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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 »

Director:

Paolo Cavara

Writers:

Marcello Danon (story), Lucile Laks (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ezio Marano ... Masseur
Barbara Bach ... Jenny
Stefania Sandrelli ... Anna Tellini
Giancarlo Prete ... Mario
Anna Saia Anna Saia ... Maria's friend
Eugene Walter Eugene Walter ... Ginetto, the waiter (as Walter Eugene)
Nino Vingelli ... Inspector Di Giacomo
Daniele Dublino ... Entomologist
Giuseppe Fortis Giuseppe Fortis ... Psychiatrist
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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Belly of the Tarantula See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Da Ma Produzione,P.A.C. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The shot where a man falls to his death from a building featured a falling mannequin. However, it strikes a window and breaks it during the plunge, which was an unintentional fluke. The blunder remains in the film. See more »

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

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Adequate,but not special
16 November 2010 | by chrichtonsworldSee all my reviews

In most of the Giallo movies I have seen so far,there was always this gimmick that made the movie distinguish itself in the genre. While there is such a gimmick used here it nearly isn't as interesting as it sounded. The gimmick of course is the killer using acupuncture needles to paralyze the victims like this special wasp does to the black tarantula. And that is it. The title sounds more intriguing than it is. The movie contains enough moments to maintain a certain tension. But without red herrings it is actually pretty easy to pick out the killer. In good Giallos they often give hints and clues in making you think who the suspect is and then hit you with this amazing twist that turns everything upside down and still make sense. "Black Belly..." lacks serious suspects so basically everyone could be the killer. Very sloppy or lazy and no fun whatsoever. This movie doesn't even try to make sense of the killer's actions which usually should be the key element in unfolding the killer's identity. Apart from the beautiful women this movie isn't special. Is it a waste of time then? No,not really. But one familiar with the genre does expect more creativity. The main character also starred as Matis in the last two Bond movies which sort of gives this movie more glamour. Overall this movie just lacks the punch I expect to be in a giallo movie.


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