The Black Scorpion 1957
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They’re big. They’re bad. They scuttle along in caverns miles beneath the Earth – until an earthquake opens paths to the surface. Now, these monsters of genus Arachnida are invading our world with deadly force! With top special effects co-designed by King Kong’s Willis O’Brien, The Black Scorpion is horror with a sting more lethal than the king-sized ants that overran Los Angeles’ sewers in the classic Them! Can humankind survive these invincible juggernauts? That fate rests on the shoulders of Hank Scott (1950s monster-movie stalwart Richard Denning) as the creatures rip a train from its track, snatch a helicopter from the sky and, in the film’s most gripping sequence, battle each other in their subterranean lair. Watch out!
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I had ONLY one problem with it when I got it and tried playing it in my DVD player it wouldn't read it took me 3 or 4
try's to get it to play. Afterwards I took it out and the back was sticky there was something on it so I tried wiping it with a soft
cloth the stuff was still on there.
So finally I used some window cleaner on it let it set then cleaned it and now it works good
I recommend this movie to people like myself who loves these old Si Fi monster movies
In addition it had stop motion special effects footage from Pete Petersen’s aborted film projects. Petersen was O’Brian’s assistant on “Mighty Joe Young”, “The Giant Behemoth” and “The Black Scorpion.” Petersen did the tedious hands on stop motion work under the supervision of O’Brian.
My only quibble is the exact same extras were on the dvd release of the film and no new extras were made for the Bluray release. It would have been nice to have had a commentary tract done for this release.
About the film itself in my humble opinion it’s the second best giant bug flick made during the 1950’s sci-fi movie craze. Only the classic “Them” surpasses it having superior story, acting and direction. Regarding special effects however Black Scorpion is superior. O’Brian’s and Petersen’s stop motion in many ways surpasses Ray Harryhausen’s best work. Several scenes of scorpions on the rampage are genuinely frightening and caused me to lose sleep when I saw it in theaters as a child.
For those interested in classic 50’s sci-fi, stop motion animation or just a great entertaining movie I highly recommend seeing “The Black Scorpion.”
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