Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (5-Oct-1999)|
Director: Jim Stenstrum
Writers: Rick Copp; David A. Goodman
|Mary Kay Bergman
||Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show
||Sam on Totally Spies!
||Animaniacs, The Simpsons
||Voice actor, Transformers
||Guitarist / vocalist for The Go-Go's
Review by Deane Shafortock (posted on 10-Mar-2008)
"Scooby Doo and the Witch's Ghost" is definately one of the best cartoon film features in the Scooby Doo history. Not only it features amazing voice talents, deep voice-acting and a nice plot (with some twists in it), it is one of the first Scooby Doo features that presents a real ghost, unlike the usual masked villains in the cartoon series.
The plot outline is simple. The gang, at an unmasking at a museum, they meet and befriend horror novelist Ben Ravencroft (one of the idols of Velma herself) who invites them to his ancestral home of Oakhaven in New England for a festival, which is, of course, haunted by the ghost of his ancestor Sarah Ravencroft. Sarah was believed to be a cruel witch, but Ben says of the opposite, that she was a Wiccan or a white witch. While the gang investigates, the also befriend the Hex Girls (Thorn, Dusk and Luna) a goth band that is perposed to sing at the festival. The first half of the movie is like a typical episode of one of the series. The gang unmasks the "witch", and the motive is of course to pull tourists to the area. But the other half is more darker. Ben, with the aide of the gang, discovers Sarah Ravencroft's book. In a surprising twist, Ben reveals Sarah was actually a real witch, and through the book (a spellbook) he summons back the ghost of Sarah, but turns against her only to be destroyed by her. While they are persued by the ghoul, Velma convinces Thorn (who has Wiccan blood) to use the spellbook to confront Sarah. Sarah is consumed by her own spellbook, along with Ben, and a burning tree branch falls over the book and perishes Sarah and Ben in it. The film ends with the Hex Girls performing a nice nature-loving song along with the rest of the gang.
Rather than the cartoon series, there are deep characterizations and giving real personalities to the characters. Although are characters are not the ones dressed in the old-days outfits, their habits are still the same. There are many nice allusions and references in many ways in the film: Ben Ravencroft is the perfect homage to Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft. Sarah Ravencroft and Oakheaven serve as a straight homage to Salem witches (many of them were named Sarah).
If you are a Scooby Doo fan, then do not loose a minute, and watch it instantly!
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