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Premiering on Warner DVD in 2010, Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare revolves around the gang becoming counselors at Camp Little Moose, a run-down summer camp that Fred remembers fondly from his childhood. When they arrive, they discover that the local campfire stories have been coming true, from the Ax-Crazy Woodsman to the screeching ghost of a lost hiker, and a monstrous fish-man in the lake. It's up to the gang to solve this mystery, but can they do it before the monsters find what they're looking for?


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  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Many scenes are pretty obviously done in CGI.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: The ranger investigating the destruction of Camp Little Moose flirts with Velma. She is revolted by it.
  • Accidental Truth: Fred claiming that Big Moose Lake is haunted to try and get them to stay at his camps lake.
  • The Ace: Luke. He is shown to be very good at swimming (as he is the only only one to not wear a life preserver), is shown to be a very prominent archer, catches an enormous fish before Fred can even finish giving him instructions on how to cast, and also shows his strength in the last battle with the Woodsman by pushing an large, rusted bell into the villain, nearly knocking him off.
  • Always Someone Better: An institutional example, as Camp Big Moose has a lot more accommodations and success than their neighbors.
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  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Camp Big Moose has "cheaters, schemers, counselors!"
  • Ax-Crazy: Played extremely straight with the Woodsman, who is described as violently insane and even brandishes an axe.
  • Big Dam Plot: The villain's plot involves dynamiting a dam to get to a Buried Treasure in a Sunken City.
  • Car Fu : Scooby uses some very cool driving skills to capture the Fishman with the Mystery Machine.
  • Cherry Tapping: Fred pushes the Woodsman out of a clock tower window by pressing his nose like a button.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Velma is told to "just stand and look pretty". Daphne's response? "He thinks you're pretty!"
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Jessica inspires a lot of this when she's around Fred.
  • Emo Teen: Trudy started out Emo, but Velma's encouragement helped bring Trudy out of her shell. Out of the four members of the gang, Velma is a natural at being a counselor.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Baby-Face Boretti has no problem with destroying a dam / lake to find some treasure, as long as nobody drowns when the resulting flood annihilates Camp Little Moose. Of course, not having to worry about a murder charge just makes it easier to relax once he gets the treasure, so it may be a case of Pragmatic Villainy.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The campfire story in the beginning has the villain fall off a cliff and smash into every rock on the way down.
  • Fanservice:
  • Fish People: The Fish Man is called such, but he's more of a crocodile with some fins and the ability to stand up.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The monsters are some of the darkest in the Scooby franchise to date, with only the ones from Zombie Island and Mystery Incorporated arguably being worse. The Woodsman is treated like something straight out of a slasher film, the Fishman nearly drowns Daphne and Fred, and the Spectre is a borderline Eldritch Abomination. And it isn't a crook in a mask either, like the first two.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: The three monsters in the movie fit this motif: the Woodsman (Land), the Fishman (Sea), and the Spectre (Sky).
  • Luck-Based Search Technique: Shaggy, Scooby and Deacon go flying head first into the RV everyone was seeking.
  • Male Gaze: When Daphne and Velma disrobe to their swimwear, the camera takes time to pan up both their bodies.
  • Meganekko: Velma and Trudy pull glasses-wearing girls off as a pair.
  • Mythology Gag: The "mistaking dynamite for candles" gag was also done in the original TV show.
  • The Obi-Wannabe: Fred explicitly admits he wants to be a hero and mentor to the kids but he’s too overt about it. Plus Luke is far better at everything than him while Trudy and Deacon tend to ignore him and rarely participate.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: And they crossdress, too!
  • Palate Propping: Fred tries this trope on the fish-monster when it attacks the scuba-diving party, bracing its maw open with the net-gun that'd proved ineffectual at restraining the threat.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Trudy. With the hood pulled over her head, she has a streak of hair covering the left half of her face.
  • Proscenium Reveal: It appears as if Shaggy and Scooby are camping when they first see them, but minutes later it’s revealed they’re really in an outdoor display at a grocery store.
  • Real After All: The Stinger shows that the Specter was actually a real ghost in a surprisingly effective Jump Scare.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Burt's assistant Daryl and the other counselors and students (besides the ones who arrive late) have fled the area (or at least gone to Camp Big Moose) within the first ten minutes and eventually Deacon says he's had enough and is login to Camp Big Moose.
  • Shopkeeper: The gang meets a guy who is a cross between this and a Creepy Gas Station Attendant when they're first passing through, and later go back to his store for information on the local stories.
  • Shout-Out: During the opening credits, two characters resembling Rocky the squirrel and Bullwinkle the moose are seen sitting in a tree. The Banshee in the film also bears a strong resemblance to Iron Maiden mascot, Eddie the Head.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Knudsen seems to want Velma to do this, to her great annoyance. It's never made clear whether he meant it, or if he just said that to get her to stop investigating.
  • Sunken City: The lake in Camp Big Moose has the remnants of an old town sunken in it.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: While possessing some distinct characteristics, Jessica has a lot of similarities to Crystal from the last movie in being a shapely, African-American woman who plays a major role in the runnings of a local institution and who Fred fawns over to Daphne's annoyance.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The Woodsman's death in the beginning campfire story had him suffer abuse even after he logically would have died already.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Daryl goes for being Burt's goofy sidekick in the opening scene to quitting his boss and being a stricter counselor at Camp Big Moose who runs off anyone from another camp.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Ricky LaRue the bank robber has a getaway driver as an accomplice in the flashback but he never went back for the treasure himself for some reason.
    • The flashbacks showing the bus with Deacon, Trudy and Luke being brought to the camp shows the silhouettes of more campers. What happened to them is unrevealed (although possibly the bus was dropping off people at other camps as well).
  • Who Is Driving?: Scooby-Doo is driving! How can this be? (He drives well, at that.)
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Revealing shorts are a given, considering the location, but Daphne and Jessica's are by far the shortest.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Trudy has purple hair.


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