Black Cobra, The / Cobra Nero (1987)

1.5 out of 5

Cobra Nero lifts the plot and dynamic of 1986 Sylvester Stallone vehicle Cobra almost wholesale. Star Fred Williamson is an African-American. See what they did there?

While it could be said that any film with the names of Williamson and director Stelvio Massi on the credits should be viewed as a matter of course by the dyed-in-the-wool genre film addict, the flat TV-movie cinematography and lacklustre music that plagued so many genre productions of the late-eighties period make this one a real chore. The performances from the star and leading lady Eva Grimaldi, fresh from a small role in Fellini's Intervista and destined for Ratman ignominy, are largely risible and the frequent action sequences lack any sense of immediacy or excitement. The presence of Rabid Dogs star Maurice Poli as The Hammer's superior serves only to remind the movie-savvy viewer of better days and much better films.

Incredibly, this lame effort spawned not one, not two, but three sequels.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics