REVIEW: SCOOBY-DOO 4: CURSE OF THE LAKE MONSTER

CAST

Kate Melton (McMann & Bernstein)
Hayley Kiyoko (CSI: Cyber)
Robbie Amell (The Flash)
Nick Palatas (Schoolf of Thrones)
Frank Welker (Transformers)
Ted McGinley (Highlander 2)
Richard Moll (Scary Movie 2)
Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek)
Marion Ross (Happy Days)

chool has just ended for the summer, and Velma (Hayley Kiyoko), Shaggy (Nick Palatas), and Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) meet up with Fred (Robbie Amell) and Daphne (Kate Melton) so they can go to meet Daphne’s uncle, Thornton “Thorny” Blake V, who has given them summer jobs at his country club in Erie Point.

That night at the club’s opening party, a huge frog-like monster suddenly appears and wreaks havoc. The gang decides to solve the mystery. They decide to investigate the only person who has ever taken a picture of the lake monster, Mr. Uggins, the lighthouse keeper. He then tells them the story of the lake monster: how when people were first settling Erie Point, an old woman named Wanda Grubwort warned them not to come onto her land. They paid no attention to her, so she used her magic staff – which used moonstones as the source of her power – to turn a frog into a horrible monster that attacked the villagers. Wanda was later tried for witchery and burnt at the stake.
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The next day, Velma shows the others security footage of the lake monster meeting a mysteriously masked figure on the beach. They begin to zoom in on the figure to see its face, but Velma accidentally spills her green tea on the computer and destroys the footage.
Image result for scooby-doo curse of the lake monsterThe next morning, they find Velma unconscious on the beach. Shaggy begins to tell her that he was very worried, but stops when he notices warts on her hand. Velma looks surprised, but guiltily assures them that it’s nothing. After they fill her in on the latest monster attack, Daphne says that she saw purple paint on the figure’s cloak, and suggests they check out a boat that they saw on the way to Erie Point.Image result for scooby-doo curse of the lake monsterShaggy asks Velma out on a date. Things go well until he lights a match to light some candles. Velma flings herself back in terror, though she is unsure why. Shaggy calls out the waiter, who turns out to be Scooby, who is angry at Shaggy for ignoring him and tries to ruin the date. Scooby bites Shaggy, causing Shaggy to knock over the table and drop the moonstone on the ground that he was going to give to Velma as a surprise. Fred and Daphne go to see the boat. The gang drives to the home of the woman who is Wanda’s descendant. They see the witch’s figure through the windows, which is a very warty Velma. However, she claims to not be Velma and attacks the gang, knocking them out for a moment. The gang wakes up later and find Mrs. Grubwort, who says that her evil ancestor has possessed Velma.
Image result for scooby-doo curse of the lake monsterThe gang realizes that they missed all the little signs – the warts, Velma’s fear of fire, her love of moonstones, and how she spilled the tea on the video of the witch because it was going to show her face – that should have proved Velma was up to something. The woman says that Wanda probably would have gone to the underwater caves. They arrive in the cave and Shaggy bursts out of hiding and commands Velma to stop. Wanda sets her monsters on the gang, and while Scooby, Fred and Daphne run for their lives, Shaggy stays back and tries to help Velma fight the witch.
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Meanwhile, Fred and Daphne reach a dead end. The lake monsters then burst through the wall. At the same time, Shaggy tries to save Velma by singing her favorite song. Velma joins in, and manages to break free of the witch’s control. The ghost of Wanda tries to grab her staff, but Scooby Doo arrives just in time and smashes it into a rock, destroying Wanda. Fred and Daphne, who are about to be killed and are clutching one another for dear life, see the monsters turn back into frogs. They run back to Shaggy, who is confessing how much he really likes Velma. Velma and Shaggy kiss, but afterwards both agree that they did not feel a single spark, and it’s better if they are just friends and they all agree as they do a group hug.Image result for scooby-doo curse of the lake monsterAfter the success of ‘The Mystery Begins’ it was no surprise to see the cast of that film return for more antics in these prequels to the live action Scooby films of the early 2000’s. This movie is great for kids and Scooby-Doo fans.

 

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REVIEW: SCOOBY-DOO 3: THE MYSTERY BEGINS

CAST

Kate Melton (McMann & Bernstein)
Hayley Kiyoko (CSI: Cyber)
Robbie Amell (The Flash)
Nick Palatas (Schoolf of Thrones)
Frank Welker (Transformers)
Garry Chalk (Dark Angel)
Lorena Gale (Battlestar Galactica)
Kira Clavell (Ninja Turtles: Next Mutation)

In Coolsville, Ohio, four teenagers are involved in a fight on the school bus, including the damage to Vice Principal Grimes’ new car and are sent to detention in the library. Norville “Shaggy” Rogers is a clumsy, geeky outcast, who tried to smuggle his dog Scooby-Doo onto the bus; Fred Jones is quarterback of the football team; Velma Dinkley is a science nerd; and Daphne Blake is in the drama club. They bond somewhat over a shared interest in mysteries, but quickly get on each other’s nerves. While in the library for detention, two ghosts appear and chase them to the gym where a pep rally is going on. A third ghost, The Specter appears, causing the lights in the building to flicker. He starts telling everyone to leave. The stamp-collecting Principal Deedle decides to close the school, but Vice Principal Grimes deems it a prank and suspends the quartet as he refuses to believe that there are ghosts in the school.
The gang tries to clear their names by investigating the ghosts at the school, which leads to Grimes expelling them and threatening to have them arrested if they’re caught sneaking into the school again. Further investigation, in disguise at the school, makes them think Grimes is their prime suspect. Searching at night at Grimes’ house leads them to information about a time capsule. The ghosts attack again, and the teens are knocked out. The Specter, keeping Scooby and Grimes as prisoners, forces the gang to search underground for the time capsule. Unable to find the capsule, they trick the Specter into coming down to carry the capsule out of the hole, but the plan backfires when they try to lock him up in a flooded room, and the Specter acquires the capsule.
Stealing the capsule back, the gang uses a book of spells to banish the ghosts. Scooby manages to break free of his restraints and arrives just in time to subdue the Specter, who turns out to be Principal Deedle. The principal reveals that a stamp misprint was hidden within the time capsule, something that would have been worth a fortune. As the exposed Deedle is fired from his job and is sent to prison for his actions, the group is publicly congratulated (and un-expelled) by Grimes (who becomes the new Principal). In the film’s ending, the group decide to stay together and solve mysteries, and they head off to “investigate some strange goings-on at the Coolsville museum”, a hint to the very first episode of Scooby Doo, and their very first case, The Black Knight Ghost.The film turns out to be quite good. It has a silly plot as usual – that’s part of the fun of Scooby Doo – but the action moves along nice and swiftly, and the young actors throw themselves into the silliness with enthusiasm. Hayley Kiyoko, who plays Velma, is particularly worth watching. The special effects are pretty impressive for a relatively low-budget movie.