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Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters... Promotional Phone Messages

 By Paul Rudoff on May. 2, 2018 at 11:35 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, 2016 Parody Remake

Back in 1984, a promotional phone number was set-up for the original Ghostbusters movie. You would call and hear a pre-recorded message from Bill & Dan. This special type of promotion was recently brought up by us admins at the Ghostbusters Wiki, as we have been looking for a recording of the message. Sadly, none of us know of any existing copies, but I did remember Sony using this same type of promotion in 2014 and 2016 for the 30th anniversary and the Feig film, respectively.

In September 2014, Sony created a promotional toll-free phone number (212-897-1964), based in New York City (hence the 212 area code), for fans in the United States to call. This number was created for the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary, as well as for promotion of the then recently-released Blu-rays. Advertisements featuring the phone number were promoted through the official Ghostbusters Facebook page. When someone dialed the number, they would hear this pre-recorded message:
Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts): "Ghostbusters. Whadda ya want? You know, I've been working here for 30 years and I still get no respect. I've quit better jobs than this... but I STAAAAY because I love it. We couldn't have gotten where we are today without all of you. So, thanks for your support along the way. Head over to Ghostbusters.com for updates on all things Busters. Just remember to always be humanitarian like Egon, even if they're not human."

Sony would use the same type of promotion in July 2016, but this time in the United Kingdom. Advertisements featuring a toll-free phone number (0800 2229 911) were plastered on phone boxes all across London, such as at Clayton Street in Newcastle city centre just outside the entrance to Intu Eldon Square, at Newcastle Business Park, at Sunderland Road in Gateshead, and at Oxford Street. The phone number was also seen on floor stickers surrounding the promotional Stay Puft at Waterloo Station. When someone dialed the number, they would hear this pre-recorded message:
Kevin Beckman (Chris Hemsworth): "Hi, there. You've reached the Ghostbusters hotline. Due to the considerable rise in paranormal activity, we can't take your call. If you've experienced strange noises or feelings of dread, just ignore them and hope they go away. If you're troubled by a floating apparition, open a window and turn on a fan. Anything worse, RUN!!! ...and leave the ghostbusting to us. And remember to get our spooky updates from the Ghostbusters Facebook page at facebook.com/ghostbustersofficial. See ya."
If a recording of the original Ghostbusters 1984 phone message should, miraculously, become available, we'll bring it to you. In the meantime, at least we have these preserved.

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