By Nicole Sperling
Updated December 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST
Credit: Justin Stephens

Dead criminals from all eras of New York’s under­belly past have returned to roost among the living in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot. Pilgrims, old-­timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot­-suited gangsters are ready to take on four formidable female busters looking to rid the city of its phantasmic filth.

In addition to facing down ectoplasmic felons, stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon,
and Leslie Jones have had to combat sexist social media rants about why women can’t possibly fight celluloid spirits as well as Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray did back in 1984. So the pressure is on, both on screen and off.

“If this doesn’t work, we go back and lose our [right to] vote,” McCarthy deadpans. “I’m talking pre­suffragette.”

Not likely. She, Wiig, and Feig ruled the 
box office in 2011 with Bridesmaids. Those Internet haters may be headed straight for the Ecto Containment Unit.

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