Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

1998

Adventure / Animation / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Mystery

14
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89% · 9 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80% · 25K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.7/10 10 18201 18.2K

Director

Top cast

Tara Strong as Lena Dupree
Mark Hamill as Snakebite Scruggs
Adrienne Barbeau as Simone Lenoir
Jim Cummings as Jacques / Morgan Moonscar / Plantationer
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704.64 MB
960*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 16 min
Seeds 11
1.28 GB
1440*1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 16 min
Seeds 27

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by andrewroy-04316 9 / 10

Absolutely brilliant, Zombie Island is both an excellent classic Scooby Doo film and a thematically rich horror story

I watched Zombie Island when I was young (maybe 7) and was so scared that I haven't watched it again until now. I knew what the basic outcome was and that it had a generally darker and more thoughtful tone, but I was still blown away by the thematic depth of the film, unparalleled in the Scooby Doo universe. The biggest theme that jumped out at me during the film due to the way it was highlighted in the ending explanation was colonialism (or violence against natives more generally). The natives are settled peacefully on an island, when pirates decide that they have to take the island by force. The head honcho renames the island after himself, of course, and the villagers who were kicked out call out to their cat gods for help. When the cat gods give them immortality so long as they take human lifeblood, the cycle of taking humans at the harvest moon begins. The inversion of history is extremely interesting as it creates ambiguity in who is good and evil in the situation - yes, the pirates attacked and destroyed what the settlers had built, but now the settlers are luring and killing humans every year while the zombie pirates try to keep the people alive. It does have plenty of classic horror/mystery elements, with hints at what is really going on on the island but lots of uncertainty, particularly given the expectations of Scooby Doo. It is just that blending of smart horror/mystery ideas with classic Scooby Doo elements that make Zombie Island an all-time great. Mysteries in general are at the very heart of the film - is there any real mystery or ghost in the world? I love the opening, as it's both great character work and hints at the way the film intends to explore mysteries later on. If you're new to the characters, their positions as they've separated tell you all you need to know about their tropes without being ham-fisted, and if you've been watching for a long time it's really cool to see the way their favorite elements of being in the gang manifest in their jobs. Scooby and Shaggy are simply going from job to job, eating whatever they can, but with Fred, Daphne, and Velma, each has a role distinct with their personality but both Daphne and Fred's show and Velma's bookstore remark upon commercialization. Yes, they loved mystery solving for what it was, but eventually they moved on and used it as a means to make money. Velma loves books, of course, but in our short snippet at her store we also see the way she has a meticulously curated and organized collection but little traffic. Daphne has a bit of a character revamp in this film to be more assertive, which is surprising but works well. We even see her driving the Mystery Machine! She still loves being the center of attention, and she is the member of the gang most determined to find a real, spiritual mystery. Fred is still his macho, do-it-all self, but does cede some leadership to Daphne. There's a nice nod when Fred considers putting on his ascot but decides against it, and just before then when Shaggy opens his suitcase of identical green shirts and tells Scooby he needs to dress for dinner, I thought that was absolutely hilarious. On the mystery side of things, the gang finally finds a real mystery (despite all of Velma and Fred's guesses at the logical explanations that could exist, which were both funny and subtle ways to emphasize just how many masked mysteries they've solved) but don't have proof. My only question is why voodoo dolls of the cat women were made. All in all, a fantastically well made movie that stands right alongside Camp Scare as head and shoulders above all other Scooby Doo films. I'll watch Return to Zombie Island sometime soon, though my expectations are quite low based on everything I've heard.

Reviewed by mattid-83981 9 / 10

Great way to introduce to a new generation

I loved this movie when I was a kid and just rewatched it on Netflix as an adult and still found it entertaining. There was a good balance between paying homages to the original show and adding exciting and new twists for a different generation of kids. I didn't have a problem with the voice cast like some people on here. It's unrealistic to think that the whole OG cast will reprise their roles. True fans of Scooby-Doo will appreciate this movie

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 9 / 10

A little to frightening for very young children, but still a great film!

I love Zombie Island very much, one of the best Scooby Doo movies easily along with Witch's Ghost. The animation was very good(one of the best-looking Scooby films), and so was the very 90s soundtrack, Terror Time's extremely catchy. The voice talents, while not as great as the ones in the two films I mentioned, are extremely good. The standouts are Billy West and Adrienne Barbeau.(with a great french-sounding accent), I also really liked Tara Charendoff as Lena, so much better than she was in the Little Mermaid sequel, where her character was very annoying. I also really liked the sophisticated and very atmospheric plot, which was refreshingly different also, about a pirate's ghost haunting a Louisianna plantation, the scenes with the zombies are genuinely unsettling(at times too much so perhaps). I never predicted the ending, I really didn't, no other ending in a Scooby Doo has been more creepy or had as much staying power. I especially loved the scenes with Scooby chasing the cats(the peppers gags were even funnier), they were funny and captures the spirit of classic Scooby very well. My only real criticism was that very young children will find it very frightening, as my sister did when she was 7, so much so she refused to see it for ages. All in all, a very good film, that is up there with Witch's Ghost, Alien Invaders and Goblin King. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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