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Vigo (also known as Prince Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf , Scourge of Carpathia , Sorrow of Moldavia , Vigo the Carpathian , Vigo the Cruel , Vigo the Torturer , Vigo the Despised , Vigo the Unholy ) [1] [2] is an ancient 16th Century medieval tyrant and sorcerer, who later died in the 17th century. He's the main antagonist in Ghostbusters II and is portrayed onscreen by Wilhelm von Homburg , and voiced by Max Von Sydow . He is found again in Ghostbusters: The Video Game , voiced again by Von Sydow.

  • 1 Canonicity
  • 2.1.1 Origins
  • 2.1.2 Ghostbusters II
  • 2.2.1 Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • Prime Universe
  • 2.2.3 Dimension 50-S
  • 2.3.1 Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Version)
  • 2.4.1 The Real Ghostbusters
  • 2.4.2 NOW Comics
  • 2.4.3 Other Video Games
  • 2.4.4 Role Playing Games
  • 3.1.1 According to Tobin's Spirit Guide
  • 3.1.2 Tobin's Summary:
  • 3.1.3 Egon's Notes:
  • 3.1.4 Ray's Tips:
  • 3.1.5 Supplemental Data
  • 4 Powers and Abilities
  • 5.1.1 IDW Comics/Insight Edition Classification
  • 5.2.1 Ghostbusters II Deleted Scene Classification
  • 5.2.2 Ghostbusters: The Video Stylized Versions Classification
  • 6 Behind the Scenes
  • 7.1 Ghostbusters II Trivia
  • 7.2 Ghostbusters: The Video Game Trivia
  • 7.3 IDW Comics Trivia
  • 7.4 Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord Trivia
  • 8.1 Primary Canon Appearances
  • 8.2 Secondary Canon Appearances
  • 8.3 Tertiary Canon Appearances
  • 9.1 Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • 10 References
  • 11.1 Primary Canon Images
  • 11.2 Secondary Canon Images
  • 11.3 Secondary Canon (Expanded Universe) Images
  • 11.4 Tertiary Canon Images
  • 11.5 Behind the Scenes Images

Vigo in the Primary Canon is developed from Ghostbusters II. In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions), a Secondary Canon, Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II pre-date the game, Ghostbusters: Afterlife conflicts with the game. Vigo (prime) appears in the IDW Comic Series, a Secondary Canon, which follows Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II, also includes some elements from Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) and Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions); as well as being canon to Tobin's Spirit Guide (Insight Editions). Vigo (from Dimension 50-S) in the IDW Comic Series, is a alternate version based on Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime. Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime video game, deemed a Tertiary Canon, follows Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II.

Primary Canon History

Vigo was born a prince in 1505 in the small Balkan kingdom of Carpathia . [3] He soon rose to power and ruled his home country with an iron fist, and the land itself was in a constant state of spiritual turmoil thanks to his despotic rule, which earned him an infamous name, the "Scourge of Carpathia." Vigo later conquered another land, the country of Moldavia in Romania which its people while still resenting the psychotic autocrat, gave him another notorious alias, the "Sorrow of Moldavia." It was said he was a powerful magician and a genius in many ways, as well as a tyrant, an autocrat, a lunatic and a genocidal madman. Because of his evil ways he wasn't well liked by his subjects and he killed hundreds of them. He was also known as "Vigo the Cruel," "Vigo the Torturer," "Vigo the Despised," and "Vigo the Unholy." Peter Venkman jokingly adds "Vigo the Butch" to the list of aliases.

He eventually died at the age of 105 in 1610, but not because of his old age. His people had led a rebellion and they tried and executed him in a manner that they saw fit for his rule. He was poisoned, shot, stabbed, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered (to which Venkman commented "Ouch"). [4] Just before his head died, he uttered this prophetic warning: "Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I'll be back!" [5] Vigo's ghost took up residence in his portrait that was created long before the events of his death. An entry about Vigo was recorded in chapter six of Magicians, Martyrs And Madmen by Leon Zundinger. It was a length of 18 pages from page 128 to 145. It was later digitzed in the Occult Reference Net .

Ghostbusters II

True to his word, Vigo returned in modern day New York in 1989. The Vigo painting was moved from storage to the Restoration room in 304 at the Manhattan Museum of Art . Vigo drew power from the river of Psychomagnotheric Slime flowing through abandoned subway tunnels of the New York Pneumatic Railroad to a location underneath the Museum. The Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm boosted Vigo's powers, and enabled him to channel people's negative emotions needed for the manifestation of an army of angry spirits that soon started terrorizing New York City. Although the slime granted Vigo power enough to manifest, he could not regain a physical form. For this reason, Vigo needed a baby to possess to facilitate his rebirth. Vigo used his power and manipulated the museum's curator Janosz Poha into doing his bidding as his pawn. One evening, Janosz was about to apply a touch up on an eyelid on the Vigo painting when Vigo fired orange hued lightning bolts at him, which caused Janosz to scream in shock and fell off the step ladder. The painting then shifted in appearance to a chamber filled with the Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm while Vigo reappeared as a giant floating head. Vigo identified himself to Janosz as "Vigo, the Scourge of Carpathia, the Sorrow of Moldavia." Janosz quickly asked Vigo to command him. Vigo talked about he sat on a throne of blood atop a mountain of kills in a castle of pain then he declared, "What was, will be. What is, will be no more! Now is the season of evil." Janosz keyed on the word "evil." He then commanded him to find a child so he could live again and the painting's image transitioned back to normal. He questioned the part about finding a child. The painting fired lighting bolts directly into Janosz's eyes. He patted his chest then his face. Janosz calmly stated "a child." Janosz immediately knew the perfect candidate: Dana Barrett 's baby son, Oscar .

During Peter's visit to the museum, Janosz informed him he was preparing Vigo's portrait for the new Romantic exhibition. Peter imitated Vigo's pose, to Dana's amusement. He then remarked Vigo was a bit of a sissy and Janosz stated he was a very powerful magician and a genius in many ways. Dana noted his true evil nature and admitted that she hated the painting and felt uncomfortable ever since it came up from storage. Peter joked she was probably feeling what Vigo was: Carpathian kitten loss. Dana smiled while Peter grabbed some paint and pretended to add one by the castle causing Janosz to stand between Peter and Vigo. He was naturally put off by the suggestion of altering valuable artwork and believed it was time for him to go and declared the joyfulness was over. Dana tried to tell him Peter was just kidding around and Peter noted he was not going to get a green card with that attitude. He then walked away and turned to Dana and jested she was sweet on the hunky stud. Dana admitted every now and then, she got the feeling that painting was watching her and even smiling at her. They then noticed Janosz talking to Vigo and gesturing to them, which caused the two exchange looks of concern.

Vigo attempted to capture Oscar by sending a wave of Mood Slime into Dana's bathtub when she was about to bathe him, only for Dana to escape and take shelter at Peter's apartment . Peter notified Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz of the incident and after they checked into Vigo's history, the Ghostbusters went to the museum the next day to investigate and took several pictures of Vigo's portrait to analyze. During the analysis at the Firehouse , Ray and Egon peered through the illusion of the portrait and saw Vigo's realm, with the Mood Slime flowing behind him. It was then that Vigo attempted to do away with the pair by locking the dark room then setting it ablaze, only for them to be saved by Winston Zeddemore . Egon, Ray, and Winston investigated the sewers and discovered the river of slime that Ray found previously. Winston was pulled in while he tried take measurements and Egon and Ray jumped in after him. When they emerged onto the streets, they realized the slime was flowing to the museum, and therefore, to Vigo.The Ghostbusters tried to alert Mayor Lenny about Vigo and the river only for him to refuse to go along with their pleas, since he believed that treating everyone with negativity is the God-given right of every New Yorker. His aid Jack Hardemeyer , then have them committed at Parkview Psychiatric Hospital , temporarily getting them out of Vigo's way, allowing the Carpathian to continue on with his plans. Vigo's giant head later reappeared to Janosz in the painting and stated the season of evil began with the birth of a new year, which pleased Janosz. Vigo then ordered him to find a child so that he may live again. Janosz made a pitch for getting to have Dana after he brought Oscar. He touched the flame on one of the candles then quickly pulled back. Vigo obliged him and declared she would be theirs, a wife to Janosz and his new mother. Janosz hopped up and spun around in elation then thanked him. In the form of a spectral nanny thanks to Vigo's powers, Janosz arrived with a stroller and snatched Oscar from the ledge outside Peter's bedroom. Realizing who the supposed "ghost" was, Dana raced off to the museum to get Oscar back.

After she entered the museum, the mood slime covered the exterior of the building and hardened into a near impenetrable shell to keep anyone or anything from getting in or out. Dana entered the Restoration room, ran to Oscar, and picked him up from an altar in front of Vigo's painting. Janosz then revealed his presence and confessed he knew she would come. He then promised her not to worry about Oscar being harmed and revealed that he was chosen to be the vessel of the spirit of Vigo and she would be the mother of the ruler of the world. He asked if that sounded nice and Dana thought it sounded ludicrous and Janosz mused they did not have a choice. He joked the painting in the room was not Gainsborough's "Blue Boy", and that he was Vigo. Dana refused to give up Oscar and tried to escape with him only for Vigo to telekinetically pull Oscar out of her grasp as she slid out of the room before sealing her out, essentially in a prison cell. He then floated the baby back to the altar causing Dana to call Vigo a bastard. At the same time, the mood slime also reached its peak, causing a widespread appearance of ghosts that rivaled the Containment Unit 's explosion.

Vigo then beamed a pinkish red ray onto Oscar, which caused Vigo to start possessing him. The transference had begun and at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, he would possess Oscar completely, be reborn and freely rule the world once again. However, just as he was transferring his spirit into Oscar, the Ghostbusters arrived and disrupted the ritual, having used the Statue of Liberty to generate enough positive energy to penetrate the negative energy of Vigo's slime wall. Dana grabbed Oscar from the altar and ran to safety thus preventing Vigo from possessing the baby. After the Ghostbusters slimed Janosz, Vigo manifested in the room in a corporeal form. Ray ordered Vigo to hold it and called him a deadhead. He advised to go ahead and knock up some willing hellhound if he wanted a baby or otherwise, he had three seconds to get back in the painting. Ray started the count with "one." Peter stood up from his position with his Particle Thrower already drawn and stated "two." Ray counted "three." Peter and Egon fired on Vigo. Ray was thought they were winning but he was wrong. Vigo unleashed a pulse of energy and the Ghostbusters fell to the ground and were immobilized.

Vigo found where Peter had hid Oscar soon after and used telekinesis to move the boards aside like a sliding door. He smiled and held up Oscar. Dana was scared and implored the Ghostbusters to do something. Peter decided to heckle Vigo. He called out to Vigo. Peter confirmed he was talking to him and called him "the bimbo with the baby," then asked him if anyone told him the big shoulder look was out. Peter admitted he had met some dumb blondes in his life, but Vigo took the taco. He stated only a Carpathian would come back to life now and choose New York then called him a bonehead over his 'tasty pick.' Peter declared if he had a brain in that huge melon on top of his neck, he would be living the sweet life out in Southern California's beautiful San Fernando Valley. Vigo fired energy rays from his mouth at the Ghostbusters. They were covered in the rays and convulsed in pain. Vigo raised Oscar in his arms. Oscar cried. Vigo proclaimed now they become one.

However, he instead began grimacing in pain. He was weakened due to the throngs of the New Yorkers singing "Auld Lang Syne" outside the museum, and their positivity countered the negativity Vigo thrived on. This also released the Ghostbusters from their stasis. Considerably weakened, Vigo was drawn back into his painting as his face became distorted, revealing his true essence as the monster that he truly was in both life and the afterlife. Ray turned towards the painting and locked eyes with Vigo. In a desperate ploy, Vigo took possession of Ray's body (having enchanted him during the Ghostbusters' earlier investigation). Ray was transmogrified and resembled Vigo's true form. Vigo then proclaimed he shall rule the earth and told the Ghostbusters to be gone, calling them pitiful half-men. On Peter's cue, Winston used positively charged slime to drive him out of Ray's body while Peter and Egon fired proton streams to drive Vigo back into the painting, completely draining all his powers and causing him to vanish in an explosion within the painting which in turn caused the slime shell around the museum to disintegrate. After that, the painting of Vigo vanished and was replaced with a new one with four men wearing togas surrounding a baby, which symbolized the four Ghostbusters as heavenly saints defending the baby Oscar.

Secondary Canon History

Ghostbusters: the video game.

The painting eventually returned to Vigo's original portrait under unknown circumstances, and was confiscated by the Ghostbusters. Vigo, as of November 1991, resided in the Firehouse in his painting near Janine's desk on the right from the Firehouse doors, where he would menacingly (but harmlessly) bicker with those who approached. For more, see Quotes and Trivia

IDW Comics and Insight Editions

Prime universe.

Prince Vigo came to prominence in the 15th century. He ruled over his homeland of Carpathia and the conquered country of Moldavia. He was purportedly both an alchemist and a warlock. [6] In an attempt to turn the tide of a war in Russia, Vigo unleashed an Underworld Horde , including Death . However, the horde was defeated by The Undying Soldier . Decades into his reign, Vigo was overthrown by his subjects. Despite being 105 years old, Vigo was as strong as a young man at his prime. [7] They poisoned, shot, stabbed, hanged, and drawn and quartered him. He stayed alive for days following the attack. Vigo's last words were, "Death is but a door, time is but a window. I'll be back!" He was beheaded and cremated. His ashes were scattered in the Black Sea. Vigo's tyranny came to end but his subjects lived in fear for years that he was still watching them. [8] [9] John Horace Tobin later noted Vigo's existence was accounted for in the works of renowned historian Leon Zundinger.

During New Year's Eve 1989, the Ghostbusters' use of both positively charged Psychomagnotheric Slime and Proton Streams on Vigo banished him back into his painting, effectively eliminating his power. [10] Years after the Thanksgiving 1991 incident, the Vigo painting was still in the garage bay of the Firehouse. Idulnas briefly took on the guise of Vigo to taunt Janosz into serving him.

A couple weeks into the Tiamat incident, Vigo suddenly vanished from his painting. He resurfaced on Hart Island and raised the dead buried at the potter's field to serve as his army. The resulting P.K.E. surge attracted the Ghostbusters' attention. Special Agent Melanie Ortiz shot Vigo in the face with her Proton Pistol . Angered someone dared to strike him, Vigo fixated on Peter, whom he referred to as "The Vandal," instead and shot at him. The Ghostbusters, Chicago Ghostbusters and Ghost Smashers converged on the potter's field upon Peter's insistence. They opened fire on Vigo, who called to the Hart Island Ghosts . In a surprise turn, the ghosts pried the Proton Streams from Vigo.

Vigo grabbed ahold of Ron Alexander and gloated about his impending death. With Ray still in a trance state, Ron took matters into his own hands and activated his Boson Caster . Vigo was shot point blank in the face. As Vigo's head reformed, Winston grabbed Ray's Slime Blower and opened fire. Vigo taunted Winston and declared the Hart Island Ghosts would prevent the slime from touching him. Winston was counting on this. Slimed with positively charged Psychomagnotheric Slime, the ghosts were free from Vigo's control. They immediately swarmed Vigo like hungry piranha. Vigo's form was slowly dispersed, evidenced by his left hand being reduced to a skeleton. When the Ghostbusters returned to the Firehouse, Vigo was back in his painting but with scorch marks on his head where he was blasted by Melanie Ortiz. Peter promised to help cover them up with a pastel colored beret.

After a dimensional overlap took place, Jillian Holtzmann scanned Vigo with her P.K.E. Meter while Erin and Abby voiced concern about where their equipment went.

Dimension 50-S

After being attacked by a Sandman , Alan Crendall found himself face to face with Vigo in his throne room. Vigo recognized Alan and declared him an enemy since his bloodline failed him and the Ghostbusters foiled him. Vigo wanted revenge. Alan fired but his thrower malfunctioned. Vigo slashed at his chest. Before Vigo could finish him, Alan regained consciousness in the Calvin Home . Gabriel Sitter speculated he was dreaming. Alan noticed the wound from Vigo's slash was still on his chest.

Secondary Canon (Expanded Universe) History

Ghostbusters: the video game (stylized version).

In the Wii version , Vigo's painting is in the basement near the Containment Unit. During the mission at the Natural History Museum , Winston mentions the Vigo Incident to the Rookie . [11]

Tertiary Canon History

The real ghostbusters.

The year before the Poso incident, the Ghostbusters battled Vigo. Egon Spengler collected some of the Psycho-Reactive Slime in the aftermath. In the Poso incident, Egon utilized the last of the slime to disguise Peter Venkman as a ghost and gift him with limited powers such as flight. [12]

The encounter with Vigo was however chronicled in the comic book adaptation of the second movie by NOW Comics. In this comic, the live action Ghostbusters were replaced with their animated counterparts. It also contained the first appearance of Louis Tully and the only appearance of Dana Barrett in a The Real Ghostbusters continuity.

Other Video Games

The Sorrow of Moldovia himself was also the final boss in the video games based on Ghostbusters II . [ citation needed ]

Role Playing Games

He was also the main villain in an adventure based on the second movie in a re-issue of the role-playing game. To defeat his defenses in order to approach him, the players had to utilize effigies of The Tinman, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion from Frank Baum's "Oz" series. When Vigo's painting melts, the Oz characters are shown instead of the Ghostbusters. [ citation needed ]

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Information

Stylized version information, according to tobin's spirit guide.

  • Category: Class 7 Paranormal Freak
  • Abilities: None...anymore

Tobin's Summary:

Though this tome is almost exclusively intended as a reference for spirits, I think it's worth noting briefly the life of one Prince Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf. Taking notes from my colleague Leon Zundinger's work Magicians, Martyrs And Madmen , I've learned that Vigo lived between 1505 and 1610. His unnaturally long life didn't end easily, as the villagers in his kingdom tries several methods of getting rid of him before something finally worked. His last words were: "Death is but a door, time is but a window. I'll be back!" I suspect he had means already secured to insure this will eventually happen.

Egon's Notes:

Indeed, he did. Vigo's tenacity in life and beyond is quite remarkable. Our encounters with him were definitely a learning experience and great way to stress test some of our equipment.

Ray's Tips:

Ummm, don't stare directly into the painting's eyes. I learned that the hard way.

Supplemental Data

The art page can be found in Shandor's Island , during the "Shandor's Island" section. It is in a back corner of the room you start the level in.

No P.K.E. Scan is required.

Powers and Abilities

When the river of slime beneath the streets of New York became negatively charged, the spirit of Vigo grew quite powerful. With this abundance of negative energy to draw upon, Vigo displayed characteristics and abilities comparable to a Class 7 entity, such as Gozer . During this time, Vigo performs remarkable feats of telekinesis, telepathy, and mind control. Additionally, he withstood an attack from proton beams, and even managed to viciously retaliate against the Ghostbusters, leaving them temporarily paralyzed. He also has the ability to shape shift into a more demonic form, complete with horns and blood-red eyes.


Secondary canon classification, idw comics/insight edition classification.

Vigo is a Class 4 possessor primarily but when he bonded himself to the river of Psychomagnotheric Slime, he gained enough power to rival a Class 7 . [13] [14]

Secondary Canon (Expanded Universe) Classification

Ghostbusters ii deleted scene classification.

In an excluded scene from the Ghostbusters' investigation of the restoration studio, Egon states the P.K.E. levels were "max-plus" and the Giga meter was showing all red to which Winston bet were readings off of Vigo. [15]

Ghostbusters: The Video Stylized Versions Classification

Vigo was listed as Class 7 Paranormal Freak in the Tobin's Spirit Guide page.

Behind the Scenes

Vigo was inspired by the Carpathian mythology, the Dracu, and Vlad the Impaler. [16] A concept painting was done of him as a red hooded specter manifesting in Central Park and tearing trees and light poles out of the ground. [17] As of September 23, 1988, during storyboards, Henry Mayo and Tim Lawrence illustrated concept in which Vigo's spectral essence was strong enough to animate the exhibits he walked by in the art museum. [18] Thom Enriquez also did numerous concept designs. [19]

The huge Vigo self-portrait turned out to be the biggest design problem. Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) did concept versions for months and Ivan Reitman felt one was too 'Conan the Barbarian' so artists in New York were brought in. The new designs didn't work out either. Glen Eytchison and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach were approached. [20] Each year, they brought 60 classic paintings to life with people standing in costume before settings based on the original painting. Gross worked with them on a new design. With a deadline looming, the design was sent to ILM with just two days left to a scheduled shoot. The design was worked on down to the last minute. How the portrait would animate was another issue. [21] Originally, it would just be Vigo talking from the painting. Clay animation and an animated cartoon were considered. Eventually, as the script changed, it was decided Vigo would be brought out as much as possible and the painting would be replaced with a floating head hovering in a columned corridor coated with slime. Wilhelm von Homburg was filmed in front of a bluescreen and then matted over a miniature version of the slimed corridor built by the ILM model shop. After each take, the slime had to be cleaned up and reset. [22] [23]

The demonic floating head seen after Vigo returns to the painting was inspired by preproduction sketches done by Thom Enriquez. Lifecasts were done on Wilhelm von Homburg. Tim Lawrence and makeup artist Mike Smithson did a variety of altercations in clay like strengthening the jaw line, straightening out the nose, making a more sinister brow, elongating earlobes, and sharpening cheeks. 10-11 versions were done and sent to Ivan Reitman for approval. Once the final was chosen, Lawrence had three weeks. Then it was cut down to one week. Howie Weed from the creature shop wore the makeup for scenes when Vigo was transformed within the painting and when Ray was possessed. [24] Due to a scheduling conflict, Aykroyd couldn't play the scenes where Ray was possessed by Vigo. Howie Weed volunteered because he was about the same size and he was there, saving time from bringing in another actor for fittings. [25] [26]

Ghostbusters II Trivia

  • In the draft, Jalmar Litvinov was Vigo the Carpathian, the "mad Abbot of Tsbirsk," a friend of Rasputin, and one of three leading causes of the Russian Revolution. In one 3 day stretch, he caused the brutal deaths of 1500 peasants. [27] [28]
  • In the draft, he posed as an immigrant named Jalmar Litvinov. He left Tsbirsk, Russia and arrived at Ellis Island in 1917 (on page 92, it is changed to 1906) with a holy icon he painted, a hinged triptych painted on wood in the Byzantine style, depicting martyrdom of a trio of Russian saints. Notably, the central figure in the trio had a powerfully expressive face. [29] [30] [31] [32] [33] [34]
  • In the draft, he freely lives in New York posing as an early to mid-30s musician named Jason Locke. [35] [36]
  • In the draft, as Jason, he attends Peter, Ray, and Egon's trial. [37]
  • In the draft, Lane and Jason met at a Black Sabbath concert. [38]
  • In the draft, the baby's father was Jason (Vigo). After Lane got pregnant, Jason became obsessed with the baby and his attitude changed for the negative towards her. Lane broke up with Jason and after the baby was born, she called the police when he came around again. [39]
  • In the draft, Egon took readings of Jason with the Giga Meter during the Sixth Avenue encounter and got 130 GeVs of psychomagnetic force off him. [40]
  • In the draft, Vigo's plan was take over the world after the fall of modern society and when his body died, he would possess his son's body and continue ruling. [41]
  • In the draft, Vigo's true form is that of a 'wild-eyed, full-bearded, dressed in heavily brocaded robes and Eastern-style miter of an Orthodox bishop but adorned with symbols of his own twisted religion.' [42]
  • In the draft, Vigo animates the Statue of Liberty with negative psychomagnetic energy and rides it in pursuit of Lane and their baby. [43] This was changed in the final version to where the Statue of LIberty is instead animated by the Ghostbusters using positive psychomagnetic energy.
  • In draft, Vigo is dispersed on Wall Street after the Ghostbusters patch their Proton Packs into 500 kilovolt amp Con Edison transmission lines and open fire with 2 million kilowatts of electricity. [44] [45] [46] [47]
  • On page 21 to 23, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has just closed and the last of the visitors and employees are leaving. Jason Locke, the precursor to Janosz Poha, continues work on Vigo while Rudy the Museum Guard does his rounds. He reminds Jason to sign out when he leaves. Jason is mesmerized by Vigo. Vigo says a variant of his 'what was will be, what is will be no more' line and tells Jason to present the child. Jason states there is no child. Bolts of red hot energy shoot out from Vigo's eyes into Jason's eyes. Rudy sees him run out the museum. Rudy remarks he knew he would forget to sign out.
  • On page 60, Peter notices the Vigo painting then tells Lane Walker she can stay over at his place. Vigo's head turns.
  • On page 62, Jason the Vigo is a self-portrait.
  • On page 63, Peter remarks Vigo could have smiled for his portrait and suggests he needs a 'Mona Lisa job' but Jason tells him you don't go around altering valuable paintings.
  • On page 106, Jason Locke paints symbols on Mikey that are identical to ones seen in the Vigo painting. Jason uses paint from the canvas.
  • On page 107, sunlight shines through the museum skylight and moves up the Vigo painting. Jason holds up Mikey and he glows.
  • On page 13, Vigo turns its head when Dana mentions her baby. In the movie, Vigo turns his head after she has left the museum.
  • On page 28 to 29, the Manhattan Museum of Art has just closed and the last of the visitors and employees are leaving. Janosz continues work on Vigo while Rudy the Museum Guard does his rounds. He reminds Janosz to sign out when he leaves. A current from Vigo shocks Janosz then Vigo introduces himself with a longer speech where he says "twenty thousand corpses swing from my walls and parapets and the rivers ran with tears" and "by the power of the Book of Gombotz, what was will be, what is will be no more. Past and future, now and ever, my time is near." Janosz is blasted again but directly into his eyes and he screams and falls to the floor. Rudy sees him run out the museum. Rudy remarks he knew he would forget to sign out.
  • On page 57, Janosz says the Vigo painting is for the new Byzantine exhibition and it is a self-portrait, boasting he was a skilled painter. Peter jokes it's not something you'd want to hang in the rec room and reckons it needs a fluffy little white kitten in the corner. Janosz grabs his arm. Peter advises him to make an exception.
  • On page 68, Vigo turns his head and watches Dana go back to her workbench. She turns suddenly and catches a movement. She leaves the studio.
  • On page 69, after the bathtub attack, Dana tells him about how she caught Vigo looking at her.
  • On page 73, Ray notes Vigo is also a bad monkey and he dabbled in all the Black Arts. Peter's Butch line isn't present.
  • On page 98-99, Vigo's speech is a little longer and he mentions he watched for centuries and waited for the time when the tide of men's sins would swell to bring him forth again.
  • On page 114-115, Egon compares Vigo to Nero and Caligula in Rome and Hitler in Nazi Germany. Ray mentions Stalin and the French Reign of Terror. Winston mentions Pol Pot and Idi Amin. Peter mentions Cardinal Richelieu and George Steinbrenner.
  • On page 116, Oscar hovers in mid-air in front of the Vigo painting while it weeps onto Janosz's brush which he then uses to paint mystical symbols on Oscar.
  • On page 117, Dana tries to take Oscar but an unseen force pushes her back into her chair.
  • On page 120, Janosz references Gainsborough's Blue Boy after Dana objects to Janosz saying Vigo will rule the world.
  • On page 123, Vigo starts to emerge from the canvas and states, "Soon my life begins."
  • On page 125, Vigo is half out the painting. Ray tells him the "Vigi Vigi, you've been a bad monkey." Vigo grabs Ray. Winston hoses them both with slime.
  • On page 126, the Vigo painting melts and reveals another under it.
  • Max Von Sydow recorded all of Vigo's lines in Ghostbusters II in one day. [48]
  • Vigo's floating head in the painting was filmed at ILM.
  • Vigo's full name is listed as "Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf" in "Magicians, Martyrs And Madmen." The name is a mix of actors from the movie. Wilhelm von Homburg portrayed Vigo and William T. Deutschendorf and Henry J. Deutschendorf II portrayed Oscar.
  • Vigo's surnames, as stated from Egon's research from the Occult Reference Net in Ghostbusters II and the Tobin's Spirit Guide entry found in Stylized Version of Ghostbusters: The Video Game , are Von Homburg Deutschendorf. This is a combination of those of Wilhelm von Homburg , the actor who portrayed him in Ghostbusters II, and William T. Deutschendorf and Henry J. Deutschendorf II , the actors that portrayed Oscar.
  • In the Ghostbusters II commentary , Dan Aykroyd commented when Vigo was defeated he was dispatched to the "next dimension or the afterworld." [49]

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Trivia

  • It is revealed during the Thanksgiving Day Parade level that Ray kept the "Fettuccine" painting from the end of Ghostbusters II at Ray's Occult. [50]
  • The last three minutes of the end credits were to feature the Vigo painting commenting on all the credits. [51]
  • The concept artwork of Vigo appears to suggest that Vigo was at one point going to be a boss character in Ghostbusters: The Video Game .
  • There was plans for DLC involving the Vigo painting but it was scrapped. [52]
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) , players can direct Rookie into interacting with the painting. Vigo will talk to him, with one of over 100 different line variations. The reason for the reappearance of the Vigo portrait is not explained, seeing as it was destroyed at the end of the movie and replaced with a new painting of the likenesses of the four Ghostbusters and Oscar. In any case, Vigo was only limited to standard communication and rendered unable to emerge from the painting as he had done before.
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) , after the Museum of (Super)Natural History , the tenth message on the Firehouse answering machine was left by a Professor Jones (a nod to Indiana Jones) demanding to know what happened to the Vigo painting, saying that it belongs in a museum. [53]

IDW Comics Trivia

  • On page nine of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #4 , there is a sketch of Vigo on the wall.
  • On page six of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #11 , the red Post-It Note right of Kahlil's depiction references Vigo and his lifespan.
  • On the Convention Cover of Ghostbusters: Get Real Issue #1 , Vigo makes a cameo by the Roswell Army Ghosts .
  • On the regular cover of Ghostbusters International #5 , to the left of the Mona Lisa, there appears to be an early Vigo design.
  • On page 14 of Ghostbusters International #10 , in panel 2, on the top screen is an image of Vigo.
  • On page 19 of Ghostbusters 101 #6 , Peter jokes about how he, Egon, and Winston shot the Vigo painting and saved the world. [54]
  • Janosz Poha's line "He's Vigo!" from Chapter 25 of Ghostbusters II after they break into the Manhattan Museum of Art.
  • "Carpathian Legends" alludes to Vigo.
  • On page 19 of Ghostbusters Answer The Call #3, in panel 5, on the lower right of the brown board is a blue paper that references Vigo.
  • On Cover B of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #4 , on the lower level is Vigo.
  • Vigo appears on the IDW Convention Variant cover of 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters .
  • On page 10 of Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Extreme Ghostbusters , behind Peter Venkman in a panel 5, if the purified Vigo tapestry depicting the Ghostbusters and Oscar.
  • On Cover B of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #5 , a billboard on the right references Vigo.
  • On page 1 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2 , Bob Douglas 's precognitive dream is of the events of Ghostbusters II and he alludes to Vigo and Oscar.
  • On Cover RI of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4 , on the wall is the Vigo portrait.

Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord Trivia

  • In the story trailer, released on June 1, 2023, the March 1, 2022 edition of Strange Times Radio alludes to Vigo. A line asks if you are concerned about paintings of Carpathian sorcerers.


Primary canon appearances.

  • Chapter 03: Dr. Janosz Poha
  • Chapter 07: Vigo Commands
  • Chapter 13: Mood Slime
  • Mentioned by Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz.
  • Entry about him seen on computer screen.
  • Chapter 16: Vigo 101
  • Mentioned by Egon Spengler.
  • Chapter 19: Scaring the Straights
  • Chapter 20: Kidnapping Oscar
  • Chapter 21: Tenth Level of Hell
  • Chapter 24: A Harbor Chick
  • Mentioned by Janosz Poha.
  • Chapter 26: Ghostbusters vs. Vigo
  • Chapter 27: The Fifth Ghostbuster
  • Chapter 28: World is Safe Again

Expanded Universe

  • Mentioned by Winston Zeddemore and Peter Venkman.
  • Alluded to by Peter Venkman.
  • Ghostbusters with Vigo

Secondary Canon Appearances

  • Mentioned twice by Fred .
  • Mentioned by Ray. He states Egon hasn't taught at Columbia University since the Ghostbusters fought Vigo years ago.
  • On page nine, a painting of Vigo is seen above the shoulder of Artie Lester as he shows Janine Melnitz inside Tobin's Mansion .
  • On page 11, Winston mentions Vigo by referring to him as a "dead Moldavian dictator."
  • Ghostbusters Issue #2
  • On page 17, Idulnas refers to "the merger with the Carpathian."
  • "The Man Who Holds the Hands of Death"
  • "The Man Who Sought Death"
  • Mentioned by Janosz and seen in flashbacks on page 10
  • Ghostbusters Issue #14
  • On Cover RI
  • Idulnas poses as Vigo on page 4
  • Ghostbusters Issue #1
  • Ghostbusters Issue #3
  • Ghostbusters Issue #9
  • On page 16, Kylie Griffin mentions Vigo in her report. [55]
  • On page 11, the fear extracted from Ray is of Vigo possessing him.
  • Referenced in Dana Barrett's biography in the Dramatis Personae page
  • Ghostbusters Issue #17
  • Ghostbusters Issue #18
  • Ghostbusters Issue #19
  • Mentioned on page 23 by in the Spectral Incident Report. [56]
  • Ghostbusters International #8
  • Also mentioned on page 24.
  • Also mentioned on page 24 in Psychomagnetheric Ectoplasm section. [57]
  • Mentioned on page 21. [58]
  • Mentioned in 50-S Memo on page 21. [59]
  • Down The Basement Stairs (Dimension 50-S version only)
  • 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters
  • Alluded to by Bob Douglas on page 1. [60]
  • Mentioned on Page 46. [61]
  • Mentioned on Page 77. [62]

Tertiary Canon Appearances

  • Mentioned by Ismael .
  • Mentioned by Egon Spengler
  • Scene 7: Storming the Museum

You can get insulted by Vigo if you go up to his Vigo painting in the Firehouse and interact with it. Below are all 114 Vigo quotes, with audio pulled directly from the game's data files. Quote #102 - "This isn't Ghostbusters. This is The Exorcist!" - is exclusive to the stylized version of the game.

  • ↑ Vigo(1999). Ghostbusters II , Chapter 7: Vigo Commands (1989) (DVD ts. 22:32-22:40). Columbia Pictures. Vigo says: "I, Vigo, the Scourge of Carpathia, the Sorrow of Moldavia, command you."
  • ↑ Egon Spengler (1999). Ghostbusters II , Chapter 16: Vigo 101 (1989) (DVD ts. 50:20-50:23). Columbia Pictures. Egon Spengler says: "Also known as Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised and Vigo the Unholy."
  • ↑ Egon Spengler (1999). Ghostbusters II , Chapter 16: Vigo 101 (1989) (DVD ts. 50:03-50:06). Columbia Pictures. Egon Spengler says: "Vigo the Carpathian. Born 1505, died 1610."
  • ↑ Ray Stantz (1999). Ghostbusters II , Chapter 16: Vigo 101 (1989) (DVD ts. 50:12-50:15). Columbia Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "And he didn't die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered."
  • ↑ Ray Stantz (1999). Ghostbusters II , Chapter 16: Vigo 101 (1989) (DVD ts. 50:25-50:29). Columbia Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "There was a prophecy, just before his head died. His last words were: Death is but a door, time is but a window. I'll be back!"
  • ↑ Narrator (2016). Insight Editions - " Tobin's Spirit Guide " (2016) (Book p.64). Paragraph reads: "Purported to be both alchemist and warlock, Prince Vigo of Carpathia was a cruel tyrant who came to prominence in the fifteenth century, ruling over his homeland and the conquered country of Moldavia."
  • ↑ Narrator (2016). Insight Editions - " Tobin's Spirit Guide " (2016) (Book p.64). Paragraph reads: "He was 105 years old at the time of the coup, and yet, one of the Moldavians who rose against him later wrote that "he was as strong as any man in the prime of his life"."
  • ↑ Narrator (2016). Insight Editions - " Tobin's Spirit Guide " (2016) (Book p.64). Paragraph reads: "Vigo hung on for days after the attack before perishing."
  • ↑ Narrator (2016). Insight Editions - " Tobin's Spirit Guide " (2016) (Book p.64). Paragraph reads: "He was finally beheaded and cremated, with his ashes scattered in the Black Sea."
  • ↑ Narrator (2016). Insight Editions - " Tobin's Spirit Guide " (2016) (Book p.64). Paragraph reads: "We continued to hose Vigo's ghost down with mood slime while corralling it with proton streams. This resulted in the entity being banished back into the painting, effectively eliminating his power, if not his consciousness."
  • ↑ Vigo Reference in The Video Game Stylized Version
  • ↑ Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - " Partners in Slime " (1989) (DVD ts. 10:32-10:38). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "I collected it last year after we battled Vigo the Carpathian."
  • ↑ Ghostbusters 101 Class Notes (2017). IDW Comics - " Ghostbusters 101 #1 " (2017) (Comic p.24). Line reads: "Please see our case file on Vigo the Carpathian for a good example -- the short version is that this particular Class 4 formed a symbiotic relationship with a cache of psychomagnetheric ectoplasm and gained enough power to rival a Class 7."
  • ↑ Narrator (2016). Insight Editions - " Tobin's Spirit Guide " (2016) (Book p.64). Paragraph reads: "CLASS IV. POSSESSOR."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1989). Ghostbusters II (February 27, 1989 Draft) (Script p. 70). Egon Spengler says: "The PKE levels were max-plus and the Giga-meter was showing all red."
  • ↑ Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History , p. 121. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108 . Dan Aykroyd says: "Vigo came out of the idea of the Carpathians, the Dracu, Vlad the Impaler-that part of the world where there was a lot of demonology and possession and magic. We drew on Sumerian mythology for the first movie, and we drew on Carpathian mythology for the second movie. Vigo was an invention of Harold and myself, almost like a Dracula figure."
  • ↑ Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History , p. 122. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108 . Line reads: "Vigo manifests in Central Park as a hooded specter in this concept painting."
  • ↑ Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History , p. 136. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108 . Line reads: "A storyboard for an early Ghostbusters II concept by Henry Mayo in which Vigo's spectral essence is sufficient to animate the art museum's exhibits."
  • ↑ Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History , p. 137. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108 . Line reads: "Multiple Vigo design variants by Thom Enriquez."
  • ↑ Bernard, Jami (1989). "Prime Slime with Ghostbusters" Fangoria #84, page 29. Fangoria Publishing, Atlanta, USA. Line reads: "Gross solved the problem by hiring the actors who stage an annual "Pageant of the Masters" in Laguna Beach, where they do lifesize reenactments of classical paintings."
  • ↑ Bernard, Jami (1989). "Prime Slime with Ghostbusters" Fangoria #84, page 29. Fangoria Publishing, Atlanta, USA. Michael Gross says: "The painting has caused endless problems. The technology is difficult to do. It requires a subtle movement. It can't work as just animation - that's too flat."
  • ↑ Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited , Cinefex magazine #40, page 9. Cinefex, USA. Line reads: "To make the image work, actor Wilhelm von Homburg was filmed in front of a bluescreen and then matted over a miniature of the corridor built by the ILM model shop."
  • ↑ Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited , Cinefex magazine #40, page 9. Cinefex, USA. Bill George says: "The slime corridor was a forced perspective set that was pretty straightforward. Both columns and bricks along the sides had to be built in forced perspective, and they were all sculpted out of foam. There were arches between the columns and beyond those we had light coming in. The only unusual aspect was that the producers wanted slime oozing out of the columns, which meant that we had a major cleanup after each take. It was really no big deal--just a big mess."
  • ↑ Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited , Cinefex magazine #40, page 44-45. Cinefex, USA. Line reads: "The change was accomplished primarily by makeup applications devised by the ILM creature shop. "It was not the first work we did on the Vigo character," noted Tim Lawrence. "Early during preproduction, we were given a variety of sketches by Thom Enriquez depicted a very overweight-looking character with a wild-eyed look and a facial structure such that it would have been impossible to find anyone who actually looked like that. So at the beginning, we were going to be designing a makeup that would be used on an actor throughout the film. Then when it came time for transformation at the end, Vigo was going to be something much more monstrous--some kind of a huge construction that we never quite worked out completely because the whole concept went off in a different direction once Wilhelm von Homburg was cast for the part. Wilhelm has a very distinctive "bad guy" face and Ivan decided to use it without a whole lot of alteration--but he did still want some appliance makeup. So we did lifecasts on Wilhelm and then Mike Smithson and I did a variety of alterations in clay--fairly subtle things like strengthening his jaw line, straightening out his nose, giving him a more sinister brow, elongating his earlobes and sharpening his cheeks. We did ten or eleven versions of the makeup in clay and then photographed them in black-and-white and made up a little book that we sent down so that Ivan and the producers could see the various directions it could go in. They picked one that they liked and we made a set of appliances for this guy. The problem was that they wanted this very elaborate makeup to be used for the whole film and I had asked for three weeks to do it. They said they could only give us two weeks and then wound up giving us one; but they said, 'Don't worry about it, because it's just going to be used for a photo shoot as a guide for the artist who is doing the painting, but that when he comes to life he should look more realistic and less stylized. So we did the makeup very quickly for the photo shoot and then Wilhelm was used without makeup for the film itself." The final transformation was likewise toned down. "We did a lot of drawings for the Vigo monster--some of them pretty horrendous--and we had other things going on as well. At one point the slime was going to bring to life things from some of the other paintings--so we had little Hieronymous Bosch characters running around and a spirally kind of Escher character. Over time, however, all that got more and more watered down to the point where instead of making a Vigo monster we were asked to come up with a makeup that simply represented Vigo's inner evil essence. We sent about fifty concepts down to Michael Gross--some of which were altered photographs. Early in the show there had been some mylar tests done on Ned Gorman--our effects coordinator--to show how the Scoleri brothers could be distorted and stretched. Some of those bizarre photos were blown up and artwork was done on them--and it was one of those that was selected. The difficulty for us when it came time to do the makeup was that the basic understructure was not a human head. Obviously the makeup had to be something that could be added to a real person--we could not stretch a person's head to do it--so we had to start by roughing in a sculpture and getting a lot of people's interpretations as to what the stretch marks and bizarre washes of color on the photograph actually meant in three-dimensional terms. When we got as close as we could to the accepted design, we molded and cast the makeup in about seven pieces." Howie Weed--one of the creature shop crew members--wore the makeup for scenes of Vigo transformed within the painting and for a subsequent scene when Ray becomes entranced by Vigo and momentarily turns into a demon before his friends restore him with a blast of positive slime."
  • ↑ Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History , p. 176. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108 . Howie Weed says: "I'm a big guy, so I asked Dennis Muren if I could do it. Because I was already there they didn't have to bring an actor in for fittings, and they could get on it right away."
  • ↑ Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History , p. 176. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108 . Line reads: "Ivan Reitman OK'ed the look, but Dan Aykroyd's schedule didn't allow him to play the demon-possessed Stantz."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 92). Ray Stantz: "Jalmar Litvinov was better known as Vigo the Carpathian, the "mad Abbot of Tsbirsk." This guy was a demented Russian monk--a good buddy of Rasputin's--and a really bad cat."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 92). Egon Spengler says: "Along with poverty and injustice, he was considered one of the three leading causes of the Russian Revolution. In one three day stretch he had 1500 peasants staked, burned, crushed and ground up for fertilizer."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 1). Paragraph reads: "Ext. Ellis Island - Day - 1917 Groups of newly arrived IMMIGRANTS are lined up outside the main building waiting for processing. The Statue of Liberty looms in the background. SUPER: Ellis Island - 1917."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 1). Immigration Officer says: "Jalmar Litvinov--Tsbirsk, Russia."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 1). Paragraph reads: "Jalmar unwraps the bundle revealing a holy icon."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 1). Paragraph reads: "It is a hinged triptych painted on wood in the Byzantine style depicting matrydom of a trio of Russian saints. The most remarkable aspect of the painting is the powerfully expressive face of its central figure."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 92). Egon Spengler: "I found the name Jalmar Litvinov in the immigration records. He came from Russia in 1906, but he came alone and I couldn't find any subsequent marriage licenses or birth certificates naming him."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 92). Ray Stantz says: "And he painted this."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 24). Paragraph reads: "He's handsome, very intense-looking, in his early or mid-thirties, and somehow threatening despite his casual demeanor. His name is JASON LOCKE."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 73). Lane Walker says: "He said he was a musician and I thought he was attractive and we started going out."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 32). Paragraph reads: "The courtroom is crowded with interested SPECTATORS and a handful of REPORTERS. Seated inconspicuously among them at the back of the room is Jason Locke."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 73). Lane Walker says: "We met at a Black Sabbath concert."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 73). Lane Walker says: "Things were good for a while but then I got pregnant and everything changed. He seemed obsessed with the baby and he was very cruel to me. Finally I couldn't take it anymore and I told him to leave. I didn't see him for a long time after that but then after the baby was born he started coming around again and saying he wanted us back. Eventually I had to call the police and they told him to stay away."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 73). Egon Spengler says: "You might be interested to know that I took Gigameter readings on Jason Locke the first time you confronted him. He was reading 130 GeVs of psychomagnetic force."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 100). Jason Locke says: "Your civilization is at an end. Your whole society is about to die and your pitiful politics along with it. From the ashes of the old world a new empire will rise and I will rule--King, Czar, Emperor--first of a great dynasty. And when this body dies my spirit will reside with my son and heir."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 101). Paragraph reads: "Jason dematerializes and in his place appears Vigo the Carpathian, the mad monk; wild-eyed, full-bearded, dressed in heavily brocaded robes and Eastern-style miter of an Orthodox bishop but adorned with the symbols of his own twisted personal religion."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 104). "Paragraph reads: "A greenish glow starts to emanate from the base of the statue, then starts rising up the body as the colossal Lady is infused with evil energy. Then Vigo dashes up the stairs and enters the sculpture."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 111). "Egon Spengler says: "If we could reverse the polarity of the energy mass, theoretically the magnetic force would become repellent and dissipate into the atmosphere."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 105). "Ray Stantz says: "With a strong electrical current. The Statue is copper; it's highly conductive. In this area, the Con Ed transmission lines carry about 500 kilovolt amps. If we run that much current through our proton packs, it should produce more than enough juice to do this job."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 111). "Paragraph reads: "Then, suddenly, the throwers jump in their hands and spit two million kilowatts of electricity at the oncoming behemoth."
  • ↑ Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 111). "Paragraph reads: "His face contorts, he bellows with rage, then explodes into dust."
  • ↑ Ivan Reitman (2019). Ghostbusters II - Commentary (2019) ( Blu-ray ts. 1:13:00-1:13:07). Sony Home Entertainment. Ivan Reitman says: "It is Max van Sydow. He came in for one day, did this quickly for us, and it was amazing."
  • ↑ Dan Aykroyd (2019). Ghostbusters II - Commentary (2019) ( Blu-ray ts. 1:38:02-1:38:08). Sony Home Entertainment. Dan Aykroyd says: "But we don't trap him. We dispatch him to the next... Next dimension, or the afterworld."
  • ↑ Dille, Flint & Platten, John Z. (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Draft Revision February 11, 2008) (Script p. 156). Line reads: "It is a cluttered dark space and on the wall furthest from the doorway, the Fettuccine painting from the second movie is in full view."
  • ↑ Dille, Flint & Platten, John Z. (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Draft Revision February 11, 2008) (Script p. 253). Line reads: "ROLL CREDITS-FIRST 2 minutes over a magazine cover montage of franchises opening all over the world. Last 3 minutes over black with the Vigo painting on the side, commenting on all the credits."
  • ↑ Spook Central "Ghostbusters Fan Fest - Ghostbusters: The Video Game Panel" 35:44-35:54 10/4/19 Panelist says: "But the DLC was the planned to be Thanksgiving Day Parade. There was a Christmas level. Um, this was around Christmas. There was the Vigo painting which was its own casting fiasco."
  • ↑ Professor Jones; After Museum of (Super)Natural History , Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 10 of 11 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Professor Jones says: "Professor Jones. Trying to find out information on the whereabouts of the Vigo painting. Do you have any idea what's happened to it? It's a priceless historical treasure. It belongs in a museum."
  • ↑ Peter Venkman (2017). IDW Comics - " Ghostbusters 101 #6 " (2017) (Comic p.19). Peter Venkman says: "You'd be surprised. Once we shot at a painting."
  • ↑ Kylie Griffin (2013). IDW Comics - " Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #11 " (2013) (Comic p.16). Kylie says: "It corresponds almost perfectly with wars, with genocide, the coming of Gozer, with the whole Vigo thing..."
  • ↑ Spectral Incident Report (2016). IDW Comics - " Ghostbusters International #7 " (2016) (Comic p.23). Spectral Incident Report reads: "This mood slime stored a high amount of power from the emotional energy of gamblers, and Kaine was able to tap into it in a manner similar to that of Vigo the Carpathian (see form 1147-H, filed by the New York field office)."
  • ↑ Ghostbusters 101 Class Notes (2017). IDW Comics - " Ghostbusters 101 #3 " (2017) (Comic p.24). Ghostbusters 101 Class Notes reads: "Used most famously by Vigo the Carpathian, pink slime is basically a nasty, gooey emotional battery."
  • ↑ 68-R Memo (2018). IDW Comics - " Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #2 " (2018) (Comic p.21). Memo reads: "In this dimension, there was no hiatus between Gozer and Vigo the Carpathian."
  • ↑ 50-S Memo (2018). IDW Comics - " Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #6 " (2018) (Comic p.21). 50-S reads: "Alan Crendall; nephew of Janosz Poha, a former thrall of Vigo the Carpathian."
  • ↑ Bob Douglas (2020). IDW Comics - " Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2 " (2020) (Comic p.1). Bob Douglas says: "Like just last night I dreamed this giant painting was trying to kidnap a baby, and – wait, you're still paying me for this interview, right?"
  • ↑ Narrator (2016). Insight Editions - " Tobin's Spirit Guide " (2016) (Book p.46). Paragraph reads: "Further investigation revealed that the Collectors had been sent after us by Janosz Poha (see entry on Vigo the Carpathian on page 64), who had been possessed by the demon Idulnas."
  • ↑ Narrator (2016). Insight Editions - " Tobin's Spirit Guide " (2016) (Book p.77). Paragraph reads: "Dumazu---not unlike the Carpathian Prince, Vigo---was a despotic ruler feared by his subjects."

Primary Canon Images

Prince Vigo

Secondary Canon Images

As seen in the Firehouse in Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)

Secondary Canon (Expanded Universe) Images

Vigo, the Carpathian bio photo from Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions)

Tertiary Canon Images

Vigo as depicted in NOW Comics The Real Ghostbusters starring in Ghostbusters II part 1.

Behind the Scenes Images

Concept painting, seen on page 122 of Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History

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Creating Vigo the Carpathian, and the Ghostbusters II Ending Fans Never Saw

By erin mccarthy | jul 11, 2016 | updated: mar 27, 2023, 12:07 pm edt.

From Painting To Destroyer | The Evolution of Vigo | GHOSTBUSTERS II

Glen Eytchison was deep in the planning stages of his next theatrical production when he got a phone call from Industrial Light & Magic. It was early 1989, and employees at George Lucas’s famed visual effects house needed to create a painting of a 16th-century Carpathian warlord that could come to life for director Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters sequel. They had to do it fast: The movie was due to come out in June. Could Eytchison help them?

Living paintings were something Eytchison knew well. As director of the Laguna Beach, California, show Pageant of the Masters , he had, at that point, been creating tableaux vivants —three-dimensional sets containing actors that were lit to look like flat paintings and would, at the right moment, shockingly come to life—for more than a decade. “We’re the best at it,” he tells Mental Floss. “No question about it. There’s no one any better in the world.” Eytchison was also a Ghostbusters fan whose idol was ILM visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren—so, of course, he said he’d help.

What followed was a whirlwind month in which Eytchison and his team created a painting that would terrify moviegoers, sewed together Vigo the Carpathian’s costume, built a physical set of the painting, and shot footage of Wilhelm von Homburg as Vigo—complete with warlord outfit and facial prosthetics—stepping out of that set to fight the Ghostbusters. Eytchison, his crew, and ILM had no idea that their creation would become an iconic movie villain ... or that a lot of their living painting wouldn't ever make it to the big screen.

When he flew up to meet with Muren at ILM’s headquarters, then located in San Rafael, California, Eytchison intended to talk them out of using his services. “When all is said and done, the Pageant is about wood, unbleached muslin, paint, and light,” he says. “It’s not easy—in fact, it's very difficult—but it’s based on common sense: Eliminate the shadows and the set will look flat. I didn’t want them to go, ‘We’re paying this guy and that’s all you have to do?’”

But Muren wasn’t having it. “There’s no question we could figure it out, but you already know how to do it,” he told Eytchison. “Why should we waste our time?”

So Eytchison officially signed on and took a look at the script, while Muren and the ILM team outlined what they wanted their living painting to do. “They wanted him to be convincing as a flat painting in the early museum scenes where he’s being restored,” Eytchison says. “Then they wanted him to come to life and start speaking his lines, and they wanted that to be a really shocking moment.”

Eytchison knew he could pull that off, but first, he had to tackle the most pressing issue: Creating the artwork on which he would base his living painting. “Some of ILM’s best people had produced some really brilliant and beautiful paintings, but they had all been rejected by Ivan Reitman,” Eytchison says. “They showed me a stack of paintings; Ivan had said that they were 'too Conan.' So our first task was to create a composition that would work for Ivan, and also work for us technically. It also had to work for Wilhelm von Homburg, who had already been cast as Vigo.’”

Eytchison knew they had to get started right away if they wanted to finish in time. So he asked ILM to send a matte painter down to his home in Southern California, where the Pageant’s costume department came prepared with books from their library. “We spent the day doing research to determine what a 16th-century Carpathian warlord would look like and what he would wear,” Eytchison says. “And while they were looking at costumes, I was looking through books of painters from that time and in that geographic location so we could match the look and feel of the period.”

After the team had compiled a number of samples, the next logical step would have been to spend a couple of days creating a painting to show to Reitman, but Eytchison decided to do something a little different. “We got a blackboard and we painted a background on it,” he says. “Then we painted several versions of each element—skies, trees, the burning castle, the throne of skulls—on separate layers of acetate.”

The final acetate assemblage.

ILM representatives came down to Burbank, where Ghostbusters II was shooting, and went with Eytchison and executive producer Michael C. Gross to Reitman’s trailer, where they presented the painting. “I set it in front of him and said, ‘This is what a 16th-century Carpathian warlord would wear in battle,’” Eytchison recalls. “And he said, ‘I like it, but I don’t like the tree.’ And so I took the tree cel out, and put a different one in.” Reitman experimented for a while, testing different combinations and elements, and changing the positions of the acetate layers until he had a composition that he liked; then, Eytchison taped everything down. The meeting had taken just 15 minutes.

Eytchison took that composition, along with the reference material and photos of von Homburg, to a painter named Lou Police, who has created art for everyone from Warner Bros. Television to Walt Disney Studios. “We only needed one meeting with Lou,” Eytchison says. “He dialed in immediately to what we were going for. I was able to say, ‘The sky on this painting Ivan really likes, the patina on the armor in this painting he really likes, and the skulls he really likes in this painting.’ We gave the guy a stack of reference material that we had taken out of art books and circled and pointed arrows and pointed at stuff, and he said, ‘I know exactly what you want.’”

Lou Police's oil painting of Vigo, which Eytchison used as reference for creating the set and photograph seen in Ghostbusters II.

A few days later, Eytchison had the painting of Vigo the Carpathian in hand. He photographed it and sent it to ILM and Reitman, who approved it immediately. Things were off to a great start. There was just one problem: Eytchison knew their original plan wasn’t going to work.

There’s a big difference between creating a living painting on stage, where the nearest person is 40 feet away, and creating one for a film, where the painting is blown up across a huge movie screen with the audience sitting directly beneath it. “You're going to see every pore on his face—every imperfection,” Eytchison says. Which is why he knew that Police’s painting, as good as it was, would never be an exact match for von Homburg’s actual face. They would never be able to believably switch between the painting and the set for the scenes where Vigo talked to Dr. Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol) and ultimately stepped out of the painting.

Fortunately, Eytchison had a plan: The source painting would be used as a reference, but he and his crew would build the set, place von Homburg as Vigo in it, and photograph the whole shebang. Then, they’d blow up the photo to life-size and treat it in such a way that it would look like an oil painting, and that’s what would be used on the Burbank set. “That way, when he came to life, all I had to match was what we had already done,” Eytchison says, “as opposed to taking a painting of a guy and trying to match it exactly.”

ILM agreed to the plan, and Eytchison and his Pageant of the Masters team got to work. Rather than fly everyone up to San Rafael—which didn’t make financial sense—Eytchison opted to build the set in Southern California and ship it upstate.

Mike Smithson applies makeup to von Homburg, while sculptor Judy Park holds a palette.

Many things had to happen very quickly. “We asked ILM to send us the cast of von Homburg’s body, which they did, in a big wardrobe box,” Eytchison says. “It came in three pieces, and we put them back together.” While Skipper Skeoch and Marci O’Malley were building the costume using the mannequin, Richard Hill was designing the set, then constructing it with the help of John Clancy. Simultaneously, Judy Parker was creating the structural elements of the set, like the skulls, which she sculpted from Styrofoam. Both the costume and the set were painted by David Rymar and Leslie Turnbull. “You need to use a similar texture on the background and on the foreground elements, and on the costume and the skin, because it’s the texture that’s going to make everything merge together as one piece,” Eytchison says. “That’s why the set painters are also the people who painted the foreground element and the costume.” Diane Challis Davy provided additional supervision of the physical production.

All of the elements took about two weeks to construct. Everything was shipped up to ILM, where the crew set it up in a light tent, which would help to eliminate shadows. Using a stand-in for von Homburg, Eytchison spent hours tweaking the lighting and getting rid of shadows to make the set look as flat as possible.

When von Homburg arrived, ILM’s Mike Smithson applied make up and prosthetics to his face (which he had designed along with Tim Lawrence). Then, the actor was inserted into the set, which was about 4 feet deep. They spent the next week taking the photo that would be blown up and turned into the oil painting on set, and shooting tests of Wilhelm speaking, moving, and stepping out of the painting.

Reitman wanted von Homburg to deliver his lines while standing perfectly still, with only his mouth moving. “We used several techniques to help him, including building a simple armature behind him to give him reference points and support, but he was having a tough time of it,” Eytchison says. “We were also dealing with the big reveal, where he stepped out of the set and onto the stage floor. It was an awkward move for Wilhelm, and he never got it quite right.”

Eytchison on set with von Homburg, Dennis Muren (on the ladder), and Smithson (in blue).

Despite everything, Eytchison thought the results of their month-long sprint to create the effect looked fantastic. “I’m usually the one who is most critical of our work,” he says. “But when we saw the dailies, I thought the effect was going to be really interesting, and with a few modifications to the set, we could make Wilhelm more comfortable stepping in and out.” But not everyone agreed.

Though Eytchison was very happy with the results of the “test” shoot, something about it—Eytchison still isn't sure exactly what—just didn’t work for Reitman. “Ivan changed the entire ending,” Eytchison says. The director decided to replace the living picture scenes with a visual effect of Vigo’s disembodied head floating over a river of slime. At the end of the film, the villain doesn’t step out of the painting, but disappears from it, then reappears in the scene. Eytchison and his team weren't called back for the final shoot, which is why Vigo looks so different at the end of the film.

It was a shame but, Eytchison says, that is the nature of the film industry—and he knew that going in. “I wished we had a little more time with Wilhelm to work out the bugs, but I realized that Dennis and ILM were dealing with hundreds of issues,” he says. “There were a lot of people working on it—other people at other jobs in other departments whose needs also had to be considered. And when all is said and done, you have to trust that the director knows best.” Eytchison, a director himself, understood that.

Still, Eytchison is proud of the work he and his team did. “The fact that we managed to get it up there at all—I was just so pleased and impressed that we were able to work so quickly,” he says. “And Dennis Muren, Ned Gorman, and the rest of the crew at ILM were incredible to work with. They made us feel like a part of the team from the moment we arrived, and it was much appreciated.”

The photograph that was turned into the "oil painting" used on the Ghostbusters II set.

Since Ghostbusters II , Eytchison has created tableaux vivants for more movies—including Taylor Hackford’s The Devil’s Advocate (1997) and Barry Sonnenfeld’s Wild Wild West (1999), as well as for Broadway shows like Hairspray and The Will Rogers Follies , and for television series and commercials. But Vigo is still his most popular creation.

“I get fan mail about Vigo,” Eytchison says, who has been at his craft for more than 40 years. “That’s a long time, and Vigo is the one thing that just keeps coming back. I get more attention for Vigo than I get for almost anything else I’ve done.”

The two paintings of Vigo survive. The photograph done up as an oil painting glowers out over a hallway at the San Francisco offices of Lucasfilm and ILM. Lou Police’s original hangs in Ivan Reitman’s home.

A version of this story ran in 2015. It has been updated for 2021.

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What happened to the Vigo the Carpathian painting from Ghostbusters II

by Phil Edwards · @PhilEdwardsInc · March 21, 2014

How Vigo began

Director Ivan Reitman knew he wanted something frightening for Vigo the Carpathian. Wizards at Industrial Light And Magic worked up many concepts for the character, and artist Lou Police drew a reference copy. According to Reitman, they were all “too Conan.” So artist Glen Eytchison was brought in.

Eytchison had the perfect experience to draw from: he was production director at the Pageant of the Masters (which was lovingly parodied on Arrested Development as the Living Classics pageant). ILM quickly realized he was the right man for the job, so he was brought on board to create a new living painting .

Making Vigo breathe

As Eytchison revealed on a Ghostbusters forum post , he immediately began making a layered composition. That composition was approved by Reitman, and artist Lou Police made a reference painting for them to work from. But that painting wasn’t the one fans see in Ghostbusters II .

The photograph that became a centuries-old painting

Producers had planned to use a scaled-up painting, but the match wasn’t close enough. So Eytchison and crew came up with a more creative solution.

They posed Wilhelm in the scene, lit it to look flat, and then photographed the entire thing. They took the photograph, made a giant copy, and artificially aged it. That’s the truth about Vigo’s painting—it’s actually a photograph of a very carefully lit, designed, and made-up scene. For the live-action scenes where Vigo moved, they simply shot him in the set again. They used the photograph both for shooting and for reference when filming moving scenes (as seen in the picture above). None of it was easy—they had to create the costume using a full body cast for when Wilhelm wasn’t available.

There’s even some video of Wilhelm performing (supposedly, he wasn’t aware he’d been overdubbed by von Sydow until he saw the movie at the premiere).

Where the original Vigo painting is now

So what happened to the painting? Since it wasn’t a painting, that’s a complicated question.

Some of the concept art continues to float around, but Eytchison says the original reference photograph hangs in ILM offices, Police’s smaller painting is in Ivan Reitman’s home, and the rest is in the hands of collectors. If you’ve seen any prints online, Eytchison wasn’t involved—either they’re careful fan-art replicas or the work of Vigo himself. You never know—Vigo could still be out there somewhere, searching for his kitten.

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The haunted painting of Vigo the Carpathian

Although the original "Ghostbusters" is still considered to be one of the greatest films of the 1980s (and indeed, one of the most iconic and beloved films of all time) it's safe to say that the sequel "Ghostbusters II" ultimately fell short of expectations. The film's failure to live up to the immense cultural impact of its predecessor provoked the ire of critics and fans alike — and currently the film is certified "Rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes with just a 55% critical rating.

The film itself takes place around five years after the end of the original "Ghostbusters," which saw the eponymous team of supernatural investigators disbanding after being sued for the destruction of New York City. Despite their numerous years apart the team is forced to reunite once again to take on a new supernatural foe named Vigo the Carpathian (voiced by Max Von Sydow and played by Wilhelm von Homburg). Vigo the Carpathian is a tyrannical sorcerer who haunts a painting of himself within the Manhattan Museum of Art, and who tries to enter the physical world by possessing a child. Not only is Vigo soundly defeated at the hands of the re-assembled Ghostbusters, though — oddly enough, it seemed for a time as if he was wiped from "Ghostbusters" canon entirely. 

Indeed, the sequel to that film, "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," seemed to make almost no reference whatsoever to "Ghostbusters II" or Vigo himself, despite making countless references to the original film –- leading plenty of fans to wonder whether or not Vigo is even canon within the movie at all.

Vigo the Carpathian is canon in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Thankfully, director Jason Reitman has come out to clear the air once and for all on the canon-status of both "Ghostbusters II" and Vigo the Carpathian in the world of " Ghostbusters: Afterlife ."

"'Ghostbusters II,' definitely canon," the director explained during an interview with Uproxx . He added, "But nobody knows 'Ghostbusters II' outside of Vigo the Carpathian and the 'Ghostbusters II' logo. So there's this assumption that it is not canon but it is definitely canon." Reitman also addressed the fact that, contrary to popular opinion, there are actually plenty of references to "Ghostbusters II" hidden throughout the film, and although Vigo himself wasn't referenced in this movie it certainly seems like the director has some plans for the character in the future.

In a separate interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Reitman hinted at Vigo's possible return in future sequel to "Ghostbusters" projects, saying: "Look, are you saying that's the only painting of Vigo the Carpathian? Maybe he's riding a horse in another one, maybe impaling someone in another one." 

So, even though it's still unclear whether or not Vigo the Carpathian will actually factor into the story of the next "Ghostbusters" film, it is nice to finally get some confirmation that the character (and thus, the film he features in) is still canon within "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."

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Earlier today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton revealed their first official joint portrait, and as expected, the internet is having a bit of fun with it.

Among countless spoofs, one harmless creation came from comedian and filmmaker Matthew Highton , who teamed the Royals up with a certain 16th Century medieval tyrant and sorcerer.

Strong choice on the official royal portrait of Will and Kate. — Matthew Highton (@MattHighton) June 23, 2022

While we’re unsure if William and Kate live “on a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain,” we’d strongly recommend they keep any of their children away from ol’ Vigo, unless they want the Scourge of Carpathia to live again!

As of this writing, the video has only been online for three hours and has racked up over 100k views, leading Ghostbusters to begin trending on social media.

Highton , undoubtedly noticing people’s love for this absurd creation, has also uploaded the edited image, jokingly adding, “Managed to find a picture of the full portrait for anyone interested.”

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If you’d like to check out the unaltered painting, it’s below, but a warning, it’s without any Ghostbusters II references, which in turn, entirely loses our interest.

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The actual portrait was commissioned by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, being deemed as a gift for the county, in celebration of the couple’s 10-year marriage anniversary and holding their Cambridge titles.

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With a wealth of intellectual properties in hand, like Ghostbusters and Bad Boys , Sony Pictures Entertainment has unveiled Wonderverse, a sprawling 45,000-square-foot hub of physical and VR games, themed interactive installations, and food and drink at Oakbrook Center.

Wonderverse debuted in December and will host a grand opening event on Thursday, January 11 at 100 Oakbrook Center in suburban Oak Brook.

The attractions include two Ghostbusters VR games. The Arena allows players to suit up with proton packs and capture ghosts alongside fellow trainees. Then there’s Blitz, a driving game. There hasn’t been a new Jumanji movie since 2019, but fans can take a turn at a themed VR game where players rely on escape room-style puzzle-solving to recapture a stolen jewel.

A Ghostbusters-themed VR game setup.

Post-apocalyptic comedy franchise Zombieland gets a shoutout at Pacific Playland, a section devoted to arcade games and classics like bumper cars, and Bad Boys Racing Club leans an array of high-speed driving games.

Theme parks have built up a fanbase themed menu items. Disney made waves with Marvel . Meanwhile, Nintendo celebrated the opening of a Mario-themed restaurant last year . Sony enters the fray with the Ghost Trap, a “hidden speakeasy” in a secretive alcove near the Ghostbusters games. Decked out in thematic decor and Ghostbusters Easter eggs, the bar seats 59 and features cocktails like the oozing Mood Slime (Altos Plata Blanco Tequila, Lillet Rose, strawberry champagne foam). Curiously, it’s not green. It’s not the first time a media company has opened a restaurant as DisneyQuest debuted in 1999 in River North, next to where Eataly now stands.

A low-lit speakeasy-style bar.

Wonderverse also houses a limited-time 21 Jump Street pop-up bar, where the team is hosting cocktail classes and paint-and-sip gatherings, and the Commissary Restaurant with familiar pub fare like burgers, wraps, and fish and chips.

Sony feels Wonderverse can attract newer fans like older teens and young adults who don’t know about Ray Parker Jr. A rep says the properties “are recognized and loved by everyone whether you were alive when the original movies premiered or discovered them with the most recent additions to the franchise.”

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A tag-style game of zombie bumper cars involves one Patient Zero car that spreads the “infection” by bumping into other players.

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Good news for all those haunted by spooky spectres — your call will be answered one week earlier as the release date for the upcoming Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has been pushed up by a week, from March 29th to March 22nd. The fifth Ghostbusters film and the fourth in the main series sees the original team return to New York City with the next generation of paranormal investigators introduced in Ghostbusters: Afterlife . Gil Kenan takes over the directing duties from Jason Reitman on the sequel, with Kenan and Reitman sharing writing duties and Reitman moving to a production role.

The Ghostbusting line-up this time around includes Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson , Paul Rudd , Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace , Finn Wolfhard, Logan Kim, and Celeste O'Connor. New additions to the cast include Patton Oswalt and Kumail Nanjiani , while a prequel comic is also set to be released which will fill in the gaps between Afterlife and Frozen Empire.

In the upcoming sequel, two generations of heroes will unite to face new villains, following the young team's battle against Gozer in the previous film . This new chapter will feature the next generation of Ghostbusters, including Phoebe, Trevor, and Callie Spengler, who continue Egon's legacy by defending the world against vibrant ghosts. Frozen Empire introduces the Death Chill, a mysterious fog that threatens to plunge New York City into a terrifying winter amidst summer. As the city grapples with the erratic weather, a menacing, horned figure emerges from the mist, challenging the Ghostbusters to avert further chaos in New York.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife , a sequel to the original Ghostbusters movies, takes place thirty years after Ghostbusters II . The plot centers around Callie Spengler and her family, who move to Oklahoma after inheriting a farm from her deceased father, Egon Spengler, portrayed by Harold Ramis .

How Much Has the 'Ghostbusters' Franchise Earned?

As of now, the Ghostbusters f ranchise has accumulated approximately $944.4 million at the box office. This figure includes earnings from the original 1984 Ghostbusters film, which earned $295.5 million, and its sequel, Ghostbusters II from 1989, which contributed $215.4 million. The 2016 female-led Ghostbusters reboot added $229.1 million to the franchise's earnings. More recently, Ghostbusters: Afterlife , released in 2021, contributed about $204.4 million to the overall box office total of the franchise. The franchise will cross the $1 billion mark with the release of Frozen Empires in theaters.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will hit theaters worldwide on March 22, 2024 Ghostbusters: Afterlife is streaming on Netflix in the U.S. Stay tuned to Collider for more details.

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    February 14, 2023 2:46 pm While Janosz Poha would rather have you shop at the Manhattan Museum of Art's fictitious gift shop, Ghostbusters II's rare 'Spectral Vigo' photos are now available through Etsy, allowing fans to summon the Carpathian tyrant.

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    The newest entry, released aptly in time for the New Year, resurrects Ghostbusters II 's 17th-century tyrant Vigo the Carpathian, sitting atop a throne of blood, positioned in front of a stained glass window that cleverly recreates the psychomagnotheric river of pink slime. CREDIT: Fabrizio Fioretti

  5. Ghostbusters fans can now download their own interactive Vigo the

    Ghostbusters fans can now download their own interactive Vigo the Carpathian Watch on Vigo is meant to be displayed in the same vertical style as the painting in the film, meaning you'll likely want to prop up your television sideways to get the full effect.

  6. Vigo's Photoshoot

    Vigo's Photoshoot | Film Clip | GHOSTBUSTERS II | With Captions - YouTube © 2023 Google LLC Watch now via the links below.Watch now in US now in Canada...

  7. Vigo (Ghostbusters)

    Watch 01:58 It's Time to Relax... On 'Coral Island' - The Loop A / 文 Villain Overview Gallery Evil-doer view image Full Name Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf Alias Vigo Vigo the Carpathian Vigo the Cruel Vigo the Torturer Vigo the Despised Vigo the Unholy Vigo the Butch (Peter Venkman's joke) Scourge of Carpathia Sorrow of Moldovia Prince Vigo

  8. Vigo the Carpathian and the 'Ghostbusters II' Ending You Never Saw

    What followed was a whirlwind month in which Eytchison and his team created a painting that would terrify moviegoers, sewed together Vigo the Carpathian's costume, built a physical set of the...

  9. Ghostbusters 2 [ 4K

    Presented in HDR [ High Dynamic Range ] 4K Ultra High Definition [ UHD ] and uploaded with 5.1 Digital Surround Sound.The team talks about history on Vigo, t...

  10. About Vigo

    In the extended Ghostbusters universe, Vigo returns to his painting (which was relocated to the Ghostbuster's headquarters) and taunts passers-by, but has no power to control or influence them… yet! Images (c) Columbia Pictures, low resolution fair-use commentary only. The Scourge Of Carpathia See our replica framed canvas prints of Vigo.

  11. Vigo (Ghostbusters)/Gallery

    Gallery. An unused concept art of Vigo in Ghostbusters: The Video Game. The Vigo painting. Vigo's face on his bewitched painting begins to move sinisterly in secret. Dr. Janosz Poha restoring the Vigo portrait. Vigo's eyes supernaturally came to life as they briefly electrocuted Dr. Janosz Poha. The bewitched Vigo portrait briefly electrocuted ...

  12. What happened to the Vigo the Carpathian painting from Ghostbusters II

    by Phil Edwards · @PhilEdwardsInc · March 21, 2014 Vigo the Carpathian: he was the Scourge of Carpathia, the Sorrow of Moldavia, and one very bad painting. Played by Wilhelm von Homburg and voiced by Max von Sydow, he was also the villain in Ghostbusters II. But he's best known as a painting, even though it's a lot more complicated than that.

  13. Ghostbusters II (1989)

    Ghostbusters II (1989) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Menu. Movies. ... Vigo, ILM Bob Finley III ... supervising stage technician: ILM (as Robert Finley III) Robert Finley Jr. ... head pyro technician: ILM Thomas Floutz ...

  14. Lifesize Vigo The Carpathian Replica Painting from Ghostbusters 2

    The infamous 17th century tyrant and sorcerer Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf or better known under his various aliases as Vigo the Carpathian, Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised, Vigo the Unholy, and Vigo the Butch, didn't die naturally, he was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.

  15. Ghostbusters II's Vigo the Carpathian trends after painting appears in

    Since yesterday evening, my inbox has been full of Ghostbusters fans sending me this comical clip from comedian Olaf Falafel that casts Vigo as a mere painting that was "put away with its face to the wall" after the owner claimed her family didn't have "a great deal of affection for." Antiques Roadshow, Hexham 1991

  16. Ghostbusters II

    Ghostbusters II is a 1989 American supernatural comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts.It is the sequel to the 1984 film Ghostbusters and the second film in the Ghostbusters franchise.Set five years after the events of the first film, the ...

  17. Is Vigo The Carpathian Canon In Ghostbuster: Afterlife?

    Vigo the Carpathian is canon in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Thankfully, director Jason Reitman has come out to clear the air once and for all on the canon-status of both "Ghostbusters II" and Vigo ...

  18. Vigo The Carpathian Replica Canvas Print

    Replica of the Vigo painting from Ghostbusters II Eco-friendly inks & renewable wood frame Small — 16″ x 24″ [40cm x 61cm] Medium — 24″ x 36″ [61cm x 91cm] Large — 32″ x 48″ [81cm x 122cm] LIMITED FREE SHIPPING to the U.S., U.K., Canada & Australia. Canvas Size Choose an option - + Add to cart Description Additional information Reviews (23)

  19. Ghostbusters II (1989)

    Ghostbusters II - Vigo the Carpathian Painting: The Ghostbusters investigate a spooky painting at the National Museum of Art.BUY THE MOVIE: https://www.vudu....

  20. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)

    Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire: Directed by Gil Kenan. With Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Annie Potts, Paul Rudd. When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.

  21. 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' Image

    The Big Picture. Janine Melnitz, played by Annie Potts, returns in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire and gets the chance to suit up and join in with the Ghostbusters to combat an icy threat. Potts was ...

  22. 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' Image

    Excitement is high for the upcoming Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, with fans eagerly anticipating a bigger and better adventure featuring new characters alongside familiar faces.; Actor James ...

  23. 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire': Sony moves premiere date up to March 22

    Jan. 9 (UPI) --Sony Pictures announced Tuesday that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will open March 22. This is one week earlier than previously announced, and includes IMAX and large format theaters ...

  24. From Painting To Destroyer

    Is Vigo The Carpathian the most evil movie villain ever? Watch his evolution and tell us in the comments! Watch Ghostbusters 2 Now: http://AAN.SonyPictures.c...

  25. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Kicks Off a New Wave of Toys From Hasbro

    Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Logan Kim, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Celeste O'Connor, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Annie ...

  26. Ghostbusters II's Vigo the Carpathian added to royal portrait is pure

    Ghostbusters II's Vigo the Carpathian added to royal portrait is pure perfection. Earlier today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton revealed their first official joint portrait, and as expected, the internet is having a bit of fun with it. Among countless spoofs, one harmless creation came from comedian and ...

  27. Sony's Wonderverse Chicago gathers pop culture, food, & games

    With a wealth of intellectual properties in hand, like Ghostbusters and Bad Boys, Sony Pictures Entertainment has unveiled Wonderverse, a sprawling 45,000-square-foot hub of physical and VR games ...

  28. Vigo The Carpathian

    Vigo The Carpathian takes possession of Janosz Poha and instructs him to bring Vigo a child so he may live again.Watch Ghostbusters II on Blu-ray TONIGHT.

  29. 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' Release Date Moves Up

    As of now, the Ghostbusters franchise has accumulated approximately $944.4 million at the box office. This figure includes earnings from the original 1984 Ghostbusters film, which earned $295.5 ...