SCOOBY-DOO! FRANKENCREEPY (2014) Reviews and overview

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Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy is a 2014 animated comedy horror film produced and directed by Paul McEvoy from a screenplay by Jim Krieg.

It is the twenty-second film in the direct-to-video series of Scooby-Doo films.

Plot synopsis:
Velma gets a call from Cuthbert Crawley, a lawyer for Velma’s family who tells her that she’s inherited her great uncle’s property and castle in Transylvania, part of Pennsylvania. Velma turns the offer down, replying she wants nothing to do with her uncle.

Mr Crawley understands, revealing the curse over the estate. He says that if anyone gets too close to the Baron’s legacy, then what they love the most will be destroyed. As they head outside, the Mystery Machine explodes and a mysterious character with a mask appears. It’s the ghost of the Baron, Velma’s old ancestor. The remains of the machine explode again, with words warning to stay away from Transylvania…


Undaunted, the gang travels to Transylvania. Velma reveals the truth that her real last name is Von Dinkenstein, from which her great-grandparents shortened to Dinkley when they moved in from the old country. Her ancestor is Baron Von Dinkenstein, who was said to have created a monster (which inspired famous novelist Mary Shelley to write her novel Frankenstein). Velma explains that this was the reason that she started solving mysteries. All of a sudden, the train starts to pick up speed. After getting everyone to the last car, Shaggy goes to the front of the train but finds not the conductor but the Masked Baron’s ghost. The gang just manage to save the last car, the people, and themselves as the train derails and explodes.

Arriving in town, they are greeted by Iago, a hunchbacked servant from Castle Von Dinkenstein. He takes them there, where they meet Mrs Vanders, the housekeeper. In the Baron’s laboratory, they find the monster in solid ice. As the rest of the gang leave, Mrs Vanders shows Velma a machine that hypnotises her…


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‘This is a movie for Scooby-Doo fans both new and established.  The opening credits list a number of catchphrases which Scooby-Doo die-hards may enjoy identifying, including the old favourite, ‘I would have got away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids’.  It is not afraid to mine the rich seams of humour which have seen it triumph in the ratings over the years, from Fred’s love of the Mystery Machine to Daphne’s love of her appearance, whilst sending up gothic films down the ages…’ What to Do with the Kids


‘ …everything you love about the franchise is tossed to the curb, reworked or tinkered with for the sake of making fun of its characters. Why? Why must everything be flipped on its head? Fred can’t just be a leader, he’s a bossy jerk. Dapne can’t just be the cute chick, she has to be shallow and obsessed with her image. Velma can’t just be the bookworm, she has to erupt, go evil and turn on her friends. It’s all explained, of course. All part of the mystery. Was there ever any doubt? But it doesn’t make for a very enjoyable ride along the way.’


‘In the midst of Fred losing his Mystery Machine, the girl’s new outfits, and the boy’s new appetite’s, we have a psycho monster to worry about. When the hypnotic wheel is reversed, the gang is back up on their high horses/carriage (watch the film and you’ll get the reference) and ready to un-mask the evildoers. This is a classic Scooby-Doo cartoon that manages to bring all things full circle, beginning to end. Plenty of suspense, diversity, old characters, and crazy old towns. Scooby-Doo manages to make fun of itself and will leave you giggling like a child.’ Animation Insider

‘The humor itself was pretty good. I do reckon that if you are or a younger age you will find the movie is a lot funnier than it was for me. Still, it got some chuckles out of me, which was pleasant. One major downside, that or a major sign that I’m becoming old, was the fast editing. I’m all for a movie with a high tempo, but there were quite a few scenes were short images flashing on the screen, which was fun the first two times that it happened, but started to really drag after the 5th time.’ 3rd Strike

Voice cast:
Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo, Fred Jones
Mindy Cohn as Velma Dinkley
Grey DeLisle as Daphne Blake, Mama Mione
Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers
Diedrich Bader as Mrs. Vanders
Dee Bradley Baker as C.L Magnus, Mr Burger
Eric Bauza as Daphomatic, Rock Dude
Jeff Glen Bennett as Iago, Schmidlap
Susanne Blakeslee as Townswoman
Corey Burton as Baron Basil, Ghost of the Baron
Candi Milo as Gypsy, Lila
Kevin Michael Richardson as Cuthbert Crawley, Inspector Krunch
Fred Tatasciore as Frankencreep

The film premiered on July 27, 2014, at San Diego Comic-Con International, and was released on Digital HD on August 5, 2014. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 19, 2014.

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