For today’s fan spotlight, we have a very good friend of mine joining us! I’d like you all to meet Sam, who is an aspiring screenwriter and is especially interested in potentially writing for Scooby. Let’s get to know Sam a little better with his fan profile!
1. What is your name?
2. How did you get into Scooby-Doo?
Some of my earliest memories are of watching Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? We owned both seasons on DVD and I must’ve seen each episode upwards of ten times. That series was my gateway into the horror genre. Eventually, I transitioned to watching What’s New, Scooby-Doo? and the DVD movies. I went through a big Scooby phase for a while, prompting my parents to buy me Scooby-Doo toys, coloring books, and clothes. I’ve never truly outgrown my Scooby phase, though – one of my most well-worn t-shirts has a Mystery Machine design on it.
3. What is your favorite Scooby-Doo episode and film? Why?
There are so many great episodes to choose from. I’m tempted to say “every episode of Mystery Incorporated.” But I’ll go with a classic: “A Night of Fright is No Delight.” That episode has everything: an intriguing premise, an atmospheric setting, an Agatha Christie-esque mystery, plenty of fun slapstick routines, and more. I see why the writers of the Scoobynatural crossover selected this episode. (As a kid, the wails of the phantom shadows scared me so bad.)
Zombie Island is easily my favorite Scooby-Doo movie. I also have soft spots for Camp Scare, Witch’s Ghost, and the Loch Ness Monster.
4. What ways are you involved in the Scooby fandom online?
I hang around some forums and keep in touch with a couple Scooby fans. Anytime I see a video about Mystery Incorporated I head straight for the comments section and think “I’ve found my people.” I want to make more friends who love Scooby as much as I do. Every time I get a new girlfriend, early on in the relationship, I make her watch the first few episodes of Mystery Incorporated, because I’d love to get back into the series along with someone experiencing it for the first time. I’ve yet to meet someone who wants to finish the series, but I’m hoping one day I’ll meet that special someone.
5. In your opinion, what is the best series or era of Scooby?
For me, it’s a tossup between Where Are You? and Mystery Incorporated.
6. If they could make a sequel to one Scooby-Doo series or film, what would it be?
I could die happy if they made a Mystery Incorporated reunion series/movie. It’s not necessary – that series was a perfect 52 episode run that ended strong – but I would love to catch up with those characters. I’ve been heartbroken ever since I finished the series. So many cancelled tv shows recently have been revived, I can only hope this one gets the same treatment.
7. What direction would you like to see the franchise go in the future?
I’d like to see the franchise go back to its roots while also trying something new. It would be great to see a Stranger Things take on the property – imagine a 1960’s set live-action horror-comedy series made for the adults who grew up watching Scooby-Doo. This is out there, but some way, somehow, I would love to see the Scooby gang on screen with classic slashers like Michael Myers, Jason, Freddy, and Leatherface. That would be insane.
8. Who is your favorite member of the gang and why?
Daphne. She was my childhood crush.
9. What is your favorite villain? Why?
Spooky Space Kook. I still hear his laugh in my dreams. Some second choices are the Mummy of Ankha, the Black Knight, Ghost Clown, Captain Cutler, and the Creeper.
10. In your opinion, who is the best recurring (non-gang) character in the franchise?
Vincent Van Ghoul. Vincent Price was making Scooby-Doo movies long before Scooby-Doo was created, so it’s a perfect pairing.
11. Do you have a Scooby-Doo collection? If so, what’s in it?
I wouldn’t say I have a collection, but I do have a bookshelf dedicated to DVD’s and comics.
12. What do you think has made the franchise so popular that it’s still going strong after 50 years?
I think it’s the mystery. The whodunnit formula is popular for a reason – there’s a thrill in finding out who’s the culprit. Scooby-Doo stories take that formula and combine it with likeable characters, memorable monsters, and a good sense of humor.
13. What is one fun fact about you in real life?
I write screenplays! My goal is to one day be a screenwriter. My favorite genre is horror-comedies (I’m sure that’s a result of a childhood of watching Scooby-Doo). It would be the opportunity of a lifetime to one day work with the Scooby-Doo property.
14. Please feel free to share anything else you’d like to here!
Pro tip: if you’re ever going through a Scooby drought because they aren’t airing any new movies or shows and you’ve seen every episode ever made, check out the movie The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. It was made in 1966 and stars Don Knotts. It feels just like a Scooby-Doo story.
I love this blog! The Scooby fandom is an amazing community and I am honored to be a part of it. The franchise has an exciting future and I can’t wait to experience it with you all.
Thanks so much to Sam for agreeing to participate in these fan spotlights! He has been a great friend over the years ever since I met him a few years ago on ScoobyAddicts. If you have anything you want to ask or share with Sam, feel free to leave him a comment in the section below!
Tomorrow’s fan spotlight for Scooby’s 51st anniversary is a very special person, and no, it’s not just me again like it was last anniversary haha. I haven’t known this person for too long, but they've quickly become one of my favorite people in the fandom and I'm so excited for you all to meet them in the last fan spotlight tomorrow!