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original title: Black Scorpion II: Aftershock
duration: 1h 25min
tags: Seductive and Beautiful. But Lethal.
keywords: supervillainess, noncomicbooksuperhero, earthquake, superhero, 1990s, superheroine, police, babescientist, sequel, independentfilm
Directed by Jonathan Winfrey & also known as Black Scorpion II: Ground Zero this was the sequel to Black Scorpion (1995) which rode the whole fetishistic styled superhero comic book film craze, this sequel reunites all the major players with Severance returning as the Black Scorpion, Winfrey as director, Craig Nevius is on script duties again while Roger Corman acts as a producer & even though the first Black Scorpion wasn't exactly a masterpiece this sequel is distinctly inferior. After a brief recap of the original the film plods along more concerned with the moral conflicts going on between Darcy & her new partner/lover which is also taken directly from the original, this time there are two villains but they are both poor & Aftershock in particular is a crap villain with no motivation & how does she know the mayor sabotaged her machine? The Black Scorpion herself hardly appears, she's like in three scenes, one at the start, one where she rescues Rick from the Gangster Prankster & the end where she doesn't even get to fight anyone as merely by taking her mask off she convinces Aftershock to commit suicide & stop her machine from destroying the city. There are various sub-plots like the Black Scorpions car getting stolen & the bickering between the cops at the station but these just feel like they are dragging a poor film out even more. With virtually no coherent plot that makes any sort of sense, a lack of Black Scorpion action & weak villains Black Scorpion II: Aftershock is even worse than the original & isn't even any fun on a camp level.
As with the first this looks cheap, the car chase is rubbish with very tight angles to hide the surroundings. The action is poor, the opening car chase is basically the same as seen in the original, the Black Scorpion hardly fights anyone here & the violence levels are toned down & while the original had a fair bit of nudity this has none that I can remember. The Black Scorpion costume is basically the same & the special effects of her car changing shape are taken directly from the original. Aftershock looks silly with a red latex outfit & a daft face mask that resembles a Rugby mask while the Gangster Prankster is obviously a rip-off of The Joker & Two Face from Batman.
Probably shot on an even lower budget than the original this looks cheap from start to finish. The acting is poor, Stoney Jackson as the Gangster Prankster is highly annoying while Joan Severance looks uninterested.
Black Scorpion II: Aftershock is a rubbish superhero film that doesn't even have any camp value, it's just bad on all fronts really & even worse than original. Followed by a Black Scorpion (2001) TV series which ran for twenty two episodes. Just as in its prequel, this film shows a superheroine who is a sexy female copy of Batman. There is a black mask, there are gadgets, there is a special car, there is a dubious status of an ally of the police or of a criminal, the superheroine fights crime to avenge the murder of her father. If on one hand there are no scenes in this film so obviously copied from Tim Burton movies like in the prequel, on the other hand the first supervillain, Gangster Prankster, is a hybrid of the Joker and Two-Face. Argyle, the guy who fixes the Scorpion- mobile, though, came a decade before Morgan Freeman's Lucius Fox in "Batman Begins". The film is nice enough for a B-movie, but visual effects are often worse than could be and action scenes are always awful. The whole movie is very cartoon-like and campy, more than Joel Schumacher's Batman movies from those years, closer to the 60's TV series. The mayor's henchmen, for example, are dressed like mobsters and always say the same thing at the same time. The street gangs (they were so recurrent in the movies from the 90's!) have youngsters with swastikas painted on their faces or necks. Sexploitation, what was in the core of the prequel, with amazing footage with Joan Severance, reappears in this sequel in more characters, like the Asian bombshell Giggles (Prankster's "harley quinn"), the model in jail in the unnecessary scene at 20'40'', the mayor's secretary Babette (played by Lara Harring!), and villainess Aftershock. Villains are campy but more interesting and less ridiculous than in the prequel, which was curiously more violent (though, Black Scorpion is much more violent against criminals, killing them when they are not a danger, in the second film than in the first, reminding more Judge Dredd than Batman even in his darkest versions). Though, the special electric attack of Aftershock may make male spectators feel as if it were with them.
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