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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.

Director:

Edward Ludwig

Writers:

David Duncan (screenplay), Robert Blees (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Denning ... Hank Scott
Mara Corday ... Teresa Alvarez
Carlos Rivas ... Artur Ramos
Mario Navarro Mario Navarro ... Juanito
Carlos Múzquiz Carlos Múzquiz ... Dr. Velazco (as Carlos Muzquiz)
Pascual García Peña Pascual García Peña ... José de la Cruz (as Pascual Peña)
Fanny Schiller ... Florentina
Pedro Galván Pedro Galván ... Father Delgado (as Pedro Galvan)
Arturo Martínez Arturo Martínez ... Major Cosio (as Arturo Martinez)
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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El escorpión negro See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

That giant worm with the "octopus-like arms" seen in this film is a prop from the unused spider pit sequence from the original King Kong (1933). See more »

Goofs

When the dead policeman is found (Sgt. Vega), Hank removes his weapon and inspects it to see if it was fired. The police dispatcher asks Hank if Sgt. Vega had fired all the rounds from his "revolver". As Hank answers the dispatcher, he is clearly holding an automatic pistol in his hand that he removed from Vega's holster. 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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A good sting to the last
22 June 2002 | by jcholguinSee all my reviews

A 1950's film with a good title and of course a huge creature that brings terror to humans. Not only one scorpion but many of them adds to the excitement in this film. The visual pictures of the scorpions fighting each other and walking around in a deep cavern will give anyone with a fear of scorpions a nightmare. This picture was not only scary at times but funny also. Set in Mexico City for the final battle what made it funny were all the public announcements in English as well as the telephone operator speaking English was stretching the creditability. In the deep cavern, a little boy named Juanito was truly a kid that you wished the scorpions would eat. He was a stowaway and when asked why he did it, his answer was enough for any logic minded person to slap him, "I wanted to help." Another funny scene was when the military man had shot the weapon and missed the throat of the huge black scorpion, so he was pulling the weapon and cable back in to try again and forgetting to tell the generator operator to shut off the 600,000 volts of electricity in the weapon. He got the shock of his life. The scorpion sting is so deadly and after viewing this film you will understand why!


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