Black Scorpion II: Aftershock
Black Scorpion: Ground Zero
Roger Corman, Lance H. Robbins (executive), Joan Severance (co) for Concorde, New Horizon
directed by Jonathan Winfrey
starring Joan Severance, Whip Hubley, Sherrie Rose, Stoney Jackson, Matt Roe, Stephen Lee, Garrett Morris, Terri J.Vaughn, Steven Kravitz, Shane Powers, Carl Banks, David Harris, Christina Solis, Laura Harring, Gabrielle Beimford, Sean Gavigan, Kevin McLaughlin, Scott Valentine, Linda Hoffman, Manny Fernandez, Vincent Chase, Rick Rossovich, Jeffrey Scott Jensen, Slade Barnett, Mark Folger, Diane Koskela, Jeannie Millar, Kimberly Rowe, Jonathan Winfrey
written by Craig J.Nevius, music by Kevin Kiner, special makeup by Robert Hall, visual effects by Perry Harovas
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Prof Undershaft (Sherrie Rose) has nothing but the best of intentions
when she invents a machine that will neutralize earthquakes - just what
the City of Angels needs ... but not what the city's mayor Artie Worth
(Matt Roe) needs, because earthquakes bring much needed relief Dollars -
much needed for himself of course, not for the city. So he has professor
Undershaft's machine sabotaged so it actually amplifies the next
earthquake. That pretty much pushes the professor over the brink, and she
becomes a masked supervillainess, Aftershock. She soon breaks the city's
lead baddie Gangster Prankster (Stoney Jackson) from jail, so he can help
her bring the city under her control.
There's just one woman standing in
Aftershock's way: Black Scorpion (Joan Severance), mild-mannered
policewoman Darcy Walker by day, tough-as-nails maked superheroine by
night, who at the time only seems to have one real pressing problem: How
to get her partner on the force Rick to be her partner in life as well.
The earthquake at least works into that direction since his home gets
smashed and he has to move in with her - this leads to sex before long.
But Rick eventually starts to doubt Darcy, because he thinks as partner
she's not having his back - which is only in part true, since every time
his ass needs saving, Darcy turns into Black Scorpion to do just that ...
but Rick simply doesn't know she's Black Scorpion and furthrmore thinks
Black Scorpion is a dangerous vigilante.
Aftershock thinks Black
Scorpion's power lies with her car and thus has Gangster Prankster steal
her car - who in turn delegates the task to Argyle (Garrett Morris), a
former carthief who is now - unbeknowest to Gangster Prankster - the Black
Scorpion's mentor and chief mechanic, and the only one who knows her real
identity. But Gangster Prankster has Argyle in his hands (or so he thinks)
because he has kidnapped his girlfriend (Terri J.Vaughn) - so he gets the
car, too. But Argyle would never really betray Black Scorpion, so in the
end, Gangster Prankster gets blown up for his trouble and Black Scorpion
gets her car back.
Aftershock wants to destroy the whole City of Angels
by causing the biggest earthquake ever by going to all earthquakes' origin
- the San Agelo Fault. Black Scorpion tries to stop her by calling on her
conscience, and she has success, too, when she proves to Aftershock that
the both of them are not all that different, and one can always choose to
do the right thing, no matter how many times one has been wronged.
Aftershock dies a heroine's death to save the city.
wanted to arrest the mayor, but became his hostage instead. And this time
it's Darcy as herself who saves his ass ...
Lust like the first
Black Scorpion, this movie
looks and feels like a superhero comicbook come to life: Everything is
over-the-top, the camp villains, their exaggerated powers, the masked and
sexy crimefighter, her supercar, the super-absurd plot as such, and even
the many caricature-like supporting characters. Also, the film enjoys
itself in its silliness and campiness and doesn't take itself wholly
seriously without playing it for the laughs. And it's breathtakingly
paced, and while the action at times shows the low budget, it's expertly
Now sure, Black Scorpion
II isn't high art, and in all my admiration I wouldn't call it a
masterpiece - it's just sooo much fun to watch!