- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“Who you gonna call?”

As if there were any doubt.

To promote the upcoming remake of “Ghostbusters,” set to hit theaters next month, Sony and Lyft are sending replicas of the iconic ECTO-1, a souped-up, ghostbustin’ Cadillac, into the streets of various cities, including here in the District.

Fans of the film and curious onlookers alike were met with the sight of ECTO-1 parked in front of the Clarendon Metro Stop in Arlington, Virginia, Wednesday. A driver from Lyft was on hand dressed up in the poltergeist-battling attire, offering gawkers a film tie-in Twinkie filled with green “slime.”

This was in reference to a gag in the original 1984 film, in which brainy Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis, who wrote the film with co-star Dan Aykroyd) compares the paranormal activity going on in New York to a massive Twinkie. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), having missed the entire conversation, comes into the room and is then told to inquire about the Twinkie.

“What about the Twinkie?” Mr. Murray deadpans.

The Washington Times was given a cruise around the block in ECTO-1, which, despite the 1984 original and the 2016 remake taking place in New York, bore New Jersey plates. Passersby pointed and stared and took out their phones to snap photos.

“Anybody see a ghost?” this reporter teased those dining at sidewalk cafes, as often as not met with smiles as bemused faces.

A motorist pulled up alongside of us at a stoplight and said, “Nice car,” to which I responded jokingly, “You should see my other one.”

If only my Scion tC were so cool ….

In the joint promotion between Sony and Lyft, fans of the spooky comedy can this weekend use the ride-hailing app to call on ECTO-1 to come and pick them up for a ride.

The new film, which features an all-female team of spirit-hunting commandoes, hits theaters July 15.

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