accurate and not strikingly obvious (such as "ghosts don't exist") I wouldn't try to read the intent in it too much.


Corrected entry: Winston is present at the trial for Ray, Egon and Peter, but when the slime erupts, he's nowhere to be found when the Ghostbusters could really use the help!


Correction: He had no proton pack or other equipment, so he may have been trying to keep himself safer and to keep the others from having to protect him. Besides, we don't see him except for the first part of the trial. He may have been gone later.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: When the Ectomobile, on the way to the birthday party, is driving down the road, you can see that it has the NY plate with the Statue of Liberty on it, which is correct for 1989, but it should have still had the orange plate such would be correct for 1984, when the Cadillac would have been registered.

Correction: License plates can fall off over the years, requiring replacements. Especially when one drives around as quickly as Ray.

Captain Defenestrator

Corrected entry: During the entire scene where the Statue of Liberty is just outside of the museum, a green screen can be seen in the background anytime there is a closeup of one of the actors in the statue.

Correction: It is not a green screen, the inside of the statue is actually green.


Corrected entry: In some shots the slime is red and in other shots it is pink.

Correction: This is because of the different levels of light on the slime in different places and at different times.

Corrected entry: The male psychic on Peter's show that says that the world will end on New Year's Eve was in the first film. He was the guy on TV asking Ray "How's Elvis, and have you seen him lately?"

Correction: No, it's not the same person. The man in "Ghostbusters II" was character-actor Kevin Dunn, while the man in the original "Ghostbusters" was radio/TV host Joe Franklin.


Corrected entry: When the slime jar bursts into flames because of the judge's malevolence, you can easily see (and from multiple camera angles too) that the flame does not erupt from the jar itself but rather by it. (00:32:30)


Correction: The slime is overflowing from the jar, the explosion is coming from the slime itself, whether it is slime that is still in the jar or slime that has spilled onto the table.

Corrected entry: The Ghostbusters can get inside the museum when the Statue of Liberty breaks the museum's ceiling light. Good, but the whole museum was surrounded by a shell of slime that extended above it too. The Ghostbusters do nothing to open a hole in the slime, nor they could know it would open, and the Statue has nothing to do with it. (01:31:45)


Correction: I think you somehow completely missed the point of them bringing in the statue in the first place. They animate the statue and walk it through the streets to act as a symbol to bring out the positive emotions/good vibes of the people. The positivity weakens the negatively-fueled slime shell enough for them to get inside. They quite literally show people cheering in the streets and the slime "retreating" from the ceiling windows as a result. Watch this clip, it explains their plan:


Correction: The positive slime caused the negative slime to retreat. You can see this happening when the statue bends over the museum.


As I said, they do nothing to open a hole, it just happens; the Statue is close to a whole side of the museum that is covered in goop, but does not distance itself from it. Does it react to the music speakers? To the torch's warmth? It's just random stuff that happens. Which is totally fine in a movie like this, but does not prevent from noting it. However, since the whole idea of using the statue comes to them because they need to 'crack' the barrier, I'd say you are right there; they didn't know how and if it would work perhaps, but the idea IS set up. I still think the visual representation of it is inconsistent, since I don't get why the hole would open in that area of all areas.


I didn't think it had anything to do with touching the negative slime first. The negative slime was weakened by the positive emotions of the crowd, and their positive emotions came from seeing the Statue and Ghostbusters coming down the street, and the statue came to life with the positive slime and music. In the weakened state, the negative slime started to retract without the Ghostbusters needing to do anything else. They would have seen the ceiling being uncovered and then broke in that way.


Yup, Bishop73 got it 100% correct. They state in the movie that they need a symbol to bring out the positivity to get through the slime, and the movie shows the slime retreating after the crowds outside cheer for them in the statue. (Not sure where lionhead got the idea that it was the positive slime that did it, since the movie does not indicate that at all).


Positive feedback here. It shows the positive slime is more powerful than the negative slime. That's why they hose Janosz, Ray and Vigo in the end with the positive slime. It thinks all together the positive energy of the crowd caused the positive slime to grow and become even more powerful and the negative slime to retreat. That's how I always interpreted it at least. But you can go several ways here. In any case, it's not random.


Ah I see! You see sufficient visual correlation between the crowd cheering and the slime retracting, I don't see that, so the fact that the slime opens up freeing the skylight doesn't feel visually correlated with the 'mobilization of positive energy' thingy. Later it 'weakens' reacting in a different manner.


Continuity mistake: When Janusz is knocked out on the floor, his position keeps changing all the time depending on the angle.


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Trivia: The sound of Vigo growling is exactly the same growl that the terror dogs from the first Ghostbusters make.

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Question: What exactly happened to the Ghostbusters between the first film and this film? Why was a restraining order taken out against them?


Chosen answer: After the initial high of saving the city from Gozer wore off, they were blamed for the danger in the first place and sued out of business. The restraining order was additional insult to injury.

Captain Defenestrator

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