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Black Scorpion Reviews

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July 1, 2016
where are the action figures?
Super Reviewer
June 10, 2014
Ah a Roger Corman epic that actually spawned its own comicbook and TV series which would indicate that the film is quite good...wouldn't it. Well I'm pleased to say that the film is actually pretty good IF you're interested in incredibly cheesy cliched trashy low budget superhero flicks that combine the camp of the 60's Batman and Robin series and the sleazy visuals of something like Barb Wire. Yep its an all round winner for meeee!

The plot is an unbelievably stereotypical comicbook setup. A young woman's father is shot dead in front of her eyes which leads her to reinvent herself as the superheroine vigilante Black Scorpion. This happens just in the neck of time as a super villain who was once a hospital doctor that was accidentally shot dead by the Black Scorpions cop father when she was a child, has come back to wreak revenge on the city by using a toxic gas in the air supply (the cities air supply?). This villain is now encased within a metallic suit because he has major asthma...and facial deformities for some reason, from the injuries suffered from his near death experience. So naturally he has lots of henchmen and equipment to plunge the city into despair.

So like Batman the Black Scorpion fights crime and stands up for justice...especially justice for women naturally. At first she merely ekes out an existence on her own taking down pimps and muggers with martial arts in her tight scantily clad outfit and surprisingly expensive hot rod. But as the film goes on she picks up a cool cat sidekick that just happens to be able to supply her with neat gadgets and revamp her car. From there on the Black Scorpion flies around the city in a transforming American muscle car which is decked out with all sorts of hi-tech equipment...just like the Batmobile. When I say transforming I mean the car morphs into a completely different car in a dreadfully bad CGI/effects sequence, its impossible and makes no sense at all but I don't think that's a concern here.

The bad guy in his robot suit looks like something from an old Dr Who episode, its laughably stupid looking and still makes me wonder how a bullet hit to the chest would equal the need for this suit...and give him chronic asthma. The bloke inside this thing can hardly move which makes it even more amusing, lots of quick cut edits when he's involved in the action, but as I said luckily he has lots of expendable henchmen just waiting to have their asses kicked by a female in fishnets. As for the Black Scorpion played devilishly by Joan Severance, her outfit is bordering on softcore S&M with black thigh high boots, fishnets, long black elbow length PVC gloves, a nice black shiny PVC cleavage and a Catwoman style mask. I won't deny it looked good if a little vanilla for my tastes, no way she could do half the stuff she does in those boots though.

The actual film is an odd creation, like I said already it plays like a camp pantomime, like the famous Adam West/Burt Ward TV series. Yet at the same time its a very adult film in places, there are strippers and hookers with tits n ass and on show, a few revealing outfits, clear cut male fantasy sequences of blokes getting beaten up by a woman in BDSM gear and even a simulated oral sex scene which is pretty darn good. It may be a silly childish exaggerated homage to the comicbook genre but it certainly isn't for the kids. There isn't really any blood and gore though, the violence is pretty much on par with The A-Team. You don't see much, no squibs or bullet holes...just men throwing themselves around.

In the end the film is clearly meant to be a true over the top comicbook flick with larger than life characters and unrealistic scenarios. In no way is it meant to be taken seriously, the superheroine is not a realistic believable character in any sense even though she has no super powers and no bottomless bank account...just the muscle car. In a sense she is more akin to a character from the Kick-Ass universe I guess, being a vigilante with a ridiculous outfit. This film does remind me of the recent Green Hornet movie actually, the ethnic sidekick and muscle car loaded with gadgets that is. A cool little mishmash of sordid tacky fun and camp goofiness with ass...well worth it.
½ February 26, 2014
Okay but not awesome cheapie superhero movie. Crappy as it is, it's better than the Halle Berry CATWOMAN.
½ July 23, 2013
Make sure your medical insurance is paid up before you watch this because your eyes will roll so hard that you'll detach your retinas. The plot is so riddled with cliches that the movie itself congeals before your eyes into a single super-cliche that makes you almost embarrassed for everyone involved in making it.
January 22, 2013
Look, female sex-heroines that are ripoffs of popular comic book heroes are a GOOD thing. (3 stars)
Edit (3/10): Watched this again after seeing the show. AMAZING. Not as good as the show, but a great film. Not enough genre pics like this. (5 stars)
August 23, 2012
Joan Severance is Hot, the movie is a bit campy though
March 23, 2012
Despite what it seems, this movie was absolutely fantastic!
January 3, 2012
Despite what it seems, this movie was absolutely fantastic!
October 20, 2011
If your gonna get your butt kicked then it might as well be from a female leather clad super hero.
½ May 27, 2011
Black Scorpion is a decent straight to video movie as long as you don't think about it too much. Joan Severance plays the title character who resorts to vigilante tactics when the law does not work. Its good timing to go the masked super hero route especially since a new evil known as The Breathtaker is about to terrorize the city. Is it cheesy? Yes, but in a good way. Its a B movie and it does not pretend to be anything else. Also Severance is good and its a fun movie, just don't expect anything too serious. The plot has several holes and some things make no sense but what do you expect from Roger Corman? In the end its a good time killer that is somewhat entertaining.
½ May 27, 2011
Black Scorpion is a decent straight to video movie as long as you don't think about it too much. Joan Severance plays the title character who resorts to vigilante tactics when the law does not work. Its good timing to go the masked super hero route especially since a new evil known as The Breathtaker is about to terrorize the city. Is it cheesy? Yes, but in a good way. Its a B movie and it does not pretend to be anything else. Also Severance is good and its a fun movie, just don't expect anything too serious. The plot has several holes and some things make no sense but what do you expect from Roger Corman? In the end its a good time killer that is somewhat entertaining.
½ November 27, 2010
When her father is murdered in front of her, cop Darcy becomes a superheroine to avenge his death and save the city.

Superheroine movies are few and far between, and this b movie effort is in no way a classic, but is still quite fun to watch. All the actors seem to take their roles quite seriously, and the non-sensical campy storyline is something that you really don't have to think that much about. If you are looking for a groundbreaking movie that will change the comic book genre forever, then you have come to the wrong place. But, if you are willing to not take things too seriously, ignore plot holes large enough to drive a truck through and are happy watching the leading lady wear a tiny leather outfit, then this is the movie for you.
August 25, 2010
Mildly entertaining superhero flick. No budget, stars who you may have seen before but don't know their names, and a costume that leaves you wondering if she'll stay covered up during the action scenes make for a laughable time.
February 14, 2010
So bad it's awesome. And who doesn't love naked female superheros gettin' it awn!!
ScoopOnline
Super Reviewer
December 12, 2009
A lady in Leather who happens to be SuperHero named Black Scorpion.
I watched this movie because I had flu. lol
It is very cheesy Movie. Seems a female spoof a mix of catwoman and batman.
May 14, 2009
Black Scorpion has a nice rack!
February 9, 2009
You want a campy superheroine movie that's actually trying to be serious? Look no further. Vigilante justice never looked sexier. Course, that's really all it has going for it. What cracks me up about this movie, is that the Black Scorpion manages to acquire a car as high-tech as Kitt 3000 (from the new Knight Rider tv show). Watch it, point out plot holes, have fun.
June 15, 2008
Joan Severance was so hot in the day. And it's better than Catwoman.
½ June 11, 2008
this was a good movie considering it was borderline b movie... joan severance was good in the lead role
May 16, 2008
A hilarious and thrilling action movie.
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