Scarab (1982)

USA, Spain,
92m
35mm film, colour
mono, Spanish

An American/Spanish horror film directed by Steven Charles Jaffe.

Plot Summary

Egyptologist Professor Manz summons up the the ancient Egyptian scarab god Khepera and assumes his supernatural powers. American journalist Murphy and psychic nurse Elena – who turns out to be Manz's daughter – try to stop the reborn Khepera from holding a ritual sacrifice.

Credits

Crew
Director: Steven Charles Jaffe
Alloi Films, Tesauro S.A.
Producer: Luis Calvo
Production Manager: Tadeo Villalba
Unit Manager: Luis Diaz
Script: Steven Charles Jaffe, Robert Jaffe, Ned Miller, Jim Block
Story: Ned Miller, Jim Block
Director of Photography: Fernando Arribas
Editor: David Campling
Music: Miguel Morales
Production Sound Mixer: James Willis
Costumes: Yvonne Blake
Make-up: Jose Antonio Sanchez
Hair: Fransisca Nunez
Special Effects: Antonio Balandin, Antonio Bueno
Art Director: Jose Maria Tapiador

Cast
Rip Torn (Professor Manz/Khepera)
Robert Ginty (Murphy)
Cristina Sánchez Pascual (Elena)
Isabel García Lorca (Shelley)
Mayrata O'Wisiedo (Saturna)
Donald Pickering (Harrington)
Sam Chew Jr. (Raleigh)
Héctor Alterio (primer ministro)
José Luis de Villalonga (presidente frances)
José Lifante (occultist)
Alfredo Cembreros (Max)
Ramón Pons (Randal)
Anders Ahlberg (Holquist)
Catherine Basseti (esposa de Holquist)
Óscar San Juan (ministro de la guerra)
Santiago Rivero (General)
José MarÍa Ochoa (sirviente)
Juan José Navarro (sirviente #2)
Angela Allen (secretaria de Harrington)
Pilar Alcón (bruja #1)

Alternative Titles

Escarabajos asesinos – Spanish title
Paholaiset – Finnish title
Scarab – UK/US title
Scarafaggi assassini – Italian title

References

Periodicals

  • L'Ecran Fantastique no.30 p.59 – illustrated article
  • L'Ecran Fantastique no.36 p.45 – illustrated review
  • Variety 20 October 1982 p.113 – credits, synopsis, review

Books

  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.336 – credits, review
  • Elliot's Guide to Films on Video (3rd edition) by John Elliot p.704 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.232 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film and Television Credits Supplement: Through 1987 by Harris M. Lentz p.561 – credits