Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost: A Retrospective: Part 2

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I remember when Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost came out. This was pretty early on in my Scooby fandom. It wasn’t the first Scooby thing I saw obviously, but it was one of the earliest. Actually, I admit I didn’t like this movie when it came out. I preferred more classic Scooby back then. But like Zombie Island, it has grown on me over the years. Is it as good as Zombie Island? Well, I think one half of Witch’s Ghost is good, the other half is much, much better.

With Zombie Island and Witch’s Ghost being produced so closely together, they share a darker tone than most Scooby-Doo movies. The first half is your typical Scooby-Doo mystery, but the second half is basically a horror movie. Not that the first half is bad or anything, but it’s a little predictable. The movie really picks up when the real witch’s ghost shows up. Tim Curry as Ben Ravencroft makes for a great villain. It’s much scarier fare than the usual Scooby-Doo fare. Of course, the humor inserted throughout helps lighten the mood. It all blends together really well.

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Of course, one of the best things this movie gave us is The Hex Girls. It’s a shame we didn’t get more Hex Girls inspired albums, because this soundtrack is rockin'{who else had the soundtrack?}. And Billy Ray Cyrus does a pretty decent cover of the theme song as well.

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While not nearly as good as Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost still ranks pretty high. As a older fan, I can appreciate the horror aspects of the final act. The first half isn’t bad either, even if it isn’t perfect. 8/10.

Be sure to check out Scooby-Doom’s review here.

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