The Ghostbusters franchise has been around since the late 80s. Remember the very first Ghostbusters? Personally, I never thought that any subsequent Ghostbusters movie would stand a chance. Luckily, I’ve been wrong and the franchise has been very successful. So where was Ghostbusters: Afterlife filmed? The fictional location and actual filming location are nowhere near each other. Let’s see how they built on the story first.

Where Was Ghostbusters Afterlife Filmed
Scene From Ghostbusters Afterlife

Where Was Ghostbusters Afterlife Filmed?

The Ghostbusters Afterlife was filmed at fictional location is in Oklahoma but most of the movie was filmed in Alberta, Canada. Other Ghostbusters Afterlife filming locations include New York and Los Angeles.

The Story of Ghostbusters: Afterlife

In this movie, single mom, Callie, runs out of money and is forced to relocate her family to a small town in Oklahoma. The house is a run-down, dilapidated house left to Callie by her late father. Not only does she inherit the house but also her dad’s debt. Callie then has to break the news to the kids that they have to stay there until she can figure out their next move.

It isn’t long before hidden secrets are exposed and the family comes face to face with some very eerie characters from another dimension.

Where Was Ghostbusters: Afterlife Filmed
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I have to admit, it’s great to see some of the old characters resurrected! (Pardon the pun!)


The Cast

The highly anticipated new Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie features an all-star cast of actors. Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, and Finn Wolfhard star in the lead roles as a mother and two kids who are connected to the legacy of the original classic Ghostbusters movies. 

Former Ghostbusters actor Ernie Hudson appears alongside Paul Rudd and Bokeem Woodbine. Other notable actors in this franchise include Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and more. 

Who Directed Ghostbusters: Afterlife? 

This movie was directed by Jason Reitman. His father, Ivan Reitman, famously helmed both the original 1984 classic and its 1989 sequel. Jason’s vision for the upcoming installment focused on multi-generational themes within the film, exploring the legacies left to us by our parents. 

Jason stated that the movie features a wonderful cast of new actors who bring a fresh perspective to the beloved characters while celebrating what came before them. 

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Box Office Details

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife Filming Budget: $75,000,000
  • Opening weekend: $44,008,406
  • Gross (US & Canada): $129,360,575
  • Gross (World): $204,334,455

Fun Facts About Ghostbusters: Afterlife

  • Dan Aykroyd has played the Dr. Raymond Stantz character five times.
  • You may notice that Mckenna Grace wears the same glasses that were worn by Harris Ramis (aka Dr. Egon Spengler) in the original Ghostbusters. She also has a similar hairstyle.
  • Each of the child actors emulates one of the original Ghostbusters characters.
  • Dan Aykroyd’s daughter, Stella Aykroyd, plays the character of Deputy Medjuck.
  • The movie was dedicated to Harold Ramis who passed away in 2014.


Ghostbusters: Afterlife was one of the most anticipated sequels in recent history. Upon its release, moviegoers had mixed reactions, leading to some mixed reviews from critics. 

The good news is that the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films thought highly enough of the film to award it with the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film of 2021. 

The movie had a $75 million budget and grossed a world total of $204 million.

Technical Information

The movie runs for 124 minutes.  The camera used was an Arri Alexa LF, with Panavision T-Series lenses. Negative format was Codex ARRIRAW (4.5K). It was printed in D-Cinema format.

Can You Visit the Set of Ghostbusters?

There are many film locations used in the making of the movie that you can visit. Horsethief Canyon is where the kids first started having ghostly encounters. You can visit some of the towns used in the movie so check out the town of Fort Macleod and the town of Dorothy, near Drumheller, Alberta.

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What is Alberta Famous For?

This Canadian province is known for its massive oil industry. It’s also known for skiing, cattle ranching, farming, and of course, very cold winters. Beef is a staple food in the diet here. 

Fun Places to Visit in Alberta

For outdoor enthusiasts, check out Banff National Park. This is the most beautiful and most visited places in Alberta. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is nestled beautifully in the heart of the park. But you can also camp in the area. Other places and things to do include:

  • Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain
  • Cave and Basin Historic Site
  • Lake Louise
  • Canmore
  • Skiing 
  • Hiking in Grassi Lakes
  • Visit local breweries
  • Take a sleigh ride
  • Take the Wildlife Discovery Tour the Jasper National Park
  • Take the Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Frequently Asked Questions

Was any of Ghostbusters: Afterlife filmed in Oklahoma?

Even though the story takes place in the fictional town of Summerile, Oklahoma, no filming took place there. It was shot on location in Alberta, Canada. 

Where is the yellow bridge in Ghostbusters: Afterlife?

This is the Dorothy Ferry Bridge. It sits over the Red Deer River and was first built in 1908. 

Final Thoughts

If you plan to visit Alberta, Canada, be sure to keep the weather in mind. It tends to go from extreme cold to extremely hot. The coldest month is January and the hottest month is July. 

Ghostbuster: Afterlife fans will have plenty of options on places to see. It’s a great place to visit for the whole family.

Have you ever been to Alberta, Canada? Did you happen to check out any of the Ghostbusters: Afterlife locations? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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