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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo was the seventh incarnation of Hanna-Barbera’s long-running Scooby-Doo cartoon series, which premiered on 7 September 1985 in the US on ABC, and ran for one 13-episode season. This time round, instead of unmasking criminals posing as ghosts, the gang found themselves up against 13 real spectral beings after they were released from the Chest of Demons.

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

Now tasked with returning the ghosts to the chest, Shaggy (Casey Kasem), Daphne (Heather North), Scooby and Scrappy (both voiced by Don Messick) alongside con artist Flim Flam (Susan Blu), go on a global adventure recapturing the spooks with the help of castle-dwelling warlock Vincent Van Ghoul (based on and voiced by Vincent Price) whom they make contact with via a crystal ball. But standing in the gang’s way each week are the two bungling ghosts who started all the trouble, Weerd (Arte Johnson) and Bogel (Howard Morris)…

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

Watching this, you can see that Vincent has a ball (get it?) playing up to his scary Uncle Vincent persona that he fine-tuned in his TV cameos in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s on shows like The Brady Bunch, while also giving a new generation of kids the chance to hear his iconic voice, which is uses to maximum effect (just check out the trailer).

Interestingy, the character of Vincent Van Ghoul would return in 2010’s Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, but was changed to being a horror movie actor (much like Price himself), and was voiced by Maurice LaMarche. Van Ghoul got two big appearances in the episodes Nightfright and Theater of Doom, with the first paying homage to House on Haunted Hill, The Fly and the Dr Phibes character.

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

EPISODE GUIDE
To All The Ghouls I’ve Loved Before
Evil ghosts Weerd and Bogel trick Scooby into opening the chest of demons.

Scoobra KaDoobra
Scooby and the gang track down Mordor the Malevolent to his evil forest.

That’s Monstertainment
While watching a horror film; Zombra – a TV presenter, who wants to possess the chest, sucks the gang into the TV.

Ship of Ghouls
The gang take a cruise, however the ship is on course for the Bermuda Triangle, and the other passengers are ghosts.

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

Reflections of a Ghoulish Eye
The gang visit a paranormal convention where they find the evil Reflector Spectre.

When You Witch Upon a Star
The gang are sent to steal a witch’s spell book before she is released from prison.

A Spooky Little Ghoul Like You
The gang visit Mardi Gras where they encounter Nekera, a chest escapee.

Scooby in Kwackyland
The gang are sucked into a cartoon strip.

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

It’s a Wonderful Scoob
Scooby is shown by a ghost what the rest of the gang’s lives would have been without him.

Me and My Shadow Demon
After the chest is stolen, the gang visit the Queen of Ghouls at Befuddle Manor.

Coast to Ghost
The gang track down Weerd and Bogel, when they steal valuable magic material from Vincent.

The Ghouliest Show on Earth
Scooby returns to his hometown only to discover its been overtaken by a circus of ghouls.

Horror Scope Scoob
The gang go to Boris Kreepoff’s TV studio to recover the chest from Zomba.

 

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Peter Fuller is a award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.
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3 thoughts on “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo (1985) | When Vincent Price turned spook hunter with the Scooby gang

  1. Two of my absolute favourite things in the world — Vincent Price and Scooby Doo! 13 Ghosts wasn’t the best incarnation of Scooby, but no question, Price’s involvement makes it one of the most special.

    1. i feel it was the best incarnation for those 2 reasons….Vincent Price and Scooby Doo!!

      high praise goes to maurice lamarche for once again stepping in filling some very big and iconic shoes with the first being mel blanc.
      maurice lamarche who i have met at phoenix comicon….. i feel now has earned the right to be called iconic and legendary right up there with william shatner and stan lee

      i know vincent price would agree with me when i say this….vincent van ghoul is now your character.do him proud as i have done and would have done

  2. Dear Curator; The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo was removed from the TubiTV app this past Sunday, which was Halloween. I will have to buy a DVD of the series, being a Vincent Price fan since the 1970s, because YouTube and Dailymotion have only clips of the show, and Vimeo has episodes of the show dubbed in a foreign language, probably French. I know you have nothing to do with TubiTV or any other apps, but I want the series back on my tablet so I can watch it and not have to go to apps where I have to pay to watch, pay to subscribe, and pay to be hacked by online crooks. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto.

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