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The Black Scorpion (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Horror | 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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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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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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Scorpions Instead Of Ants.
1 November 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Edward Ludwig directed this science fiction horror thriller that stars Richard Denning as American geologist Hank Scott, who is recruited by the Mexican authorities when an earthquake unleashes a horde of giant scorpions upon the Mexican countryside, causing havoc and destruction as they threaten to overrun the nearby city, then the world. Good model F/X on display, with some harrowing attack scenes(including a vivid cavern sequence), but there is no story or character involvement at all, with the plot being overly familiar and uninspired. A pity, because the film pushed the violence boundaries for its time, but the film just comes up short, and has been strangely forgotten. Basically a rehash of the much superior "Them!"


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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