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    So the reboot Ecto 1 has also now been revealed. Again, it shares that same cartoonish detail the new pack seems to, complete with Slimer hood ornament. The oversized yellow light is…not good. The whole thing feels like an Asylum films Mockbuster version of Ghostbusters.

    On the other hand, the “what a piece of junk!” reaction I’m having is probably the reaction we were all supposed to have when Ray came home with the then-30-year-old Cadillac hearse/ambulance in the original. It’s just that 50s styling has become interesting again now due to the vaguaries of the rolling Nostalgia Cycle present in the car scene, and that late 70s/early 80s 3-box GM styling is at its point of lowest appeal still.


    I’ve been casually imagining what a new Ecto 1 might look like of late, and I really think that an early 1970s Toyota Crown station wagon fits the bill. It has some subtly bizarre styling of it’s own, as with many Japanese cars of the era, in the same way the original Cadillac Hearse has the wings and quad headlights. Toyota in particular was making strange, smaller versions of American cars (the 70s Celica GT looked an awful lot like a small, Japanese Camaro), and the Crown Wagon looks kind of like a smaller version of an old Pontiac wagon or something.
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    I’m copying my thoughts from Facebook. Basically the car sucks. It looks like shit and those who designed it should be fired out of a canon into the sun.

    It is like a child designed anything. A child without a clue. Why didn’t they use a modern 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon?!?!?!?!?!?!? The original looked great. The lines and flow of it were perfect. This on the other hand looks like utter and complete dog shit. Plus let’s take the worst looking Caddy and throw a bunch of shit on it that doesn’t play the the vehicles strong points, which are nothing.

    This is an abomination. Nothing about this is good. It is just like the Proton Packs. It looks rushed, it looks sloppy and it has no flow. Why did they choose a car from the 80s, the fucking 80s were horrible for almost all cars. Especially American. The original had a class, the old blended with the new and it just worked. This on the other hand I wouldn’t let Hitler drive it, it is that bad. They need a CTS-V Wagon. It looks amazing, it is large enough to do the job they need. It is fast, very fast and would look great with the ghostbusting equipment on the top.

    If they want to use a car that is about 30-40 years old like they did in the original then, no, fuck you Paul Feig. You can’t just ham fist the fuck out of this, but you are going to just keep on doing that. Fuck me, I want this whole movie to stop. Am I an asshole? Probably. But judging this purely by the way it looks it is going to SUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCKK!!!!


    CTS-V wagon would have been just as wrong a choice in the other direction. For one thing, the wagon version of the highest horsepower sedan you can currently buy is a $64,000 car. The joke with the Ecto-1 is that it is out of style, completely broken, and in all ways a terrible purchase, but somehow still a charming character on its own. It’s kind of a metaphor for the Ghostbusters themselves being a bunch of goofy has-beens suddenly finding themselves relevant again. Starting with what amounts to the highest performance wagon on the market and adding a roofrack is actually the kind of thing I would have expected they would have done.

    My gripe was less about the specific car choice, and everything to do with the lame fake looking ghostbusting equipment on top.


    You can pick up a used CTS-Vs very cheap. A used one only a few years old with less than 100k miles will go for below 20k easily. A busted CTS-V would go for around 10k or less. The thing is it is the modern era and speed is everything even a start up business like this would know that and need it. Something I do professionally is making sure fleets of vehicles can get where they are going very quickly under controlled conditions.


    I’ve had a coworker pick one up recently for about 14,000. It was rough, but it doesn’t matter. It ran and could be restored fairly easily. The point is the car they picked is awful beyond reason. A Expedition, Suburban, or anything that is a large SUV would be a better pick than the piece of shit they got. It is petty to say you hope a film fails, but fuck if I’m not already flirting with that idea.


    All those reasons you listed for why that car is a good idea are what make it the wrong comedy choice for this comedy film though, you do see that, right? Like the 59 custom-coach-work hearse from the original that is all broken down and still cost too much wasn’t the practical, good for busting ghosts choice, but the laughable “what is he thinking?” Choice just like this one is?


    You can't park that here!

    Stantz: Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end.
    Venkman: How much?
    Stantz: Only $4,800. [$11,000 in 2015] Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring.

    In the original film, the car IS a joke. Sure, it used to be cool looking in 1959, but in 1984 it’s a hunk of junk. For a new business with limited startup costs, that much money sunk into a vehicle BEFORE repairs is really stupid. They’re literally out of cash after their first day in business. But that’s Ray’s character. He’s like a big kid. “Hey! Does this pole still work?!” Super impulsive. “GET HER!”

    We haven’t seen the new movie yet. I’m sure there’s going to be a joke about how the car is ugly and clunky. You’re not supposed to look at it and think “Whoa! That’s one sexy car!”

    At the end of the day, this is a reboot. Not a sequel. I don’t care if they decide to call their Proton Packs “Ghost Sticks” or anything else that wouldn’t match up with the originals. I don’t WANT the same stuff on screen. It doesn’t matter anyway. The originals will still be considered separate. Like Star Trek Into Darkness compared to Wrath of Khan.

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    Again, the car model is the right choice as far as I’m concerned, but the details are still obvious in their source and I don’t love that. Like the radioactive beer keg, un-altered spool of wire, glued on megaphone, and oversized flashing light. I really don’t care for that stuff.


    I really hope this movie is well written, because it’s going to have to be for me to be able to get over all these design choices. The uniforms look less like Ghostbusters than Metro Municipal Ghost Collection Services.
    Which is my new name for this movie. The further I keep this separate from the main universe continuity in my head, the better.
    Which is what Feig seems to want us to do in the first place.
    And I’m more than happy to oblige at this point.
    I could honestly deal with the new Ecto 1, but I just wish the prop department would remove the metal bars going through the No Ghost logo on the doors. It looks really tacky and no real business would do that to their actual logo. After all, the company car is basically a mobilized billboard and you want it to look good in order to attract new customers.
    The packs just look… bleh to me, but I’m biased as fuck, my love for the original pack design is borderline creepy to some people.
    Aside from all that, ghost T-rex sounds awesome, and that’s the only actually positive thing I have to say at the moment, mostly because I’ve yet to see any kind of footage, so I can’t really cast any sort of fair judgement on the movie as a whole yet.

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    Paul feig has directed like three movies. That I don’t see cuz they all looked stupid and he’s gonna make a good ghostbusters reboot? Not likely. Don’t get me started on her. ever movie I have seen her in she was like look goofy I am.


    *adjusts glasses* Actually, Paul Feig has more professional directing experience than Ivan Reitman did when he directed the original.

    Of course I don’t think that amounts to anything, but we gotta remember Ghostbusters was a huge gamble back in the day too. And while I can’t say I think a reboot is a good idea, I’m not going to fret about it. Unlike other recent “childhood favorites” coming back, I feel like this one is safe from harm. Maybe because it’s a reboot and not a direct sequel like Jurassic World or Terminator Genysis? There’s just not much to lose with this. Unlike Star Wars.

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    If you put any stake in the opinion of Tom Waltz, the editor of Ghostbusters at IDW, he had some interesting things to say about the new movie:


    That’s a great article Cap! All of that IDW material really excites me, but I wonder if Mr. Waltz might be drinking Sony’s kool-aid, or in this case the Ecto-Cooler.
    Speaking of which, I wonder why no ecto-cooler tie in? Maybe it will materialize in due course.


    I don’t know how much stock I place in that comment. No matter how cool somebody’s job is, they still feel like there is a cooler, more glamorous version of it. Rappers want to play sports, actors want to race cars, comic creators want to make movies; it’s human nature to compare the shade of your grass to the shade of your neighbor’s.

    I got to meet some of the folks from Hasbro that design Transformers for a living a few years ago, and I asked them if they were using any 3D modeling in that process. They weren’t, they actually still design all the forms on paper and then send them to Japan to get translated into prototypes. Over the course of that conversation, they were talking about how they would “give them [the designs] to the REAL creatives over at Michael Bay’s studio…” in a totally sincere way. All I could do was nod and be like “you don’t say…”

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