In mid-1999, Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s found footage film The Blair Witch Project came out and quickly became the movie event of the year. Yes, it ended up being the 10th highest grossing film of the year but each movie that beat its domestic box office gross was a major studio production, including films like Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and The Matrix. The Blair Witch Project was the indie horror film that brought about the found footage craze that we are still seeing today in films like As Above, So Below, The Taking of Deborah Logan, and [REC].
The popularity of The Blair Witch Project was so great that Cartoon Network created their own spoof of the film using the characters of “Scooby-Doo“, airing the parody in segments during commercial breaks of their “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” marathon on Halloween Day of 1999. At the end of the marathon, the segments were combined into the final full-length parody, which ran just under 10 minutes.
The spoof, which is pretty damn funny, follows the gang as they investigate a curse in a forest. Each character is drawn over a real filmed background, which is something they poke fun at. Shaggy breaks the 4th wall and nervously comments, “Things just look more…realistic!”
Poking fun at The Blair Witch Project but also poking fun at the show’s own silly tropes, the parody is a wonderful meta recognition of how silly horror can sometimes be. It’s also perfect for children, the intended audience, as they can then learn to not take horror 100% seriously. While it’s sometimes necessary, sometimes you are allowed to have a laugh!