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The Black Scorpion (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 11 October 1957 (USA)
Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.

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Teresa Alvarez
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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)
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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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SHOWN UNCUT! ALL ITS HORROR EXACTLY AS FILMED! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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El escorpión negro  »

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Willis H. O'Brien and Pete Peterson began filming the special effects of this film in a large remodeled dressing room at the Tepeac Studios in Mexico City, but when money became tight they finished the picture in Peterson's garage in Encino, California. See more »

Goofs

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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Narrator: For centuries, the prayers of Mexico's peasants have been their only shield against the devastating furies that have wrecked their homes and destroyed their lives. And so today, again they kneel, terrified and helpless, as a new volcano is created by the mysterious and rebellious forces of nature. The Earth has split a thousand times. Whole acres of rich farmlands have cracked and dropped from sight. And millions of tons of molten lava are roaring down the slopes, in a quake ...
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Black Scorpion (1990) See more »

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Giant scorpion runs wild in Mexico!!!!
13 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This little gem from Warner Brothers is actually a pretty good movie for it's time and genre. The basis of the story is that 2 scientists, one American, one Mexican, head to Mexico to study an erupting volcano. What they find however, is nest underground of huge scorpions that are terrorizing Mexico City. The special effects are good for the era, the scorpion drools and makes scary sounds. The acting is so-so, Richard Denning overacts at times, and the relationship with the ever lovely and B movie horror queen Mara Corday, is not well developed, and the little Mexican boy "Juanito" is nothing short of annoying. But overall the story works helped by the great special effects and the good storyline. A fun movie to watch on a rainy Saturday night.


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