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Who you gonna call? That one brief question has become iconic in the world of movies, and one of the many lines that catapulted Ghostbusters to legendary status among moviegoers back in 1984. Although Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the rest won’t return for the upcoming reboot of the classic comedy, the question still stands: when there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? A new teaser trailer for Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot has just hit the web and gives us a fleeting glimpse of the answer. Check it out below.
Like so many other reboots and remakes, the teaser, as short as it is, takes on a much darker, more sinister tone than the original Ghostbusters films. Without showing any member of the titular team or the specters they do battle with, the teaser emphasizes that something terrifying has come to the streets of New York, something big enough to at the very least get the military involved. Whether or not this monster turns out to be the Stay Puft Marshmallow remains to be seen.
For the Ghostbusters reboot trailer to hit the Internet today makes a fair amount of sense. As many fans of the franchise will note, Ghostbusters 2 referenced Valentine's Day 2016 as the day the world will come to an end. Although the new Ghostbusters shares no continuity with the original films, we have to believe that the marketing team knew exactly what they were doing when they chose this weekend as the day to pay homage to the original films and release the teaser.
As excited, as we are to see what Paul Feig, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and all the rest do with the Ghostbusters franchise, we have to note that not many people feel great about the reboot. The somber tone of the trailer – which very much abides by the "dark and gritty" reboot rule – seems to have pissed off quite a few fans. Shortly after the teaser hit YouTube the video began receiving much more negative than positive feedback. In my own personal opinion: it’s far too early to make those sorts of assessments of this film. Everyone involved has an amazing comedic track record, and we can likely expect to see them continue that tradition when Ghostbusters hits theaters. It may not be the film you grew up with, but it will be Ghostbusters nonetheless.
We will keep you up to date on any and all Ghostbusters related information as it becomes available to us; the film will hit theaters on July 15.