I guess I’m gonna call

For some reason, this trailer is widely hated:

Seriously. After 30 million views, it has three times as many downvotes as upvotes. This is Rebecca Black-level rejection, and early Rebecca Black at that; her post-“Friday” material is doing far better.

Look, I saw the original Ghostbusters. And having seen two subsequent cartoon versions, only one of which was actually related to it, I figure the intellectual property has already been sufficiently slimed; this can’t possibly be any worse.


  1. Bill Peschel »

    3 May 2016 · 6:10 pm

    It came. I saw. It sucked.

    Love the movie, love Melissa McCarthy (especially Bridesmaids and Spy). But the trailer a) was a retread of the first movie, down to knowing which character was which, and b) had maybe one funny moment in it.

    It was so bad that someone recut it into a teaser trailer and improved the look of the movie dramatically (it’s on YouTube). Check it out.

  2. CGHill »

    3 May 2016 · 6:58 pm

    Given the tendency to put All The Good Scenes in the trailer, this does not augur well for Ghostbustresses.

  3. Mac »

    3 May 2016 · 9:12 pm

    If it were Ghostbustiers, it might succeed.

  4. fillyjonk »

    4 May 2016 · 6:47 am


  5. Roger Green »

    4 May 2016 · 8:29 am

    All this may be true, but a LOT of the complaints were that they had FOUR women =, rather than one or two, and it was being too PC. It may ultimately suck, but it should suck on cinematic terms.

  6. CGHill »

    4 May 2016 · 9:37 am

    Indeed. Let it suck on its own merits, or lack thereof.

  7. fillyjonk »

    4 May 2016 · 10:22 am

    that’s the problem, now, though: you can’t always get away with saying something is “bad” because it’s bad on its own merits, and sometimes you can’t get away with liking something you think is good because it fails some “test” somewhere.

    I will say I’d have been more on board with a reboot if it had been more of a reimagining. From what I’ve seen of this one is it’s essentially a remake of the original – why not go Ghostbusters 1890 and have it be steampunky, or reset it to Austin, Texas, or something like that?

  8. CGHill »

    4 May 2016 · 12:22 pm

    Even obvious remakes can be different: consider Never Say Never Again, a James Bond film made outside the usual channels, based on Thunderball. Nowadays, I suspect, if you can’t repeat the catchphrases before you enter the theater, Hollywood thinks it has a flop.

    I am somewhat disappointed that they’re not promoting the, um, dickless aspect of the show in so many words.

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