Adapting the AIDS Mary Urban Legend in ‘Def By Temptation’ [Horror Queers Podcast]


Scrappy Scrote.

After three weeks of films with objectionable content (real-life kangaroo murder in Wake in Fright, an injured actress and problematic killer in Incident in a Ghostland and “consensual rape” in Perdita Durango), we thought it might be nice to swamp out the dark and dreary for the…colorful and cheerful? That’s right, we’re heading back to family(ish) fare with the 2002 live-action adaptation Scooby-Doo!

In the film, the Mystery, Inc. gang have a clash of egos, forcing them to close their doors. Two years later, Scooby-Doo (Neil Fanning) and his clever crime-solving cohorts Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Velma (Linda Cardellini) are individually summoned to Spooky Island by Emile Mondavarious (Rowan Atkinson) to investigate a series of paranormal incidents at the ultra-hip Spring Break hot spot.

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Episode 181: Scooby-Doo (2002)

We hope you’ve got the scrote for this job because we’re heading to Spooky Island to solve the mystery of the zombified co-eds in Raja Gosnell‘s 2002 live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo! Joining us for the conversation is noted Scooby-head Cory McCullough!

Join us as we trace the film’s journey from a PG-13 (or R-rated???) Brady Bunch Movie-style parody of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoons to a compromised but joyous, family-friendly(???) celebration of all things Mystery, Inc. We wouldn’t expect anything else from screenwriter (and Troma alum) James Gunn, would we?

Plus, on top of a feminist Daphne, a stoner Shaggy and a queer Velma & Fred, we’ve got Pamela Anderson(???), “horrific” CGI, body (and gender)-swapping shenanigans, plenty o’ farts and the ultimate debate on Scrappy Cornelius Doo. Oh, and who can forget that absolute banger of a soundtrack?

Cross out Scooby-Doo!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re traveling back to 1990 New York City to discuss James Bond III’s succubus-y Troma film Def By Temptation!

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