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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

HE GET YOU SCARED STIFF! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

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

The trapdoor spider that attacks Juanito in the scorpions' underground home is one of the original models left over from the famous deleted spider sequence in King Kong (1933) See more »

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The scene immediately after Hank and Teresa's night out on the town, a full passenger train is about to be thrown off the track by one of the scorpions. As the train approaches, the scorpion is attracted to it by its whistle and compartment lights. When the train hits the scorpion, it's pulled off the track. As the steam engine goes by our view, we can read the letters distinctly, "LIONEL LINES" on the side of the tender. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Giants (1996) See more »

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Marauding, Drooling Beasts That Mangle and Murder
17 September 2003 | by twanuritSee all my reviews

Way above average giant insect thriller, mainly due to the awesome special effects of Willis O'Brien ("King Kong" - 1933). Three set-pieces are superb: the first appearance, rather unexpectedly, of heroine Mara Corday talking to telephone linemen, who soon are under attack, then the train wreck which is terrifying and bizarre, and the final confrontation in the stadium, featuring grand editing and surprising touches. Mexico setting works well, music and sound effects are exemplary, sub-Earth sequence featuring more creatures is eerie. Title refers to the largest creature in the climax, budgetary limitations revealing a black traveling matte, still mystical, with fascinating zoom-in camera shots. Some have faulted the scorpion's "drooling" close-ups, but I find them bone-chilling. Even the main titles are innovative - alternating flashing white/black letters on white/black backgrounds, set to gripping soundtrack. Defects: some poorly-executed process shots, and the leading actors, Corday, Richard Denning, and Carlos Rivas, are hammy and unsubtle and a Corday-Denning romance occurs too late in the script, especially after all the mayhem.


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