The Scorpion King

Universal Released 2002




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Charles Russell

Occurring five thousand years before The Mummy, the story centres on Mathayus in his quest to kill King Pheron, who enables the evil Emperor Memnon to rule the land. When his initial attempt fails, Mathayus is sentenced to death by being buried up to his head in the sand to be left for the fire ants to eat. Fortunately Mathayus escapes and eventually is able to rescue the sorceress Cassandra. Using Cassandra as bait to trap Memnon, Mathayus and his enemy battle to see who will become king. The Scorpion King includes references to many of the Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, as well as drawing its story from Egyptian mythology.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Rouses excitement mostly from stuntwork and thesp agility rather than CGI excess.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The movie itself is a live-action cartoon, a fast-moving and cheerfully simplistic 88 minutes of exaggerated action put together with the preteen boy in mind.

  • 10

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    As this chaotic barrage of muscle flexing, swordplay, fireballs, crude digital effects and comic-book quips hurls itself off the screen, it's like having several garbage cans clogg...

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    • Production Budget $60,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $91,047,077 (29th)
      Worldwide Gross - $165,333,180 (31st)

      Domestic Adjusted fro 2013 - $127,873,347
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $232,206,325

    • Production Companies:
      Alphaville Films
      BT Film
      Kalima Productions GmbH & Co. KG
      World Wrestling Entertainment

    • Filming locations include:
      Borrego Springs, California
      Los Angeles, California
      Malibu, California
      Mystery Mesa, California
      Palm Springs, California
      San Diego, California
      Santa Clarita, California
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Agua Dulce, California
      Yuma, Arizona

    • Tagline:
      Warrior. Legend. King.

    • Music:
      Written by Sho Kosugi
      Performed by The Taiko Drummers
      I Stand Alone
      Written by Sully Erna
      Performed by Godsmack
      Along the Way
      Written by Steve Felton, Jeff Hetrick, Tom Schmitz, Jason Popson, Jack Kilcoyne, Dave Felton, Marko Vukcevich
      Performed by Mushroomhead
      Yanking Out My Heart
      Written by Chad Kroeger
      Performed by Nickelback


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