Like other insects and rodents, scorpions have also starred in the silver screen. If you think fighting a war against normal scorpions is hard, wait ‘til you see them enlarged and mutated. Those guys aren’t pests your normal termite control might be able to handle easily. Last time we talked about some flicks with spiders; let’s check out scorpion-themed films this time!
The Black Scorpion (1957)
This film features prehistoric black scorpions of gigantic proportions living underground with equally titanic worms and spiders. Led by an alpha, the bugs took advantage of an earthquake and the birth of a new volcano, wreaking havoc on a small village in Mexico and causing mass panic. It’s up to an entomologist Dr. Velasco and two geologists Dr. Hank Scoot and Dr. Arturo Ramos to eradicate these bugs or, at the very least, send them back where they came from.
Tail Sting (2001)
If you think that fighting genetically-altered scorpions is hard enough with both your feet firmly planted on the ground, try to imagine how it would feel like for those trapped in an airplane while it’s up. The incident in the film was the result of the work of well-meaning scientists who don’t know what they’re messing with, bad flight plans that lead to impromptu booking and seating arrangements, and one would-be hijacker’s greed and apparent negligence at hiding stuff. Against this prick and an army of mutant spiders led by a queen, we have a pair of star-crossed lovers, Captain Jack Russel and Dr. Ryan.
A salvage team headed by Dr. Carly Ryan and her assistant was tasked to retrieve an experimental top secret military cargo aboard the recently found USS Newark, which has been lost at sea for a couple of months. They would soon find out the reason for the submarine’s disappearance, and encounter a scene of horror and carnage as they meet an army of mutant scorpions bent on killing every last human on the ship.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Though technically more about mummies than scorpions, this sequel to the 1999 film The Mummy nonetheless features one of the most badass scorpions you’ll ever meet, portrayed by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in one of his first movies. Mathayus (the Scorpion King), who was once human and king, was transformed by the Egyptian god Anubis into a centaurid scorpion-monster, with a human head and torso and scorpion claws and lower body. The antagonist and titular character Imhotep (who was resurrected after his defeat in the first film) seeks to kill Mathayus in an attempt to gain his army and lead it against the world. Against the immortal mummy and his goons are the O’Connells and a few allies, unknowingly armed with the only weapon that could kill the Scorpion King once and for all.
Scorpions are among the more dangerous pests we could encounter in our home due to their venom. And unlike termites whose colonies can easily be taken down by ants or pest control, getting rid of this type arachnids would require a little more effort. As much as possible, go get some professional help.