Instead of sleeping like I should have been during the wee hours of the night I watched a bunch Scooby-Doo movies. To say I am in a bit of funk lately would be an understatement. I blame most of my existential huff on my impending 30th birthday in a couple weeks. I’ve been making rushed decisions – mostly of the poor variety – that are certain to come back to haunt me (some sooner than later). I tell this story because I think it had a lot to do with my viewing choice(s). Scooby reminds me of my youth; a time when people, things, and relationships were much simpler. So, without any further whining here are recaps of three Scooby movies, which technically are horror, right?
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare:
Of the three films I watched this one is the best…by far. Scooby and the gang head off to Fred’s old camp ground to act as counselors, tell ghost stories, and get Velma and Daphne in their bikinis. All heck breaks loose when The Woodsman, Fishman, and the Banshee of the Black Canyon begin terrorizing the camp. Three villains for the price of one. Sign me up.
What makes this film stand out (especially for horror fans) is it feels and plays out like ‘80s slasher camp. All of the makings of an excellent slasher are here: scary villain with a great back story, hot coeds (albeit of the cartoon variety), and a camp way out in the middle of the forest. The only thing missing, of course, are a bunch of beheadings and a Corey Feldman appearance (think Friday the 13th style).
Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico:
This one would have been called Scooby-Doo and the Chupacabra, but, as you know, kids are dumb and can’t pronounce big words. The charm is still there, but compared to the previous film it just doesn’t stack up. It does, however, combine elements of Mexico’s Day of the Dead and the Bigfoot of Mexico (the Chupacabra) for the horror aficionados out there.
Spoiler: The bad guy would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for meddling kids.
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo:
This tale walks us through a mystery involving the Abominable Snowman (not to be confused with The Abominable Dr. Phibes) after Shaggy and Scooby miss their flight to Paris and end up in the Himalayas. My guess, they were stoned when this happened. The rest of the gang. It also features Casey Kasem as Shaggy, who is preferred over Matthew Lillard in my book (though Lillard was killed in Scream so there is that connection to the horror world –he is the voice of Scooby in Camp Scare). If you have seen one Scooby film you have seen them all, but this one is a fine effort and worth a watch. All of these films have plenty of adult content (the kinda stuff that will zoom over kids’ heads, but will be enjoyed by adults).