The paranormal prepares to raise hell again in Ghostbusters: Afterlife – a reboot of the popular franchise started in 1984. Up ahead, we explore where the new adventure was filmed and discuss whether the town of Summerville is real or not.

Directed by Jason Reitman, Ghostbusters: Afterlife follows siblings, Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) who move with their mother to their grandfather’s old farmhouse in Summerville. It’s not long before the kids team up with local teacher Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd) in order to get to the bottom of strange earthquakes occurring in the town and what cataclysmic event the siblings’ grandfather was preparing for.

Ghostbusters Afterlife | Final Trailer

Ghostbusters Afterlife | Final Trailer

When was Ghostbusters: Afterlife filmed?

Filmed under the working title ‘Rust City,’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife began principal photography in July 2019 and ran through until October of the same year.

The production’s early filming schedule meant that filming was not affected by the looming pandemic.

Director Reitman shared a post to his Instagram in October 2019, which confirmed that filming on Ghostbusters: Afterlife had wrapped after 68 days of shooting.

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife filming locations

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was primarily filmed in and around the Calgary, Alberta area.

The area of Fort MacLeod features in one of the Summerville scenes when Phoebe, Trevor, and Podcast are in pursuit of Muncher.

The sweeping highway shots of the Ecto-1 were filmed in Dorothy and the Shandor Mine that frequently appears in the film was located on Highway 848 in this area.

The family’s farmhouse was situated within a rural area of Calgary, and the building itself was created exclusively for the film.

Additionally, a lot of the film’s paranormal activity is occurring at a canyon, and Horsethief Canyon, just outside of Drumheller, was used to bring this location to life.

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Is Summerville a real place?

No, Summerville is not a real place, but instead, a fictional town created for Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Shots of the rural town were created using a mixture of locations from Drumheller’s main street, the aforementioned Fort MacLeod, and the town of Crossfield, Alberta – located 30 minutes outside of Calgary.

Various points of interest in Summerville include the Chinese restaurant, attended by Callie and Mr. Grooberson, called ‘Enjoy Garden’ in real life and Summerville School which leaned on Crossfield’s W.G. Murdoch School for exterior shots.

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