Scooby-Doo taught us that the real monsters in life are human, but that didn’t stop the show’s creators from making the villains into truly terrifying monsters (even if they were costumes). Many true-crime and horror/mystery fans got their love for the genre from Scooby-Doo at a young age. I know I did! I still watch the live-action movies. There’s no denying the incredible job of casting the Scooby gang.
However, as a kid, I would get scared of certain monsters from the live-action movies. There were a few:
Scooby-Doo: The Movie (the first one) had this tall gremlin-looking monstrosity. The animation of it blowing up in the sunlight or capturing/dragging hotel guests was terrifying. Moreso terrifying was when the monster was leaving a human’s body (ya know, after wearing their skin). The scene with Mary Jane’s face after being hit by a tree is nightmare fuel.
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (second movie) had a giant electric monster called the 10,000 Volt Ghost. I mean, look at that terrifying face. The fear really started to set in when the Scooby gang was in an elevator and he was traveling through it. Maybe I’m just scared of elevators breaking?
Scooby-Doo Two: Monsters Unleashed, the Tar Monster. Other than the possibility of this monster swallowing me whole, there’s the scene where he starts to suffocate a man with tar. He also is able to spread out very far and trap people by capturing them in his goop. No thanks.
Some honorable mentions from the live-action movie were Miner 49er, the Pterodactyl Ghost, and Captain Cutler’s Ghost. Now, even with a poor audience and critic score, these movies hold a special place in my heart. Everyone likes a good mystery!