David O. from MADISON, WI Reviewed on 6/17/2009...
This movie is basically a rip off a Batman, only with a female star and some nudity, and much less money spent on making it.
A lot better than it has any reason to be.
Ned J. McWhirter | Racine, WI United States | 02/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Remarkably well done as far as recent Roger Corman-produced product goes. Joan Severance goes all-out and gives an excellent performance that puts her co-stars -- Bruce (Re-Animator) Abbott and Rick (Roxanne) Rossovich among them -- to shame. So the movie's a low-budget made-for-cable superhero flick -- that's no excuse to not give it your all.The DVD looks really good, which is surprising since 50% of the movie is shot in dark L.A. alleys. The full-screen picture is clear and sound is great.Amazon.com has neglected to include a couple of details about the DVD in it's technical description. The DVD contains a short (10-15 minute) introduction, as well as a feature-length commentary, both by Joan Severance. There's also a few trailers for other Corman movies, including Black Scorpion II."
Beware this scorpion's sting
toddbj | Winnipeg, Canada | 05/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having never seen the tv-series, this movie makes me wish I could. Cool-looking superheroine who looks like a model for products out of a bondage magazine combined with a clunky-looking, yet high-tech, morphing car makes for fun superheroine adventure. There is some nudity, though from the editing I suspect a double was used for Severance, and even a ...scene perpetrated by the frustrated heroine! (naughty, naughty, Black Scorpion) Don't expect too much in terms of a believable plot, especially the mechanics of her and the car's transformation into a crimefighting duo. Severance's performance and visual appeal in heroine regalia is pleasing enough; but as for her daytime role of a police officer, not only does she come up flat, it's hard to forgive that the 35-ish actress/model is trying to play a character 10 years her junior. Overall, superheroine lovers should still be relatively satisfied. Beware: the DVD claims it includes a feature commentary but I could not find it."
Scorpion Rides the Frog
The Watcher | Connecticut, USA | 02/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you have a liking for B genre movies with action, a female heroine, a quasi story-line, and some nudity, then I would recommend this movie to you. The movie starts in the real world then does a rather quick shift to a sci-fi futuristic world. In a scene set in 1975, a cop-father tells his daughter, who later becomes the Scorpion, a story about a scorpion riding on a frog across a stream. Joan Severance's acting is a little weak in the beginning of the movie but improves as she dons a costume and becomes the Black Scorpion. One of the highlights is when a disrobed Joan rides her cop-partner to ecstasy, masked as the Scorpion. Hence the Scorpion takes the frog for a ride."
There are TWO editions of this movie!
David Deakin | Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom | 02/26/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Please be warned that there are two different editions of this movie on DVD and I've yet to find a retailer who can confirm which they're shipping. The one with "Roger Corman Presents" accros the top of the cover DOES NOT include the interview or commentary."
Black Scorpion Can Sting Me Any Time!
toddbj | 12/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you love B-movies, comic books, or women dressed in bondage gear who fight crime this is your lucky day!You'll love this one! This is the perfect flick when you're looking for escapist fun as super heroine Black Scorpion battles the evil Breathtaker and his army of asthmatics the wheezing warriors! It's a blast! Joan Severance is fantastic, seductive and beautiful and her commentary and interview segment on this DVD are a delight. She is so cute and seems like she really had a blast making this movie. If you enjoy this one check out the sequel and the tv show. This is fun stuff!"