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Super Spook

Scorpion Releasing // 1975 // 106 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // November 17th, 2010

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The Charge

If Shaft can't and The Hammer won't…then Super Spook will!

The Case

I'll try my best summarizing the "plot" for this incoherent slice of Blaxsploitation, but I fear I will be fall regrettably short. Here's what I was able to piece together:

Some guy, who we spend the entirety of the opening credits watch brush his teeth, needs money for a haircut and resorts to mugging. An encounter goes wrong in the park and he gets hit in the face with empty soda cans. This botched mugging sets off two simultaneous investigations: one by Sergeant Sandwich (really) and the other by the baddest private investigator around, Super Spook (Leonard Jackson), who we first meet on the toilet as he grunts and grimaces, pushing out a deuce, then wiping, all of it lovingly captured by the camera operator.

And that's all I've got. For the remainder of the movie, Super Spook wanders around talking to people on the street and engaging in horribly staged fistfights. His "investigation" culminates in a bicycle chase through the park.

For a buck forty-four of your time you will be tormented by straight-up awfulness, dull, unending dialogue punctuated by the occasional weirdo set-piece like a stultifying conversation with a sidewalk prophet peppered with racial pejoratives or an in-depth interrogation over whether Super Spook likes white women.

Played straight, this movie would offer minimal tomfoolery in the laugh-at-its-expense vein, but it's a spoof and not nearly as clever as Black Dynamite or I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. It's just bizarre and stupid.

Scorpion's DVD is surprisingly robust, starting with a better-than-average 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, a stereo mix (blasting out one of the most racially charged movie theme songs ever), filmmakers commentary, a 50+ minute featurette and a short film.

The Verdict

Super Spook's investigative license has been revoked.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 50

Perp Profile

Studio: Scorpion Releasing
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 106 Minutes
Release Year: 1975
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Bad
• Comedy
• Crime
• Cult
• Exploitation

Distinguishing Marks

• Commentary
• Featurette
• Short Film

Accomplices

• IMDb








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