When the first trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot released a few months back, it didn't exactly knock it out of the park. For starters, it wasn't funny, and it made the film appear to be something entirely different from the beloved original.
It would go on to become the most disliked movie trailer in YouTube history, though many of those dislikes appear to have more to do with fans angry about an all-female cast than the actual quality of the trailer itself. Fast-forward to today, and a new, much improved Ghostbusters trailer is here. This trailer actually shows some chemistry between the cast members and offers up a much lighter tone, along with some genuine laughs.
Despite being a much-improved second attempt at building hype for the Ghostbuters reboot, it seems the angry Internet hate mob isn't done with the movie yet. Already, the new trailer is being mass-disliked on YouTube.
What's interesting is that, so far, there doesn't appear to be an official version of the second Ghostbusters trailer. Instead, various other channels like Comicbook.com or Movieclips Trailers appear to be the only way to watch the trailer online. No matter which version of the trailer you decide to watch, the results are the same. The trailer via Movieclips features 12,000 dislikes compared with 4,000 likes, while the trailer from Comicbook.com sports 12,000 dislikes versus 2,000 likes.
The film's first trailer debuted on the official Sony Pictures YouTube channel, where it amassed 32 million views and nearly a million dislikes. It almost seems as if Sony Pictures isn't putting the trailer in one central location (its YouTube channel) in order to avoid the same kind of negative publicity the first trailer received. By not releasing an official version on its channel and instead disseminating the trailer through various third parties, the number of total trailer views and dislikes are instead spread across multiple versions instead of all on one. This way, it makes it almost impossible for the film's second trailer to hit the "top disliked" video charts like the first one did, thus avoiding more negative word of mouth.
Of course, there's no way to know for sure if that's what Sony Pictures is doing, but so far, it appears to be working that way regardless. Even though the various trailers are still seeing way more dislikes than likes, it doesn't look so bad when all those dislikes aren't in one place. You can watch the trailer for yourself above and decide whether or not all the hate is justified. Ghostbusters is in theaters July 15.