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 ... See full summary »
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, Inspector directs his attention to a spa all the victims had a connection with. Written by
If you dig naked Bond girls, overripe Ennio Morricone scores, and ridiculous giallo plots with garishly masked killers murdering half-dressed bimbinas in ridiculously elaborate ways, The Black Belly of the Tarantula is for you. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to currently be available in English (I saw an Italian-language version with Spanish subtitles). Still nobody watches these movies for the dialogue, and the plot still makes no sense even if you can more or less understand what's being said on screen. Besides, most gialli fans won't concern themselves too much with the plot or dialogue after the opening scene with a buck naked Barbara Bouchet. The only real complaint I had is that the killer turns out to be the most obvious red herring character in the movie. The point of having an obvious red herring character is that he or she is NOT supposed to actually be the killer. (I can't decide if the movie is especially inept or ham-handedly subversive). But did I mention the opening scene. . ?
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