Halloween Before The Horror – Original Scooby Doo Telefilms

Being a late bloomer in my devotion to the horror genre, I spent my childhood in October watching the mildly creepy and goofy spooky of Scooby-Doo as Halloween tradition.

That lovable Great Dane was scared of his own shadows, which made for some good laughs during October.

Scooby-Doo accompanied by his best friend Shaggy and his nephew Scrappy-Doo found himself in a mystery or two during the original telefilms.

Ghosts, monsters, and ghouls befriend and terrify the talking dog that unwillingly solved mysteries by sheer dumb luck in these full-length movies for televisions.

Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers (1987)

Freako, Meako, and Shreako a.k.a. the Boo Brothers are ghost exterminators that Shaggy hires to get rid of the ghosts haunting them. The Boo Brothers’ mannerisms closely resemble those of the Three Stooges.

Bringing more comedic relief, these ghostly exterminators are obnoxious, loud, and generally trouble when it comes to Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy’s attempt to solve the mystery of the southern plantation.

Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988)

Daughters from the classic Hollywood horror monsters are desperately in need of gym teachers, if only Shaggy and Scooby had known the truth about Miss Grimwood’s Finishing School for Girls.

However, Revolta, the self-proclaimed Witch of the Web, and her minion the Grim Creeper plan to capture and enslave them, turning them evil at the stroke of midnight. The revolting Revolta turns this simply strange job into a rescue mission for Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy.

Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988)

Manipulated and transformed into a werewolf, Shaggy participates in the “Monster Road Rally” with the classic Hollywood monsters, such as The Mummy, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein’s monster.

The most bizarre addition to the third full-length movie for telecast is Googie, the girlfriend of beloved beatnik Shaggy. Strangely, she is never referenced ever again in the Scooby-Doo universe.


~ by nicmarray on October 4, 2010.

One Response to “Halloween Before The Horror – Original Scooby Doo Telefilms”

  1. Great post. I too spent many of my younger years watching Halloween themed cartoons rather than the really scary movies — except when my mother or grandmother would urge me sit down with them, which was alway a frightening experience. I also always loved Halloween themed TV shows that tried to add a little fear to the mix, shows like Home Improvement and such. I always loved those shows at this time of year and sometimes find myself watching them again around Halloween just as a way of trying to relive some of the early childhood memories.

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