A surplus of psychokinetic energy is once again brewing in “spook central.” An ominous demigod of a Hollywood
production is slated to drop into theaters in 2016 and create “mass hysteria” at the Box Office.
Who are you going to call? A new generation of paranormal eliminators crowd into Ecto-I, wearing unlicensed
proton packs and lip gloss. They may need to adjust their sports bras from time to time, but they’ll bust your
Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids has recently released the first trailer for Ghostbusters 3 and it’s causing an
explosion on the internet.
I’m the Ranting Usher. Let me talk you out of your seat.
The trailer is all over the place. Rather than offering glimpses of what we can expect from the general plot, it
excessively borrows tropes and other references from the first two films. Janine, the original secretary, played
by Annie Potts, repeatedly answers the phone.
Slimer oozes across the screen.
While some references have been tweaked, they may be too farfetched even for Ghostbusters standards. Is
Hollywood really so strapped for ideas that a fast food icon is the new State Puft Marshmallow Man?
I know the producers and screenwriters are trying to be witty, but can’t they take the film a little more seriously?
Despite some peculiar nuances, director Paul Feig and other film executives are showing us too much of what we’
ve already seen. Maybe they could have gotten away with that in a teaser trailer, but this trailer is not labeled as
Granted, it is important to stir a sense of nostalgia in veteran fans that have followed the franchise from the
beginning. After all, you have to make them want to “cross the streams” somehow. Yet the trailer doesn’t appear
to be entirely honest when introducing what is canon.
What do the new ghosts look like that are prowling the streets of New York? So far, all we’ve seen is a ghoulish
face emerging from a spontaneous mist. Are we dealing with phantoms, poltergeists?
Are they all we have to fear?
What demonic forces are at large in Manhattan? Will they pose an even greater threat than Gozer or Vigo the
Carpathian? We can only speculate that the movie will be more frightening because of an apparent PG-13 rating.
Until now no Ghostbusters movie has ever received a rating higher than PG.
Those and other changes raise an ambiguous question. Is this a reboot of the franchise or another sequel as the
title suggests? Either way it’s hard to tell.
All we know for sure is that we’ll be relying on Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones
to kick serious apparition ass.
According to the Full Cast & Crew on the "Ghostbusters 3" Imdb webpage, members of the original cast, Dan
Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver among them, have also signed on. They’ll have cameos, of course.
After stating for several months that he doesn’t want to have anything to do with the project, Bill Murray has
evidently caved. That makes me wonder what changed his mind. Was it just the money or might other
contributing factors have been involved? Whatever the case may be, it’s great to have Dr. Venkman back again.
Maybe his quips can salvage what this trailer, with its nebulous plot implications and overabundant nostalgia is
advertising to be a film of absurd, even ridiculous proportions.
I’m the Ranting Usher. Let me talk you out of getting slimed.
Do you agree with my review? What did you think about the "Ghostbusters 3" trailer? Should they have put more
effort into it?
Let me know in the comments section.
We all wish Harold Ramis was still alive so he and Ivan Reitman could write a more promising sequel; R.I.P Egon
Spenglar. He’s probably “collecting spores, molds and fungus” in heaven.