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The Black Scorpion (1957)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  11 October 1957 (USA)
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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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THE HIDEOUS INHUMAN BEING THAT DEFIED EVERY LAW OF NATURE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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11 October 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den sorte skorpion  »

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The sounds of the scorpions are the same sounds as the ant chirps in Them! (1954). See more »

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The final battle takes place in a stadium in Mexico, but the field is laid out in the grid lines used by American football, not soccer which would be more likely. See more »

Quotes

Hank Scott: [to the peons in the village as he and Ramos pull into the rural town in their jeep] We're from Mexico City! I say, we're from Mexico City! We're scientists! Is the mayor here?
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Giant Scorpions Unleashed In Mexico!

A volcano erupts and spits up these scorpions that are huge and prehistoric. This is the premise for The Black Scorpion, a 50's sci-fi/giant bug film. As cheesy 50's films go, this one is entertaining, if not a little slow in places. The Mexican landscape looks authentic and the scorpions themselves are pretty good when left in the hands of Willis O'Brien. But the close-ups of the creatures are a bit overused, almost to the point of becoming annoying. The scorpions kill each other off until one giant one is left to wreak his vengeance(and whet his appetite) in Mexico City. The best scene is the one when scientist Richard Denning(and his incredibly boring assistant Carlos Rivas, and annoying stow-a-way Juanito) are lowered into a giant cavern and the realm of Willis O'Brien's wonderful stop-motion animation. The rest of the film is rather predictable but still entertaining, and Mara Corday is at least pleasant to the eye as she must have had her clothing painted onto her.


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