It was a big morning for Ghostbusters fans, as they awoke to a trailer that was roughly 27 years in the making. Judging from the amount of negativity brewing on YouTube, some fans are having a hard time letting go of the ’80s Ghostbusters and accepting their female successors. But if you leave that prejudice behind, the new trailer delivers a satisfying blend of classic ideas and modern upgrades. Here’s a look at what’s new and what’s not in the Ghostbusters trailer.
While the classic Ghostbusters theme is introduced with a surprisingly somber, minimal arrangement, it kicks into funky gear after the first sliming.
Most of the early backlash seems to be coming from people outraged by the presence of female Ghostbusters, but director Paul Feig doesn’t see this as a major deviation from the original. “The first movie worked, because it had four of the funniest people in it,” he explains. “I just wanted the funniest people, and the funniest people I happen to know are these women.”
While his look has been modernized somewhat, Slimer appears to be roughly the same old ball of hungry Ectoplasm.
This trailer features the kinds of photoreal ghosts we’ve seen recently in movies like Crimson Peak, but Feig promises they get way more crazy.
“I’d be bummed if I didn’t see the Ecto-1 and all that stuff,” Feig says. “So we wanted to make sure we give those nods—but make them our own.” Whereas the original Ecto-1 was purchased and repaired by Dr. Ray Stantz, the new one comes courtesy of Patty’s wacky uncle.
In the original Ghostbusters, Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) were the primary victims of possession. This time around, it looks like the body of Melissa McCarthy’s Abby plays host to a head-spinning guest.
Once again, you can expect the Ghostbusters to stand united against some very colourful foes.
The Ghostbusters reboot arrives in theatres July 15. To prepare yourself for the coming paranormal invasion, watch the trailer below.