The Black Scorpion (1957)

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The Black Scorpion
The American poster for The Black Scorpion
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Black Scorpion (1958)
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Directed by Edward Ludwig
Producer(s) Jack Dietz, Frank Melford
Written by Robert Blees, David Duncan,
Paul Yawitz (story)
Music by Paul Sawtell
Distributor Warner Bros.
Rating Not Rated
Running time 88 minutesUS
(1 hour, 28 minutes)
108 minutes
(1 hour, 48 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.85:1 (intended ratio),
1.37:1 (negative ratio)
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For the monsters, see Giant scorpions.
Every horror you've seen on the screen grows pale beside the horror of "The Black Scorpion"
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— Tagline

The Black Scorpion is a 1957 giant monster horror film co-produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment and Seven Arts Productions. The film was released to American theaters on October 11, 1957.

Plot

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Overnight, a volcano was born in Mexico because of an earthquake. After the incident, Dr Hank Scott and Dr Arturo Ramos were sent to assess the situation. They saw a police car and a house destroyed as they made their way to the village of San Lorenzo. There is an abandoned baby and a dead policeman nearby.

They were welcomed by a local priest, and there was evidence that the giant scorpions were facing extinction and death. The disappearance of local people and the destruction of their homes have been accompanied by the slaughter of livestock and the strange noises of the night. There have been clashes between locals seeking help from Delgado as locals believe the perpetrator is a cattle demon. Geographical research is underway by Hank and Arturo as troops from the Mexican Army, led by Major Cosio, arrive in San Lorenzo to begin disaster relief efforts. The mysterious farmer Teresa Alvarez enters Hank's life and loves her, and a young Mexican boy named Juanito becomes a friend.

A new explosion occurred. It has been pointed out that the giant scorpions were responsible for the disappearance and death of the people. Scorpions attacked San Lorenzo himself after killing telephone operators. Their guns are of no use to Major Cosio's troops. Leaving the authorities with no choice but to consult a well-known pestologist, Dr. Velasco, on the matter, the scorpions returned to their underground habitat (along with giant worms and spiders). Hank and Arturo will have to work together to decide whether to destroy the scorpions or close the cave door.

Despite the collapse of the cave gate, the train is wrecked, some passengers are killed, and the giant scorpions enter the battlefield. All the little scorpions were killed by one scorpion, the largest, and the scorpion headed for Mexico City. As Hank and Arturo plan to lure him to the stadium, tanks and helicopters are waiting to catch him. In the arena, the scorpion is attracted to the use of meat in the butcher shop, which shows that it is useless to fight its weapons. The only vulnerable part of his body is his throat, which is where he shoots an electric cable connected to a spear. The rest of the army ended up destroying the scorpion by firing lightning after destroying tanks and helicopters.

Staff

Main article: The Black Scorpion/Credits.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Edward Ludwig
  • Written by   Robert Blees, David Duncan
  • Produced by   Jack Dietz, Frank Melford
  • Music by   Paul Sawtell
  • Cinematography by   Lionel Lindon
  • Edited by   Richard Van Enger
  • Assistant directors   Jaime Contreras, Ray Heinz
  • Special effects by   Willis O'Brien
  • Visual effects by   Pete Peterson, Ralph Hammeras
  • Puppet creator   Wah Chang
  • Sound effects by   Mandine Rogne

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Carlos Múzquiz   as   Dr. Velasco
  • Fanny Schiller   as   Mara Corday
  • Teresa Alvarez   as   Mario Navarro
  • Juanito   as   Pedro Galván
  • Father Delgado   as   Roberto Contreras
  • Ángel Di Stefani   as   Military Man
  • Jaime González Quiñones   as   Boy in San Lorenzo
  • Leonor Gómez   as   Villager
  • Bob Johnson   as   Narrator / Radio Newscaster / Police Radio Dispatcher / Public Address Announcer
  • Margarito Luna   as   Crane operator
  • Héctor Mateos   as   Military Man
  • José L. Murillo   as   Military Man
  • Manuel Sánchez Navarro   as   Victor Steven
  • Isabel Vázquez 'La Chichimeca'   as   Villager
  • Enrique Zambrano   as   Cayetano, lineman killed in truck
  • Pascual García Peña   as   José de la Cruz
  • Fanny Schiller   as   Florentina
  • Arturo Martínez   as   Major Cosio
  • Quintín Bulnes   as   Lineman killed on pole
  • José Chávez   as   Train conductor

Appearances

Monsters

Gallery

Main article: The Black Scorpion/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: The Black Scorpion (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles

  • Black Scorpion (American VHS title; Siyah akrep; Turkey; Musta skorpioni; Finland; 黒い蠍 Kuroisasori, Japan)

Theatrical releases

  • United States - October 11, 1957
  • Japan - January 15, 1958  [view poster]Japanese poster
  • Finland - March 14, 1958
  • Sweden - December 1, 1958
  • Denmark - January 26, 1959
  • United Kingdom - February 23, 1959  [view poster]British poster
  • Italy  [view poster]Italian poster
  • Australia  [view poster]Australian poster
  • Belgian  [view poster]French poster

Reception

Harrison's Reports voluntarily gave The Black Scorpion a mixed review in September 1957, rating it acceptable for its stop-motion and special effects on monsters but reservations about its unexceptional character storytelling.[1]

Video releases

Warner Home Video VHS (1993)

  • Tapes: 2
  • Audio: English
  • Notes: Released on December 13, 1993

Warner Home Video DVD (2006)

  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Notes: Aspect ratio is 1.37:1.

Shout! Factory DVD (2014) [Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXX]

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 4
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special features: Stringer Of Death: Making The Black Scorpion, Writer Of Gor: The Novels of John Norman, Director of Gor: On Set with John "Bud" Cardos, Producer of Gor: Adventures with Harry Alan Towers, Shock To The System: Creating The Projected Man, extended trailer for "The Frank" music video, 4 mini-posters by Steve Vance
  • Notes: Packaged with Outlaw (Of Gor), The Projected Man, and It Lives by Night.

Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray (2018)

  • Region: N/A
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English (SDH)
  • Notes: Aspect ratio is 1.78:1.

Videos

Trailers

The Black Scorpion trailer

Trivia

  • The miniatures used for the trapdoor spider, the giant tentacled and the Giant spider, briefly seen in the film, are reportedly reused models of the spiders from The Lost Spider Pit Sequence, a lost deleted scene original King Kong film. However, in An Animated Life, Ray Harryhausen noted that many models used in King Kong were still in storage at RKO in the 1950s, by which time many were decayed. Biographers have disputed whether O'Brien actually saved his models.

References

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