Scorpion Thunderbolt

February 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm (5 Heads, Scorpion Thunderbolt) (, , , , , , )

Scorpion Thunderbolt – 1988 – Hong Kong/Taiwan

A police detective tracks a serial killer, but the killer is actually his girlfriend. As the lovechild of the Prince of Snakes and a lowly snake milker, she occasionally transforms into a murderous snake demon. In a nearly unrelated plot, a martial artist battles assassins on a quest to slay a “vampire witch” called the Queen of Scorpions.

Damn right Scorpion Thunderbolt is crazy. Director Godfrey Ho is infamous for cobbling together sections of disparate films (often starring Richard Harrison) into something new and absurd. In the case of Scorpion Thunderbolt, most of the footage is from the Taiwanese film Grudge of the Sleep Walking Woman (1983).

Scorpion Thunderbolt’s strange images are memorable. An asylum inmate dismembers a cat and throws its parts at people. A man screws a porno actress in a theater showing one of her own ritual torture films. A sadistic husband ties up his wife and torments her by shooting pool balls into her crotch. The rubbery snake demon makes incredible soaring leaps. There is lots of acrobatic martial arts combat too.

Scorpion Thunderbolt would be entertaining if it were less annoying. The dubbed voices and shrill electronic music are grating. Plus, the film is too long, especially the exhausting climax where the detective bawls pathetically as his snake demon girlfriend hops around and kills everyone. The most commonly available version of Scorpion Thunderbolt is badly transferred from VHS, which does not help either.

Rating: 5/10 Shrunken Heads. Scorpion Thunderbolt sounds like the codename of a top secret commando mission.

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