How to Watch the ‘Ghostbusters’ Movies Online Before ‘Frozen Empire’ Premieres

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It’s been 40 years since the first Ghostbusters premiered, but the franchise continues to haunt our screens with its latest installment, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, premiering Friday, March 22. You can get tickets to see the new Ghostbusters movie in theaters, but for fans looking to watch every Ghostbusters film at home before you see Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, there are some streaming options available.

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The upcoming Ghostbusters movie will continue the story from Ghostbusters: Afterlife, as the Spengler family heads to New York City and into the legendary fire house (aka the original headquarters for the Ghostbusters). When an ancient artifact is uncovered, an evil force is accidentally unleashed, wreaking havoc and threatening the safety of the world. Ghostbusters new and old must come together to help defeat the mysterious new villain — or risk the world enduring a second ice age.

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Cast members for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire include original stars Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd, in addition to Paul Rudd, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Emily Alyn Lind, Carrie Coon, Patton Oswalt, Kumail Nanjiani, Celeste O’Connor, Annie Potts, William Atherton, James Acaster and Logan Kim.

Keep reading to learn how to stream the Ghostbusters movies online.

How Many Ghostbusters Movies Have There Been?

The release of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will mark the fifth movie in the franchise. The first Ghostbusters was released in 1984, followed by the sequel, which premiered in 1989. In 2016, the series was rebooted with an all-female cast in Ghostbusters that included Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy. After a five year break, the ghost-fighting continued in the 2021 release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which brings a new set of heroes to the forefront.

How to Watch the Ghostbusters Movies in Order

If you’ve never seen the Ghostbusters movies, you’ll want to start with the very first one in the franchise in order to catch all the easter eggs scattered throughout the newer movies. From there, follow the release order and you’ll be able to better understand the characters and their significance in the movies.

How to Watch the Ghostbusters Movies Online

You can watch Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters 2 online for free through Hulu. Current Hulu subscribers can stream Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 for no additional cost when you sign into your account.

Don’t have a Hulu subscription? The streaming platform offers a 30-day free trial for new users who sign up, which mean you can watch both movies and more for free. Once your free trial is done, you’ll be charged the regular subscription fee based on the plan you choose. Plans start at $7.99/month and give you access to the entire Hulu library in addition to most new episodes of live TV shows the day after they air, the ability to download content to watch offline and more.

Looking to save more money? You can grow your content library by bundling Hulu with Disney+ and ESPN+ for as low as $14.99/month. If you’re interested in live TV channels, check out Hulu + Live TV.

You can watch Ghostbusters (2016) for free through Freevee with ads on Prime Video. It doesn’t require a Prime membership in order to stream — just head to Prime Video or click here to instantly watch the movie.

To stream Ghostbusters: Afterlife online, you can buy or rent the movie through Prime Video. Rentals cost $4, or you can buy the movie to own for $13. A Prime membership isn’t need to watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife online — once you purchase the movie it’ll automatically be downloaded into your library to watch as you please. Rentals will remain in your library for 30 days after purchase and 48 hours once you start watching the movie. Click here or below to buy Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Don’t want to jump around streaming platforms? Prime Video offers a digital three-movie collection that includes Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2 and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It’s currently on sale for $30 (regularly $32), and will automatically download all three movies into your digital library after purchasing.

How to Watch the Ghostbusters Movies At Home

Collectors can get hardcopies of the Ghostbusters movies, which are available in Blu-ray and 4K editions.

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‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) / ‘Ghostbusters II’ / ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ [Blu-ray]

$25.99
$49.99
48% off

Keep all three movies in one place with a Blu-ray edition of Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2 and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It’s on sale for almost 50% off and includes three discs filled with bonus features and commentary that’ll provide more insight into the making of the movies.

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‘Ghostbusters’ (2016)

$22.99
$30.99
26% off

The 2016 version of Ghostbusters is now available in a 4K DVD set, giving you the ultimate viewing experience. You’ll not only get a 4K disc, but a Blu-ray 3D version, Blu-ray disc and digital code to take the film with you on the go.

Check below to watch the trailer for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.

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