The trailer for the ‘Ghostbusters’ remake instills fear in all the wrong ways


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The classic Ghostbusters logo will exist in the new film.

Alec Badalian, Magazine Editor

The original Ghostbusters is a bonafide classic and there’s no getting around that. Released in 1984, it ended up right behind Beverly Hills Cop as the biggest movie of the year, with Beverly Hills Cop grossing $234 million and Ghostbusters grossing $229 million. The film’s critical and audience appeal was also incredible, as it slipped its way into the pop culture with the media making constant references to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Slimer and, of course, the famous logo.

Thirty-two years later, Columbia Pictures has decided to reboot one of their biggest properties with Paul Feig at the helm, a terrific director when it comes not only to comedy but also action. Yet despite his presence, this remake, still titled Ghostbusters, unfortunately doesn’t appear to be like some of his better work.

Being called into theaters on July 15, Feig is implementing his signature female-driven aesthetic with a pretty decent cast featuring  Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig. Chris Hemsworth also stars as the team’s manager of sorts, alongside Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray in undisclosed roles. Much isn’t revealed about the plot, but since it is a remake, it’s safe to assume that it’ll follow the same, simple framework of the first one, meaning a group of scientists and misfits busting ghosts in New York City.

What a terrifically fun premise, right? It worked perfectly in the first one, as the original delivered not only a great deal of laughs but some actually spooky moments. Based on the trailer of this new take on the story, the aspects of humor and horror seem wildly uneven, failing to be both funny and scary. It seems to be more of a bloated, special-effects-heavy extravaganza without much substance.

Some positives, however, do include the remix of the original Ghostbusters theme song played throughout, which actually manages to make some things seem more exciting than they actually were. There’s also a really quick shot of Slimer floating around, which is great to see as well. The look of the film also seems to be quite decent, as Feig is no stranger when it comes to making a good-looking movie. The best quality about him is his ability to blend genres, which is evident with his previous efforts The Heat and Spy. Those films are not only hilarious, but are also legitimately well-made action pieces. So, hopefully, this trailer is just misleading and Feig has actually mixed these genres well yet again, because that’s one of the strongest things it has going for it. It’s still a shame to see that the film has almost entirely abandoned the whole horror vibe that made the first one so surprising.

Now perhaps the most shocking thing about this trailer is the abysmal fan reactions it has been receiving. As of writing this, the official trailer on Sony Entertainment’s channel, has a whopping 205,795 dislikes and a mere 111, 475 likes. There are probably a lot of people out there who hate the fact that such a beloved film is being remade with a female cast, which is stupid to say and lacks all validity. However, there are also a lot of people out there who hate the fact that such a beloved film is being remade with very little flair or excitement. That’s a valid argument and sadly one that a majority of the public seems to be feeling against this upcoming summer release.