Directed byBrendan Mertens
Produced by
CinematographyDerrick Kunzer
Edited byBrendan Mertens, Tommy Avallone
Music byJohn Avarese
Distributed byNetflix[2]
Release date
  • 15 July 2016 (2016-07-15)
Running time
75 minutes

Ghostheads is a 2016 documentary about Ghostbusters fans, produced by Tommy Avallone and directed by Brendan Mertens. It features Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Sigourney Weaver, and Paul Feig. Ghostheads was mainly funded by an Indiegogo and Kickstarter campaigns. The film premiered as a Work-in-Progress at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and became available on Netflix in July 2016.


Film production started in the fall of 2015.[1] It was partially crowdfunded: Indiegogo campaign started on October 29, 2015, and a Kickstarter campaign was launched on February 11, 2016.[3][4][5]

In April 2016, Ghostheads premiered as a Work in Progress at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.[6][7] At the end of June 2016 it was announced that Ghostheads will premiere on Netflix on July 15.[8] The term Ghosthead was coined by Norman "Paranorman" Gagnon on July 3, 1996.


The film documents the Ghostbusters fan community, presented mainly through the story of New Jersey resident Tom Gebhardt.[1][9] In general, the documentary shows how Ghostbusters film affection helped various people through life.[10]


The film was highly anticipated by the Ghostbusters film fans,[11] however, some of them were critical to the very idea of making such a film.[12] A popular critical comment to the film was that its subjects were almost overwhelmingly white and male.[10][9]

As of January 26, 2020, Rotten Tomatoes has not rated it on the tomato meter, but 65% of reporting fans liked it.[13]


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  2. ^ Rebecca Sun (December 14, 2018). "WME Agent Kevin Hill Joins Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia's Seven Bucks Productions". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ghostheads". Indiegogo. 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "GHOSTHEADS - A documentary about Ghostbusters and their fans". Kickstarter. 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  5. ^ Germain Lussier (February 15, 2016). "At Long Last, Ghostbusters Fans May Get Their Own Documentary". Gizmodo. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  6. ^ Dave McNary (June 29, 2016). "Ghostbusters Documentary 'Ghostheads' Set for July 15 Launch on Netflix". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  7. ^ Ashley Lee (March 2, 2016). "Tribeca Film Festival Sets 'Hologram for the King,' 'Elvis & Nixon' World Premieres". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  8. ^ Dylan Kickham (June 29, 2016). "Ghostbusters documentary Ghostheads release date set for July 15". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Greg Carlson (August 3, 2016). "Mertens tries not to cross the streams in "Ghostheads" doc". High Plains Reader. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Kayla Cobb (July 22, 2016). "Need More 'Ghostbusters' In Your Life? Embrace Your Inner Nerd And Watch The Fandom Documentary 'Ghostheads'". Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  11. ^ Dustin Murrell (July 16, 2016). "New On Netflix: Original Series 'Stranger Things', 'Ghostbusters' Documentary, And More". Inquisitr. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  12. ^ Matt Flowers (June 29, 2016). "Ghostbusters fan doc heads to Netflix". Courier-Post. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  13. ^ "Ghostheads". Rotten Tomatoes. January 1, 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2019.