Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Black Scorpion (1957): The Cavern Sequence
The cavern sequence.
In this scene, our heroes are lowered via crane through a crack in the volcanic earth and into the world of the scorpions. As they leave the car, they find themselves in an underground ecosystem full of gigantic worms, spiders the size of coffee tables, and, of course, the scorpions.
It's a chilling, creepy scene, and, honestly, despite the fact that I'm usually left unfazed by most horror films (especially of this vintage), it made me squirm. Something about the thought of being trapped in that slimy, hellish world filled with these crawling monsters - the germ of many a phobia - was just disturbing to me. Adding to the otherworldly vibe is the unnatural, ever-jerky stop motion effects (mostly animated by Obie's assistant, Pete Peterson).