Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery (2015)

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scooby-doo and kissHalloween at KISS World, the world’s first KISS-themed amusement park, is gearing up to be a big night. As the fans prepare for a massive Halloween concert, staff scrambles to get the rides and attractions ready for guests, a difficult task. All of the rides fall far below safety regulations, with the Gene Simmons-themed ride featuring actual flamethrowers that burn riders.

If the rides weren’t enough of a nightmare, a terrifying woman called the Crimson Witch has begun flying around KISS World on a plume of red smoke, searching for something called “The Rock”. She needs to be stopped before the concert. Enter Scooby and the Gang! Well, they really came to KISS World to sneak into the concert, but since there is this mystery afoot, they might as well offer their services. The Gang teams up with none other than the band KISS in order to get to the bottom of the Crimson Witch case. As the Gang investigates, they begin to wonder how much KISS knows about this “Rock” and their connection to the Crimson Witch.

Before you ask, yes this is a children’s movie, but that does not diminish my enjoyment of it. Roughly one third of the entire film is glorified music videos; six KISS songs make an appearance in this seventy-two minute film. This makes it ideal for movie multitasking. I did a load of laundry and made a collage while watching this one. Additionally, this film is now a permanent fixture in my “Bad” Movie Night list because of its (sometimes unintentional) hilarity.

Not to say the film would only appeal to goofy adults like myself. While the KISS references would go over the heads of most kids, I shouldn’t think that it is necessary to understand them to follow the plot. The movie has a strong mystery/fantasy element that will be engaging to younger viewers, and, of course, the Mystery Gang is in fine form, which is entertaining no matter the age of the viewer.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery.

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