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The Black Scorpion (1957)

The Black Scorpion (1957)

Country:  USA

Director: Edward Ludwig

Main Stars: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas

Storyline: Giant scorpions attack Mexico City

Review (Spoils): Volcanic activity erupts and the people of Mexico City are in chaos and to add to matters worse this brought upon giant vermin on to the land. During the first signs of trouble we have Hank Scott (Richard Denning) and Artur Ramos (Carlos Rivas) running around in a jeep rescuing babies (great scene… love the throw the kid in the front seat) and saving damsels ranch owners that can’t ride a horse Teresa (Mara Corday).

We have mean drooling, front facing, running giant scorpions and just when you thought it was over we have the bigger black scorpion. That is not all when it comes to the vermin we are giant earthworms and a weird looking spider also. The romance bit of the film and the young kid running around can be a bit annoying.

Rating: I’m being honest I have seen way better monster films of the drive-in era. The story is trying too hard to be Them!! And the acting is not that great. The best part of the film is the actual special effects of the scorpions but nothing really shocking or different in this film outside the beasts. I sooner drink beer to One-Eyed Doll’s Death Scorpion for an hour and a half.

3/10 Beers!


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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Country: USA

Director:  Jack Arnold

Main Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Whit Bissell

Storyline:  Scientists search the Amazon River for fossils and awaken the creature from the Black Lagoon. The creature kidnaps one of the scientist’s fiancée Kay and they must track him down to save her.







Review (Spoils):  Another Universal film and movie monster. This time it is the Gill Man also known as The Creature. I found this film not as great as the others but the film itself is unique and the underwater shots are amazing for its time.  The most classic shot of this is the swimming scene with the beautiful Kay (Julie Adams) where the creature is just beneath her feet. The storyline itself can be a little boring but it opened the door for monster movies in the horror genre. The Gill Man is one of the most recognized monsters from the Universal era.

Rating: This was an ok film not the greatest from the Universal collection but none the less a classic. The monster itself was done by two different people so no credit was made to them but hats off to both Ricou Browning and Ben Chapman for their work.  This is the best of the Gill Man series.




6/10 Beers!


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