After Matthew McConaughey’s teary reaction to the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest film to get a similar viral video treatment is Ghostbusters.
The first teaser for the all-female Ghostbusters reboot was released last week to a mixed reaction from fans.
It seems the promo’s harshest critics of all is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, that squidgy rampaging monster who tore through New York in the original movie.
YouTuber Darren Wallace has put together a brilliantly funny three-minute clip that seems to sum up the internet’s collective reaction to the trailer for Paul Feig’s film. There’s even room for a brutal, shock ending and appearances from classic Ghostbusters characters Slimer and one of Gozer’s dogs.
Despite boasting four of the funniest women on the planet in Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, Ghostbusters’ trailer came under heavy criticism for missing the comedic mark.
Leading the charge was director-podcaster Kevin Smith, who questioned the editing credentials of the promo’s marketing team.
“Whoever cut this trailer needs to be sat down, and I’m not going to call for their job to be taken away from them but they need to be scolded,” he said. “It could’ve been all men with the same jokes, and it still would have sucked.
“The trailer’s not strong, and that doesn’t mean the movie’s gonna blow, like again the f**king pedigree of this movie is undeniable. There’s no way all these people involved don’t make a fucking funny, at least watchable fun movie.”
The return of Mr Stay Puft, even if it is in a quickfire comedy video, is a welcome one. But he might actually be back for the reboot proper. Pictures of a Stay Puft action figure from Mattel emerged at the recent Toy Fair expo.
The new Ghostbusters team will have to take on the words of wisdom from Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman.
“This Mr Stay Puft’s okay! He’s a sailor, he’s in New York; we get this guy laid, we won’t have any trouble!”
Watch the original trailer for Ghostbusters below ahead of its release on July 15.