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
Music by Paul Sawtell
Production company Warner Bros. Entertainment, Seven Arts Productions
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"

— 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.


A violent earthquake in Mexico inevitably creates an active volcano that erupts explosively freeing giant prehistoric scorpions from beneath the parched earth. The prehistoric monsters wreak havoc on the Mexican rural and threaten Mexico City with complete destruction.


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


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




Main article: The Black Scorpion/Gallery.


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


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)

  • Audio: English
  • Notes: Included in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXX DVD box set released on July 29, 2014.

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.



The Black Scorpion trailer



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