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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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A Unique And Exciting Giallo Experience 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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Unique And Exciting Giallo Experience, 31 October 2007
Author: ferbs54 from United States

In the 1971 Italian giallo thriller "The Black Belly of the Tarantula," we meet a very unusual policeman, Inspector Tellini. He is unusual, insofar as these gialli are concerned, because he's unsure of himself, not certain if he should stay with his job, and makes many mistakes. Then again, his adversary here is a bit unusual, too: a killer who paralyzes his victims with an acupuncturist's needle in the back of the neck before ever so slowly (and excruciatingly...for this viewer, anyway) slicing their abdomens open. For the life of me, I could not figure out where this picture was headed or what it had on its mind; forget about figuring out the identity of the killer! Thus, I just sat back and enjoyed the ride, and was pleased when everything did congeal, plotwise, at the end. And there ARE many things to enjoy here. Tellini is played by Giancarlo Giannini, a year before he would commence a string of some half dozen hits with director Lina Wertmuller that would catapult him to international stardom. He is as fine an actor as has ever appeared in a giallo film, and he is here surrounded by some truly gorgeous women, including no less than three former/future Bond girls: Barbara Bouchet (whose exposed, superperky buttocks automatically earn this film 5 stars!), Claudine "Domino" Auger and Barbara Bach, here looking younger than I've ever seen her. Other things to enjoy: a creepy, arrhythmic, discordant score by the great Ennio Morricone, flashy direction by Paolo Cavara, some good action scenes (I love that three-way rooftop chase) and, like I mentioned, a meaty story to sink your mental teeth into. Not to mention those grisly murders! Don't believe the Maltin book, which gives a paltry 1 1/2 stars to the cut, 88-minute version of this film. Check out this fine-looking, uncut DVD from Blue Underground, with excellent subtitles and extras, for a unique and exciting giallo experience.

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