A series of volcanic eruptions unleash giant scorpions in Mexico City. It's up to an American geologist to stop them.
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
Fabulous Harryhausen stop-motion animation effects. Hokey story and truly awful monster close-ups, but thoroughly enjoyable (especially for kids. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hale & Hardy
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... Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by Sheila Chilcote-Collins
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 morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Michael Butts
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 morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
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 morePublished on Dec 15 2003
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by Dr. Freeman