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Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon

The 1984 original sci fi cult movie Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson gets an all-action modern update as Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones don the famous overalls to save New York from assorted ghosts and ghouls.


Paranormal researcher Abby Yates and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Joining the team is Patty Tolan, a feisty lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out – and is the only one with access to wheels... Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle with a lunatic hell-bent on tearing open a ghostly dimension and wreaking havoc on the city – and the world.


A third Ghostbusters film had been in development since the release of Ghostbusters II in 1989, but without success – particularly as the original stars held veto rights over more films. Eventually, following the death of original cast member Harold Ramis in 2014, Sony rebooted the series with the cast’s blessing – all of whom (including Ramis as a bronze bust) make cameo appearances in the film.


When the all-female casting was announced, to mixed reviews, Ghostbusters unwittingly became an icon for the new trend of remaking films with a female-led cast. The film paved the way for studios to pursue more female-led remakes – with rumours of a gender-swapped remake of Oceans Eleven on the cards. Oddly enough, there weren’t a lot of complaints about casting Chris Hemsworth as the ultimate ditzy receptionist originally played by Annie Potts…


Writer Kate Dippold felt it was important to find the balance between an original new version, while staying true to the classic status of the original. Aside from cameos from some original cast – including Murray as a debunker of paranormal stories – the beloved 1959 Cadillac (Ecto-1) is back, as is the Ghostbusters’ pet ghost, Slimer.


At the heart of the film are the special effects which bring the terrifying ghosts to life. Six companies worked together to produce over 1 700 special effects shots in the film, with physical stand-ins for the ghosts created on the set for the actors to interact with, including actresses suspended by wires, drones as a reference for flying ghosts, a Slimer puppet and a set of giant balloons as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.