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Season 2 Episode 5

The Vampire Strikes Back

Aired Saturday 8:00 AM Oct 18, 2003 on The WB
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Episode Summary

The Vampire Strikes Back
The Scooby gang travels to an old Transylvanian castle on a rainy night to watch the shoot of the Hex Girls new music video ''Wanna Wed, But I Fled'', but they find out that the band is breaking up, since there's a vampire on the loose. Fred decided go straight to trapping the vampire. They do so, only to discover there's another vampire lurking around, so they go through the whole thing all over again to reveal a surprise twist to this mystery.moreless

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  • I must be a weirdo...

    I'm the only person I know that didn't like this episode. I don't like the show in general. I tried to enjoy it. I really did. But instead, this episode made me want to cry. It's sad that what was once my favorite animation studio that made such great Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1930s to the 1960s (like "What's Opera, Doc?" and "Bugsy and Mugsy" and more) sunk so low to making this awful excuse for a Scooby-Doo cartoon. It's not very scary, and it feels more like real life or a live-action TV episode instead of a cartoon. Even the Hex Girls, which were cool in the Witch's Ghost movie, couldn't save this, and it also felt like a rip-off of "The Great Mouse Detective" at times (count me in the minority that LOVES that movie!) This is probably the lowest point of the Scooby-Doo franchise, well, along with introducing Scrappy-Doo...

    My advice? Avoid this episode and the series altogether, and skip ahead to "Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated" instead. Now to watch out for all the flames i may get...moreless
  • Welcome to Transylvania... hope you are in the mood for some blood, and some rock'n'roll too, hahahahahahahahahahaha!

    I love this episode. For me, any episode where the Hex Girls appear and sing their songs is awesome. I just love how the girls made their debut in this show... it really had to be an episode that had a vampire as the main villain. When I started watching it, I couldn't stop, because there is so many things in the episode that make us laugh. It's so funny to see Velma posing as Luna and singing, only to be chased by the vampire. I advise everyone who loves the Hex Girls to watch this episode and sing every song, because as always, it's great to hear our favourite eco-goth rock band, who are three of the greatest supporting characters ever in the Scooby-Doo franchise.moreless
  • What do you get when you grab a group of meddling kids, add an eco-goth rock band and a vampire on the loose, and mix it all together? Simple... A masterpiece!moreless

    This is one of those episodes in this show that anyone who loves Scooby-Doo needs to watch closely, and try to figure out a mystery that is not as simple to solve as you thought it would. I love the fact that the Hex Girls made their debut in this show like this... A spooky Transylvanian castle, a vampire on the loose and cool songs which just makes you want to dance and sing with everything you got. The episode is very well written, and the fact of bringing three characters that Scooby and the gang already know from their past adventures, makes it a classic. So I advise all people who love the Hex Girls to watch this episode with a microphone in one of your hands, and the lyrics of every song in the other, and start singing along!moreless
  • When identical twins attack a band.

    Really about when it was just inside that castle and those 2 twins that were identical. It was jsut interesting! I should of not saw the end of it why it was so interseting. Why I though they would get out of the castle and find another cruprit or something wierd going on. But instead it was just like that guy was "Striking" back when the cruprit was inside a cell inside the casle unable to get out. That's when it came to me about the reason for the title. But who could it be. And why was that guy so "wired" to do 2 things at once. it kind of was intersesting and making me curious. Well at least I got my answer!moreless
Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Scoobert 'Scooby' Doo/Fred Jones

Mindy Cohn

Mindy Cohn

Velma Dinkley

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

Norville 'Shaggy' Rodgers

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

Daphne Blake

James Arnold Taylor

James Arnold Taylor

Owen DeCassle & Steve Fortescu

Guest Star

Brian Tochi

Brian Tochi

J.J. Hakimoto

Guest Star

Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale


Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Fred: But the castle is just up ahead.
      Shaggy: Oh yeah? And between here and there there's that wreackdy old bridge saying: Don't cross me, man!
      Fred: You know what I say to that? Eat my tire thread, bridge!

    • Steve and Stu Fortescu: And it would've worked, if it weren't for you meddling kids.

  • NOTES (10)

    • The producer J. J. Hakimoto is actually a parody on the script writer, producer and director J. J. Abrams, creator of Alias, Lost and Cloverfield.

    • The guy who owns the bugs only appears in the scene where the gang has Steve be in the cell and they get their rooms to take naps.

    • This episode was originally aired without an ending, and allowed viewers to go online and vote in a poll on KidsWB.com and enter their name and think who the villain is. It would be revealed before the next episode, along with some of the names of the kids that voted for that culprit. This set the basis for the show's third season.

    • While it may be the 2nd time he's been called "J.J. Hakimoto", he's the same film maker from "3-D Struction".

    • This episode marks the second appearance of film director J.J. Hakimoto, who was first featured in "Lights! Camera! Mayhem!"

    • Culprits: Steve and Stu Fortescu. Reason: To ruin Owen's DeCassle's work on the Hex Girl's video.

    • Takes Place: Transylvania

    • The Hex Girls, the goth-rock band who first appeared in the 1999 movie, "Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost", and later in the 2003 direct-to-video movie, "Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire" makes their debut onto the television series in this episode.

    • Owen DeCassle bares a striking resemblence to Vincent Price.

    • WB is sponsering this episode as the Unsolved Mystery. Solve it and win an X-Box with the Night of a Thousand Frights video game.


    • The fact of Thorn, Luna and Dusk being in a Transylvanian Castle filming a videoclip with the three of them dressed as vampire brides, is actually an allusion to Dracula's brides, in Bram Stoker's Dracula.

    • Several times in this episode, the old Castle Thunder sound effects can be heard. Scooby-Doo retired these thunder sound effects in 1994, and haven't been heard since. Castle Thunder can be heard in the following parts:

      * The beginning when we see the outside of the old castle entrance.
      * When the Mystery Machine drives up to the old castle.
      * Briefly heard when lightning strikes the vampire.
      * When Fred mysteriously disappears and a bat takes his place.
      * Right before we see Daphne dressed up as a vampire bride.
      * Once more right when the vampire's about to attack Daphne.

      All other times when there is thunder and lightning, newer and more realistic (and louder) thunderclaps are heard. Walt Disney Productions also frequently used Castle Thunder in many of their movies and shorts until the mid-1980s, such as Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty and The Great Mouse Detective. Termite Terrace would use Castle Thunder again on an episode of Loonatics Unleashed episode Weathering Heights and on four episodes of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue, entitled Lightning Strikes Twice, Mystery of the Missing Mystery Solvers, The Many Faces of Evil and Super Scary Movie Night.