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This Oddly Terrifying Scooby Doo Special From The '90s Has Been Mostly Forgotten, But It Will Haunt My Dreams Forever

I guarantee that you've never seen the Mystery Gang like this.

Happy October! As a show that first aired in 1969, Scooby-Doo has kept a reputation for being pretty wholesome. While the show is definitely spooky, I don't know that I've ever been outright scared watching Scooby-Doo, and I'm always positive that whatever monster that's chasing after the Mystery Gang is most likely just a middle-aged man with an affinity for Halloween costumes. But did you know that in 1999, Cartoon Network aired a Scooby-Doo special that parodied The Blair Witch Project that was so unsettling, it terrified viewers?

Comment section of a Blair Witch Project parody video featuring Scooby Doo

You can rewatch the special here, which begins with this ominous title:

A title card explains that four teenagers and their dog got lost in the woods

And for those who forgot how The Blair Witch Project begins, here's a quick refresher:

A title card explains that three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods before their video footage was found

Apparently, Velma is recording the team's latest mystery adventure. Here's the gang:

Velma, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, and Fred stand beside the Mystery Machine

If you're looking at that picture and going, "Hey, that background looks suspiciously lifelike," you're not wrong. This film is actually live-action, shot near writer Larry Morris' old home, and animation was added on top of these shots. Fun fact, the real Mystery Machine was actually in Canada at the time, so the crew had to fly over just to get shots featuring the van.

That also means that all of the "interviews" Velma conducts with local townspeople about the local "haunted woods" feature actual people, including this poor person that Shaggy absolutely decimates.

A neighbor says that the woods are cursed and Shaggy laughs at her

At any rate, the Mystery Gang decides to ignore the neighbor's warning and spend the night in the haunted woods, with a weirdly calm attitude about the whole thing.

Fred says that this will be fun

During their first night staying out in the woods, the gang hears some weird growling outside of their tent, and as usual, decide to send Shaggy and Scooby out to investigate. Oh, and did I mention the forest they decided to stay in is right next to a GRAVEYARD?

A graveyard at nighttime

As Shaggy and Scooby are exploring the forest, they catch a quick sight of the monster before booking it back to the tent.

A monster running through the woods

If you've ever seen a fake video of Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster, that's the vibe of this guy.

A monster running through the woods

After they wake up the next day, the gang finds a pile of Scooby snacks outside of their tent, similar to the real Blair Witch Project, where the trio finds piles of rocks stacked outside of their tent.

Left: A pile of Scooby Snacks on the ground Right: A pile of rocks from "The Blair Witch Project"

Like in the actual Blair Witch Project, the gang loses their way in the woods and can't find their way back to the van. It also means that tempers are flaring, like this exchange where Daphne attacks Velma.

Daphne yells that at least she tries to look feminine to Velma

After Shaggy and Scooby eat the map that's supposed to lead them back to the van (Yes, EAT IT), the gang is apparently more lost than ever, which leads to this breakdown from Fred:

Fred looks wildly to the camera

After it gets dark, Velma and Daphne hear the same growling outside, which leads to this legitimately unsettling scene of Daphne running away screaming as Velma chases after her in the dark.

Daphne screams and runs through the forest

Oh, and at some point, this terrifying creature shows up:

That's right, SCRAPPY. DAPPY. DOO. He's in this Blair Witch Project special for about two seconds until the gang decides to ABANDON HIM IN THE WOODS. Time for a brief survey.

Eventually, the gang finds an abandoned house, but the monster finds them there. Here's a closeup of the monster, which is still somehow less scary than that picture of Scrappy.

A monster raises its hands

The ghost chases them around in a good old-fashioned Scooby Doo chase scene before Velma finds Shaggy in this freaky parallel of the Blair Witch Project.

Left: Shaggy faces the corner Right: A man faces the corner in "The Blair Witch Project"

I won't reveal the ending, but here's a hint:

A missing poster of the mystery gang

Do you remember this special, or have you rewatched it as an adult? What's a kids program that absolutely scared you as an adult? Let me know in the comments!