Ghostbusters reboot costumes and proton packs revealed
June 30, 2015 at 10:56 am #48111Citizen StuParticipant
Seems like it’s a big day for Ghostbusters Reboot info. Paul Feig has been tweeting images.
I still prefer the original 80’s proton pack but this one does have some cool things about it. It looks much more thrown together out of scrap which is kind of nice and would fit with them starting out. I could imagine it being a mark 1 Proton Pack seen early on in the movie with the slicker version being made later (like the Iron Man suit) but that is pure speculation.
The part at the bottom looks like it is removable (there is a black handle). Could be a battery or could be something else (trap integrated into the pack?). We’ll have to see.
An accident prone Englishman living in the Netherlands: www.invadingholland.comJune 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm #48114DougParticipant
Honestly? I’m relieved. When he posted the jumpsuits with that familiar logo, I thought we were going to get stuff that was “too close to home.” But with the reveal of that Proton Pack, I’m not really concerned anymore. I’d like this Ghostbusters to be as different as possible, and not make the same mistake the Star Trek reboots did.
If you want to reach my in-character profile as "General Manager" of the Ghostbusters, tag me using: @sevenJune 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm #48115
Initially i didn’t think this new one was all that bad, but the more I look at it, the less I like it. I can see the hardware store bits jumping out to a degree that I’m pretty sure i could put together a shopping list that would get pretty close to this without having to leave the plumbing isle. I don’t know that it’s totally fair to judge it out of context like this, because most props don’t look good when they aren’t lit well. I have mixed feelings about the heart sticker over the radioactive icon as well-I wish there was more of that personalization like with the space marine armor in Aliens.June 30, 2015 at 2:36 pm #48116LukeParticipant
Initially i didn’t think this new one was all that bad, but the more I look at it, the less I like it. I can see the hardware store bits jumping out to a degree that I’m pretty sure i could put together a shopping list that would get pretty close to this without having to leave the plumbing isle.
The original packs were essentially built in Egon’s garage, I think it’s safe to assume something similar about these. Doesn’t it makes sense for them to have a bit of Home Depot to them, with that in mind?June 30, 2015 at 3:02 pm #48118DougParticipant
As far as I’m concerned, it’s a different world from the original films. Different rules apply. We’re seeing everything out of context. Do I think this shows promise? Not exactly. But I’m just so indifferent to it at this point, I’d rather focus on cool stuff that’s already been established in the original universe. Like GBR for example. 😛
If you want to reach my in-character profile as "General Manager" of the Ghostbusters, tag me using: @sevenJune 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm #48119
@luke: yes and no. Egon’s pack looked like it was a prototype made by a professional; this looks like it is a comic-con prop made by a cosplayer.
The braided steel lines on the new one are obviously hot water hoses for a sink, designed to carry fluids. The green handle is again a water or gas shutoff valve like you’d see on a propane grill or home water heater. The thrower portion is made of obvious galvanized pipe sections right off the plumbing isle, and the reactor? portion looks like it is made of a speaker grill with copper tubing wrapped around the middle. Then there is a calculator stuck on with some other random metal bits. All the little tubing elements look like copper tube that has been braised together and spraypainted sloppily.
If you look at Egon’s, you can’t as easily pinpoint the original function of any of it, but it all goes together with a sense of design while still feeling homemade.June 30, 2015 at 5:26 pm #48122Citizen StuParticipant
I think I actually like it a bit more now having some time to look at it. Having seen what Kate McKinnon character looks like I think the proton pack fits as something that character could have made. Just as the original looks like something someone like Egon would have made. I’m just wondering if its a bit small maybe looking at the size of the gun but that might not matter. It all depends on how it looks when they are wearing it.
I think I’m just excited to see images. I never thought I would see photos from a new Ghostbusters movie again in my life time.
An accident prone Englishman living in the Netherlands: www.invadingholland.comJune 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm #48125John SebastianKeymaster
*Melissa McCarthy puts on the proton pack, immediately losing her balance and toppling over onto her back. The gag continues as she rocks back and forth like a turtle. This is the entire second act.*June 30, 2015 at 8:55 pm #48126ArkaisModerator
Judging from purely an aesthetic viewpoint, which is all we can really do since all we have to go off is a couple of photos, I think the packs look terrible. I’d say they make me less excited for this movie, but that would imply that I have any excitement for it whatsoever. I’d rather focus on the stuff I love, which reminds me, I need to pick up a copy of Ghostbusters Get Real.
"You'd be surprised how many calories hedonism burns."July 1, 2015 at 5:51 am #48128AnduinParticipant
I’m in agreement with @maxacree’s opinion. Egon’s design follows the allusion that the nuclear material contained in it needs to be shielded and the external elements are only visible because it is a prototype (and its a movie and needs to look cool/busy). An outer case to keep the cables and lines protected while running around would be practical, but take away from the aesthetic.
The new pack looks more compact, but by going with the design they have now, it looks like they derailed from conveying that this is a nuclear accelerator and that really any radioactive material can be contained in a hot water heater. I can’t buy into this as a group from the scientific community so much as a group of amateurs. Admittedly, this may be the direction of the film, but it derails from the pseudo science involved. (ie radiation is dangerous)
This does look a bit like a stem punk version of a proton pack, thoughts?July 1, 2015 at 8:35 am #48129July 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm #48130LukeParticipant
A producer I worked with taught me a term: “Demo-itis.”
Essentially, demo-itis is when you reflexively dislike a change to a song you’ve been working on just because it’s different than the demo version you’ve gotten used to. The change might be great, and the next day you might think it’s the most brilliant idea ever, but in the moment you first hear it you’re almost unable to judge it fairly; the feeling you get from the disconnect between what you’re hearing and your memory feels very similar to actually disliking something.
I think there’s a lot of demo-itis going on with New GB.July 2, 2015 at 6:57 am #48131AnduinParticipant
Nope, its the next day and I still think that if this worked as a fictional particle accelerator, it would quickly produce a massive radius of destruction before the radiation subsided a few decades later. That emotion isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it comes to the movie, because we don’t know how it will be used yet. IF the original trio stepped into that fateful elevator with one of theses on their back, Veckman and Ray would have stopped the elevator and jumped ship. I imagine this unit having not only the unnerving hum buildup, but a few extra squeaks and some bad oscillations to boot.July 2, 2015 at 8:23 am #48133
@Luke, nothing any of this team has done since Bridesmaids has given me any indication that it will be as charming as the original films, or even marginally entertaining for that matter. Had they done nothing since then, instead of things like The Heat or Tammy, I’d probably have a little more faith in them.July 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm #48134BriggsParticipant
I hate it with a passion. It is sloppy. As several people have pointed out it looks like a bunch of rusted cheap parts from a Home Depot. This seems par for the course as in the character descriptions, none of them are scientists so did they build this themselves and somehow it worked? No idea, but considering this already feels and looks rushed I can’t stand it.
La Valle has pointed this out several times. Feig doesn’t even know how to do a Ghostbusters movie. He may not even want to make this movie. He is making a Bridesmaids movie with a Ghostbusters skin. Can it work? Maybe. Does it look interesting? About as interesting as a train wreck. Before anyone jumps me, the only thing I like is the idea of an all female cast. This is good and fun. I don’t like that anyone who calls out this movie you are immediately labeled a sexist. I would like this movie to be good, but all of the stills they’ve showed look meh at the best and terrible at the worst.
Ghostbusters is fun and silly, but you did take it seriously. There is the picture of the one girl, the blonde, I don’t know who that is. She looks like a character from Dr. Seuss. Her character design is stupid as hell. I guess she is the Egon of the group? Why does she look like a cartoon character?
I hate the Proton Pack and let’s be honest, this is probably going to be the final product. If it isn’t great! I wouldn’t hold my breath on it though. Everything looks bad, not because of the all female cast, but because they got a director that knows nothing about Ghostbusters and it feels like a really cheap bastardization. I really hope I’m proved wrong, but I doubt it.
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