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Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

La tarantola dal ventre nero (original title)
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 »

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Inspector Tellini
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Laura
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Maria Zani
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Franca Valentino
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Paolo Zani
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Mirta Ricci
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Jenny
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Anna Tellini
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Mario
Anna Saia ...
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Ginetto, the waiter
Nino Vingelli ...
Inspector Di Giacomo
Daniele Dublino ...
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Giuseppe Fortis ...
Psychiatrist
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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, Inspector directs his attention to a spa all the victims had a connection with. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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With needles dipped in deadly venom the victims are paralyzed - so they must lie awake and watch themselves die!


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Black Belly of the Tarantula  »

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Three Bond girls appeared in this film. They were 1. Claudine Auger who appeared in Thunderball 1965. 2. Barbara Bach who appeared in The spy who loved me 1977. 3. Barbara Bouchet who appeared in Casino Royale 1967. The first two appeared in Eon Bond movies while the third one appeared in non Eon Bond movie which was a spoof. See more »

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Crew member visible in second victim's clothes shop. See more »

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Great Giallo
10 October 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When the nymphomaniac Maria Zani (Barbara Bouchet) is murdered, her ex- husband and insurance broker Paolo Zani (Silvano Tranquilli) becomes the prime-suspect of Inspector Tellini (Giancarlo Giannini). Then the saleswoman Mirta Ricci (Annabella Incontrera) is murdered in the same modus operandi – both victims had been paralyzed by acupuncture needles with poison introduced in their necks and their bellies had been ripped open with a knife with the victims still alive, in the same way that tarantulas are killed by tarantula hawks. The police find that she was also a drug dealer,

Paolo meets Inspector Tellini to tell him that he is innocent. Further, he hires the private eyes La Catapulta that finds the last man that had met Maria, the photographer Mario (Giancarlo Prete). Paolo pursues Mario but they both die and Inspector Tellini finds an envelope addressed to Franca Valentino with Mario. Inspector Tellini discovers that he was a blackmailer and meanwhile Franca becomes the third victim of the serial killer. When the masseuse Jenny (Barbara Bach) is found dead wrapped in plastic bag, Inspector Tellini goes to the massage parlor to meet the manager Laura (Claudine Auger) and he believes that an employee may be the serial-killer.

"La Tarantola dal Ventre Nero" is a great "giallo" with the typical structure – a serial-killer that wears gloves and the identity is only discovered in the end; the victims are beautiful semi-naked women; gore deaths; a persistent detective pursues the killer; and wonderful music score.

The story is well developed, with many plot points. The very young Giancarlo Giannini works with very beautiful women, three of them future Bond girls (Claudine Auger and the Barbaras Bouchet and Bach). The great music score of Ennio Morricone completes the work of the director Paolo Cavara. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Ventre Negro da Tarântula" ("The Black Belly of the Tarantula")


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