Yesterday's announcement of the all-female cast of director Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot was initially met with delight. The chemistry! The comedy! The diversity! The amazingness of it all! However, once the delighted shrieks died down, the undercurrent of muttering from detractors began.
Apparently having missed the news months ago that Feig's reboot of the paranormal comedy classic would be led by women at all, certain users in the Twitter-sphere began to grumble. Their objections didn't seem to be towards Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon themselves, but instead just to women in general taking center stage in the movie. "This is a nail in the coffin," one response to MTV's tweets read. Another: "F--king women ruining everything." Yet another read simply, "um...no."
Yes, "Ghostbusters" is a beloved movie, but guess what: it's also unrealistic. (And not just about the ghosts and monsters stuff.) MTV News hunted down two ghost hunters, both of whom told us that paranormal investigation -- the grown-up, fancy name for bustin' ghosts -- is a female-dominated field.
"It's mostly women who do the ghost hunting," Amy Bruni, founder of paranormal tourism company Strange Escapes and a seven-season cast member of SyFy's "Ghost Hunters." "There's about a 75-25 split and it definitely skews female."
Though she called "Ghostbusters" one of her favorite movies and "a huge part of my childhood," leading to the initial knee-jerk reaction that the classic shouldn't be touched, the all-female leading bill is well-cast and will succeed. "I like it and I do think it's a better representation of the paranormal community."
Bruni said that because ghost hunting often deals with emotional matters, often women are better equipped to communicate with spirits.
"It's a hobby that requires a lot of empathy and sensitivity, and that's a more female trait a lot of the time."
Brigid Goode, a member of all-female ghost hunting team the Gettysburg Ghost Gals, agreed.
"A lot of the times during investigations we get better results than the men do," she said. That's not to say that it's all about emotion: "I am the technical person of the group. I am very tough. I am a strong go-getter. I run after whatever is there. I don't run away from it screaming, I run after it."
In fact, because ghost hunting is so dominated by women (despite the overwhelmingly male ghost hunters depicted in movies and reality TV), Goode said that she and her group aren't isolated due to their gender, as happens in so many other fields.
"No, I don't see any sexism from men," she said. "We are very highly and well respected in our field."
So now that we've established that a band of ghost hunting ladies is way more realistic that the O.G. "Ghostbusters," what else can Feig and his team do to make sure the latest offering in the franchise is just as real?
"Know your equipment, and know what you're talking about. If they use modern equipment, pieces of ghost hunting equipment that we actually use," Goode said, it would add legitimacy. Laughing, she added, "Obviously, we don't use proton packs."
Bruni mentioned real apps that some claim to help users find ghosts using their smartphones -- "I hope they'll delve into that a little bit. It is really funny, especially as an outsider, I'm sure" -- but said that certain details from "Ghostbusters" were surprisingly accurate.
"Like ectoplasm, that's stuff that we actually do investigate and find, it's just brought out on a grandiose scale in 'Ghostbusters.' If you really know the history, a lot of that is accurate in there," she said. And certain aspects, like the PKE Meters used by the "Ghostbusters" teams, have become reality. Now, ghost hunters often use a tool called and EMF (Electromagnetic Field) detector that works along somewhat the same lines.
That's not to say all of it is real, however.
"I don't have a ghost trap or anything at my disposal yet, I don't have to worry about crossing the streams," she said. "But that could happen."
"Ghostbusters" hits theaters July 22, 2016.