Who you gonna call? “Ghostbusters” stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon did their own reinterpretation of the classic theme song for Elle magazine (watch it above) in various accents, styles, and in McCarthy’s case states of abject terror. The new gender-bent version of “Ghostbusters” opens on July 15.
The “Ghostbusters” theme is one of the best-known pieces of music in modern film history. Written and performed by Ray Parker Jr., it earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 1984. It didn’t win, but while many Oscar songwriting nominees and winners are forgotten in just a few years, every nominee in that year’s race is still well-known today.
Parker’s “Ghostbusters” faced off against a pair of songs from “Footloose” (“Let’s Hear it For the Boy” by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford, and the title song by Kenny Loggins and Pitchford), the Phil Collins ballad “Against All Odds” from the film of the same name, and the eventual winner of the category, Stevie Wonder‘s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from “The Woman in Red.” “Ghostbusters” had one other nomination that year: Best Visual Effects, which it lost to “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”
Alas, the rendition above won’t be eligible for Oscars, but do you think “Ghostbusters” deserved to win the songwriting prize in 1984?