Orrefors (also known as Orrefors Crystal Gallery) is a high end glassware store.
Close to New Years 1989, Orrefors experienced a P.K.E. storm. As a result, some of the gallery's very expensive glassware suffered a straight polarity reversal and floating in place. The Ghostbusters were called in to rectify the problem. They entered the store with several cases and Egon Spengler had the Giga meter. Several Polarity Rectification Tripods were set up around the floating fine crystals. Each of the Ghostbusters wore Ray Ban sunglasses. Peter Venkman looked over at a female employee. Egon gave the signal. The devices were triggered and purple beams were projected. They turned away. While they solved the problem, the glass simply fell to the floor and shattered.
- In the November 27, 1988 draft of Ghostbusters II
- On page 63 to 64, a case takes place in a Steuben Glass Store. Ray Stantz and Peter talk to the manager while Egon and Winston set up an array. Ray tells the manager the case is a straight polarity reversal and some kind of P.K.E. storm had blown through and affected the silicon molecules in the glass. After the crystals crash on the floor, Ray asks the manager if he will pay by cash or check.
- In the February 27, 1989 draft, the glass store is now Orrefors.
- The Orrefors scene took a "really long" time to film.
- The shot of the Ghostbusters jogging into Orrefors was indeed the exterior of Orrefors Crystal Gallery was at 58 East 57th Street in New York City.
- The Orrefors case was added to feature a case that showed the Ghostbusters dealt with other supernatural occurrences, too, rather than just ghosts. In practical terms, it also helped save on the budget.
- The psychokinetic energy storm at Orrefors was devised by Chuck Gaspar. Initially, Gaspar wanted to drill holes but the process cracked the crystal. Instead, he glued pieces of piano wire to the backs of 16 crystal objects. Joe Day and other crew pulled the crystal off-screen with a pulley system. In order to test the system, pieces were set up a week prior to scheduled shoots and left hanging. The biggest issue was the pulleys squeaking. Gaspar went up to the scaffolding and sprayed them with lubricant.
- In the movie's original trailer, at the 2:04 mark, Egon uses a a device to scan a pieces of floating crystals inside Orrefors. It was deleted from the actual movie.
- In the movie's second trailer, available in the Ghostbusters/Ghostbusters II 4K release, at the 1:49 mark, there is a slightly longer snippet in the Orrefors scene not in the movie when Egon says, "Now," then the tripods are triggered.
- The shot of the Ghostbusters jogging back to Ecto-1a later on in the montage was filmed at the East 57th Street side of the building across the street from Orrefors in New York City.
- Spook Central Shot on Site 7/4/12
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (November 27, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 63). Ray Stantz says: "It's just a straight polarity reversal. Some kind of major PKE storm must have blown through here and affected the silicon molecules in the glass."
- Joe Medjuck (2019). Ghostbusters II- Commentary (2019) (Blu-ray ts. 38:25-38:28). Sony Home Entertainment. Joe Medjuck says: "I remember this took a really long time to do. "
- Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 22. Cinefex, USA. Harold Ramis says: "One reason we had the scene in the crystal shop, was that--with the exception of Slimer--we did not want to repeat any of the imagery in the first film. We wanted a scene with something other than an apparition or a materialized being of some kind. Another reason we did it was for the budget. Ivan said, 'Gee, can we come up with something that's mechanical and doesn't involve elaborate opticals?' So we thought, 'Yes, the Ghostbusters can encounter other things besides just spirits,' and we came up with just a straight polarity reversal."
- Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 22. Cinefex, USA. Chuck Gaspar says: "Originally I wanted to drill a little hole through each piece and tie the wire through that, but we found that the crystal would immediately start to crack if we tried to drill through it. So we put the piano wire down through a little plastic disk and then formed that disk to each individual crystal piece and glued it to the back. That supported the weight. The piano wire ran up to a piece of monofilament which was attached to a cord that ran up a pulley overhead. Off-camera, Joe Day and other members of my crew pulled on the cords to make the crystal float in the air. We taped a bullet effect to the monofilament so that when it exploded, the monofilament would cut and drop the piano wire causing the crystal to fall to the floor. We had sixteen pieces floating in the scene and all of them were triggered together. When we were filming it, I kept my fingers crossed that one would not fall prematurely. In fact, we suspended the pieces a week prior to shooting and just left them hanging on the set to see if they would stay. We did not want the production crew to get ready to roll and then have the pieces fall through the glass cabinet before their cue."
- Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 22. Cinefex, USA. Line reads: "The biggest problem Gaspar had to contend with was that the overhead pulleys tended to squeak. To remedy this, he went up into the scaffolding above the set and sprayed the individual offenders with lubricant."
- Ghostbusters YouTube "GHOSTBUSTERS II - Original Trailer (1989)" 6/16/2020
- Spook Central Shot on Site 3/13/19