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Director:
Writers:
Marcello Danon (story)
Lucile Laks (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 August 1971 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
With needles dipped in deadly venom the victims are paralyzed - so they must lie awake and watch themselves die!
Plot:
Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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I Find This Giallo Refreshinly Special! See more (31 total) »

Cast

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Giancarlo Giannini ... Inspector Tellini

Claudine Auger ... Laura

Barbara Bouchet ... Maria Zani
Rossella Falk ... Franca Valentino
Silvano Tranquilli ... Paolo Zani
Annabella Incontrera ... Mirta Ricci
Ezio Marano ... Masseur

Barbara Bach ... Jenny

Stefania Sandrelli ... Anna Tellini
Giancarlo Prete ... Mario
Anna Saia ... Maria's friend
Eugene Walter ... Ginetto, the waiter
Nino Vingelli ... Inspector Di Giacomo
Daniele Dublino ... Entomologist
Giuseppe Fortis ... Psychiatrist
Guerrino Crivello ... Informer
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Surgeon
Giorgio Dolfin ... Policeman
Carla Mancini ... Client at Beauty Parlor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Anelli ... Policeman in the Projection Room (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Policeman in projection room (uncredited)
Eleonora Giorgi ... Maid in Beauty Center (uncredited)
Ettore Mattia ... La catapulta (uncredited)
Filippo Perego ... Policeman in the Projection Room (uncredited)

Directed by
Paolo Cavara 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marcello Danon  story
Lucile Laks  screenplay

Produced by
Marcello Danon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Marcello Gatti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mario Morra 
 
Art Direction by
Piero Poletto 
 
Set Decoration by
Luigi Urbani 
 
Costume Design by
Fiorella Gaetano 
 
Makeup Department
Amato Garbini .... makeup artist
Alvaro Rossi .... makeup assistant
 
Production Management
Maurizio Marvisi .... production manager
Antonello Mazzeo .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrizio Castellani .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Franco Bassi .... sound mixer
Armando Bondani .... sound recordist
 
Stunts
Bruno Ukmar .... stunt director
Nella Gambini .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bernardini .... assistant camera
Ivo Spila .... assistant camera
Otello Spila .... camera operator
Umberto Dessena .... grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Romano Giomini .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
 
Other crew
Anna Maria Bifarini .... script supervisor
Ettore Catalucci .... laboratory director (as E. Catalucci)
Paolo Gualdi .... production secretary
Piero Speziali .... production administrator (as Pietro Speziali)
R.R. Tercafs .... entomological photography (as Dott. R. R. Tercafs)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La tarantola dal ventre nero" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
89 min | Italy:98 min (uncut)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (1972) | Italy:T (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
I Find This Giallo Refreshinly Special!, 29 March 2001
Author: jlabine from Brooklyn, New York

My God! The opening scene alone is worth the price of admission! Barbara Bouchet being given a nude body massage while Ennio Morricone's score (hightened by Edda Del Orso's seductive vocals) explores our aural senses is nearly the best opening I've ever seen... period! Paolo Cavara's brilliant Giallo "The Black Belly Of The Tarantula" is definately special. The film contains a beautiful (Euro Babe) cast, that would please James Bond afficianados everywhere. It contains three Bond Girls in one film! The wonderful Claudine Auger ("Thunderball"), Barbara Bouchet ("Casino Royale"), and Barbara Bach ("The Spy Who Loved Me"), all lending shady perversity to the proceedings. The title refers to the sadistic means in which a killer is performing on his prey. An acupuncture needle is inflamed with a paralysing poison that the killer inserts into the neck of his victim (realistically, this would probably kill someone, but hey... this is an Italian B Movie!!) thus insuring that the victim is paralysed yet concience while the killer tears open their belly with a knife (eehhh...hella creepy!). The story primarily surrounds the investigation by Inspector Tellini (well acted by Giancarlo Giannini) of the murder of Maria Zani (Barbara Bouchet) who was being blackmailed before her death. Other murders follow, as the Inspector's trail leads to a Fashion Boutique, a Science Laboratory, and then a Health Spa, which are all linked to drug traffiking and sexual deviant politics. Like "What Are Those Strange Drops Of Blood Doing On Jennifer's Body" this film as well could be a kind of prototype Giallo film. If you are familiar with the genre, you can only laugh at the way the victim always says to the Inspector "I can't talk right now... but I think I know who the killer is. Come back later (or tomorrow), and I'll tell you. (another equally laughable sentence is: "I just want to check something out, but I'll meet you later!) This line is usually a recipe to get yourself gutted and tortured in the most painful of ways. Also, like "What Are Those..." this film again has the theme of moral avenger (quite often this theme is linked with something resembling impotence... c'mon you got to laugh at that!) that strikes out on the poor girls with viciousness. I'm still trying to sort out if this is somehow linked to the cynicism surrounding Catholicism in Italy? But the killer's use of fetishistic surgical gloves only insures that this is pure Euro-Trash at it's best.

Giancarlo Giannini's Inspector Tellini is a slightly different breed of cop. The film interestingly delves further (then most Gialli) into the relationship of him and his wife Anna (played by the beautiful Stefania Sandrelli), and the moodiness surrounding his job. He neurotically says "I just don't think I can do this anymore. I want to quit." (echoing my own displays of verbal discontent in the work world, as my girlfriend pointed out) And in the end when Inspector Tellini loses his cool, as the killer gets closer to getting to his wife!

This is a great little Giallo, which unfortunately is a tad hard to find in America. But I nevertheless highly recommend it to those who love weird and twisted little masterpieces that come from a country of machisimo mentality. And the music score is to die for!!!!

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