AceShowbiz - Sony Pictures Entertainment has finally released the first full trailer for "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" to hype up the anticipation for the movie's next summer release. Featuring a cast ensemble of teen actors, it follows Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and his sister Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), who along with their mother Callie (Carrie Coon) move to a small town of Summerville, Oklahoma to live in an old farmhouse they inherited from their late grandfather.
As they adjust to the life in the new place, the town experiences strange earthquake-like movement. Their school teacher, Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), begins to connect the dots after Phoebe finds what looks like a ghost trap in the original "Ghostbusters" movie.
Grooberson then makes a "The Walking Dead" reference while explaining to them about the original Ghostbusters, noting that there "hasn't been a ghost-sighting in 30 years." The mystery deepens as Phoebe discovers a secret underground workshop and Trevor finds the Ecto-1.
Trevor and Phoebe's connection to the original Ghostbusters is revealed when she finds a Ghostbusters outfit with Dr. Egon Spengler's (Harold Ramis) name tag on it. Grooberson also appears to have an encounter with one of the ghosts in the movie, as the kids explore Ecto-1.
Following the release of the trailer, people have taken to Twitter to comment on the movie's vibe. With the teen actors as its main cast members and its small town set, many have compared it to "Stranger Things" and it's not for a good reason. People think it's a rip-off of the hit Netflix series, and it doesn't help that Wolfhard, who stars in "Afterlife", also stars on "Stranger Things".
"This is a weird episode of Stranger Things," one commented on the trailer. "The new Ghostbusters movie is gonna be a Stranger Things ripoff," another reacted on Twitter. Someone else sarcastically wrote, "Just watched the new Stranger Things season trailer, and it's called 'Ghostbusters' for some reason."
Sony Pictures or the movie's director Jason Reitman has not responded to the criticisms. Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two "Ghostbusters" film, is back as producer, with his son Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan writing the script. The fantasy comedy film is set to open in U.S. theaters on July 10, 2020.