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Black Scorpion
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by Scott Weinberg

"Bouncy, battle-happy, bargain basement Batlady."
3 stars

I'm guessing I'm not the only movie geek who found something to enjoy in Black Scorpion; the flick yielded a sequel, a short-lived TV series, and two more movies after that. Guess there's something to be said for a mega-curvy super-heroine who's not afraid to kick ass in a shiny black corset.

Black Scorpion is a scrappy, silly, low-budget Batman Returns rip-off that freely admits that it's a scrappy, silly, rip-off. That alone doesn't make it a good expenditure of one's time, but it's nice to see a campy little schlock-fest that at least respects the movies it's stealing from.

Starring the always-lovely Joan Severance as a meek lady cop who moonlights as a vengeance-hungry super-heroine, Black Scorpion is so broad and cartoony that it almost caves in on itself and becomes a freakin' mess. But there's just enough good humor, intentional campiness, and fast-paced action to suit the needs of those who dig this sort of thing. (Like me, apparently.)

Look, as far as B-movies go, I say there's nothing wrong with a sexy scorpion-woman who, despite having no natural powers, is able to knock bad guys out with her pointy pony-tail, get behind the wheel of a chameleon car, and erase the memories of sex from the brain of a former lover. And once the plot develops to a point where you learn that the main villain's name is "The Breathtaker" and that he has two burly female wrestlers as henchpersons ... you begin to realize that absolutely nothing in Black Scorpion is meant to be taken seriously.

There's also some fun to be found in the casting side of the equation. It's not too often you'll find a movie that includes Bruce Abbott (Re-Animator), Rick Rossovich (Navy Seals), Casey Siemaszko (Three O'Clock High), and Garret Morris (The Stuff) sharing time with a blue-eyed babe who beats butt with her knee-high sexy-boots.

For what it is, which is a downright ridiculous take on the super-hero schpiel, Black Scorpion is actually pretty entertaining. And for all its broad (and periodically inane) silliness, it's a b-flick that delivers what it promises, with a whole lotta Severance on the side.

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  22-Aug-1995 (R)
  DVD: 07-Feb-2006



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