Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island Swings and Misses – Movie Review

Scooby-Doo! Returns to Zombie Island, the sequel to the September 22, 1998 original film. Scooby-Doo! On Zombie Island, tries to continue a story of what was one of the greatest movies of all time. But does it hold up? I’m afraid, not.
Synopsis: Trying to put their mystery-solving days behind them, the Scooby gang arrive at a mysterious tropical island where their vacation is cut short… by an army of marauding zombies!

To me, Scooby-Doo was a beloved classic cartoon series. And well, as much as I used to watch the original cartoons, A Pup Named Scooby, Mystery Incorporated, and a few more before they started to make it live action. However it really wasn’t for me, Scooby Doo (to me) started to fall downhill after a few years it seems. Whats New Scooby, and one more like Be Cool, Scooby Doo miss the idea of what the original attitude really was for these “meddling kids”. Which in recent years we see them in more of a modern time, but they’re still preferred “kids”.

Twenty one years after Moonscar Island, we witnessed the curse of the zombies that weren’t people in masks, but souls seeking vengeance on the three fellow “Cat People” or should were Simone Lenoir, Lena Dupree and Jacques. Now, the mystery gang who is retiring from mysteries are coming back to the Island. Was it really worth them creating a movie to bring them back?

The simple answer is no, they should have left the classic alone and did something new. Instead what we get is 80 minutes of pure disappointment of something so dearly and felt within the original movie from 1998, that this sequel is just not worth your time nor does it need to be in your mind that this actually exists. Alan Smithee, a director was responsible for their return. Trying to cash in on the gangs “glory” with making a film, what gets worse are the “actors” that have similar names from the original movie. It was like setting yourself up to meeting these people only to turn around and try to scare and bring back the “fear” that no longer is, on the island. Since everything was taken care of and dealt with back in 1998, in this case, it was solved.


According to Velma, who started a blog on all things Mystery Incorporated. She mentions on there she has a “Unsolved Capers” Tab, which is the most popular part on the entire blog itself, it is where Velma keeps everything that the gang never solved on there until it is solved, or doesn’t. Shaggy and Scoob are so “done with mysteries” that they couldn’t even see the weird setup that even started their “vacation” with guest star, Elvira.

In conclusion, Scooby Doo: Return to Zombie Island is nothing but a disappointment. Twenty one years to make a unnecessary sequel that gives no type of new information at all, except a few things but nothing ever happens with it and leaves you with more questions than answers. The original at least tied it in a nice bow of answering everything we needed to know and didn’t show any signs of a needed sequel. It was perfect being left alone, and with that being said I actually wondering with a few lines within this sequel if it’s some sort of joke or if they really are considering in doing another title to “make a trilogy”. I hope not, but we need answers of what this other thing (disclosed because it’s probably the only best thing about it) was climbing around.

Save your $5 to rent and just watch clips online or view the trailers (like one above). If you want to give it a try like we did, be my guest but don’t expect it to live up to the beloved original with same atmosphere and having a strong story. Instead it’s like a monster truck rally that crashes into a house that was important and historic but now can’t be replaced. Sometimes old things that are good aren’t worth trying to resurrect for a second go around. Keep it nice and buried.

Watch Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island

Out on VOD: Amazon | Vudu | iTunes | YouTube
Out on DVD October 1st 2019.

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