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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.

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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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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Scorpion See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As the scorpion attacks and derails the passenger train, the label "Lionel Lines" is clearly seen on the side of the locomotive's coal tender. See more »

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In the final scene, when the soldier is shooting an electrified dart at the scorpion, the scientist mentions that it's connected to a generator supplying 600,000 volts. Very high voltage can travel through air; in other words, there is potential to create a 60 inch long spark. Anyone or anything standing on the ground within 5 feet of the dart or the live wire would have instantly created and attracted this spark. It would have been impossible for the soldier to even touch the live wire to pull the dart back to the truck. 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 100 Years of Horror: Giants (1996) See more »

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Black scorpionS
23 February 2017 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

Well, this movie had a black scorpion in it, but it had more than that. It had multiple black scorpions! Oh, they were giant too. I think the worst thing about this is probably the pacing. After about an hour, it looked like they were going to just stop it. There were too many boring moments but I will admit that the stop motion effects are quite good. I'm not even into stop motion that much. It helps that we get some good close ups of the scorpions showing off the practical effects. Wait, does stop motion count as practical effects? It doesn't seem to hold up well.

I was disappointed the scorpion didn't appear at first, but to be fair, most of the movie did in fact feature it. I didn't know there would be other giant creepy crawlies in this film. It was hard to even recognize that worm. Well, realize it was a worm is what I mean. It would have worked better if it was trimmed by a half hour. Then again, that wouldn't have been enough for a full length movie. As a cheesy little 1950's sci-fi movie, it's just mediocre. I remain impressed by how it looks with the designs. **1/2


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