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The Black Scorpion (1957)

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Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Denning ...
Mara Corday ...
Teresa Alvarez
Carlos Rivas ...
Artur Ramos
Mario Navarro ...
Juanito
Carlos Múzquiz ...
Dr. Velazco (as Carlos Muzquiz)
Pascual García Peña ...
José de la Cruz (as Pascual Peña)
Fanny Schiller ...
Florentina
Pedro Galván ...
Father Delgado (as Pedro Galvan)
Arturo Martínez ...
Major Cosio (as Arturo Martinez)
Roberto Contreras ...
Chumacho
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Giant scorpions demolish Mexico City. They have been released from underground caverns by a series of volcanic eruptions, and it's up to Hank, an American geologist to stop them. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Out of the volcano they come... See more »

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11 October 1957 (USA)  »

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While filming the stop-motion effects at Tepeac Studios, O'Brien and Peterson were assisted with miniature set construction by Ralph Hammeras, who was at the same studio filming the visual effects for The Giant Claw (1957). See more »

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When Sgt. Vega's body is found, Hank takes his gun away and mentions that every round had been fired. The gun is a 1911-series pistol; had all rounds been fired, the slide would have locked back. The gun is later referred to as a revolver by the radio dispatcher. See more »

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Hank Scott: [in a laboratory] One question, doctor...
Dr. Velazco: I hope I can answer it.
Hank Scott: Well, the alcohol, the distilled water, the salt solution - I can uderstand that, but what's the tequila for?
Dr. Velazco: Well, in your country I believe they call it a coffee break.
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Those Scorpions Gave Me Nightmares
26 April 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the better Fifties science fiction entries is The Black Scorpion or scorpions to be precise. These creatures got released during a volcanic eruption and started wreaking havoc in the area around Mexico City.

Of all the monsters created by the special effects guys including the great Ray Harryhausen, the ugliest, meanest, nastiest creatures ever brought to the screen were these scorpions. They are ugly as sin, emit an obnoxious drool when on the prowl and make a noise guaranteed to scare any kid or kid at heart out of his comfortable movie seat. And they are one of the few creatures which are not either from outer space or caused by radioactivity.

When the scorpions start doing their thing, scientists Richard Denning and Carlos Rivas are in the area as is ranch owner Mara Corday. In between trying to figure out how to combat the scorpions, a little romance gets going between Denning and Corday. And there's a cute little kid around played by Mario Navarro who gets in all kinds of trouble tagging along with the scientists.

But you can mute the romance and get into the action. I guarantee you will like the scene inside the volcano where Denning, Rivas, and little Mario have to deal not only with the scorpions, but with giant earthworms and spiders. And the final battle in the Mexico City soccer stadium between the scorpion and the scientists and Mexican army is a tingler.


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