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Black Scorpion (1995)

A female "BATMAN" with a strong story, intriguing characters, good action pacing... and several opportunities for sex.

Director:

Jonathan Winfrey

Writer:

Craig J. Nevius
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Peldon ... Little Darcy
Rick Rossovich ... Walker
Michael Wiseman ... Hacksaw
Bradford Tatum ... Razor (as Brad Tatum)
Casey Siemaszko ... Dr. Goddard
Kimberley Roberts Kimberley Roberts ... Nurse
Kyle Fredericks Kyle Fredericks ... Orderly
Joan Severance ... Darcy
Terri J. Vaughn ... Tender Lovin'
Bruce Abbott ... Michael Russo
Darryl M. Bell ... E-Z Street
Garrett Morris ... Argyle
Randall Shiro Ideishi ... Tong Leader (as Randy Ideishi)
Stephen Lee ... Capt. Strickland
John Sanderford ... Aldridge
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Storyline

Darcy is a cop who is also a supehero named Black Scorpion at night who kicks and beats evildoers to a pulp. She soon catches wind of an asthmatic mad scientist who plans on tainting the city's air supply with a toxin. Only Darcy in her superhero garb can stop him with the assistance of a petty thief named Argyle and a really cool car. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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justice has a nasty sting.

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Action | Crime | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roger Corman Presents 'Black Scorpion' See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

While the production was shooting the downtown car chase, local news helicopters appeared and began covering the chase live, unaware that it was staged. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, Darcy's boots (when dressed as Black Scorpion) change from high heels to flat during fights and other demanding movements. See more »

Quotes

Teenage Runaway: Man, I liked her boots!
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Followed by Sting of the Black Scorpion (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Techno Instinct
Written by Michael Sutton
Published by Roger & Julie Music (ASCAP) and Mibren Music (BMI)
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Not that funny or moving, "Black Scorpion" was instead a rather disappointing film
13 November 2001 | by Goon-2See all my reviews

I had just seen another Roger Corman film, "The Death Artist" less than a week before this was on, and I found that film very funny and entertaining. I have also seen another Corman film, "Sawbones," which was quite entertaining in itself, so I had high hopes for this one and it very, very much let me down.

The only "good" part of "Black Scorpion" is a cheesy villian called "the Breathtaker," who looks and acts about a serious as the villians in "The Power Rangers," and I guess is supposed to want to take over the city by spraying toxic chemicals or something silly like that. It sounds dumb, and is, and even "The Breathtaker" had his dull moments(like what was with all of his bumbling villian apprentices, especially two annoying female wrestlers, and where, by the way, did he get the power to fly?), but he was better than anything else in the movie. My only major problem with him was not even necessarily related to the character itself, but I must wonder why different actors were used to play The Breathtaker and the, uh, person behind the Breathtaker's mask? Did whomever was in charge of casting think that one or the other of them couldn't pull off the effect by themself? Was the voice of the Breathtaker too "ugly" to have his face revealed, which more or less makes his human counterpart some himbo cast only for his looks? Because that's not very fair to either of them, but I suppose even that discrepancy with "Black Scorpion" did not TOTALLY ruin the film for me...

What ruins "Black Scorpion" is its stupid title character, some bimboey "police officer" named Darcy, (Joan Severance) who, as a cop seems to masquerade as a prostitute with some..."real" prostitute until her daddy(Rick Rossovich, who, as a result of utterly cheap casting looks about the SAME AGE as Severance)is for some reason gunned down by the local DA, and Darcy gets canned(or suspended?) for police brutality after she goes to confront him in jail. A combination of seeking justice for her father's death and letting down her dull prostitute friend inspires Darcy to become the "Black Scorpion," a female superhero that goes around saving...other prostitutes, or at least not-very-properly-dressed people from bad folks, who all seem to somehow be connected to the Breathtaker. I really didn't know how the Black Scorpion's saving the world connected to the Breathtaker, except somewhere in the middle half, Darcy/The Black Scorpion suddenly realizes that he must have been involved in her father's death. Abruptly after that, it suddenly jumps to "who is the Breathtaker?," so what was the point of all of that other junk? Who knows and the character of "Darcy," her charisma-free boyfriend and prostitute friend, and pretty much everyone else were not interested enough for me to make any kind of exceptions to not-very-well developed writing. If people want to make a stupid, intentionally campy film, they can at least make it a WELL-WRITTEN stupid, intentionally campy film, as "Sawbones" and "The Death Artist" proved to be. What went wrong with this one?


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