Like so many of you, the idea of more virtual experiences – after two years of screens – doesn’t necessarily grab you BUT stay with me for a moment, and let me explain how incredible this sounds from the legendary Secret Cinema, as they delve into the world of literal live experiences for Ghostbusters: The Gates of Gozer, launching on 1st December, with tickets on sale from 1st November!
With Ghostbusters: Afterlife arriving in cinemas on 18 November, something I personally cannot wait for, Ghostbusters: The Gates of Gozer is promising to be an innovative virtual live experience based on the supernatural world of Ghostbusters in collaboration with Sony Pictures. Set a year after the original 1984 movie, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman, as the Ghostbusters’ bask in their victory at the Ivo Shandor building, we’ll all be able to enroll as a new generation of students at the Paranormal Institute, partaking in the missing chapter of the Ghostbusters legend….
Secret Cinema tell us that they’re fusing technical features and special effects with live actor interactions to create a truly innovative immersive experience. Fans will train with the best as they embark on a journey of paranormal knowledge and are put to the ultimate test in a world featuring mesmeric visual effects, including face filters and voice modulators alongside spine-tingling binaural sound.
If you’ve been to one of their live events in person, you’ll know they’re no stranger to pushing the boundaries when it comes to immersive experiences and now, with Secret Cinema presents Ghostbusters: The Gates of Gozer, digital innovation and live entertainment will collide to connect friends and family on a global level, working together to defeat the Gozerian force. Audiences, both new and old, will be invited to leap into the most vivid flavors of the 1980s to revel in the finest fashion, music and gadgets!
The virtual live experience will launch on December 1, 2021, with O2 Priority presale tickets available from 12pm BST on October 27 and general ticket sales will be available from 12pm GMT on November 1, 2021.
Intrigued? I am, here’s more:
People will enroll to explore the haunted realms of New York in teams of six and they will have the chance to meet new and familiar faces during the show while they get trained in key skills including parapsychology, and science and technology. Once in live paranormal scenarios students must use quick wits, live improvisation, and a range of gadgets to hunt the trickiest or most malevolent of spooks as they work their way through the experience. But be careful who, or what you believe since nefarious characters have concocted plans that could result in the destruction of the Ghostbusters …. and indeed the end of the world. Are you ready to save this dimension as the Ghostbusters did before us?
Max Alexander, CEO of Secret Cinema, had this to say:
“This online experience allows us to combine all the elements people have come to know and love from Secret Cinema, but now for the first time in a fully immersive virtual setting. We know Ghostbusters fans across the world will embrace the spirit of the show and arrive ready to immerse themselves in the story, costumes and all. Now the only question is: Who ya gonna call to be part of your team?”
Matthew Bennett, Group Creative Director of Secret Cinema, added:
“Secret Cinema dreamed of creating an online interactive game for people who would NEVER normally want to play online games. It’s a radical new approach to live digital storytelling that features multiple locations thriving with numerous outcomes all powered by a host of living characters, both new and old. We call on all fans to sign up to the Ghostbusters new Paranormal Institute so that they can be thrown into the heart of this “missing chapter.” Only in Secret Cinema’s virtual world can they use their skills, knowledge, bodily movements, voice and curiosity to unlock a parallel dimension of Ghostbusting action. Prepare to enter 1985 when Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore need their fans to save the day. So be ready: this time it’s YOU who is getting the call!”