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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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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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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Definitely one of the best giallo ever made!, 21 July 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Judging by its plot, atmosphere and absolutely beautiful cinematography, "Black Belly of the Tarantula" to me felt like a sweet amalgamation between Dario Argento's "Bird with the Crystal Plumage" and Mario Bava's "Blood and Black Lace". And, if you know a little something about Italian horror cinema, you'll agree that there are far worse titles out there to get compared with than these two! This is a masterfully staged and creatively scripted murder mystery with bloody-yet-tense massacres and likable characters for once. A gloved psychopath is killing models of fashion house by paralyzing their nerve systems before slicing them open with a knife. This ingenious modus operandi he borrowed from the killing rituals of a wasp species that hunts tarantula spiders. The young police inspector Tellini investigates the crimes but his own life and that of his beloved wife are soon endangered by the culprit as well. This Italian horror gem features one of Ennio Morricone's finest musical scores and director Paolo Cavara professionally stuffs his film with typical giallo-intrigues like drugs, sexual deceit and blackmail. The girls are beautiful (and showing lots of ravishing naked flesh), the suspense is omnipresent and class actor Giancarlo Giannini makes a perfectly credible police hero. "Black Belly of the Tarantula" contains a handful of powerful sequences that fans of horror genre will consider pure craftsmanship, like the rooftop chase and the super-violent climax. It's not easy to come across a (decent) copy but try your best, as this is essential viewing for all giallo-buffs!

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