Immigrants as aliens in the Ghostbusters films | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2045-5852
  • E-ISSN: 2045-5860



In this study, I will argue that Ghostbusters I (Reitman, 1984) and Ghostbusters II (Reitman, 1989) expose the ghosting patriarchal policies of the United States immigration system. These two films exemplify the way in which US attitudes towards minorities and people from other cultures shift from a position of fear and aggression to one of harmony and understanding. This is a complex process that has been gradually evolving since the blossoming of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.


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Keyword(s): abject; film; ghosts; horror; immigration; United States
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