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Black Scorpion (Sous-titres français)

Richard Denning , Mara Corday , Edward Ludwig    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Fans of '50s science fiction should be pleased by this "big bug" chiller, which offers a fine showcase for the talents of special effects master Willis O'Brien (King Kong). The Black Scorpion follows closely in the multiple footsteps of Them!, produced three years earlier by the same company (Warner Bros.)--again, giant insects threaten mankind, though here a volcano is responsible for unleashing them, and the metropolis in peril is Mexico City. Though direction, acting and scripting aren't on par with Them!, O'Brien's title creatures (which sport implausible yet creepy faces) are memorably monstrous, especially during hero Richard Denning's visit to their nightmarish underground lair. Warner Bros.' DVD features a surprising amount of extras for an older title. "Stop Motion Masters" is a short tribute to O'Brien by his famed student Ray Harryhausen; also included is O'Brien's dinosaur-laden opening for Irwin Allen's The Animal World documentary, and legendary test footage for two unfilmed monster projects by O'Brien's assistant, Peter Petersen. --Paul Gaita

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A series of volcanic eruptions unleash giant scorpions in Mexico City. It's up to an American geologist to stop them.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gwangi in a scorpion suit April 8 2007
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Yep it is the standard big bug 50's sci-fi with a Mexican twist.

We start with the obligatory narrative and a description of what may come. The narrator thinks that volcanoes are evil and bring destruction to farm land. To this land comes a pair of archaeologically strange doctors. They discover a fallen girl (that was just horsing around) and one of the scientists falls in love. The other states "man is born single."

I will not reveal the ugly threat that you already see on the cover. However I think they used them again in "Attack of the Giant Crabs". Also it is fun to look at the technology of the time; they use huge walkie-talkie's, flash cameras (out of flash range), and Bakelite phones. The annoying part of the movie is the kid that will not stay in the car; we all hope he gets eaten early in the story.
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They MIGHT be big. They MIGHT be bad. They MIGHT be bloodthirsty beasts, but you MIGHT think that the "buggers" in this film are quite bucolic if you aren't a fan of 50's and 60's stop motion animation, identical and repetitive special effects and stock footage.
I am a HUGE fan of ALL THREE, however, and enjoyed this film immensely!
Mexico City is under attack! Due to an earth shattering volanic eruption (insert stock footage), fissures created in the earth's crust have unleashed GIANT PREHISTORIC scorpions, and one lone, segmented worm with pincers from their underground, subterranean LAIR! What happens to the citizens of Mexico City? Watch this BUGFEST and find out for yourself!
Richard Denning and Mara Corday star in this classic sci-fi big bug chiller but the true stars of the film are the amazing special effects, stop motion animation, and action scenes created by stop motion sensai, Willis O' Brien (King Kong) working on his last picture. Also featured effects man - an uncredited, young stop motion student, Ray Harryhausen who went on to become the master of stop motion animation with such greats as "Mighty Joe Young", "Jason & The Argonauts", and The Sinbad Trilogy, just to mention a few.
Great family fare with fun and chills for ALL!
Happy Watching!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! March 29 2004
Format:DVD
I am a fan of monster movies from the 50s and 60s than I am of the monster movies of today. The reason for that is because B&W movies just seem to capture the horrors better and stop-motion animation just seemed to be fun to look at. Plus with stop-motion animation being cheaper (but more time consuming), more and more monster movies were made possible.
The Black Scorpion has always been one of my favorites. Why I don't know. But, in my opinion, it is one of the very few giant bug movies that actually looks good and doesn't have really bad acting. Willis O'Brian had some pretty good looking effects in this one. Although there were some scenes which they used a blackened cartoon scorpion and on the close-ups of it, you could see the matting. Also there is some stock footage that is in this film. Don't worry, it's only stock footage from this film that repeats now an then when the Black Scorpion attacks. That in itself gets somewhat annoying and because some scenes don't fit right. Like when the Black Scorpion attacked two smaller ones after they had attacked the train, a close-up of the Black Scorpion killing the other two was stock footage used in the cave scene just minutes earlier in the film.
All in all, a classic B movies that really isn't as goofy and bland as some of the other monster movies in the 50s and 60s. I would suggest picking this one up if you are a fan of the genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Madre dios! That's one big friggin' bug... Feb. 17 2004
Format:DVD
Released in 1957, The Black Scorpion followed in a long line of giant bug movie, probably most notable 1954's Them!, which dealt with giant ants. The main difference being that in most of those movies, the gigantism in the creatures was caused by atomic radiation (I wonder how many men pondered radiating their private parts given that Hollywood seemed so determined to make us believe radiation would have the effect of embiggening things so?) and in this movie the cause was of a more natural reason.
The Black Scorpion stars Richard Denning, who I remember most from the movie Target Earth (1954) and Mara Corday, a darkened hair beauty whose other notable films include Tarantula (1955) and The Giant Claw (1957).
The plot involves a very active volcano in Mexico and geologists Hank Scott (Denning) along with a colleague are interested in seeing this activity first hand. Corday plays Teresa Alverez, a ranch owner whose cattle is being mysteriously slaughtered and is having difficulties keeping locals around to help her round up the cattle as they believe some devil bull or something is responsible.
Turns out the active volcano has ripped open some giant fissures in the Earth, exposing a vast underground cavern containing mostly giant, prehistoric scorpions. The scorpions, being a might bit peckish after years of living under the ground, start venturing out into the Mexican deserts, stinging and eating whatever gets in their path. They are soon discovered, the military comes in, blows them up real good, and that's the end of that...or is it? Okay, no it's not, as the humongous scorpions find another way out, and begin to do cool stuff like attack trains and find their way into populated areas.
What really worked so well in this movie is the special effects...
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5.0 out of 5 stars OOEY GOOEY FUN
What's so great about this 50's classic is the use of the same scenes over and over---the face shots of the scorpion; when the big scorpion is killing the others, the close ups are... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Michael Butts
4.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Fall Asleep Yet!
OK, the first 20-30 minutes of THE BLACK SCORPION are indeed dull. We are treated to stock footage of volcanic activity, seemingly endless narration, and no real action of any... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Has Sting
This is one of the most underrated films from the era. Aside from the cheesy rubber scorpion head they use for close-ups, the effects still hold up today and the stop-motion... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest monster movies!!!!
I bought this dvd today, and is amazing.
The stop-motion animation is very good, and the story is pretty good too, (maybe a little naif, but ok). Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally
What a great movie. An active volcano releases giant scorpions into the modern world.1950's Sci-fi staple Richard Denning stars in this classic as an archiologist working in... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by Dr. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Warner finally delivers with terrific Black Scorpion DVD
After disappointing DVD releases, virtually barren of extras, of some of the finest SF/horror films in their catalog (Them, Thing from Another World, Curse of Frankenstein, Horror... Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Surfink
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilis O'Brien's first "talkie" to make it to DVD
It appears THE BLACK SCORPION is part of a Warner's Stop-Motion wave.It's being released concurrently with O'Bie's protégé Ray Harryhausen's BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars WILLIS O'BRIEN'S SPIDER
This forgetful 1957 entry has a certain claim to fame in that it includes special effects by Willis O'Brien and his use of a spider that was originally used (and discarded) from... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2003 by Stephen M. Leiker
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun movie
I am a fan of this movie. For horror movie made in the 50's the special effects are very good. The story is of 2 scientists, Richard Denning is one, that go to Mexico to do... Read more
Published on May 26 2003
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