The Black Scorpion

The Black Scorpion


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The Black Scorpion

Filmed in Mexico, The Black Scorpion was the last theatrical feature to bear the imprimatur of special-effects maven Willis O'Brien. Allegedly an outgrowth of a ten-minute "test" film, the story is set in motion by a volcanic eruption which releases dozens of giant scorpions from a cave. American geologist Richard Denning and his cohorts try to drive the scorpions back into their lair, but the huge arachnids are soon at large in civilization, munching on innocent bystanders as they go their merry way. The authorities are able to destroy all but one scorpion, who unfortunately is the nastiest of the bunch. The climax takes place in a Mexico City bullring, where the scorpion does battle with a fleet of military helicopters.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2014
UPC: 0888574100049
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 1,268

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Denning Hank Scott
Mara Corday Teresa
Carlos Rivas Arturo Ramos
Mario Navarro Juanito
Carlos Muzquiz Dr. Velasco
Pascual Garcia Pena Jose de la Cruz
Fanny Schiller Florentina
Pedro Galvan Father Delgado
Arturo Martinez Major Cosio

Technical Credits
Edward Ludwig Director
Robert Blees Screenwriter
Jack Dietz Producer
David Duncan Screenwriter
Edward FitzGerald Art Director
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Frank Melford Producer
Willis O'Brien Special Effects
Paul Sawtell Score Composer,Screenwriter
Bert Shefter Score Composer
Richard Van Enger Editor
Paul Yawitz Original Story

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The Black Scorpion 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BabyBoomerCT More than 1 year ago
I first saw this when AMC was still showing lots of movies without commercials, during a Halloween marathon. The acting is OK, dialogue is stiff, but the train scenes using a Lionel train are great! You can still read "Lionel" in slow motion. And the spacious interiors in the engineer cab and passenger cars belie the reality of regular passenger trains or toy trains. A great period movie!
Wade1000 More than 1 year ago
I only purchased this movie because I am a fan of Ray Harryhausen special effects. The story is set in Mexico yet none of the cast speaks Spanish. If there are indeed giant members of the scorpion family running amok, it would explain why so many Mexican citizens are escaping to the U.S.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago