Original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd has claimed the controversial new Ghostbusters movie is funnier and scarier than the 1984 film after viewing test footage.
Aykroyd played Raymond Stantz in the first Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel. He also came up with the original idea for the spooky saga, and co-wrote the screenplay for both earlier movies.
“As originator of the original: Saw test screening of new movie,” the Canadian actor wrote on Facebook. “Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films plus Bill Murray is in it! As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”
Aykroyd has been a key supporter of the reboot, which sees Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as the new quartet of ghost hunters. He is due to take a cameo in the new film alongside surviving fellow Ghostbusters Murray (the original film’s Peter Venkman) and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore).
Director Paul Feig has dismissed controversy over the casting of four women in the lead roles as “vile, misogynistic shit”, but an early trailer for the reboot became the most disliked in YouTube history last month.
Marketing executives have been called out for apparently spiriting away the new female quartet from packaging for some merchandise tie-ins. And there was a separate row over the casting of the African American comic Jones as a supposedly stereotypical “street-smart New Yorker” in March.
Ghostbusters opens in the US and UK on 15 July.