Review: The Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

With an Italian Giallo consisting of three Bond-girls and an Academy Award nominee this evening couldn’t go wrong!

dvd“THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA” (La tarantola dal ventre nero)
1971
Giallo
Italy

Director: Paolo Cavara
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet
Distributor: Blue Underground
Runtime: 98 mins
DVD REGION 1

“Crime one; A nymphomaniac. Crime two; Involved in drugs. Yet the technique in these two crimes is the same.”

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Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black wasp. As suspects keep dying, The inspector directs his attention to a spa all the victims had a connection with.

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Great staged killings. Well made cameraworks and editing. Ennio Morricone with his most sexy soundtrack ever. The plot is simple but intriguing, the story is character-driven, and the animal analogy is of course there to spice it up. Not on my top ten list, still it’s a great giallo, well worth watching.

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