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With Ray Parker Junior’s instantly memorable theme tune reaching number one in the singles charts all over the world, and the iconic Ghostbusters logo plastered everywhere that it could be, Ghostbusters had a vibe about it before you even managed to see it. The mix of the

spooky, the silly, the nerdy, the sight gags and Murray’s one-liners, the gloriously messy ‘Slimer’, Ghostbusters resonated with its audience, installing many of the tropes that would later become the benchmark for any supernatural comedy and

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even spawning a sequel in Ghostbusters 2 (albeit at a lacklustre one), a couple of animated series and host of supporting merchandise. Pan forward over 30 years. Ghostbusters is revered by many and a film that for a lot of people really didn’t need a remake. It was part of the endearing memory for those who now research the paranormal, go on ghost hunts and even the cosplayers who just want to dress the part at festivals and conventions. So when news broke that Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) was actively seeking to reboot the Ghostbusters franchise, reaction to the news was extremely mixed. “If it aint broke don’t fix it!” But then let’s just hold on a minute. A lot has changed since 1984. Social media has erupted. YouTube (lets come back to that), Facebook, Twitter – marketing a film in the 21st century presents

a lot of new avenues to explore. On-screen technology has also taken giant leaps with computer generated imagery (CGI) becoming the norm replacing the animatronics and animated cells of old, huge IMAX and X-Plus 3D screens with booming Dolby sound systems; and at a price that now resembles that of a trip to the theatre! So just how can you breathe new life into such a revered classic? Simple. You go back to the original and re-invent the origins of the group and how these four seemingly disparate individuals will bond together to ultimately save the world from an abundance of floaters. Within the quiet hallways echoing only the footsteps of a group known as the Ghostbusters, three women enter a library to investigate if reports of paranormal activity are indeed true. Consisting of Abby Yates

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(Melissa McCarthy), Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), the paranormal professionals aren’t necessarily believers that there even IS a haunting in the building. But upon discovering a bride floating in the basement, Erin walks up to the spirit in hopes of a conversation and is greeted with a projectile river of ectoplasm vomit instead. Covered in its goo, Erin announces, “Ghosts are real!” And that should be the birth of a surely an already proven pot of gold… Except… something went a little bit wrong with the first trailer. Before it launched on YouTube there was a fair amount of negative press surrounding the choice of stars of the film and the decision to switch to an all-female cast. (Go check the box office numbers – they’ve been

Haunted Magazine #16 - Women in Paranormal Special  

Women, women, women, you can't live with them but you can get them to write the features for Haunted Magazine Issue 16, and like a female ve...

Haunted Magazine #16 - Women in Paranormal Special  

Women, women, women, you can't live with them but you can get them to write the features for Haunted Magazine Issue 16, and like a female ve...