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1. Black Scorpion (1995)
2. Black Scorpion II: Aftershock (1997)
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Scorpion (1995): It's not a comic book character adapted
to film. This is an original superheroine created by Roger Corman
in the tradition of 1990s comic book superheroes. This is way
better than the sequel "Black
Scorpion II: Aftershock" in the way of writing, acting, and
direction. Joan Severance and Garrett Morris are delightful, just
as they are in the second film. However, Morris as Black
Scorpion's sidekick Argyle serves much greater importance in this
movie. You see more of him, and he's not just a mechanic, he
assists Black Scorpion in her crimefighting escapades by researching on
the computer, talking to her over her supercar's monitor, etc.
The quality of acting from the other actors in this film was much
better than in the second film as well.
This first "Black Scorpion" film is really
well-written. We learn of Darcy Walker's history and why she
became the Black Scorpion. She and her father lived alone since
she was a little girl. Her mother left when she was quite young
because she couldn't handle Darcy's dad being a cop. So Darcy
wanted to be a cop like her father because she had no other available
role model. Darcy's dad, who was a good cop, blew his career when
he accidentally shot a doctor. Although the doctor was dead for
fifteen minutes, he was brought back to life at the hospital, but to
great discomfort. Dr. Noah Goddard's brain was fried, he lost his
practice, everything. He pretty much dropped out of sight and
came back into public view in the guise of a robotic-looking
Breathtaker. His insides, by the way, are all circuitry.
After the accident, Darcy's dad lost his job as a cop and became a
security guard. Twenty years later, Darcy is an undercover cop
like her father. On her birthday, of all days, the district
attorney mysteriously shoots her father to death in a bar. He
later claims to have not known what he was doing and there was no
apparent motive. We find out later that Breathtaker is
brainwashing people with asthma, and putting something in their
inhalers to turn them crazy. Meanwhile, Darcy Walker is suspended
indefinitely for illegally interrogating the DA with excessive
force. Distraught over the incompetence of the system and the
fact that she isn't taken seriously because she is a woman in a man's
profession, she creates a clever costume for herself and becomes the
Black Scorpion. We see Darcy's darker, not-so-friendly side, in
this identity. Plus she looks great kicking hind-end in that
tight, funky costume! The reason she goes by "Black Scorpion" is
all symbolic; her father always told her the story about the scorpion
on the frog's back and how it was in his nature to sting others, even
though it meant his own doom. It was in Darcy's nature to fight
crime, no matter the personal cost.
This movie was definitely aimed towards adults and
young adults. It's a kinky superheroine funfest directed with the
same dark, but slightly campy spirit as Tim Burton's "Batman"
films. That being said, there is some nudity in this film, but it
fits "Black Scorpion" better than it did "Black Scorpion II". The
second film comes off a lot more juvenile and aimed towards younger
kids, like the 1960s "Batman" TV show, but the profanity, violence, and
nudity in that film just didn't jive. Surprisingly, "Black
Scorpion" did not have as much profanity or violence as its
successor...and it was more mature. So nudity works when the
script it's written for is smarter. In this film, we see a
topless cowgirl stripper near the beginning of the show, and more
towards the end of this film we see Black Scorpion naked in all but her
mask and boots.
The special effects were amazing in this film, and
they were amazing in the sequel as well. The editing was a lot
better in this movie, though. The transitions between scenes were
done very stylish and professional. This movie could have been
released in theaters. The overall camera work was great.
Almost everything that happened was in dark settings, but you could see
everything extremely well. This is a good thing, because we can
really get a good look at Black Scorpion's happening costume and
tricked-out supercar! Her scorpion ring that shoots electric
blasts is neat, too!
I liked the villain in this film a lot better than
the villains in the second film. There was an attachment between
Darcy Walker/Black Scorpion and Dr. Noah Goddard/The Breathtaker.
They just didn't whip him in there because they felt they needed a
supervillain. He's a very important part of why Darcy/Scorpion is
as she is. The second film's villains Gangster Prankster and
Aftershock were clever character concepts, but they just came out of
the blue. Darcy didn't have any part in Prankster's or
Aftershock's origin and really didn't have any importance to them at
all or why they did what they did. The Breathtaker's costume is
impressive, especially when you consider the fact that this wasn't a
mainstream movie. There seem to be a lot of similarities between
Breathtaker's costume and the costume of the Green Goblin from 2002's
"Spider-Man". Hmmm. I wonder if Goblin's movie look was
somewhat inspired by Breathtaker?
Also enjoyable, but much more goofy, were the women
pro-wrestler thugs of Breathtaker's. There were two of them: a
pretty one and a not-so-pretty one. The pretty one was called
Scary Mary. She was played by Anita Hart. Ms. Hart is
primarily a stuntwoman by trade and has done stunts in many of the
mainstream movies we watch. This is one of her few acting
assignments, but she really dazzles in her few brief appearances.
She's hotter than Hades! Below are some Anita Hart as Scary Mary
pictures for your enjoyment!
Another neat thing in this film is Darcy's
car(s). Her sleek, orange Corvette transforms into a black
Porsche Scorpionmobile! I think toy cars of the Scorpionmobile
should be put out on the market. It could be an orange corvette
with a snap-on Porsche Scorpionmobile body. That would be good
idea. If any of the people involved with this film are looking at
this article, I hope I've got your wheels turning.
Overall, I enjoy this movie MUCHO! It's a
superheroine fantasy for teenagers and adults...and those kinds of
films are rare if they're not blatant pornography. "Black
Scorpion" is smart, even in its silly moments, and played out by smart
actors. And if you're curious, check out "Black
Scorpion II", but it's not as good as this film.
Scorpion II: Aftershock (1997): Kid stuff with a
strong adult theme. This is a superheroine created by filmmaker
Roger Corman. I have mixed feelings on this film. It's
certainly not the movie that the first one was. I
am a HUGE fan of Joan Severance, who plays Black Scorpion, which is
really the only reason I am featuring this film. There are some
good things and some not-so-good things
about this movie. Here are the good things:
1. Joan Severance as Black Scorpion. She's sexy
trying...and she can act. And I must admit the Black Scorpion
costume is interesting. Overall, I believe she can beat up on bad
guys because she looks like a strong woman.
2. Black Scorpion's car: The
Scorpionmobile. This car is cool, and
effects used to transform it into the Black Scorpion crimefighting
vehicle are quite outstanding...especially for a lower-budget
film. Her car can transform from an orange Corvette to a black
3. Garrett Morris. I liked him on "Saturday Night
Live" and it's
always good to see him in shows. It's also good that he plays a
good guy, and not a villain. He's still Black Scorpion's
sidekick, but he doesn't seem to do as much in this movie as he did in
the last movie.
4. The character concepts of the major villains
Aftershock is the main villain in this movie, a sexy blonde
arch-nemesis for Black Scorpion. She has the ability to cause
earthquake-like tremors. Gangster Prankster is the other major
villain and also a clever concept. He's a cross between Batman's
villains The Joker and Two-Face. The right and left sides of his
face are radically different, but he acts like a mad clown.
1. Too much use of the "F" word and other
profanity. I'm no
prude, but that
kind of language just doesn't fit in this film. Black Scorpion is
like a female Batman. This particular film could almost be
watched by young
kids if it wasn't for that.
2. Nudity. Again, I'm no prude, but for a
low-brow superhero show
it just doesn't fit. The nudity they show, however, is very
nice. There was nudity in the first film, too, but that film was
definitely more adult so it worked. Here, in a kiddy-type show,
it just doesn't feel right.
3. The "Hokey Level" is way high! I don't
unbelievable movies or substandard acting, but this movie is full of
it. It's not unwatchable, but it is sensationally corny.
Sometimes you wonder if you're watching a "Black Scorpion" film or the
old 1960s "Batman" show or "Power Rangers". That's not an overly
bad thing, but...
4. ...The violence in this movie doesn't jive
with the rest of
the "kiddy stuff" in this show. In one scene, the villain's head
is shown blowing apart, and pieces of his face fly everywhere!
That's just a taste of what you'll see here.