I always wanted to see a Scooby musical. I know there are people out there who think it’s a terrible idea. But if done correctly, I think a Scooby musical could fun. Unfortunately, Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire fails to sparkle, with a average plot and average music.
Being overworked and over terrorized, Scoob and the gang decide to take a vacation. Velma takes them to a vampire festival in a small town called Chauve Sourie Ville. Here we are introduced to our usual suspects. The greedy Lita Rutland, the festival organizer, who says that business is on the downslide and that the festival is losing money. Jesper Poubelle, a anti-vampire protester. And finally the gang’s host, Vincent Van Helsing, who runs a vampire museum and is also a aspiring author. Van Helsing shows the gang his museum, including the tomb of vampire Valdronya.
Later that night, Van Helsing and the gang are watching Fangenschanz, a troupe of vampire actors. Fangenschanz performs a vampire resurrection chant, but things go haywire as the chant works and the body of Vadronya comes to life.
The gang go off and do their normal thing. When Daphne decides to question Fangenschanz, she ends up being kidnapped by them to become the vampire’s queen.
The gang rushes into the Louisiana swamps to stop the marriage and save Daphne. In the end, Scooby and the gang save the day and capture Valdronya. Valdronya ends up being Van Helsing, who used the vampire legend to sell more books. He also duped Fangenschanz into helping him by promising immortality. The movie ends with Scooby and the gang singing off into the wind.
I think the most disappointing thing about Music of the Vampire is the music. “Done With Monsters” is probably the best of the bunch, along with “Scooby and Me”, a nice little song between Shaggy and Scooby. “Bayou Breeze” is a uninspiring opening number.
And then there’s the vampire angle. Let’s be honest, vampires has been done to death in recent years. So it’s kinda disappointing they went the vampire route again. I guess they were doing what they did with Abraracbra Doo and trying to pull in the Harry Potter crowd(or the Twilight crowd in this instance). It certainly doesn’t help the fact that Music of the Vampire has a weak script. I found myself not caring about the plot or any of the characters. Admittedly, there were a few good jokes here and there(mostly thrown at Twilight) but everything else just fell flat for me.
If they ever do another Scooby-Doo musical, I hope they put a little more effort into it. Music of the Vampire could have been something great, but instead it was a boring movie with weak music.