YMMV / Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

  • Angst? What Angst?: The gang and Beau walk away surprisingly okay from their nightmarish hell of an adventure which involved them almost dying numerous times.
  • Awesome Music: Third Eye Blind's Alternative-Rock version of the Scooby-Doo theme at the beginning.
  • Complete Monster: Jacques stands out as a stark contrast with his two Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds co-conspirators. While his partners had no idea that praying to their cat god for help in their pursuit of vengeance would lead to their transformation into monsters, Jacques was a normal man who willingly became a monster to make himself immortal. For years he's been using his ferry to escort people to Moonscar Island, only for him and his partners to drain the life from them. Afterwards their victims are left to wander the island as zombies, aware but unable to move on to the afterlife.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Lena and Simone, despite the atrocious nature of their Ax-Crazy actions and horrific fates given to their victims after draining them, are given this treatment by some fans due to their tragic Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds backstories as well as their fine beautiful character designs, especially Lena, as she was the least evil of the three villains. You will want to give Lena a big hug after hearing her and Simone's Start of Darkness. Simone to a lesser extent, only because she'd likely claw your eyes out if you tried. Plus, their frightening deaths are something of an Alas, Poor Villain moment for them as as tragic as their motives, they get to receive Cruel and Unusual Deaths, although also deserving given what they did to their victims.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lena and Simone, before their transformations into cat creatures.
  • First Installment Wins: Oodles of direct-to-video Scooby-Doo films followed the success of this one, but few if any of them earned as much acclaim.
  • Fridge Brilliance: During "It's Terror Time Again", Scooby has fallen into quicksand, and Shaggy is looking for a vine to pull him out with. One of the zombies taps him on the shoulder and gives him one. Shaggy nods in thanks, realises who gave it to him, and skedaddles in terror. It looks exactly like one of the stock gags that Scooby Doo has used for decades. However, since the zombies are the good guys and genuinely are trying to help, this time the implausible behaviour is fully justified.
    • Lena claims that the tunnel under the mansion was dug "to hide from Union soldiers." We later learn this is not the case. But even before this, there's a few clues suggesting she's lying, if the island's history is any indication. It's so remote that it's difficult to get to even in modern times and is in a bayou that few people enter for any reason, so the chances of the islanders being visited by the Union Army with any regularity are slim. Note, too, there are fewer Union soldier zombies than Confederate ones, further supporting the notion that Northern troops rarely came there. From this, it can be gleaned that the tunnel was not dug for the purpose Lena claims.
    • Why does the ferry only take people across Moonscar Island and back during the daytime? Because during the night many zombies show up and attempt to warn them that Moonscar Island is dangerous. Inevitably they will heed the warnings and attempt to leave the island, depriving Lena, Simone, and Jacques of victims. By stranding them on the island, the problem's solved.
  • Fridge Horror: One of the zombies was either an overweight woman in her previous life or a pregnant one.
    • It's unlikely that the gang are the only ones the zombies appeared to and the previous visitors to the island also saw them and like the gang could not leave the island until the ferry came back. Unlike the gang who'd seen their fair share of Scooby Doo Hoaxes and become cynical of real monsters, the previous visitors would not dismiss these zombies as fakes and recognize them as as real. Imagine being a tourist and going to an bayou island for a nice vacation, everything seems fine, the hosts are lovely and friendly, then ZOMBIES ATTACKS and you're left defenseless as the undead keep coming after you. You want to leave but you cant't. You can only hope the ferry comes back before you die. Then the ferry comes.. and the captain turns out to a cat monster who wants to drain you of your life force until you're a shriveled husk. Since the hosts were so nice to you, you decide to warn them that Jacques is secretly an evil cat monster. But as it turns out, they're also cat monsters who proceed to drain you alive. Even in death, you can't find peace and your only recourse is join the zombies and try to warn the next batch of visitors about the cat women and the ferry driver and hope they don't make the same mistake as you did.
  • Fridge Logic: Velma knew Lena was lying about Simone being kidnapped as soon as they found her in the passage, so why did she and the gang go down the passage with her?
    • To find out where Simone had gone to. Though they knew at this point that the zombies weren't people in costumes, they had no clue that Simone and Lena at the time were behind it at all, or how.
  • Godzilla Threshold: One of the reasons Simone and Lena decided to curse the pirates may have been desperation to survive, and not just revenge. Think about it: the pirates had already killed all of their friends and family for the evulz, so it was a safe bet that, if Simone and Lena were found, they would suffer a similar, if not worse fate. And given that the pirates were burying their treasure on their island, there was a good chance that they might hang around for a while...
  • Jerkass Woobie: Lena and Simone would count due to their tragic origins of how they end up they way they are.
  • Les Yay: Simone and Lena carry this vibe when you stop and realize how old they are and how much of their lives they've spent together. Also doubles as Opposites Attract considering their different personalities. Lena may be Ambiguously Bi considering the way she flirts with Fred and mentions she "really did like him" before trying to kill him.
  • Misattributed Song: "It's Terror Time Again" by Skycycle doesn't have a full-length version, not even for the end-credits. The full-length one, albeit a different, mostly-synthesized version, is attributed to Gary Falcone and Joe Pizzuco and is on the soundtrack album for Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost.
  • Moe: Well, ain't Lena just the cutest little Southern chick you ever did see? It may or may not be an act; we don't see enough of her pre-curse to judge what her personality was like back then, but she definitely uses it to fool people.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Morgan Moonscar nearly crossed this with his massacre of the settlers. Following being drained by Lena and Simone, he becomes The Atoner.
    • Jacques crossed by accepting the curse willingly.
    • Simone and Lena likely crossed at some point in the backstory, given that they began as Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds but are rather gleefully villainous in the present.
  • Narm:
    • A pan in on Velma during her accusation of Beau is overly dramatic.
    • Some of the usual Scooby and Shaggy antics come off as this since they cause some severe Mood Whiplash considering how dark this movie gets in every other scene.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Quite possibly the first legitimately scary Scooby-Doo story ever. it even has its own page, for pete's sake!
  • Older Than They Think: Though the film was heavily marketed for featuring real monsters as apposed to the typical "guy in a mask" format in typical Scooby-Doo shows, this is not the first Scooby-Doo media to feature supernatural elements and monsters. The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo and The New Scooby And Scrappy Doo Show should come to mind.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: In this and the main page alone tells you such.
  • Win Back the Crowd: This was what really rejuvenated an interest in the Scooby-Doo franchise again.

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