A Ghostly Resemblance
The first supernatural entity in the trailer resembles the Library Ghost, the very first phantom encountered by the original Ghostbusters gang. Ethereal specter dust, check! Floating legless body, check!
Also, slime! Who can forget about the slime! Not Kristen Wiig: As Erin Gilbert, the reboot’s straight-man-by-default Bill Murray analogue, she’s the first member of the team to get slimed. (Just like Murray in the original!)
There are Ghostbusters, and then there’s The Real Ghostbusters, the spinoff cartoon beloved by anyone who was young and TV-adjacent in the late ’80s. Surely I’m not the only one who thinks that star Kate McKinnon’s flop-chic hairdo resembles Cartoon-Egon’s Presley-ish coiff?
Ghostbusters has always been a New York story, and one of the most memorable scenes in Ghostbusters II sees Ernie Hudson’s Winston run through by a subway full of monsters. Does a similar fate await Leslie Jones’ Patty?
Don't Cross The Streams
The new team has their own set of proton packs, albeit with more glowing red stuff. It’s been 32 years, gang. You gotta add in some glowing red stuff.
Melissa McCarthy’s Abby Yates appears to be the reboot’s rough analogue to Dan Akyroyd’s Ray. But she dons a helmet that seems designed to evoke Rick Moranis’ famous colander helmet. Except with a digital readout. It’s been 32 years, gang. You gotta add a digital readout.
The original Ghostbusters drove around town in a vintage Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance with a license plate “ECTO-1.” The new Ghostbusters also have a Cadillac – previously used as a hearse.
The uniforms have the same tan color scheme, but now with cool red stripes. It’s been 32 years, gang, you gotta add in some cool red etc.
The original Ghostbusters always made sure to reference the franchise’s beloved corporate parent company with primo onscreen placement in the Times Square scene. Wait, no it didn’t. Sony didn’t even own the studio back then, and in 1984 Times Square was porno-theater Mecca. Well, times change! Hail, corporate overseers, hail!
No sign of a Stay-Puft Marshmallow man, but the giant ghost marching through Times Square is clearly a reference to the climactic sequence from the original Ghostbusters. If this specter goes anywhere near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the circle will be complete.
The new receptionist looks a bit different from the old receptionist, but Chris Hemsworth maintains the grand Annie Potts tradition of bespectacled sidekicks. (And apparently, in the grand Louis Tully tradition, anyone with glasses will inevitably get possessed.)
Little Green Man-Thing
But none of this matters, because SLIMER’S BACK! Unclear if this new Slimer is the same as the old Slimer, who was based on John Belushi’s charcter from Animal House. Has he been gender-flipped, too?