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Director  Jonathan Winfrey
Initial DVD release  February 7, 2006
Writer  Craig J. Nevius
Language  English
4.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Country  United States
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Release date  August 12, 1995
Sequel  Black Scorpion II: Aftershock
Cast  Joan Severance (Darcy Walker / Black Scorpion), Bruce Abbott (Michael Russo), Rick Rossovich (Lt. Stan Walker), Stephen Lee (Captain Strickland), Garrett Morris (Argyle), Casey Siemaszko (Dr. Goddard / The Breath Taker)
Similar movies  Jupiter Ascending, Pitch Perfect 2, The Last Witch Hunter, Frozen, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers
Tagline  Justice has a nasty sting.

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Black Scorpion is a 1995 comedy-action film starring Joan Severance as the eponymous costumed crime fighter. Roger Corman was the executive producer, and it was originally released on the Showtime cable network as part of the Roger Corman Presents series.


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The film concerns the comic book style adventures of Darcy Walker, a police detective whose secret identity is the Black Scorpion, a superhero vigilante for justice. The Black Scorpion does not have any actual super powers but, like Batman, she fights evildoers with a combination of martial arts, great agility and strength, and many technological devices, including a high powered, specially equipped car. And like the Batman TV series of the 1960s, Black Scorpion is a work of camp, using deliberately exaggerated and unrealistic characters and events to comic effect.

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Black Scorpion was followed by a 1997 sequel, Black Scorpion II: Aftershock. In 2001, the Sci-Fi Channel aired a Black Scorpion TV series that starred Michelle Lintel in the title role.

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Black Scorpion was turned into a comic book series, published digitally by Devil's Due Digital. There was also a one-off Legend of Isis / Black Scorpion comic published by Bluewater Productions.

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Darcy Walker (Joan Severance), a police detective, becomes the Black Scorpion, a costumed crime fighter, after her father is murdered. She does not reveal her secret identity to her partner Michael Russo (Bruce Abbott). She is aided by Argyle (Garrett Morris), a technology expert and former car thief.


  • Joan Severance as Darcy Walker, the Black Scorpion
  • Bruce Abbott as Michael Russo
  • Garrett Morris as Argyle
  • Rick Rossovich as Stan Walker
  • Stephen Lee as Captain Strickland
  • Terri J. Vaughn as Tender Lovin'
  • Michael Wiseman as Hacksaw
  • Brad Tatum as Razor
  • Steven Kravitz as Slugger
  • Darryl M. Bell as E-Z Street
  • Casey Siemaszko as Dr. Goddard
  • John Sanderford as Aldridge
  • Matt Roe as Mayor Artie Worth
  • Shane Powers as Specs (Cop #2)
  • Production

    The film was based on an original idea by Corman which he developed with writer Craig Nevius. "I wanted to do a female Superman-Spiderman-Batman," said Corman.

    Roger Corman said he wanted an unknown to play the lead.

    My demands were -- I felt -- not difficult in Hollywood. I wanted an actress who was beautiful and had a great figure. Because we economized on the amount of cloth we used in the costume... I wanted a tall actress. She does a lot of martial arts. I couldn't have a 5-foot-1 actress beating up all these big guys. So I wanted a tall, beautiful woman with a good figure, who was a good actress but I wasn't looking for Meryl Streep, just a good actress. I figured this would be pretty easy in Hollywood. It turned out to be incredibly difficult. I've never seen so many beautiful bad actresses in my life.

    Critical reception

    TV Guide said, "The heroine of this 1995 Roger Corman Presents Showtime movie – the direct-to-video goddess Joan Severance – wears a black bustier, spike-heel thigh-high boots, a mask, and practically nothing else. This could very well have been the entire pitch that got this movie made. If that is all you're looking for, then Black Scorpion more than delivers.... The mood of the film swerves from straight-forward police noir themes to cartoony superhero action. Given the hackneyed dialogue, and Severance's wooden delivery of it, the best thing about this film just might be its beautifully haunting theme music."

    In DVD Talk, Scott Weinberg wrote, "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.... 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."

    In Cinema on the Rocks, Ziggy Berkeley said, "What's not a distraction, amazingly enough, is the script. As it turns out, it's not just the fact that Black Scorpion is a comic book heroine movie that makes it easy to ignore the plot holes and improbabilities. It's also that the rest of the story is so solid. Lines like the above-noted science problem are actually self-aware; generally, the dialogue's great, even sharp. The humor/drama train is ridden with wonderful precision. The pace is perfect. Bottom line, Black Scorpion is fun. But it's not just fun; it's well-crafted fun. Pick it up. You won't be sorry."

    In Cinema Crazed, Felix Vasquez wrote, "While no one will ever claim Black Scorpion is a masterpiece of contemporary action film-making, it sure is a lot of fun and has that fun at the charge of Joan Severance who is leggy, busty and absolutely enticing when dressed as her rogue character.... Black Scorpion is admittedly a cheesy and absolutely campy hero origin tale that takes advantage of the C grade special effects and acting from the cast and delivers a romp that is something quite satisfying to sit through and never goes too over the top."


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