The Black Scorpion is a 1957 giant monster movie directed by Edward Ludwig.When a volcano in Mexico erupts, geologists Dr. Hank Scott (Richard Denning) and his partner Dr. Arturo Ramos (Carlos Rivas) venture out to perform a geological survey. When they do so, they discover a destroyed house and police car, as well as an abandoned baby. Continuing on with the baby to the village of San Lorenzo, they learn that villagers have disappeared, that livestock have been killed, that homes have been destroyed and that strange roars have been heard in the night. The villagers suspect all this to be the work of demonic bulls. Scott also meets and falls in love with local rancher Teresa Alvarez (B-Movie scream queen Mara Corday) and makes friends with a young boy named Juanito. One night, the cause of all the trouble is revealed; giant prehistoric scorpions that were released from the cavern they lived in by the volcano. Although the cave is successfully sealed after an expedition into its depths, the largest scorpion manages to escape, wherein it makes its way to Mexico City for a final showdown...The special effects, by Willis O'Brien (King Kong), were considered cutting edge back in the day it was released.For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode see here.
This film provides examples of:
- Achilles' Heel: The weak spot of the scorpions is in their necks.
- Wait, what necks?
- Artistic License - Biology: Scorpions do not roar.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
- Attack of the Killer Whatever
- Cool Big Bro: Hank to Juanito.
- Gag Dub: Was given on in an episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. The scene chosen was the laboratory scene. Transcript here.
- Gratuitous Laboratory Flasks: The only thing Dr. de la Cruz uses his test tubes for is to make tequila.
- Immune to Bullets: The scorpions pretty much are.
- The Main Characters Do Everything: A soldier fires a giant makeshift taser at the killer scorpion, and not only does he miss the target, he kills himself trying to reload the cannon (see What an Idiot! on the YMMV tab). It's up to Dr. Scott (clapclapclapclap), a geologist, to finish the job.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Corday.
- Off-Model: A weird live action example; the scorpion scenes are constantly intercut with closeups of a drooling scorpion head that looks nothing like the head of the stop-motion model.
- Scary Scorpions
- Shock and Awe: The key to destroying the scorpions is to rig an armor-piercing shell with electrical cables and shoot it into the scorpions' necks (wait, what necks?) to electrocute them.
- South of the Border
- Tagalong Kid: Juanito, who stows away with the heroes' expedition to find the killer scorpions; he even refers to himself as a stowaway. Ostensibly he's come along to help, although what exactly he thinks he can contribute is never brought up even to be dismissed. He graduates to full-blown Load status when he stows away again with the heroes' expedition down into the scorpion cavern, where he is menaced by the monsters (imagine!) and must be rescued.