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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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At the conclusion of the scene where Hank and Arturo have arrived in the village for the first time, and after Hank has given the baby Manuel to the parish priest and are preparing to get out of the Jeep, a bird can be heard chirping followed by a cat meowing. Although there are special effect sounds and music added to the audio track, it would appear that they were otherwise recording raw audio as they filmed with little post-production work to clean up environmental noise. See more »

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The shot of the stinger entering the victim's throat when the big scorpion kills the smaller scorpion in the cave is later reused twice when the big one kills two smaller ones at the train wreck. 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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Love Those '50s SciFi Films!
1 August 2002 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

When you watch films like this, you must put aside your ideas of what are or are not good special effects......if we compare all older movies with present films with modern technology, we would write off classics like "King Kong" and "Lost World" because they don't look like "Jurassic Park". Times change, computer generated effects are "in" and we sometimes forget that people like Willis O'Brien were pioneers in the fx field, working with little but their imagination and creativity. So enjoy this typical 50's Big Bug entry for what it is. I have seen it a number of times and have a little soft spot in my heart (not my head!) for it. It is full of those actors that were popping up all the time during the 50's as second leads or in "B" films. The cavern scene with the worms and scorpions is pretty damn good but that little brat Juanito needed to be scorpion bait from the beginning! Probably the funniest thing in the film is the reaction of the military men in the stadium when one of their own gets electrocuted because someone forgot to turn off the power....they just blow it off and go on. It's a fun film......just enjoy it and don't think too much.


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