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ACT THREE 67. EXT. RAISED MOTORWAY- NIGHT FADE IN: The rain still pounds down persistently. Two HEADLIGHTS break through the gloom as an old, slightly beaten-up luxury car rolls along at a constant, high speed. Inside the car is KLINE. Keeping one hand on the steering wheel, he raises a mobile ‘phone, keys some numbers, and puts it to his ear. His expression is, as always, grim. KLINE (quiet) Come on, Ben, pick up. Where are you? 68. INT. GRAVE’S APARTMENT, STUDY- NIGHT GRAVE still sits at his desk, typing at the computer endlessly. His face is drawn and tight against his skin, eyes heavy-lidded and ringed with purple, tired from the non-stop working, and appearing as if the very life-force is being drained out of him. His chair has morphed into a sort of stocks, holding him in place. A TELEPHONE can be heard outside in the hallway, but the mesmerised Grave makes no move to answer, or even acknowledge it. 69. INT. MILLER FAMILY’S HOUSE, DOWNSTAIRS HALLWAY- NIGHT DARKNESS for a few seconds…then, a DOOR OPENS, revealing our view is from inside a cupboard, with KYLIE peering in from the hallway. She looks surprised for a moment. KYLIE Jeez, Garrett… CUT TO: In the hallway, Kylie is standing with EDUARDO, who is carrying GARRETT on his back. Kylie retrieves a folded wheelchair, sets it on its wheels, and unfolds it. KYLIE (Cont’d) How many of these things d’you have? Eduardo drops Garrett into the chair. He tests the wheels a bit to work out the stiffness, and turns to the girl. GARRETT If bein’ a Ghostbuster has taught me anythin’, Kylie, it’s to buy in bulk. EDUARDO Too bad you ain’t got nothin’ useful stashed away in there, pack-rat. Two Proton Packs, an’ what, a handful of canisters? We may as well be fightin’ tanks wit’ toothpicks. GARRETT Way to brighten the mood, Sidney Surrender. EDUARDO Hey, I ain’t given up yet, but wouldja look at the mess we’re in? All the rest of our equipment’s back at the firehouse, an’ who can tell what those bozos have done to the place? KYLIE (gets between them) You guys are givin’ me a migraine! The fact is, we’re not completely helpless, and we’re all alive. So unless you two have any contributions to the grand scheme we’ll need to win this fight, clam up or you’ll wish we’d left you behind wit’ the ghosts. GARRETT Is she serious? EDUARDO I’d take her word for it, man, she’s a witch. GARRETT S’always the li’l ones. Kylie glares at them, raises her hands as if to put their heads together, then instead opts to storm off while grumbling under her breath. 70. INT. MILLER FAMILY’S HOUSE, LIVING ROOM- NIGHT STANTZ is sitting in a cushy, florally-embroidered armchair. SPENGLER is knelt in front of him, scanning with a P.K.E. Meter. ZEDDEMORE is leaning against the wall besides the door leading to the kitchen. VENKMAN is hunkered down in front of the television. ROLAND has spread out their available equipment on the coffee table and is doing a maintenance check. STANTZ Find anything, Egon? SPENGLER Hmm…yes, your P.K.E. readings are usual for a still- living organism of your size and age. STANTZ (caught off-guard) B-but then don’t you mean you didn’t find anything? SPENGLER I know what I mean. After you were briefly possessed by the spirit of Vigo the Carpathian, your psychospheric emanations were augmented. It was almost unnoticeable, but it was there. Now it’s not. STANTZ (desperate) Isn’t that a good thing?! Guys! Come on! Don’t leave me hangin’ here! ROLAND Perhaps those trails of mist Doctor Venkman described were because Vigo was taking his residual energy back into himself. ZEDDEMORE So Vigo’s come back too? Well, ain’t that jus’ great? What’s next, the Boogieman gonna come out for revenge as well? SPENGLER Don’t even joke about that. STANTZ (deflated) Wow. All these old enemies of ours, returned from the dead…uh, figuratively speaking, I mean. And I’ll bet my signed pocket copy of Tobin’s that they’re all just lying in wait for us to come out. 71. INT. SOMEWHERE IN NEW YORK’S SUBWAY SYSTEM- NIGHT Four GHOSTS -- red, orange, turquoise and pink -- phase up through the train tracks and peer around curiously. They speak with thick, stereotypical Brooklyn accents. ORANGE GHOST Duh, are t’ey here yet, Blinky? RED GHOST Not yet, now shaddap, Clyde ‘fore I hitcha! PINK GHOST Don’t tawk t’ Clyde like t’at! We was all thinkin’ t’e same t’ing! TURQUOISE GHOST Yeah, Blinky! You said t’ose Ghostbumblers’d be here! Well, where are t’ey, huh? Tell us t’at, smarty-plasm! RED GHOST Listen, youse mugs! Zip it or I swear I’ll… (voice falters) The Red Ghost pales, his pupils contract to pin-points. PINK GHOST What’s wrong, Blinky? RED GHOST Ssh! Y-y-you guys hear t’at? White electrical serpents barrel along the metal tracks, followed shortly by a DÆMON-MUTANT TRAIN with yellow skin, black eyes and a huge, gaping, snapping maw. It makes a loud, distorted sound like, ‘waka-waka-waka!’ The four ghosts scream and phase back down as the train passes over them. 72. INT. MILLER FAMILY’S HOUSE, LIVING ROOM- NIGHT ROLAND and the FOUR R.G.B.s are in the same positions as when we left them, and KYLIE, GARRETT and EDUARDO are entering the room from the hallway. MRS MILLER comes in from the kitchen, carrying a tray with a plate of home-made cakes. She is a broad woman, though not fat, wearing a T-shirt and knee-length denim shorts, with the same blue eyes as her son and curly, dark brown hair. Evidently, strong muscles are a genetic trait in the Miller family. MRS MILLER Okay, people, who wants cake? The GHOSTBUSTERS gather around to accept from the tray, all except for SPENGLER who is gazing out of the window. Vocalisations like, ‘Thanks, Mrs Miller,’ among others can be heard from the group. GARRETT (grabs a cake) Awesome, Ma. I was gettin’ kinda hungry, anyways. (takes a bite) Dee-licious, as always. MRS MILLER (smirk) Garrett, if you an’ your friends are gonna eat me outta house an’ home, can ya do it with less kissin’ up? It makes me five kinds of self-conscious. She picks up the last cake, beating Eduardo’s hand by inches, and takes it over to Spengler. MRS MILLER (Cont’d) Here, Doctor Spengler. Garrett mentioned you liked cinnamon so I made this one special. SPENGLER (realises, accepts) Oh! Why, thank you, Mrs Miller. MRS MILLER Oh, please, call me Molly. All my friends do, and I consider the man who got my layabout of a son to finally find a direction in life a definite friend. GARRETT Aw, Ma! Eduardo snickers. Garrett elbows him in the gut. MRS MILLER I know all this paranormal stuff goes way over my head, but is there anything else I can do for you? SPENGLER (smiles) Just keeping us in sugar and caffeine supplies while we come up with our plan of attack is more than enough, Molly. VENKMAN Hey, Mrs M, these are great. Maybe you should give our secretary your recipe and she’ll cook up somethin’ edible one day. Spengler stiffens at the mention of Janine. MRS MILLER If we’re still around in the mornin’, Doctor Venkman, I’ll see what I can do. You all jus’ gimme a shout if you need me. She exits. Spengler’s shoulders slump. The image of Janine’s wryly smiling face appears on the lenses of his glasses for a second, then fades. SPENGLER (sad, under his breath) Janine… ZEDDEMORE Hey, guys, check out the T.V. Peter, turn it up. Venkman leans towards the television and turns up the volume. The image displays news coverage from a helicopter, overlooking the now-unrecognisable firehouse. NEWSREADER (Off, Over T.V.) --Footage taken just minutes ago shows the headquarters to New York City’s heroes, who seem to have disappeared without a trace. Citizens fear the Ghostbusters may have been but the first of many casualties of the new threat-- STANTZ Look what those ghouls did to the place! ROLAND That place was like a second home. GARRETT (punches his palm) Jus’ gimme five minutes with ‘em, an’ I’ll make mince-meat outta those dirty sewer-rats! SPENGLER Sewer… ZEDDEMORE Whatcha say, Egon? Spengler’s brows knit together; he is focussed, determined. A plan has been concocted. He whirls to face the rest of the Ghostbusters. Producing a pencil and a sheet of paper from nowhere, he slaps the latter down on the coffee table and draws a quick but precise map of the area around the firehouse. SPENGLER (pointing with his pencil) There’s a sewer pipe that leads directly under the basement of the firehouse. We can use that to infiltrate the building and recover as much equipment as we can, as well as initiate a lockdown on the Containment Unit to prevent it from being shut off. Afterwards, we’ll split into two teams. Four of us will operate on the surface, cleaning up where we can and hopefully keeping Ghostmaster and his forces distracted, while the remaining four head down into the tunnels and close the Doomsday Door, sealing off the conduit from which all the dæmonic influence is originating. Any questions? The OTHER SEVEN GHOSTBUSTERS look at each other, then back at him, and shake their heads in perfect unison. SPENGLER (Cont’d) Good. It’s settled, then. Roland, Peter, Kylie, you three will come with me to retrieve the equipment. As much as I’d like us to go as a complete group, the fewer of us they can detect, the better. EDUARDO And what are we supposed to do while we wait for you to get back? SPENGLER Your civic duty. Check on your families and friends, and if anyone comes needing help, give it to them. VENKMAN All right! Egon’s the man with the plan! Let’s go! ROLAND (quiet) Check out the gleam in his eyes. I’ve never seen Egon so determined about anythin’ before. KYLIE (leans in) What’d you expect? The man’s just now realised he’s in love…and it’s ‘bout time, too. Roland gives her a confused look. Kylie smiles knowingly. 73. INT. SEWER- NIGHT SPENGLER, leading with a torch, VENKMAN, ROLAND and KYLIE, the last two armed with their Proton Packs, make their way through the sewer, angle-deep in sewage water. A DÆMON-MUTANT RAT, easily the size of a large dog, bursts up in front of him, but is quickly dispatched by the two younger Ghostbusters. KYLIE Jeez, that’s the tenth one already. ROLAND I guess that dæmonic influence Egon described has been really keepin’ itself busy. Most of the sewers are flooded with that pink slime. I’m amazed this one’s been relatively untouched by comparison. KYLIE Yeah. Convenient, huh? Spengler shines his torch at the roof, revealing a series of rungs jutting from the wall, leading up to a manhole. SPENGLER There. We should be right under the basement. VENKMAN (grabs the rungs) Then let’s blow this rotten apple stand already. The stink down here’s takin’ the shape outta my hair. 74. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, DUNGEON- NIGHT The manhole cover in the middle of the floor lifts and slides away. VENKMAN drags himself out, followed by SPENGLER, then ROLAND, and finally KYLIE. They inspect the surroundings with an edge of disdain; the basement has been turned into a medieval dungeon, with barred cells in the walls and dug out of the floor, all with lazily drifting spirits inside, possibly the souls of some of Vigo’s victims during his life. The Containment Unit is still present, but some of it has been swallowed by the room. VENKMAN Heck of an interior decorator these guys hired. ROLAND There’s the Containment Unit, but most of it’s disappeared into the wall. Can you still put it in lockdown? SPENGLER Easily. This shouldn’t take a second. He goes over to the unit and presses a button. A rectangular panel opens, revealing a digital scanner with a hand-shaped indent, and a microphone above it. Spengler presses his hand to the indent. SPENGLER (Cont’d) Initiate full unit lockdown. Backup generator on standby. Pass-code, ‘Tobin-Zundinger-Fort 1-4-8.’ All the lights on the unit dim, then light up yellow. Spengler pulls his hand away and the panel closes. SPENGLER (Cont’d) It’s done. Now until I reactivate it, Ghostmaster won’t be getting any help from in there. VENKMAN Great, now let’s get what we came here for. Sorry you two kids’ll have to cover us until we get our own packs. Kylie powers up her Proton Gun with a confident smirk. KYLIE Not a problem, Doctor Venkman. 75. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, CORRIDOR- NIGHT SPENGLER leads the FOUR GHOSTBUSTERS in a run along the cavernous, flame-lit corridor in single-file. 76. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, ARMOURY- NIGHT The door opens, and the FOUR GHOSTBUSTERS enter. The locker room has not been changed quite so drastically as the rest of the building, though black brick texture is seeping across the floor and ceiling like liquid. A few pieces of Dark Age weapons stick out from between the cracks in the plastering. ROLAND and KYLIE close the door but remain on guard while SPENGLER and VENKMAN start unloading equipment from the lockers. Venkman takes a hold-all bag out of one locker and loads as many photon canisters inside as will fit, plus a black, metallic cylinder with a silver central band. The two SENIOR GHOSTBUSTERS slip on Proton Packs, and stuff a set of Ghost Traps into a suitcase. Finally, both of them pick up a spare Proton Pack in their arms. Roland and Kylie cautiously approach and grab two more. ROLAND Great. That’s one pack for everybody. KYLIE We won’t be able to carry these and fight, so the moment that door opens, we’d better be ready to run. 77. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, CORRIDOR- NIGHT The door opens and the FOUR GHOSTBUSTERS slowly emerge, looking in either direction as they do so. We PAN OUT to reveal the figure of GHOSTMASTER floating in mid-air, flanked by a squad of VATHACK MUTANTS; creatures that were once human, cannibalised into bio-organic mergers of flesh and machinery. GHOSTMASTER Well, well, well… VENKMAN / SPENGLER (gasp) Ghostmaster! KYLIE And Vathack victims. ROLAND This night just keeps gettin’ better, doesn’t it? VENKMAN So much for runnin’. Let’s fry ‘em! The Ghostbusters throw the extra Proton Packs at the Vathack Mutants, four of whom attempt to catch them, only to be knocked to the floor and pinned by the heavy devices. Venkman slips the hold-all off his shoulder and Spengler drops the suitcase, and the Ghostbusters ready their Proton Guns. GHOSTMASTER It took a great deal more for you to defeat me the last time, humans. This time you will not be so fortunate! The Vathack Mutants advance on the Ghostbusters. Venkman charges his gun. VENKMAN Suck protons you ugly sons of-- Kylie stops him with a hand on his wrist. KYLIE Wait, Doctor Venkman! I know they don’t look it, but we’ve faced those things before, they’re human! VENKMAN Huh. No kiddin’. SPENGLER Roland, Kylie, set your guns to the smallest charge possible. We can’t hurt them, but we can incapacitate the ectoplasmic materials that made them like this. They’ll be paralysed, but unscathed. Peter…we’ll take the big one. VENKMAN Now you’re speakin’ my language, old buddy! GHOSTMASTER Hmmph! I’d like to see you attempt it. Venkman and Spengler shoot their proton streams. Ghostmaster immediately summons a cluster of white spheres to protect himself. The streams curl around the spheres but do not penetrate their force-field. Roland and Kylie turn the dials on their Proton Guns and start firing short, thin bolts of proton energy into the Vathack Mutants. They collapse, leaving trails of steam in the air, and twitch on the floor. KYLIE It’s workin’! ROLAND Yeah, but it won’t hold ‘em off for long. We’ve gotta open a path to the basement so we can hightail it outta here. KYLIE No, to the garage. That way we can rescue the Ecto-1 while we’re here, too. ROLAND Good idea. Let’s hope we can do it before the ugly guy in the suit turns us into stains on the floor. KYLIE Well, there’s a comfortin’ thought. The two younger Ghostbusters turn the direction of their streams. Venkman and Spengler are still trying to break down Ghostmaster’s field, but to no avail. GHOSTMASTER You’re boring me now! He flings several white spheres into the floor, causing a small explosion that flings the two men back a few feet. Spengler and Venkman, thinking as one man, adjust the dials on their guns and fire thinner capture streams, which wrap around the spheres. Ghostmaster’s eyes widen as the senior Ghostbusters yank their guns back with all their might, literally tearing a hole in the force-field. Roland and Kylie shoot their streams straight through the hole and into Ghostmaster’s chest. ROLAND Open on full stream! Ghostmaster writhes as the streams burst through his body, turning his skin a pulsating green-and-white. He spreads his arms and disappears in a FLASH OF LIGHT. The spheres drop to the floor and shatter like glass globes. VENKMAN Uh, did he just blow up or what? SPENGLER No. He retreated. Ghostmaster is a class-11, it would take a lot more than that to stop him, but at least we managed to hurt him. The fallen Vathack Mutants squirm on the floor. KYLIE The Vathack are recovering. Let’s bolt. The Ghostbusters grab the four other Proton Packs, the hold-all and the suitcase, and make a run for it. 78. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, GROUND FLOOR CHAMBER- NIGHT The FOUR GHOSTBUSTERS rush down the stairs and head to where the Ecto-1b is waiting. VATHACK MUTANTS creep from behind other doors. ROLAND wrenches open the back door of the car and they lob the equipment inside. SPENGLER takes the driver’s seat, VENKMAN gets in beside him, and Roland and KYLE clamber into the back. VENKMAN Pedal to the metal! Spengler slams down the accelerator and the Ecto-1b screeches forward, smashing the front doors of the building off their hinges. 79. EXT. VIGO’S CASTLE- NIGHT The Ecto-1b cuts through the pink slime. Two of the ravenous lampposts lunge for the car but miss by inches, smashing their faces against the pavement. SPENGLER (V.O.) We’ll get you back soon, Janine. You and Slimer. I promise. Just hang in there a little longer. 80. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, THRONE ROOM- NIGHT CLOSE-UP of JANINE. She stands perfectly straight, her face is expressionless, her eyes blank. Her glasses are absent, her hair is worn loose and she is wearing an elaborate dress as one might find in 16TH century Europe, hued in dark golds, reds and silvery-whites. She resembles a classical representation of a princess. A GLOVED HAND -- VIGO’S hand -- cups her chin between thumb and forefinger, lifting her face to look up at him. Floating behind the Carpathian sorcerer are CRAINIAC, CORPUSCLE and GRISTLE. They hover closer. VIGO She cleans up well…for common stock. SLIMER presses against the inside of the glass cylinder, babbling angrily but unable to escape. CRAINIAC Perhaps…but she would look much better once she has been placed in our…sensitive hands. After all, Vigo, mutation is our art. Vigo whirls on them, face flushed with anger. VIGO I owe you for freeing me, Crainiac, but do not push me! You may have any you want in this whole world as your canvas…except for this woman. She will be the catalyst to my resurrection. GHOSTMASTER topples through the wall and lands on the floor. His skin hangs loosely on his metaphorical bones, leaking azure ectoplasm. GHOSTMASTER Help…me…! I cannot maintain this state much longer…! The four other entities look at one another, then at him. GHOSTMASTER (Cont’d) HURRY! VIGO (sneers) Why? GHOSTMASTER Because I…am…your master! I control…my infernal armies of ghosts! CRAINIAC Our armies, Ghostmaster. CORPUSCLE You have served your purpose, as our pawn. GRISTLE Like always, it is the Vathack who are the true authors, and we shall continue that tradition by…writing you out of our story. The three creatures raise their hands, fingertips sparking with energy. Ghostmaster crawls on all-fours to Vigo and clutches the sorcerer’s legs in his disintegrating hands. GHOSTMASTER Vigo! Vigo, don’t…don’t let these…traitors do this…to me! Help me, boy! …VIGO! BEAT. VIGO No. Ghostmaster’s face twists in terror. All four of the entities envelope him in strands of energy, forming a crude diamond shape. Slimer covers his eyes at the traumatising spectacle. The ectoplasm, colour and size are rapidly drained from Ghostmaster; his flesh and hair are ripped away, leaving a slimy skeleton in his suit. Vigo lifts his free hand and a Ghost Trap floats through a nearby trapdoor. With a twirl of his index finger, the trap aims itself at Ghostmaster and opens, piercing him with its conical beam. The remains of Ghostmaster are sucked into the Ghost Trap, which shuts and falls to the floor with a clatter. Vigo and the Vathack’s bodies glow with power and become solid, with more defined musculatures and recognisably human shapes, though for the three warped monsters this is only a marginal effect. CRAINIAC Evidently, we are calling the shots now. GRISTLE Without his blustering, we can concentrate on what is important. Turning the world into our masterpiece. Vigo looks up, hearing whispers in the air, speaking in an unidentifiable, possibly dead, language. VIGO The Ghostbusters have retrieved their weapons from the armoury. CORPUSCLE That only means they have stolen a sporting chance. They have yet to tip the odds in their favour. VIGO Mayhap. Still, we should do everything to fortify this place, and move on with phase two. Unleash the whole army into the city. Any citizens not yet panicking will be soon, and it will only be a short time before that panic spreads across the world. CRAINIAC A simple matter. But what will you be doing? VIGO Cementing the future for us, of course…LEAVE US! The Vathack phase through the wall. Vigo lifts Janine’s head again, and brings his face closer to hers. Orange energy flows from his eyes and connect with hers. VIGO (Cont’d) By, ‘us,’ I mean, ‘you and I,’ that is, my dear. SLIMER (cowering) Oh, Janine, nyo… FADE TO: 81. EXT. 96TH STREET & BROADWAY STATION- NIGHT The street is void of life, having not yet fallen to the slime river or the wild underworld magic. All the citizens have evacuated, giving the usually bustling area a distinctively dead and foreboding look. The Ecto-1b is parked at the kerb. ALL EIGHT GHOSTBUSTERS are gathered and fully kitted out -- SPENGLER, STANTZ, GARRETT and ROLAND are closer to it, while VENKMAN, ZEDDEMORE, EDUARDO and KYLIE stand with their backs to the station building. SPENGLER This is it, everyone, the biggest, most dangerous case of our careers. GARRETT (whistle) Really puts a new spin on the phrase, ‘ghost town.’ VENKMAN Hey, I crack the bad jokes ‘round here, buddy. Me, Eddie, Kylie and Winston are gonna go tackle the Doomsday Door while the rest of you clean up the mess. SPENGLER Are you sure, Peter? VENKMAN Ha! You’re the ones who’ll tick off the bad guys first, so the way I see it, you’ve got the harder job. The door’s old hat to us, so if all goes well, we might be back in time for a nap before breakfast. STANTZ Good luck down there, you guys. EDUARDO Won’t need it. KYLIE Yes we will. See ya when we see ya, fellas. Venkman’s team jog across towards the train station while Spengler’s team climb into the Ecto-1b and drive off. [B.G.M.: “The Boogieman” performed by Tahiti] 82. EXT. STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY- NIGHT The Ecto-1b screeches around the corner, into a street brimming with DÆMONIC LAMPPOSTS AND VEHICLES, and a squad of VATHACK MUTANTS lurching along in rows. GARRETT emerges from the sunroof while STANTZ and ROLAND lean out of the side-windows. What follows is a MONTAGE (INTER-CUT WITH SCENE 83) of the GHOSTBUSTERS shooting dæmons and mutants on all sides as the Ecto-1b charges through the slime-soaked Big Apple. The creatures either crumple to the ground in piles of twitching half-dead bodies, or are dispersed in blinding flashes of orange, green and white energy. CIVILIANS who have avoided the events by locking themselves in their houses, offices and places of work peer out of their windows and cheer them on. At one point, the four of them wave to their impromptu audience before returning to the task-at-hand. 83. INT. TUNNELS DEEP BENEATH NEW YORK CITY- NIGHT INTER-CUT WITH SCENE 82 is a MONTAGE of VENKMAN, ZEDDEMORE, EDUARDO and KYLIE running through the dank, dripping catacombs that have replaced much of the subway system…down, down, further down…among their obstacles are TWO-DIMENSIONAL GRAFFITI MONSTERS, DÆMON-MUTANT TRAINS, POSSESSED TREE ROOTS, SKELETON ENGINEERS AND COMMUTERS, and a multitude of garish FLYING GHOSTS. Precarious bridges of stone lead them over bottomless abysses. A HUGE, CLAWED HAND bursts from a tunnel, almost dragging Eduardo to an unseen fate until he is rescued by Kylie, who he in turn saves from a GARGANTUAN SPIDER. The quartet stop for breath in a seemingly empty area. [B.G.M. ends.] ZEDDEMORE (panting for breath) Oh, man, I’m gettin’ way too old for this stuff. VENKMAN (panting for breath) You an’ me…both…Winston…but I don’t think we’ve much further to go. Look out for any talkin’ trees. ZEDDEMORE You’d think the forces of chaos and Pandemonium might make things a little harder for us. I dunno, shift stuff aroun’ a bit. KYLIE I guess even in the afterlife, a floor-plan’s a floor-plan. They share a quiet round of laughter. Once they have their second wind and are standing straight again, Zeddemore scratches his head and turns to the two younger Ghostbusters with a solemn expression. ZEDDEMORE What lies ahead of us is serious business. The last time we had to close the Doomsday Door, we almost didn’t make it out alive. Heck, the experience gave me my first grey hairs, so if you two don’t feel like you’re up to this and want to back out now, we’ll understand. KYLIE We came this far. EDUARDO Yeah, my man, ain’t no way we’re turnin’ back. Four of us came in, an’ four of us are leavin’. Dig me? ZEDDEMORE I dig. VENKMAN Heck yeah, me too. Kylie nods; she is trying to hide the swell of admiration rising in her chest. Venkman and Zeddemore charge up their Proton Guns and dart around the nearby corner. VENKMAN (Cont’d, Off) (fading into the tunnel) Let’s do it to it! KYLIE Real stirrin’ speech, Eduardo. Didn’t know ya had it in ya. Come on, we can’t let ‘em have all the fun. EDUARDO (catches her shoulder) Kylie, wait a sec. KYLIE Why? What’s up? EDUARDO (stumbling over his words) Ah…look, we, uh, we’re about to head into some pretty heavy stuff here, an’, y’know, we might not come out of it alive… Kylie crosses her arms over her chest and cocks an eyebrow, waiting impatiently for him to cut to the chase. KYLIE Why don’t you stop swallowin’ your tongue, Eduardo? We’re on a tight schedule, if ya hadn’t noticed. Eduardo stops and closes his eyes. Straightens his back and shoulders. Inhales deeply. He reopens his eyes. EDUARDO Kylie, I…I don’t wanna die, but this is for the whole world, so I don’t got a choice but to risk it, but I refuse to go out without you knowin’ I… KYLIE You what? (notices, getting worried) Your fists are shakin’. Are you sick or somethin’? He puts his hands on both her shoulders and hangs his head for a second to gather his thoughts. He manages to meet her gaze, this time not faltering. EDUARDO Kylie, I love you. I don’t know how long for, exactly, but I know it’s been some time. BEAT. Kylie rests her hands on her hips. She is unfazed. KYLIE That’s it? Eduardo stumbles, shocked by her cold reaction. EDUARDO Whaddaya mean, ‘that’s it’?! I jus’ poured my very soul out to you, woman, and you don’t even have the decency to act surprised?! KYLIE Why should I be surprised? I can think of at least three occasions where you… Her voice falters when she sees the almost broken look in Eduardo’s eyes, before he hangs his head again. She puts her palm to her forehead, mentally kicking herself. She sighs, smiles gently and pulls him into a hug. Eduardo startles, then gingerly wraps his arms around her. KYLIE (Cont’d) I’m sorry. That was cruel of me. EDUARDO No sweat. I’m used to rejection. KYLIE No, Eduardo, that’s not it. What I should say is…ugh, how do I put this? …If we get outta this in one piece…maybe we could, I dunno, give it a shot? You an’ me? EDUARDO (taken aback) You mean that? KYLIE Duh, smart guy! You think I’d say somethin’ that sappy if I didn’t mean it? Now could ya quit huggin’ me so we can, y’know, save the world? EDUARDO Uh, yeah. Sounds great. They pull apart. Kylie un-holsters her Proton Gun and follows after Venkman and Zeddemore without another word. If we are allowed a glimpse of her face, she is blushing. EDUARDO (Cont’d) (quiet, to himself) Heh! I knew it. She digs me. KYLIE (Off) I heard that, goat-boy! 84. INT. THE DOOR TO THE NETHER REGIONS- NIGHT VENKMAN and ZEDDEMORE stand on the bank of the slime river, soon joined by KYLIE and EDUARDO. Strong, supernatural winds buffet them while otherworldly flares threaten to blind them. VENKMAN Wouldja look at that? Stuff’s flowin’ faster than ever, like it’s bein’ driven on. ZEDDEMORE (points with his gun) Reckon I know what. There’s the door, just at the top of that staircase. Inside the colossal pair of doors is a parallel universe of black-and-red smoke, perpetuated by spiralling phantasms and lit by the fires of Hades itself. Floating in the centre of this dimension is an azure planet, ringed in orange and peach -- like a photo-negative of Earth, there are toxic landmasses in place of oceans and seas of molten ectoplasm instead of continents. Bursts of ethereal power jump into our reality at random intervals. EDUARDO (shields his eyes) ¡Ay, Chihuahua! KYLIE How exactly did you stop it before? EDUARDO Yeah, ‘cause somehow, I don’t think that’s all gonna fit in a Ghost Trap! VENKMAN Kids, last time we were able to suck back all the energy that was spewin’ out by firin’ right into the eye of the storm, usin’ its own power against it! EDUARDO So we really have to go in there?! VENKMAN I’m no Egon, but I’d say that’s the only way! If it’s any consolation, I’m as scared as you are! ZEDDEMORE Peter, I don’t think that’s helpin’! Kylie holds out her P.K.E. Meter. She starts adjusting the settings, transfixed by the readings. KYLIE The psychokinetic emanations comin’ out of that thing are immense! Off the scale! The P.K.E. Meter EXPLODES, eliciting a short shriek from the female Ghostbuster. She clutches her gloved hand. EDUARDO Guess you need a new scale! VENKMAN Onward, Ghostbusters! Let’s do this in style! The quartet march on towards the doors, facing the unbearable agonies of Hell like the heroes they are! Flickers of sharp ectoplasmic energy cut at their skin and clothes as they swim past. If one starts to tremble or trip, another comes to their aid…after all, throwing in the towel is no longer an option. After a short trip that feels to our heroes like endless miles, they stop and prepare their weapons. VENKMAN (Cont’d) We need maximum scorch! Set Proton Guns to full conversion mode an’ open the barrels all the way! Get ready to fire on the count of three! VENKMAN (Cont’d) / ZEDDEMORE / EDUARDO / KYLIE THREE! Four proton streams are slung forth, into the surface of the planet above and sending ripples across it like ripples in water. A hundred more streams are projected from within the Hell-world, arc over the heads of the Ghostbusters and spread out in every direction. 85. INT. SOMEWHERE IN NEW YORK’S SUBWAY SYSTEM- NIGHT Half a dozen streams wrap around the yellow DÆMON-MUTANT TRAIN and yank it back along the tracks. The hideous thing struggles as its skin is literally wrenched backwards off its frame, leaving only the train carriage. 86. EXT. 96TH STREET & BROADWAY STATION- NIGHT Pink slime is crawling over the building, only to be forced into receding by an onslaught of proton streams. 87. EXT. STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY- NIGHT Streams wrap around the LAMPPOSTS AND VEHICLES, which writhe, hiss, spit and groan as the life-force is wrenched out of them and dragged back underground. One lamppost leans in to take a bite out of GARRETT, still riding on the roof of the Ecto-1b, but is halted at the last second before it is drained and returned to normal. He, STANTZ and ROLAND look around as the possessed objects become inanimate once more. GARRETT (sigh of relief) They did it. Garrett, Stantz and Roland whoop in celebration. Spengler nods his approval, adjusts his glasses and turns his gaze in the direction of Vigo’s Castle, looming over several smaller buildings. Dragons fly in circles around the roof and the gargoyles flap their wings threateningly. 88. EXT. THE DOOR TO THE NETHER REGIONS- NIGHT VENKMAN, ZEDDEMORE, EDUARDO and KYLIE are still discharging proton streams into the heart of the underworld, but the winds are reversed and the four Ghostbusters have been lifted off their feet as the inner gravitational pull slowly drags them deeper inside. INHUMAN ROARS, SHRIEKS AND CRIES reverberate throughout the tunnels as legions of semi-corporeal spirits, monsters and devils race towards the open doors. KYLIE Don’t look now, but here come our party guests! VENKMAN Switch Proton Guns to capture mode! We’ll toss every single one of ‘em into the heart of that thing! The proton streams become thinner and assume sharp-angled zig-zag forms. The creatures soar above and around the four Ghostbusters, before disappearing under the skin of the planet. The doors start to drag shut, causing the tunnels to quake violently. EDUARDO The doors! They’re closin’! We’re gonna be trapped! He notices Kylie out of the corner of his eye, reaching a hand out towards him. He slowly takes one hand off his gun to clasp hers. Venkman spies them over his shoulder. VENKMAN Trust me, Eddie, that’s not gonna happen! Return to standard proton streams and launch with full-force! Overload pulse! The streams widen to their standard appearance, and the four Ghostbusters are launched roughly backwards through the air. They pass through the gap with just seconds to spare. The guns shut off, leaving a few stray sparks in the air, as their wielders are dumped on the ground. The river of slime slows to a crawl, then crusts over and blackens. The doors SLAM SHUT! -- and the face of the DOOR-DÆMON becomes visible over the top. DOOR-DÆMON Doomsday is come. I have seen the signs. The doors must be op-- It is cut off by its own scream as four proton streams strike the top of the door and trace their way down to the bottom, scarring the face down the centre and sealing the doors shut forever. Venkman retrieves the black cylinder he took earlier from his pocket and twists the ends -- the silver band extends, revealing a digital readout displaying a countdown, and two red lights. VENKMAN Ghost Bomb, comin’ atcha! He throws the bomb at the roof of the tunnel -- it EXPLODES! The Ghostbusters turn and dash away as the roof collapses, burying the door beneath a mountain of rubble, as well as chunks of metal tracks from the subway above and sections of the city’s plumbing and gas-lines. FADE OUT. 89. EXT. DARK AGE CARPATHIA, OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL- DUSK FADE IN: An expanse of land, burnt into a treacherous No-Man’s Land by the flames of war. The very sky seems to be aflame. An ARMY makes its way on horseback towards the walls of a great metropolis, with towers, citadels and spires of places of worship, bearing similarities to a Crusades-era Jerusalem. Lines of pikes stick diagonally forward from the earth along the front wall and up from the battlements, with the armoured corpses and decapitated, helmeted heads of slain enemies. 90. INT. DEUTSCHENDORF PALACE, THRONE ROOM- DUSK The door of the throne room opens, and in walks a YOUNGER, STILL-LIVING VIGO (30). He is adorned with a grand, trailing cape over his armour, and his helmet, resembling the head of a dragon, is tucked under his arm. VIGO Janeke! Nekrovia has fallen, and your husband returns victori-- His voice falters. His eyes widen. A red-haired woman, PRINCESS JANEKE, is slumped in her throne, which is set up besides one we can assume belongs to Vigo. The front of her elegant gown is stained dark red. VIGO (Cont’d) Janeke! He drops his helmet and dashes across the throne room towards her. He drops to his knees in front of her and lifts her head, gently cupping her face in his hands. Her throat has been cut with a knife…and her face is physically similar to Janine’s! Her skin is blued, her life-force gone; she has been dead for hours, maybe even for days! Vigo chokes back tears and clenches his eyes shut, hugging her cold body to his chest. VIGO (Cont’d) (desperate) JANEKE! FLASH TO: 91. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, THRONE ROOM- NIGHT VIGO’S eyes snap open and he jolts upright in his throne. He reaches out his arm, then puts his palm over his face. VIGO Janeke…I couldn’t save you from death before… He looks over to where the mesmerised JANINE is knelt on the floor; her gown is flowing out around her in all directions, creating a lake of soft silk about her waist. He rises and approaches her. She reacts to his presence, meeting his gaze, all signs of who she was now repressed. VIGO (Cont’d) …But in this era, I have found you again, and I will ensure that we are never parted…I will make us one… A layer of orange light covers Vigo’s body. It crawls down his arms and smothers Janine. Strands of energy jump between the two cocooned people, like an exchange of auras. Two heartbeats become audible…followed by a third, tinier one, emanating from the region of Janine’s stomach. Inside the glass cylinder, SLIMER pounds on the wall futilely, not stopping until he notices a GARGOYLE swoop down from an unseen point above and stop above Vigo, who promptly ends his spell to listen as it whispers in his ear. He waves it away. VIGO (Cont’d) More infuriating delays. I will return to finish this consummation later, my bride. For now, your former friends require my attention. He stands and walks away, slowly losing density and visibility until he vanishes utterly. 92. EXT. VIGO’S CASTLE- NIGHT The Ecto-1b parks at the opposite side of the street. The doors open and SPENGLER, STANTZ, ROLAND and GARRETT climb out. The lampposts and vehicles have all returned to normal, though there is notable damage to them, and the surrounding architecture. The slime is either hardening or draining away into the sewers. STANTZ Hey! The slime! It’s withdrawin’ into the sewers! GARRETT Give the man a prize, his eyes still work. Stantz shoots him a glare. Roland takes out his P.K.E. Meter and scans the area around him. ROLAND The P.K.E. readings are returning to normal. All that’s left-- SPENGLER Is to retake the firehouse, rescue Janine and bust every malevolent spirit in there. ZEDDEMORE (Off) Not without us, Egon. ZEDDEMORE, VENKMAN, EDUARDO and KYLIE run down the street towards the others. All eight convene beside the car. VENKMAN Is this a private gig or can anyone join? ROLAND You four are just in time. Since we took out the front doors with Ecto-1 earlier, we don’t need to blast our way in, but I suspect there’ll be a serious welcome wagon. GARRETT Not a problem, Roland. You should see my high-scores on Resident Evil 2. In pairs, the eight gathered Ghostbusters un-holster their guns -- Venkman and Eduardo, Stantz and Garrett, Zeddemore and Roland, Spengler and Kylie. VENKMAN All right, then it’s one for the money…two for the show…three to get ready…and four to-- GARRETT FRY ‘EM! Everyone charges into the building, leaving a befuddled and irritated Venkman behind. VENKMAN What?! Was dramatic timin’ made illegal or somethin’! Kids today, I ask ya. (follows the others, voice fading inside) Wait up! …Remember the Alamo! The second-storey windows FLASH and reshape themselves into evil, bloodshot eyes. The inner rim of the doorway sprouts fangs and seals itself behind our heroes. 93. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, CORRIDOR- NIGHT The corridor is packed with VATHACK MUTANTS. The eight Ghostbusters are knocking them down left, right and centre with short bursts from their Proton Guns. STANTZ Wow, even with our guns on minimal discharge, it doesn’t take much to bring them down! SPENGLER These mutants still have basic human physiology, so every blast throws their make-up out of continuum! EDUARDO Right, but just one problem, jefe. There’s so many of these gum-heads that it don’t matter how quick we drop ‘em! KYLIE An’ even worse, guys. (points) They recover fast! VENKMAN Say, maybe it’s jus’ me, but we probably should’ve thought this through before chargin’ on in, huh? ZEDDEMORE Peter. VENKMAN Yeah, Winston? ZEDDEMORE Shut up! SPENGLER The firehouse hasn’t actually gotten bigger. We’re on the second floor. Janine must be in the attic. ZEDDEMORE What’s your point? SPENGLER It means that if all these mutants were based inside the building already-- STANTZ There can’t be too many more, or Ghostmaster and his cronies wouldn’t have room to move for them! SPENGLER Precisely. Short of a possession, ghosts can only inhabit the same space on this plain as an organic entity for a few seconds before they must move forward or get forced back. Why risk packing the place as tight as a sardine can? ROLAND Then chances are every mutant is already on this floor. We just have to keep powering through. The Ghostbusters surge forward, proton streams parting the mutants like Moses at the Red Sea. 94. EXT. GRAVE’S APARTMENT BUILDING- NIGHT EST. SHOT of the apartment building. 95. INT. GRAVE’S APARTMENT BUILDING, CORRIDOR- NIGHT An ELEVATOR SLIDES OPEN. KLINE steps out and heads down the corridor towards a particular apartment. When he reaches it, he pulls a spare key out of his back pocket. 96. INT. GRAVE’S APARTMENT, LIVING ROOM- NIGHT The door slowly opens and KLINE enters. KLINE (looks around) Ben? Tammy? It’s Uncle John. Anyone--? (gasp) The footprints left by Grave are still present. Their glow is dying, but still discernable. Kline cautiously moves further inside, when his attention is caught by a guttural groan. A VATHACK MUTANT stumbles out from behind a support pillar; this is all that remains of Mrs Grave, having been the first result of Crainiac’s latest experiments. Kline steps back from her in shock. KLINE (Cont’d) (quiet) Oh, Tammy, what did they do to you? The mutant suddenly charges at Kline and wraps her hands around his throat. He grabs her wrists and struggles with her, back and forth across the room. A corner lamp is knocked over in the fight, plunging them into darkness, so all we can hear are the sounds of fighting. When the lamp is switched back on, the legs of a metal chair have been driven into the wall, pinning the mutant in place. Kline, holding the lamp’s shaft, is catching his breath. He turns around, ascertaining that Grave is not present, then his eyes settle on the door marked, ‘Ben’s Office.’ 97. INT. GRAVE’S APARTMENT, STUDY- NIGHT KLINE shoves open the door and finds GRAVE still typing frantically at his keyboard. He takes note of the transmogrified chair, races over, grabs the back and wrenches it away from the P.C. with all his might. Grave’s eyes widen and he convulses, as if in shock. Kline starts frantically thumping the keys. KLINE You controlled my life for too long, Crainiac. I won’t let you do the same to my family… The pseudo-organic material of the chair quivers and falls away. Grave gets to his feet and picks up an ashtray, raising it above his head. 98. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, CRAINIAC’S LABORATORY- NIGHT The laboratory combines aspects of a medieval torture chamber and the classic set from an old Frankenstein film. WANDA is strapped to an operating table, trying uselessly to break free. CRAINIAC, CORPUSCLE and GRISTLE are gathered around her, lowering gruesome, pristinely sterile surgical tools towards her. As the blade of a scalpel presses against her cheek, ALL THREE MONSTERS hesitate and turn towards us. GRISTLE The scribe! CORPUSCLE The book must not be unwritten! CRAINIAC Stop him! 99. INT. GRAVE’S APARTMENT, STUDY- NIGHT GRAVE slams the ashtray into KLINE’S back. The old man falls to the floor and squirms, in pain, while the younger bends down, using one hand to pin his head to the floor and the other to bring the ashtray up for another strike. Kline throws all his weight in one direction, forcing Grave off of him. Grave lunges like an animal. Kline ducks out of the way and grabs another chair, SMASHING it into Grave and grounding him. KLINE (breathing heavily) I’m sorry, Ben…but you forced my hand. He returns to typing. 100. INT. GRAVE’S APARTMENT, LIVING ROOM- NIGHT The VATHACK MUTANT breaks free and starts towards the study, but halts as a spiral of golden particles falls over her. She turns back into MRS GRAVE, who lets out an exhausted groan and slumps into an armchair. 101. EXT. A STREET SOMEWHERE IN NEW YORK- NIGHT Golden particles rain over a CROWD OF VATHACK MUTANTS, changing them into humans. Dumbfounded, they peer about their surroundings before simultaneously keeling over. 102. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, CORRIDOR- NIGHT The ARMY OF VATHACK MUTANTS encroaches upon the GHOSTBUSTERS, grabbing them by their arms and torsos, dragging them down, giving them no room to manoeuvre. EDUARDO It’s been nice knowin’ you guys! GARRETT If we go down, we go down blastin’! A downpour of golden particles materialises from the ceiling and descends over the mutants, changing them back into humans. The Ghostbusters look on in confusion as the restored victims collapse over each other, piling up and down the corridor and surrendering to a deep sleep. GARRETT (Cont’d) Was it somethin’ we said? KYLIE No. Whoever wrote the Vathack back into existence must have been stopped. EDUARDO So that just leaves the Three Amigos themselves. STANTZ (loading his Proton Gun) We’re down to our last few proton canisters. Use them sparingly. GARRETT Against eight of us, this shouldn’t take too long. A ROUND SILHOUETTE arises behind Garrett and clamps its hands on the back of his chair. CORPUSCLE You would think that, wouldn’t you? He lifts Garrett’s chair and chucks him as hard as he can. Garrett grunts in pain as he slams into a wall and flops to the floor, stunned. EDUARDO / ROLAND / KYLIE Garrett! CORPUSCLE creeps out of the shadows, with GRISTLE and CRAINIAC in tow. The Ghostbusters charge their guns. GRISTLE But we have absorbed Ghostmaster’s energy. We are far greater opponents than when we last fought. SPENGLER (under his breath) That explains why Ghostmaster hasn’t confronted us. His followers betrayed him and drained his ectoplasm, increasing their own strength. CRAINIAC We are no-one’s followers. The Vathack serve none. KYLIE It’s all right. Someone else is workin’ against ‘em. We just need to hold ‘em off until whoever turned the victims back to normal writes ‘em outta the story as well. CRAINIAC Unlikely. The THREE VATHACK float towards the Ghostbusters. 103. INT. GRAVE’S APARTMENT, STUDY- NIGHT KLINE continues typing. KLINE “Crainiac was prepared to strike, when suddenly…” GRAVE’S hands catch his ankles and drag them out from under him. Kline yelps as he falls, smacking his forehead on the desk. Grave wrestles him onto his back and rears up. Something in his hand glimmers in the dim ambience -- the blade of a letter-opener! Grave plunges it towards Kline’s heart, but the older man catches his wrist just in time, and their fight continues. 104. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, ANOTHER CORRIDOR- NIGHT A psychic force-ball scatters the EIGHT GHOSTBUSTERS along the floor. CRAINIAC lowers his hands and gestures forward. CORPUSCLE opens the bubbling mess of his head and a RED INNER-MONSTER launches out. It clamps itself around VENKMAN’S head and extends its long, pink tongue towards his ear. Venkman releases a muffled scream. EDUARDO Don’t let the ganglia-goblin eat his brain! GARRETT, despite being stuck in one place without his wheelchair, is able to crack off a shot from his gun that incinerates the monster. Venkman glares at Eduardo. VENKMAN “Don’t let the ganglia-goblin eat his brain”? That’s the best you could think of? How about shootin’ it yourself before it made hamburger outta my face?! EDUARDO (sheepish) Oh…yeah. The monster’s putty-like pieces pull themselves back together in mid-air, before it reattaches itself to Corpuscle’s head. VENKMAN Okay…that was just gross on so many levels. ZEDDEMORE, ROLAND and STANTZ fire their proton streams. The Vathack raise their collective hands and generate a force-field, repelling the streams. ROLAND Hit the deck! The three Ghostbusters drop on all-fours as the streams fly over their heads, incinerating part of the wall. STANTZ That was a full-blown dispersal charge! How could they deflect it back at us like that? SPENGLER Well-- CRAINIAC / CORPUSCLE / GRISTLE If it is not written… SPENGLER (points at the Vathack) What they said. ZEDDEMORE So how do we change what’s written? EXTREME CLOSE-UP of CRAINIAC’S glasses. Zeddemore’s face is reflected in the obsidian lenses. CRAINIAC You can’t. 105. INT. GRAVE’S APARTMENT, STUDY- NIGHT The inner sanctum of the room has been thrown into turmoil by the fight. KLINE perseveres bravely, but he is tiring against his younger, more virile opponent. GRAVE slams his head through the window, shattering the glass. Kline cries out. Grave turns him around onto his back and starts pushing his head over the edge of the frame, exposing his throat. He aims to cut him there with the sharp, gleaming blade of the letter-opener, but Kline continues to resist. BEAT. SMASH! A portrait breaks over the back of Grave’s head and he finally collapses, unconscious. Standing behind him is MRS GRAVE, with tears streaking her face. She drops the remains of the portrait’s frame and helps Kline to stand up. MRS GRAVE (choking on tears) Uncle John, what’s happening to us? I’m scared. KLINE Don’t worry, Tammy, it’s under control. Go call for an ambulance, all right? Mrs Grave nods and exits. Kline furiously punches five simple words onto the P.C.’s keyboard: THE VATHACK’S POWER WAS DESTROYED. 106. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, CORRIDOR- NIGHT The force-field disappears, prompting CRAINIAC, CORPUSCLE and GRISTLE to look down at their hands in surprise. Their bodies start to lose their recently-acquired size and muscle-tone as well, as puffs of ghostly, azure mist rises from their skin. CRAINIAC No… SPENGLER checks his P.K.E. Meter. SPENGLER I don’t know how, but their energy levels are dropping fast! Let’s take the opportunity while it’s still there! VENKMAN / STANTZ / ZEDDEMORE Ready! EDUARDO / GARRETT / ROLAND / KYLIE Ready! SPENGLER Fire! Eight proton streams wrap around the Vathack. Blue, green and white orbs the size of pennies -- magnified psychokinetic energy cells -- orbit around them as they shake and concuss. Crainiac roars as his glasses pop, revealing white eyes like marbles underneath, and the wiring in Gristle’s drills shorts out and fizzles. 107. INT. GRAVE’S APARTMENT, STUDY- NIGHT The P.C. monitor explodes. KLINE raises his arms to defend himself while moving across the room to avoid being struck by shrapnel from the acute combustion. 108. INT. VIGO’S CASTLE, CORRIDOR- NIGHT The proton streams holding the VATHACK thin into capture streams. They shrink in size while more energy cells escape from their ectoplasmic membranes. The cells float away, apparently unseen by the heroes due to the light exhibited by eight streams being generated together. SPENGLER Kylie, the trap! KYLIE Way ahead of ya, Egon! She detaches the Ghost Trap from her back and tosses it to the floor. She presses the button and it snaps open, projecting its conical beam around the three monsters. CRAINIAC / CORPUSCLE / GRISTLE Our book cannot end this way! It must not! VENKMAN Sorry to tell ya this, boys, but that’s just how these editor-types are, y’know? KYLIE Closin’ the trap! The GHOSTBUSTERS shut off the streams and turn away. The Vathack are sucked down into the Ghost Trap and it closes over them, leaving only trails of steam. Kylie retrieves the device and lifts it up. KYLIE (Cont’d) As of now, you three are out of print. SPENGLER I don’t like this. Right before they entered the trap, their P.K. levels dropped much too sharply for an effect caused by proton dispersal. Even stranger, the excess energy they lost seemed to coalesce before vanishing off the radar. EDUARDO So, what? You mean to tell us somethin’ just…sucked it out of ‘em? SPENGLER Eduardo, I fear that’s exactly what happened. EDUARDO But who could--? A HEAVY FOOTSTEP. Booted. Jangling with chains and metal plating. The Ghostbusters whirl on it. A second footstep. A third. A TOWERING SILHOUETTE appears and takes shape… VIGO, his giant body covered by his cape, which blows in a supernatural wind. He looms over our heroes, the top of his head almost touching the ceiling, padded shoulders brushing the walls, his chiselled face void of emotion. The pilfered energy orbits him, then sinks beneath the cape, increasing the height of his already fiery aura. VENKMAN Well, well, it’s our ol’ pal…Hulk Hogan! You’ve gotten kinda big since last time, Hulkster. Have you been liftin’ weights these past nine years or what? SPENGLER What have you done with Janine and Slimer, Vigo? VIGO Janine? There is no Janine. He moves his cape aside, revealing JANINE, his arm draped around her shoulders in an embrace. The Ghostbusters, especially Spengler, react with shock. VIGO (Cont’d) Only my darling Princess Janeke…who will rule your world alongside me as my queen, and bear me my legacy…oh, and have you met our court jester? He reveals the hand of his other arm. Clutched in his palm is a jar containing SLIMER, who makes a muffled, apologetic noise. VENKMAN / EDUARDO Slimer! VENKMAN (Cont’d) Hey, blondie, that’s jus’ not cool! EDUARDO Nobody does that to my li’l buddy! Let’s get ‘im! ROLAND Doctor Venkman! Eduardo! Stop! His protests fall on deaf ears. Venkman and Eduardo charge towards Vigo, who stows Janine beneath his cape and throws the jar at Venkman. It smashes against his chest and knocks him off his feet, coated in a thin layer of green slime. Vigo single-handedly catches the younger Ghostbuster around the throat and lifts him into the air. Kylie raises her Proton Gun in her shaking hands, but cannot bring herself to fire. STANTZ Eduardo, don’t look in his eyes! EDUARDO Uh-oh, too late for-- His voice trails off as Vigo’s translucent shape superimposes itself over Eduardo and disappears inside him. Eduardo clutches his heart and squirms a bit in mid- air, then plummets to the floor with a sickly, ‘THUD!’ Kylie runs over to him. KYLIE (voice trembling) Eduardo! Can you hear me? Get up! GARRETT Hey, if Vigo left, where’s Janine? SPENGLER Either she was an illusion, or more likely, Vigo trans-materialised her back to wherever he was keeping her locked up before. ZEDDEMORE And, uh, guys? I don’t think Vigo’s gone anywhere. Eduardo shoves Kylie violently away, to her stupefaction, and rises to his feet. His eyes are crimson and smoking with ethereal Hell-fire, his skin has turned a sickly pink colour, his hair is standing on end, and two black horns have grown out of his forehead. He speaks with two voices -- his own, and the hollow echoes of Vigo. VIGO-EDUARDO Not the best body I could have hoped for, but it will do for now. KYLIE Let him go, creepazoid, or prepare to get blasted! VIGO-EDUARDO Be warned, girl, if you, or if any of your friends attempt to, ‘blast,’ me, all I need do is leave this man’s form, and he will be the only one to suffer. Vigo-Eduardo levitates off the floor, spreads his arms. VIGO-EDUARDO (Cont’d) On a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain, I will sit on a throne of blood! What was will be, and what is will be no more! This night is the dawn of the New Age of Carpathia, and I, Vigo, shall reign over everything in ceaseless darkness! EVIL WINS! His hands suddenly clasp his temples. His eyes clench shut, and his voice and body fluctuate between his two component selves. EDUARDO No…I won’t do it…I’m not you! I’m Eduardo Rivera! KYLIE He’s fighting it. (louder) Eduardo! Listen to my voice! Don’t give in to him! EDUARDO Kylie…! VIGO You belong to me! This world belongs to me! EDUARDO I don’t…belong…to nobody! VIGO We…are…VIGO! Vigo the Cruel, the Despised, the Torturer, the Unholy! VENKMAN (sitting up) And the Butch! Don’t forget Vigo the Brainless Blonde Butch Bimbo! Or Vigo the Wearer of Seriously Unfashionable Pants! Or, hey, Vigo the Toucher of Li’l Kids, that’s an important one! Vigo-Eduardo zaps Venkman with a purple bolt, throwing him into the wall. The green slime smeared over his body dribbles onto the floor and reforms into Slimer, who has been revived by the ectoplasmic burst. The little ghost shakes his head, gasps when he sees Venkman’s prone state, and almost screams when he spots Vigo-Eduardo. VIGO You mock us?! We are the prince and supreme general of the Carpathian hoards, the Sorrow of Moldavia! ROLAND Eduardo, we know you’re still in there! Remember who you are! SPENGLER Tell him who he is. Drive it home. Spengler and Stantz hook their arms around Garrett and bring him to the front, while Zeddemore kneels down beside Venkman to check his pulse. He sighs in relief. GARRETT (under his breath) Okay, uh…uh, lessee, uh… (louder) Eddie! ‘Member that time when we switched Roland’s sleepin’ pills for Tic-Tacs? ROLAND You jerk! That was you? GARRETT Ssh! Roland, check it out. I think it’s workin’. (points) Eduardo’s mouth twitches into a little smirk. ROLAND You’re right. How about when that nightmare-spirit made you think you were goin’ bald? Remember that? Eduardo’s expression turns sour. EDUARDO Roland, we agreed never to talk about that! He screams as ectoplasmic energy courses through him and Vigo retakes control. VIGO-EDUARDO Enough of this! I’ve waited a long time for my revenge, you maggots…and now…I…will…have it! He discharges yellow bolts of lightning from his fingers, electrocuting the seven heroes and forcing them all to their knees in unspeakable burning agony. Slimer, being incorporeal, is able to avoid the attack. He looks at his friends’ predicament and turns his gaze hatefully up at the creature that used to be Eduardo. SLIMER Nyup to Slimer! Nyi’ll nyave Eduardo! He flies above the lightning, dodging between the phantasmic blasts until stopping dead centre in front of Vigo, and before the possessed man can say anything, Slimber grabs him by the head and plants a big, wet, sloppy kiss over his face! Vigo-Eduardo reacts in violent revulsion. His concentration is broken, his assault ends and he falls back to the floor, writhing in slime. He opens his eyes -- Eduardo’s eyes -- and sits up. EDUARDO SLIMER! SLIMER (happily) Eduardo! EDUARDO Hey…hey, that’s right! I’m me again! VIGO No! You can’t have him! EDUARDO I ain’t your puppet, amigo. I’m a Ghostbuster. (rises to his feet) An’ you’ve over-stayed your welcome, not that you ever were in the first place. He unhooks his Proton Gun, switches it on, and turns it on his own chest. Kylie, getting up on all fours, sees him and her eyes widen with fright. KYLIE Eduardo, wait! You could kill yourself! EDUARDO No choice, babe…big bad’s already startin’ to…throw his weight around again…! KYLIE You’re crazy! EDUARDO No… (smirk) I’m a scientist, man. He pulls the trigger. Slimer and the other seven Ghostbusters shield their eyes as Eduardo absorbs the full brunt of the blast. His shoulders and head slump, arms hang at his sides, and his skin is smoking, but he is still standing. Vigo is projected out of his back and tumbles through the floor, bellowing angrily. The Ghostbusters approach with trepidation. Eduardo winks, gives them a thumbs-up, then promptly falls forward…straight into Kylie’s arms. KYLIE Easy, I’ve gotcha. EDUARDO (under his breath) You know it, chica. KYLIE Ugh. (rolls her eyes) Slimer looks down at them, nonplussed for a second, then realisation sets in and he starts giggling, making a heart-shape with his index fingers. Garrett is about to say something, but is silenced by Roland nudging him in the ribs. Zeddemore and Stantz stifle chuckling. SPENGLER We’re not out of the woods yet, people. VENKMAN Aw, gee, Egon, why am I totally not surprised here? Hey, does anyone remember when we used to bust class-2s and 3s now an’ again? Is it so much to ask for one easy case? The castle shudders around them, almost knocking them off their feet. Chips of wood and stone fall from the ceiling as the interior slips off in a single direction, like running paint, leaving the interior of the FIREHOUSE behind in its place! The colours swirl into a spinning circle, grey flecked with black, burgundy and gold. A localised vortex belches out of the bubbling mess, sucking Slimer and the eight Ghostbusters off their feet and screaming into itself. 109. EXT. VIGO’S DIMENSION- ETERNAL DUSK FLASH! SLIMER and the EIGHT GHOSTBUSTERS stand together in the vast expanse of a desert very much like the wastelands outside the Carpathian capital. The ruins of the city are visible in the distance, with Deutschendorf Palace on a mountain high above everything. The pikes are still in place, but the bodies inside the armour and helmets have been reduced to dust and bone. Disembodied spirits of a thousand fallen warriors fly around them, wailing and scratching the air uselessly. Shadows of Hell-birds circle them like carrion-birds. The full moon, edging out from behind scarlet clouds, it black and scarred with the shape of a huge hand-print. EDUARDO Whoa. Heck of an aesthetic change, huh? VENKMAN Looks like the covers from a whole buncha heavy metal records I’ve got back home. Anyone else hearin’ Iron Maiden in the B.G.? ZEDDEMORE Any idea what jus’ happened, Egon? SPENGLER Well, this is just a theory, mind you, but at a guess it seems that Vigo re-assimilated all the energy he put into transfiguring the firehouse back into himself. On top of what he stole from the Vathack, and likely from Ghostmaster, it’s elevated his P.K.E. emanations enough for him to open up a cross-dimensional portal. GARRETT So we’re takin’ on the final boss in his own level? (cocks his gun) Bring it on. Big operatic crescendo starts, and… BEAT. FOOTSTEPS. VIGO emerges from the coppery haze, wearing his ancient, golden armour and riding a massive, black stallion with eyes like burning coals and breath like brimstone. The Carpathian’s ragged, ebony-coloured cape sweeps the soil. His dragon helmet covers his head, the eye-pieces black and soulless. In one hand he carries a pike. The other is resting on his hip, over a gemstone- encrusted scabbard. The eight Ghostbusters ready their Proton Guns, all aiming at the infernal rider. VENKMAN Ready to fire on my mark, ladles and jelly-spoons. SPENGLER (checking his P.K.E. Meter) Wait, Peter! We haven’t ascertained how our streams will react in this dimension. This is his domain. What if he can turn them against us? VENKMAN So what, we stand here an’ let Sir Kill-a-heckuva- lot wail on us because our weapons might not work?! What happened to you, man, you lose your spine or somethin’? KYLIE That’s enough! Did you two forget the giant with the spear headin’ straight for us?! Now fan out until we can think of a plan! GARRETT Sounds good to me. Hey, Z, can ya gimme a boost? No chair. ZEDDEMORE No problem. (hoists Garrett onto his back) I hefted heavier stuff than you when I worked the docks at Coney Island. The Ghostbusters spread out in different directions -- Eduardo moves with a limp and is supported under one arm by Kylie. When Zeddemore is facing Vigo, Garrett loads a proton canister into his gun and takes aim. ZEDDEMORE Garrett, what are you doin’? Didn’t you hear Egon? GARRETT Yeah, but you got any better ideas? ZEDDEMORE Nothin’ ventured, nothin’ gained, I guess. Go for it, sparky. Garrett fires a shot. Vigo sees it coming and swipes his pike through the air, dispelling the protons. Garrett’s face drops as he lowers his weapon. GARRETT Well that’s that plan down the toilet. SPENGLER (under his breath) I’m reading an unusual wavelength coming from his weapon…perhaps that’s the key! (louder) Garrett! Fire at him again on high-pulse! GARRETT But-- SPENGLER DO IT! Garrett twists the dial on his gun. GARRETT (nervously) All right, you’re the chief. Hey, monkey-brain! Laugh this one off! He shoots. Vigo raises his pike and catches the stream, this time wrapping it around the shaft and using it to drag Garrett and Zeddemore closer to him. ZEDDEMORE What’re you waitin’ for, man? Shut it off! GARRETT I-I can’t! I’m takin’ my finger off the trigger but nothin’s happenin’! SPENGLER Eduardo! Kylie! Shoot from the other side! EDUARDO What?! Are you crazy, man?! KYLIE No, I think I see where he’s goin’ with this. EDUARDO How ‘bout explainin’ it to us mere mortals then? KYLIE Just do it! Kylie raises her Proton Gun. Eduardo reluctantly follows suit. They throw their streams at Vigo’s unarmed side, striking him and eliciting sparks. His grip on the pike loosens and Spengler shoots his own stream right at the monster’s wrist, blowing his lower arm off. The weapon clatters to the ground and frees Garrett and Zeddemore. While Vigo is stunned, Spengler dives for the pike, grabs it and dashes away from him. KYLIE (Cont’d) Even in this world, Vigo’s still a ghost, still ecto, which means he’s vulnerable to the streams, but that pike of his acts like some kinda particle conductor. That’s how he protected himself. EDUARDO Ooh. SPENGLER Don’t start celebrating yet. Vigo looks at the stump of his arm. His helmet’s eye- pieces glow and a NEW ARM bursts from the stump in a sticky shower of ectoplasm. EDUARDO What the--?! Why didn’t anybody tell us this dude was part lizard, huh?! VENKMAN Y’know I really should be used to this kinda stuff by now, but that makes even my stomach churn. ROLAND If it weren’t perfectly obvious by now, I’d say we were in real trouble. Vigo rests his new hand on the hilt of his sword and draws it. The lengthy weapon, requiring both hands to wield it properly, is akin to a German Zweihänder, with multiple branches jutting from the sides of the blade and a tail of fire pouring from the tip. He swings the massive weapon down at Spengler’s head, and he brings up the pike to protect himself. The blade bounces off the shaft, sending vibrations through both combatants. Vigo digs his heels into the horse’s sides, making it rear up. As it comes back down to crush Spengler, five proton streams SMASH into the beast’s underbelly, making it dissipate into black particles. Vigo drops to the ground, unharmed, and glares at the culprits -- Venkman, Stantz, Roland, Kylie and Garrett. He slashes a semi-circle into the ground with his blade, and a line of EXPLOSIONS belch from the ashy soil, tossing the Ghostbusters away. While Vigo’s back is turned, Spengler blind-sides him with the pike, cracking it across his back. Vigo whirls, barely feeling the blow, and slams the flat of his sword into Spengler’s ribs, forcing him onto his back and knocking the wind out of his lungs. Vigo stamps down on his gut and swings his sword again. Though in pain, Spengler raises the pike, defending himself, while bringing one of his boots up into the Carpathian’s stomach to maintain space between them. The two enter a struggle, neither willing to let the other gain the upper hand, but Vigo’s superior physical strength means he is slowly edging his blade closer to Spengler’s heart. SPENGLER Guys! Are you all right? Can you hear me! The other Ghostbusters struggle a bit, but all things considered, they seem to be fine. Slimer, who flew over the attack, hovers over to Venkman with a worried whine. VENKMAN I’m gettin’ real sick of fallin’ on my butt. (notices Slimer) Quit crowdin’ me, spud. SPENGLER I need all of you to fire your Proton Guns… GARRETT (raising his gun) Not a problem. SPENGLER …At me! VENKMAN / STANTZ / ZEDDEMORE / EDUARDO / GARRETT/ ROLAND / KYLIE WHAT?! SPENGLER More accurately, at the pike! VENKMAN / STANTZ / ZEDDEMORE / EDUARDO / GARRETT / ROLAND / KYLIE Ooh. GARRETT (Cont’d) In that case…lock an’ load! Seven proton streams arc towards the duel. Vigo appears to realise what is happening and tries to pull away, but Spengler twists the pike, keeping one end raised to deflect the sword while jabbing the other end through his cape and into the soil, pinning him where he stands. The streams wrap around the shaft of the pike, causing it to glow with supernatural heat. Visibly sweating from the heat it is now giving off, Spengler uses all his strength to shove the weapon against Vigo. There is an EXPLOSION OF LIGHT! -- Vigo is blasted backwards into the air, sailing towards the destroyed city. CUT TO: There is a loud, disgusting sound of flesh and metal tearing, causing Slimer and the gathered Ghostbusters to wince. Eduardo tries to cover Kylie’s eyes, but she bats his hand away. CUT TO: Vigo convulses, body stiffening then going limp. We soon realise he has been impaled through the back and out of his chest on one of the pikes lining the outer walls of the ruined city. He wraps his hands around the shaft, but loses his strength and slides a little further down. His entire body flops lifelessly. CUT TO: The Ghostbusters and Slimer regroup. Spengler, who has since abandoned his weapon, is rubbing his sore stomach with one hand. The others give him congratulatory pats on the back and shoulders while offering mixed praises. GARRETT Awesome job, Egon! You kicked his ghostly butt! VENKMAN Guess I should apologise for sayin’ you were spineless, ponytail-boy. I’m sorry. An’ if any of you tell the press, I swear I’ll deny it. EDUARDO I could’ve done it, I jus’ chose not to. KYLIE Yeah, right. EDUARDO Hmmph! So, like, is he dead? SPENGLER Impossible. He’s already dead. Still, I think that should have disrupted his stability enough to keep him off our backs for a little while, at least. Now…let’s go find Janine. (points to the palace) I have a feeling that she’s in there. STANTZ Well, why are we all jus’ standin’ ‘round here? ZEDDEMORE Yeah, let’s go get our secretary back. GARRETT Giddy-up, horsy. ZEDDEMORE Watch it, or you’re crawlin’ the rest of the way. The Ghostbusters head off in the direction of the palace, with Slimer floating along behind them. Leading up the mountain towards the ancestral home of the Deutschendorf lineage is a narrow, serpentine staircase built from the polished bones of humans, animals and monsters alike. FADE TO: 110. INT. DEUTSCHENDORF PALACE, CORRIDOR- ETERNAL DUSK SLIMER AND THE EIGHT GHOSTBUSTERS rush down the corridor, with SPENGLER in the lead, P.K.E. Meter held out in front of him. Through the wide windows, which were once used by archers, we can see the mountain ranges of Carpathia. STANTZ You sure we’re headed the right way, Egon? SPENGLER Of course. It’s a simple matter, in a place like this that gives off ecto-signatures from every angle, to reverse the P.K.E. Meter’s settings so it detects people and objects from our world instead. I’m zeroing in her now. (points) There! Just up ahead! He is gesturing towards a pair of double doors made from varnished wood, with big, bronze handles and a line of strange characters carved across the topmost arch. ROLAND What do those symbols mean? SPENGLER My assumption would be, “Knock before entering.” Let’s ignore it. VENKMAN (faux shock) Egon! Enterin’ someone’s bedroom without permission? (smirk) I’ve taught you well, Young Jedi. 111. INT. DEUTSCHENDORF PALACE, BEDCHAMBER- ETERNAL DUSK The doors swing open, allowing SLIMER AND THE GHOSTBUSTERS to gingerly enter. The bedchamber is fit for royalty, though the choice of décor is distinctly unsettling; portraits, busts on pedestals and other trophies of warfare bedeck the room, the windows are curtained with red-and-gold, a chandelier of bones hangs from the ceiling. Bones are also grafted into the furniture; there is a wide mirror on one wall, framed with carvings of dragons, with a gold-and-white dressing table with a vase of dead flowers of dead flowers, and a chair. A second chair is set up by a low table for serving meals in privacy. VENKMAN Love this interior. Who designed it, Clive Barker? SPENGLER (stops) There she is. The centrepiece of the room is a grand-looking four- poster bed, with each post topped by a small gargoyle and black curtains with gold tassels and embroidered with silver. The wall directly behind it is taken up by a giant sculpture of a bat, its wings positioned at a downward angle on either side. Sitting on the bed and staring listlessly out of the window is JANINE, still in the clothes given to her by Vigo. Spengler walks towards her, while Eduardo takes note of a particular portrait. EDUARDO Hey, check that out. The other Ghostbusters turn towards it; the picture is the young Vigo, standing behind a chair in which is sat Princess Janeke. The couple look happy, hand-in-hand. ROLAND That woman looks just like Janine! KYLIE (snaps her fingers) Yeah, and now it makes sense why he abducted her. I only glimpsed through it, but there’s this book, ‘Magicians, Martyrs and Madmen,’ that mentions Vigo was married to Princess Janeke of Moldavia. While he was away fighting, his enemies assassinated her. It’s said that her death prompted Vigo’s life-long obsession with returning from beyond the grave. ZEDDEMORE So let me guess, he spent the rest of his life tryin’ to work out how to resurrect her? GARRETT When he wasn’t out kickin’ butt, y’mean. STANTZ An’ it looks like it half-worked. Take this with a grain of salt, but what if Janeke really did eventually reincarnate in our world as Janine? GARRETT (whistle) Wow. That’s some pretty deep stuff there, Ray. EDUARDO (with sudden realisation) Oh, jeez…that’s why he’s known as the Sorrow of Moldavia! I can’t believe I’m sayin’ this, but I almost feel sorry for the guy. Almost. VENKMAN I’d have more sympathy for him if he didn’t keep tryin’ to kill us in the most horrific way imaginable…an’ if he didn’t dress like a douche. CUT TO: Spengler is knelt in front of Janine, cupping her cheek in his hand and trying to find any trace of her former self, but all he sees is a zombie, her mind in stasis. SPENGLER There has to be a way to break this trance. I can’t discern what methods Vigo used, so there’s no sure- fire way to reverse it, unless… He meets her gaze, considering. SPENGLER (Cont’d) (sigh) Well, it’s worked in the past. Janine, this is Egon. If even a small piece of you is left to hear me, give me a sign. Janine’s head moves very, very slightly, as if hearing him over a great distance. JANINE E…gon…? SPENGLER (Cont’d) Good, there’s still a chance I can save you. I need you to listen, think back a few months, to what I said during the Cohila incident. Do you remember? Janine’s head tilts back slightly, as the words come back to her. There is an echo; the voices speak from the far end of a deep, dark pit in the labyrinth of her mind. SPENGLER (V.O.) You must come back…I…love you… FLASH TO: 112. INT. WAREHOUSE- NIGHT (FLASHBACK) Gentle music plays in the B.G.M. FOOTAGE FROM EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS EPISODE 11, “THE CRAWLER”: CLOSE-UP of SPENGLER’S hand taking JANINE’S as he helps her to her feet. SPENGLER Janine, I, uh, I’m very glad you’re back. JANINE Glad to be back. I’ll take that kiss now. She leans up on her tip-toes and closes her eyes. FLASH TO: 113. INT. DEUTSCHENDORF PALACE, BEDCHAMBER- ETERNAL DUSK JANINE’S eyelids flutter, the familiar emerald hue returning to her irises. SPENGLER looks hopeful. SPENGLER Yes, Janine, that’s the way, keep going. FLASH TO: 114. INT. WAREHOUSE- NIGHT (FLASHBACK) FOOTAGE FROM, “THE CRAWLER”: SPENGLER offers a nervous laugh, sweating profusely. SPENGLER O-oh, that! Heh! W-well, you see, that was just part of the plan. I was attempting to -- Mmf! JANINE interrupts him by grabbing the lapels of his uniform and pulling him down into a kiss. HOLD ON THIS IMAGE for several seconds as the screen gradually DESATURATES… FLASH TO: 115. INT. DEUTSCHENDORF PALACE, BEDCHAMBER- ETERNAL DUSK JANINE’S eyes open all the way. She sees SPENGLER and tears flood her eyes and stream down her cheeks. JANINE EGON! She throws her arms around him and hugs him tightly. Spengler is momentarily breathless, but he quickly recovers and returns the embrace, using one hand to pat her upper back. He lifts her in his arms in bridal fashion as SLIMER and the OTHER GHOSTBUSTERS gather around them. VENKMAN So when’s the weddin’ you crazy kids? JANINE I don’t really understand what’s goin’ on… (stern) But one more crack like that, Peter, and I’ll make sure you regret it. Same goes for all of you. VENKMAN Woo! She’s back! He slaps high-fives with STANTZ, then ROLAND, then GARRETT -- who ZEDDEMORE drops onto the nearby chair so he can join in -- and finally EDUARDO. He starts to do one with KYLIE, but quickly withdraws his hand when she reaches up to meet it. VENKMAN (Cont’d) Sorry kid, you’re too low. She scowls and kicks him in the shin, eliciting a yelp. KYLIE Not for that. Spengler and Janine smile a little at their antics. Slimer swoops in and babbles happily at the couple, and Janine pats him a couple of times on the head. JANINE I missed you too, Slimer. (finds slime on her hand) Ugh, should’ve expected that. She wipes it off on the dress. Suddenly outside the windows -- LIGHTNING FLASHES! THUNDER BOOMS! WIND HOWLS! The roof of the bedchamber, and indeed the whole top of the palace itself, is torn away and shredded into bricks and debris that careen off to the ends of reality. The heroes regroup and look up to the sky, where the fiery clouds have become a ferocious, fat coil, a snake preparing itself to pounce -- the FACE OF VIGO forms in the centre of the spiral, spewing flames and light from his eyes and mouth. He starts to slowly descend towards the palace, trailing a thick, worm-like body of mist behind him, laced with ethereal bursts of energy. Spengler sets Janine down on the bed and unhooks his Proton Gun. The other Ghostbusters follow his lead, loading their proton canisters into their weapons, while Slimer hides himself under the hem of Janine’s dress. ZEDDEMORE Man, most of us are down to our last proton canisters, and I don’t think there’s enough juice in these babies to zap somethin’ that big! SPENGLER There’s one way! STANTZ You don’t mean…? SPENGLER We’ll aim directly into his core, then cross the streams! That’ll disrupt his P.K.E., disperse his excess power and hopefully send us back through the portal to our world! EDUARDO Love how he puts emphasis on the word, ‘hopefully.’ ROLAND But that could cause total protonic reversal! Universal consequences! The end of all biological life everywhere! SPENGLER I know! But it’s that, or we stand here while Vigo reduces us to ash, makes Janine his eternal bride, uses her to rebirth himself as a living entity and returns to Earth and demolishes it, paving the way for a mass spectral manifestation the likes of which mankind cannot ever hope to survive! In short, the Biblical Apocalypse’s bigger, nastier brother! VENKMAN Great! Déjà vu! Say, Egon, how’re ya feelin’? SPENGLER Terrified beyond all rational thought, Peter! VENKMAN (under his breath) That’s what I figured. (louder) Okay, you heard the man! Once more into the breach, my friends…to do somethin’ really, really stupid! Vigo has gotten so close that he seems to encompass the whole sky! He opens his mouth to swallow the heroes and the palace whole, when eight proton streams shoot up into his gaping maw, eliciting an enraged sound like a thousand lions all roaring in unison. SPENGLER Cross on my mark! …NOW! The streams manoeuvre closer to one another, and then unite into a single, magnificent storm of destructive power! Spikes of the stuff pierce the beast’s murky, befogged body. SILENCE falls, and BLINDING, SEIZURE-INDUCING FLASHES OF COLOUR engulf everything! FADE TO WHITE. 116. EXT. NEW YORK CITY SKYLINE- NIGHT BOOM! A COLUMN OF LIGHT erupts from the vicinity of the firehouse. It takes on a shape vaguely like a human skeleton, screams, then dissipates into vapour. With it also flees the darkness, replaced by the rosy first rays of dawn. The night of evil has finally passed. 117. INT. FIREHOUSE H.Q., ATTIC- DAWN The attic has been restored to its normal state. SLIMER, JANINE and the EIGHT GHOSTBUSTERS look around, a bit disorientated. GARRETT is seated on an old wooden stool. ROLAND Did it work? EDUARDO This looks like the firehouse, but my skin’s kinda…tingly all over. Maybe we’re dead? KYLIE We’re not dead, you idiot. We got caught in a protonic implosion. Feeling, ‘kinda tingly,’ means by some miracle, we got out alive. EDUARDO begins jumping happily from one foot to the next, swinging his Proton Gun over his head. EDUARDO WOO-HOO! We’re alive! We rule and we’re alive! STANTZ Is that, like, a new form of square-dance or somethin’? GARRETT Yeah. It’s called the Freaked-Out Flamenco. STANTZ Looks more like the Hokey Kookie. VENKMAN goes to the attic window, peers out, and turns back to the others with a big smile on his face. VENKMAN Oh, guys, I think we should go out an’ meet our adorin’ public, jus’ one last time, huh? Venkman, STANTZ, ZEDDEMORE, Eduardo and KYLIE (walking hand-in-hand), ROLAND (carrying Garrett on his back) and SLIMER make their way to the door. SPENGLER goes to follow them, but Janine catches him by the wrist. He turns to her, opens his mouth to speak, but is silenced by a passionate, meaningful KISS! The others notice this over their shoulders and nod their approval together. [B.G.M.: “Thunder Busters (Ray Parker, Jr. vs. AC/DC)” mixed by Wax Audio] 118. EXT. FIREHOUSE H.Q.- DAWN A CROWD OF CITIZENS -- including WANDA, CELINE, BESS, DANA, OSCAR, KLINE, GRAVE (head bandaged) and MRS GRAVE and many others we have met throughout the years -- are gathered outside the building with anticipation, holding up rushed, hand-painted signs bearing messages such as, ‘THANK YOU GHOSTBUSTERS!’ and, ‘I (HEART) GHOSTBUSTERS!’ The GHOSTBUSTERS emerge through the hole that used to have doors, waving to their swarm of fans; signing autographs, shaking hands and talking to journalists and television reporters. VENKMAN at one point hoists Oscar onto his shoulders and puts an arm around Dana’s shoulders as they talk. When ROLAND tries to speak to a reporter, GARRETT shoves him down and hogs the attention, only to be dropped unceremoniously onto the pavement. THE B.G.M. QUIETENS. A female reporter, recognisable as CYNTHIA CRAWFORD, rushes over to Venkman. CYNTHIA Doctor Venkman, any words for the people watchin’ at home? VENKMAN Well, all things considered I doubt there is anybody watchin’, but on the off-chance, here’s eight… CYNTHIA Yes? VENKMAN (grabs the microphone) GOOD MORNIN’ NEW YORK CITY! WE LOVE YOU! FADE OUT. EPILOGUE 119. INT. FIREHOUSE H.Q., SPENGLER’S WORKSHOP- DAY FADE IN: An OLDER SPENGLER is rifling through the drawers in his desk. An open briefcase sits on top, filled with notepads and pieces of smaller research machinery. CAPTION: 2015… SPENGLER (V.O.) It’s been nearly seventeen years since that day. I continued my work with the Extreme Ghostbusters for several of those years, until they went off down other avenues of life. I do not begrudge them that choice. I am happy to call them my students, my colleagues, and more importantly, my friends. An OLDER JANINE enters. She has a wry smirk on her face and is carrying a second case, this one filled with clothes, which Spengler no doubt forgot, evidenced by his sheepish grin. SPENGLER (V.O., Cont’d) Janine and I got married a little while after our final battle with Vigo, and though I have trouble understanding the significance of such occasions in today’s society, I admit that…I enjoy it. We still live out of the firehouse, with our two children… A family photograph on the desk shows the SPENGLER FAMILY -- Egon, Janine, a 4-year-old boy with blonde hair and green eyes, and a 2-year-old girl with red hair and blue eyes. This is packed in with the clothes. An OLDER ROLAND walks up the stairs with his arms full of equipment. He stumbles, but is caught by Janine. SPENGLER (V.O., Cont’d) I have been invited to carry out vital paranormal work in Necrovia, and I’m taking along my research assistant, Roland, who I’m proud to say did receive his official doctorate. 120. INT. BASKETBALL COURT- DAY Two TEAMS OF FIVE, all in wheelchairs, are playing an intense match. Leading one of the teams is an OLDER GARRETT, who makes a successful score and spins on his wheelchair in a celebratory fashion. The buzzer goes off, declaring the end of the match, and victory to him! SPENGLER (V.O.) Garrett is now the captain of his own basketball team. I’m told he’s become quite the fan-favourite in those circles. I’m not sure if he ever got to be a pilot, but he assures me that he’s never going to let go of his dreams. Good for him. Garrett and his team exchange high-fives and fist-taps, before offering the same sportsmanship to the other team. He shakes hands with the OPPOSING CAPTAIN. 121. INT. CINEMA, SCREENING ROOM- TIME UNKNOWN OLDER EDUARDO and OLDER KYLIE are watching a movie. Something happens on the screen that causes Eduardo to jolt, accidentally dumping popcorn over Kylie. She glares at him and pours her milkshake over his head. The couple break into laughter, much to the chagrin of the AUDIENCE. SPENGLER (V.O.) Eduardo and Kylie’s relationship has had its ups and downs. I hypothesise that they may never see eye-to- eye, but they seem to like it that way. 122. EXT. SOMEWHERE IN LAS VEGAS- DAY OLDER EDUARDO, OLDER KYLIE and OLDER STANTZ stand on a sunlit pathway, talking excitedly but inaudibly with a MAN WITH CLOSELY-SHAVEN DARK HAIR (44). SPENGLER (V.O.) Along with Ray, they teamed up with another former protégé of ours to finally establish our official second branch in Las Vegas, cooperating with the police to investigate supernatural crimes. A macabre noise comes from behind them, making them all jolt and turn around. The view PANS OUT, revealing that they are standing in front of the LA PALAZZA MANSION, one of the most haunted establishments in Nevada! 123. INT. AUDITORIUM- TIME UNKNOWN OLDER VENKMAN stands at a podium on the stage, before a huge audience, as he accepts the Academy Award. Confetti falls all around him, and camera flashes dot the screen. Venkman loves the attention. SPENGLER (V.O.) Peter finally got a third movie made about our exploits, as well as becoming a noted television personality on the subject of the supernatural. I don’t think he’s ever been happier. 124. EXT. OPEN SKY- DAY An aeroplane flies high above us at a steady pace. 125. INT. AEROPLANE COCKPIT- DAY OLDER ZEDDEMORE, dressed in a pilot’s uniform, mans the steering wheel with an expression of serene satisfaction. SPENGLER (V.O.) Winston continues to travel all over the world as a pilot. He achieved global recognition after quite accidentally discovering a new island chain in the tropics. They’re known as, ‘the Zeddemore Isles.’ 126. EXT. FIREHOUSE H.Q.- NIGHT EST. SHOT of the firehouse. SPENGLER (V.O.) As for New York City…we like to think that, as Ray once said, it’s still in capable hands. The doors CRASH OPEN! Out comes a heavily customised, jet black 1995 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD HEARSE with chrome-trimmed purple tailfins and neon green and white patterns, giving it an otherworldly glow. The, ‘No Ghost,’ logo is painted on the sides and a mass of technological equipment is mounted on the roof, including revolving emergency lights and a four-sided digital announcement sign reading, ‘GHOSTBUSTERS,’ with the address and telephone number -- in short, the NEW ECTO-1C. It races off to the left and out of sight. Inside the doorway of the firehouse, SLIMER, OLDER JANINE and JANINE’S DAUGHTER (14) stand waving to the departing vehicle. 127. EXT. STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY- NIGHT The ECTO-1C cruises through the streets of a New York that is still mostly recognisable, save for a few aesthetic differences hinting at an advancement in technology. Driving the car is an OLDER OSCAR (26) with spectro- goggles on his forehead. Next to him in the front passenger’s seat is EGON’S SON (16). In the back are a DARK-HAIRED CHINESE-AMERICAN YOUTH (22) with stubble and wearing a woollen cap, and a PUNK GIRL (21) with purple streaks in her braided, brown hair and a heptagram pendant around her neck. SPENGLER (V.O.) So long as humankind is threatened by forces beyond its comprehension, there will always be a need for-- NEW GHOSTBUSTERS GHOSTBUSTERS! The, ‘No Ghost,’ hood ornament flies at the screen -- the cartoon ghost animates, gives us the thumbs-up and winks. HOLD ON THAT IMAGE for several seconds. FADE OUT. [B.G.M. ends.] THE END This work by fans is dedicated to… Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman for bringing us, “Ghostbusters,” in the first place. Messrs Akroyd & Ramis, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Rick Moranis and Wilhelm von Homburg (R.I.P.) for bringing those characters to life. Lorenzo Music (R.I.P.), Dave Coulier, Frank Welker, Maurice LaMarche, Arsenio Hall, Buster Jones, Laura Summer, Pat Musick, Rodger Bumpass, Rino Romano, Jason Marsden, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tara Strong, Billy West and Max von Sydow for giving such memorable voices to those characters. The dedicated people who brought us, “The Real Ghostbusters,” and, “Extreme Ghostbusters,” as well as all musical artists, producers and generators of pop culture icons who we have cited herein, including Shu Takumi & Capcom for, “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney,” and Tim and Chris Stamper and Rare, Ltd. for, “Battletoads.” Garry S. Kaplan & Harry Swerdlove for their original version of, “Back in the Saddle.” Steve Slavkin for, “The Crawler.” And, of course, all those who took the time to read our work. You’re all brilliant!
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