Interesting fact: there are several posts on the original film's message board, but as of this writing there none other than my own which is just a copy of this review on this film's board. For the first section of the movie set in Chicago, Fred wears a Cubs baseball jacket. Together with the rest of the Emanuelle films that D'Amato made with Gemser during the 1970s Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra is an exotic cocktail of thrills and visuals that were meant primarily for folks in Europe and America craving something different -- not necessarily action, drama or erotica, just 'foreign' material that wasn't easy to discover in mainstream films. To their chagrin to find him laying dead in his apartment. Admittedly, there are a couple of scenes that manage to register slightly on the sleazeometer—a rather amusing strip scene in a lesbian bar that gets the clientele frisky, and a live snake being chopped up and fried for lunch—but most of the action falls way short of what I have come to expect from my Italian trash.
The final scene is the ultimate tease and works so well due to the sheer amount of history and chemistry between the three original film leads. There's a Black Cobra 3 too! Robert wants to find the guy and end him but Kevin reminds him that he has to do things the right way. At that time it may have been exciting but compared to milder, soft porn movies of today, this would have to be classified as very mild, to the point of being almost dull. As for the rest, Emma Hoagland was alright when her hair wasn't a repulsive distraction which to be fair only happened once , and I am shocked to see that Edward Santana has, according to this website, only appeared in three films. The second in the series has Williamson's Malone character going to the Philippines to learn some new police techniques. Laura Gemser takes the lead role and spends most of the film either naked, getting it on with other women or both; which is all well and good, but anyone familiar with Gemser's filmography will have seen it all so many times before and it's particularly disappointing in this film as we actually have the basis for a decent plot here. He must now fight to save not only his father but also himself.
Well, they only have supposition, therefore nothing can be done. Other than these minor details, Eva Nera exhibits every other trait of a Black Emanuelle movie, including of course Laura Gemser as the main character, and the ever-present douche-bag Gabriele Tinti lurking somewhere in the cast. Naturally, he is immediately taken in by this woman she's played by Laura Gemser so this part of the film is quite realistic and decides to take her back to his home. This time it's performed by Emma Hoagland, in her only screen credit to date. And it ultimately forces Diego to contemplate what it means to him to be both Mexican and American, to embrace both the dark and the light sides of his personality, and to thrive within the potential of a thrilling gray area. Strangely, the film is also known as Emanuelle Goes Japanese, despite no character of that name going anywhere near Japan Gemser's character is called Eva and the film is set entirely in Hong Kong.
Along the way, D'Amato's camera still manages to objectify and diminish every single living and non-living thing it gazes upon, whether it be the bland characters, the city of Hong Kong, those oh-so-dangerous snakes, or deeper aspects of human experience such as love and death. Pedro also Castillo, briefly took the opposite path, doing prison time for various drug and gang crimes before taking his own life. Piero Umiliani's soundtrack is always clean and sounds great. Mallone then teams up with Lt. Naturally for a Joe D'Amato flick, it features plenty of sleaze and it's really all encompassing so there wouldn't really have been room to flesh out the story even if the director wanted to.
Now I haven't yet seen Black Cobra 3 I am saving that for the weekend , but he delivered everything one could hope for from a angry police chief. I know, that's several words! The action scenes are mediocre at best: Fred Williamson is in good shape for his age and I think we actually get to hear his own voice this time! Al in all top class entertainment. The movie digresses to the expectation of South African martial arts vs. Black Cobra is directed by filth king Joe D'amato, edited by fellow trashmeister Bruno Mattei, stars gorgeous Asian sexpot Laura Gemser, and even features future Oscar winner Jack Palance in a key role, and yet despite this massive potential particularly for deviancy , the film blows it by being thoroughly bland for most of its running time. There are some great shots throughout the film courtesy of his eye.
From the plot description I was actually thinking that this film might be half decent. Jack Palance has a great time playing a snake aficionado. Williamson is as hard-assed as ever, with lots of wonderful dialogue and a greater number of hand-to-hand combat situations with the bad guys here than in the first film. He just feels lonely and as long as she is around him she can have anything she wants. She and Malone go on a semi-date and more Ham lines are delivered.
As you would expect from Joe D'Amato, the story that follows is totally nondescript and irrational, and mostly serves as a vehicle for him to express his most banal ideas of what constitutes eroticism. As for Nicholas Hammond, the globally loved little Von Trapp, his future never took off. The biggest cop-out is the finale—Gemser's revenge on the man who killed her lover—that involves the insertion of a cobra up the jacksy, but which is satisfied to simply suggest the nastiness. Written and directed by cinematographer Joe D'Amato who made five Emmanuelle flicks with Gemser , this one being the first , Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra is unsurprisingly high on style and swagger. All in all, has enough kink to please the exploitation film completist but is likely to confound most other viewers. If you expect any kind of sexual excitement from Erotic Eva, look elsewhere.
Well Malone initially without his trusty gun takes out the mechanic in true Cobra style. When he arrives, his contact and partner is the straitlaced Lt. Storm, this is definitely a place to start. See the running bad-guy actor slow down to let a winded Williamson catch up to him - several times! The last third of the film is probably the best section, with Williamson who appears to have done all his own stunts blowing away lots of bad guys to some of the most insane 80s guitar riffs. One night, Judas goes with his brother to see an act at a nightclub that involves a beautiful woman dancing with a snake.
Naturally, the film has nothing to do with Gemser's most famous character and thankfully the title Black Cobra Woman is generally the more accepted one - and the one that I saw the film under. Malone chases him with his car and the chase is ending by foot in a parking lot where the biker takes a female in hostage, Malone shots him in the head and saves the life of the woman. You have to wonder why that is. It works woefully on just about any level. The discovery of a bunch of dead bodies in a warehouse causes all of their pasts to resurface. The film is; however, substantially light of purpose and lacking in the development of memorable characters. And while they got more out of their dollar for production values, the movie still suffers from cheapness, like the fact the hostages at the climatic scene are never seen.