Ghostbusters (2016) Trailer Review Ghostbusters (2016) Trailer Review
Last month Sony Pictures released the first trailer to Paul Feig’s opus Ghostbusters and it was met with criticism almost immediately thanks to the opening... Ghostbusters (2016) Trailer Review

Last month Sony Pictures released the first trailer to Paul Feig’s opus Ghostbusters and it was met with criticism almost immediately thanks to the opening text stating that “30 years ago four scientists saved New York” (quickly damage controlled to “four friends” for the subsequent international trailer). The trailer would have been criticized regardless, but what a way to stoke the flames.

After that short nostalgia jab, the text proceeds with “A new team will answer the call” among a few crafty nostalgic images and a slowed down instrumental. Then we get a library scene very reminiscent to that used in the original in which Kristen Wiig tries to reason with a ghost the same way that Bill Murray did. However, where in the original the ghost turned demonic and they all high-tailed it out of there, the reboot proceeds to have the ghost vomit all over Wiig instead.

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The trailer then proceeds into the lab of Kate McKinnon, which is clearly based in the firehouse, and Wiig explains that the slime is very hard to wash out of every crack, another joke that didn’t amuse fans, further signifying the potty humour direction of the reboot.

Another “highlight” of the trailer is when Melissa McCarthy becomes possessed and trys to kill McKinnon, that is until Leslie Jones runs over and says “Hell no! The devil is a liar!” and bitch slaps the ghost right out of McCarthy, followed by “The power of Patty compels you” or something.

That scene was dropped from the international trailer, replaced with Jones performing a stage dive at a concert, only for no one to catch her, prompting Jones to ask if it was a race thing or a lady thing. This too sparked internet outrage thanks to the whole issue of racial and gender diversity that we have to deal with on a daily basis. Then you have the scene where McKinnon wears a silly hat and wing, asking if it’s too much, whilst later licking the proton pistols. Very subtle.

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Well when it was all said and done, the knives came out as the internet exploded into an uproar, with plans to boycott the film swiftly coming together. Joe Cronin urged fans to stay at home and not give the studio a single penny (something which many fans are proclaiming to do). Joe Vargas blasted the trailer for being a bad joke. Some fans made comments calling it no better than a Saturday Night Live skit while others compared it to Scooby Doo and mocked the ghosts as being castoffs from the Haunted Mansion.

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Criticism of the trailer ran wild, with many making the now cliche claim that it’s ruining their childhood. Sony Pictures has reportedly deleted tons of negative comments and sent unwarranted takedown requests for some reaction videos to the trailer. Meanwhile, other fans have attempted to re-edit the trailer by using mixes from the original films soundtrack in order to ease frustrations with it, but those haven’t paid off either.

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For those who want more of the old Ghostbusters, there are currently two documentaries in production. The first is called GHOSTHEADS and it’s focusing on the fandom surrounding the series. It’s due for release this July. The other is called CLEANIN’ UP THE TOWN: Remembering Ghostbusters. This one is taking a look at the making of the original two films through the eyes of those involved, but no announcement of a release date thus far. Also of note is both documentaries were funded via Kickstarter, proving the strength of the Ghostbusters brand.

Finally, the trailers…

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  • All I can say is I had no interest in this before the trailer and now I want to see it.

  • There was also some outrage about Jones working at a subway toll booth and the other three being scientists. LOL. Female scientists…… am i right ?? Am i right ??

  • I enjoy train wrecks as much as the next guy but no, I couldn’t even get through the entire trailer.

  • Toruk_Makto

    I don’t care about this movie and probably will never see it.

    I do think that blonde is kind of hot…I’m going to see if she has done any nudity…

  • CoolHandJuke

    i like how the black one is loud and the other one is fat…

  • KilliK

    McKinnon is lesbian, fyi. from the cast, just like Silverman, Wiig has done full frontal. as for the rest, I am not into kinky stuff so I dont know.

  • KilliK

    actually, the hottest blonde student in my physics department was also the smartest. chicks are usually smarter and more hard working than men.

  • Toruk_Makto

    That’s fine, I’ll watch a lesbian flick if the sex is hot. Thumbs up for Wig…not quite my type, though.

    As for the other two…they can keep their clothes on, in fact…I urge them to put on more.

  • Yes indeed……… My little jab at female scientist wasn’t seriously meant. The outrage was of course because the three whites were scientists and the one black girl worked as a subway ticket seller……

  • Stalks

    The outrage is somewhat justified.
    It worked once with Ernie Hudson because he was the everyman type but Jones comes off like a Buffoonish albeit, “Coonish” stereotype. Why couldnt she be both funny and smart?
    No wonder why I feel no shame whenever I torrent shit from HW.

  • Zed

    When I saw the trailer I understood why Feig and company were trying to use the cast’s gender as a shield from criticism. They don’t have anything else. The movie just looks like another lamebrained attempt at nostalgia mining. At best it’s going to be like the remake of Total Recall. Not terrible, but vapid and instantly forgotten.

  • Zed

    Dawn of Snyder satisfied my train wreck fix for the year. Unless this becomes the Lone Ranger of 2016, I won’t be wasting my time on it.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Interesting that Sony deleting negative comments on You Tube was mentioned. Apparently, Disney are doing the very same thing with the Rogue One trailer.

    This appears to be movie studios’ latest fascist gambit and bid for absolute control. I’m sure they’d shut down comments sections entirely if they could but, as they rely on them to cross-promote their movies, it’s a double-edged sword they must continue to endure.

  • Orcus

    DIsney is removing negative comments??

  • Orcus

    The Blond was the only one that was remotely interesting.

  • Orcus

    Wow, the large black female character is loud? That’s a shocker. If they wanted to portray her as the tough one, why couldn’t they make her even tempered,? It’s infinitely more scary watching a calm person get ready to destroy someone.

  • Vampire Hunter D(ee)

    yeah but then you miss out on the great stereotypes

  • Toruk_Makto

    If they are really doing that they need to be called out on it. That’s pretty shitty.

  • Orcus

    They would get points for going against the grain on that, but in their mind, why bother taking the high road if it goes against what people expect, just go for the easy laugh

  • Zed

    Kate McKinnon will probably be the best part of the movie, but she won’t save it. I believe we have a consensus here.

  • Orcus

    All those in favor, say fap

  • Stalks

    Exactly! This shit feels too lazy and uninspired.
    Not getting my hard earned dolla$.

  • Stalks

    What? GTFO! That’s a new low, even for Sony.
    Disney too?? LMMFAO Jeebsus, the power of the word-of-mouth must really mean something after all.

  • Stalks

    For the record, I hope Rogue One fares much better than the disappointing TFA, but we’ll see.

  • Stalks

    What’s missing is the Loud and Fat black woman. I guess Sony didn’t cover all bases. /:

  • Tarmac492.1

    I think it will.

  • Tarmac492.1

    This will be a fairly epic fail creatively. Will make twice the original probably. I still say the original had such an intelligent screenplay. It was, IMO, an adult comedy that the kiddies could watch.

    “The walls of the 53rd precinct were bleeding…”

  • Tarmac492.1

    I always thought Annie Potts was hot. Great body on her.

  • Tarmac492.1

    To be fair to this remake, i thought the Dawn of the Dead remake would be an epic fail and I was happily wrong.

  • Tarmac492.1

    This song was used so perfectly in the original, at about 220 or so.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It’s true. I believe people even took screengrabs to prove it. Negative comments were disappearing as fast as they were posted.

  • Stalks

    Those facist Pussies!
    I seriously need to boycott those films and wait to torrent instead.

  • Stalks

    It has to otherwise the franchise is just being used purely as a cash cow sans creativity.

  • Conspiracyin559

    Annie was highly doable In fact..as a young lad I’d watch Designing Women just to toss one off looking at her…hoping to finish before Delta showed up and ruined the illusion.

  • Tarmac492.1

    did Delta used to be hot or was she always fat?

  • Conspiracyin559

    In my mind she was always chunky. The kinda Southern Broad who would make your dick smell like peach cobbler after anal.

  • CoolHandJuke

    i hope it’s the a sequel to Modern Family. after Phil buys a boat he finds out his family has been turned to zombies which is actually good news since he was going to kill them anyway…

  • CoolHandJuke

    takes me back to prom night…

  • Captain Genius

    no, she was thin and fine as fuck. check out ‘first and 10’ the old hbo show and ‘filthy rich’

  • southafricanguy

    Used as a cash cow sans creativity….pretty much sums up TFA