It's been 32 years, 1 month, 8 days, and an incalculable number of hours since the original Ghostbusters first premiered, and a lot has come along, gone away and changed in that time.
Paul Feig's Ghostbusters had the unenviable task of following the fondly remembered and much-loved 1984 original, and even acknowledging the obvious comparisons between the two, the newest outing of the Ghostbusters does feature a lot of similar, if not identical story beats to its predecessor.
Going into the screening there was the apprehensive concern that the new film wouldn't live up to expectations, that it would re-tread of the original; bringing nothing new to the table, and that the cast would suffer from the stereotypes and preconceptions that had been presented or formed by the initial round of trailers.
Ghostheads takes an unprecedented and detailed look at some of the real life, hardcore fans in our community. It follows and tells the stories of a half dozen fans as they make fulfill childhood dreams, make pilgrimages to film locations, meet cast members and form lasting friendships through the common thread that binds them together: Ghostbusters. While watching Ghostheads, I felt a strong personal nostalgia for events that occurred in the Ghostbusters fan community, a unique experience for me and my friends as we had actually taken part in or witnessed the events being portrayed; something I've never experienced while watching a documentary before. The movie is very uplifting and brutally sincere at times and features amazing interviews with Ghostbusters cast members, producers and extras. It is well composed with interviews, clips from the movies, animations and day in the life footage of the featured Ghostheads.
The movie is not without a dark side, however. Ghostheads aims to show several different sides of the Ghostbusters fan community. We see how our fellow fans live, and the difficulties that some live with every day. It shares the hardships that befall the fans, both caused by outside forces as well as resulting from their own lifestyle choices. This can make it hard to get through particular parts of the documentary at times. Beyond that, there are many touching moments and heartfelt messages expressed though out the documentary, and the common message is that life is better -overall- for the individuals filmed, thanks in large part to their love and dedication to Ghostbusters.
Ghostheads premieres on Netflix July 15th worldwide.
You may remember this, the "Honest Trailer" for Ghostbusters that came out about two years ago. Well, with only days left until the Ghostbusters reboot, Screen Junkies presents the "Honest Trailer" for Ghostbusters 2:
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was spotted at London's Waterloo Station as a cross-promotion between the station and the Metro newspaper were debuted to mark the general release of the Ghostbusters reboot across the United Kingdom today. Stay Puft himself serves as a photo opportunity for fans and commuters, while the no-ghost logo and adverts for the film feature prominently throughout the station concourse.
A pop-up Forbidden Planet shop is also present at the station for the event, giving fans the opportunity to pick up some merchandise.
The Ghostbusters display follows a similar effort last year to promote the release of Jurassic World.
Special thanks to Mark Lloyd of the U.K. Ghostbusters for the photo.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign and preview at the Tribeca Film Festival, the eagerly anticipated documentary Ghostheads will be making its Netflix debut on July 15th.
Directed by Brendan Mertens, Ghostheads explores the culture of the Ghostbusters fan-base and the impact the film has had on it, showcasing the charitable efforts and lives of the talented individuals who comprise the global Ghostbusters fan community. The documentary will also feature interviews with the creative minds, actors and production staff that gave birth to and carried on the legacy of the Ghostbusters franchise, including:
Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson, William Atherton, Maurice LaMarche, Kurt Fuller, Joe Medjuck, Ray Parker Jnr and Paul Feig. The documentary also features narration by actress Robin Shelby (Slimer in Ghostbusters II).