‘Ghostbusters’ Busting the New Busters

According to IMDb, “Ghostbusters” tore through movie theaters in 1984, and amazed audiences worldwide. The unique storyline of three former parapsychology professors who set up shop as a unique ghost-removal service was one that had never been told before. The all-star cast included Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Harold Ramis. Now there is a new version, “Ghostbusters” with an all-female cast that is not being warmly welcomed by die-hard fans.

After watching it fans everywhere could be heard singing the famous tagline, “Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!” Halloween costumes of the ghost busting team popped up everywhere the following October. Who did not want to be a ghostbuster?

According to “Esquire,” the comedy written by Aykroyd was inspired in part by his family history involving his great-grandfather who was an Edwardian Spiritualist. Akroyd thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to update the ghost movies from the 40s?”

“Esquire” reported that Aykroyd originally had written it for himself, Eddie Murphy and John Belushi. However, Belushi’s character had to be changed due to his death. Aykroyd finished the script with Bill Murray in mind instead. “Esquire” also reported that Murphy rejected the role as Winston.

The film was given a $32 million budget but only grossed over $13 million at the box office. As of today, the film has grossed a whopping $230 million. That is a large capital for a film that struggled to reach the big screen.

The new “Ghostbusters” trailer begins by saying: “30 years ago four scientists saved New York. This time, a new team will answer the call.” The trailer came out in March 2016 with an all-female cast starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. So far, this movie has not been warmly welcomed.

Mike Sampson, a writer from ScreenCrush, stated: “It is the single most unliked trailer of all time.” He also says: “The new ‘Ghostbusters’ currently has 507,610 dislikes on YouTube.” Sampson even goes so far as to say, “The super fans of the original ‘Ghostbusters’ are teaming up to downvote it to oblivion.”

As shown on IMDb, the new “Ghostbusters” has taken whopping $154 million to create. If the makers of the film believe in the discourse of the trailer turn out, they may fear that the monies spent to make it will have been for nothing.

It would be difficult to compare the two movies and would be a grave mistake. The new movie has an all-female cast, starring as the new ghost-busting team 30 years later; the first movie had male stars, that alone could be an indication that the two movies are not the same. Of course, they are similar in the fact that they are both fighting the supernatural and capturing them with their super ghost zappers.

Many have questioned why fans everywhere are quick to berate the movie before watching it? It was not intended to be a remake of the 1984 version; instead, it allows steadfast fans can enjoy an entirely new movie and welcome the all-female cast of “Ghostbusters.”

By Tracy Blake


IMDb: Ghostbusters (1984)
IMDb: Ghostbusters (2016)
Esquire: An Oral History of Ghostbusters
ScreenCrush: Why the Ghostbuster Trailer is the Most ‘Disliked’ Movie Trailer in YouTube History

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