La tarantola dal ventre nero (1971)


Italian movie La Tarantola dal ventre nero. 1972 directed by Paolo Cavara. "The Black Belly Of The Tarantula" in USA. Giallo genre. With music by one of cinema's greatest composers, Ennio Morricone.

This frightening horror-thriller stars Giancarlo Giannini as Inspector Tellini, chasing a killer whose victims are paralyzed with a poisoned acupuncture needle, forcing them to watch helplessly as their stomachs are ripped open with a sharp knife. This method duplicates the habits of the black wasp in slaying tarantulas, explaining the title. Much of the film is spent on a wild goose chase involving Silvano Tranquilli, the husband of the first victim (Barbara Bouchet). All of the suspects soon turn up dead and Giannini turns his attention to an upscale health spa, frequented by each victim, which is a front for blackmail and cocaine smuggling. The mystery itself is fairly obvious, but director Paolo Cavara includes a good deal of action and Ennio Morricone's score is effectively chilling. Among the cast are such genre favorites as Annabella Incontrera, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudine Auger, Rossella Falk, and Giancarlo Priete. Barbara Bach and Carla Mancini appear briefly.

Three Bond girls appeared in this film. They were: Claudine Auger who appeared in Thunderball 1965, Barbara Bach who appeared in The spy who loved me 1977,  Barbara Bouchet who appeared in Casino Royale 1967. The film has gained much praise from the horror community.

Starring: Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet, Barbara Bach, Stefania Sandrelli, Rossella Falk, Annabella Incontrera, Giancarlo Prete.

Country: Italy | France
Language: Italian

Original Title: La tarantola dal ventre nero (1971) .... Barbara Bach as Jenny
... aka La tarantula del vientre negro (Spain)
... aka Black Belly of the Tarantula (USA)
... aka Tarentule au ventre noir (France)
... aka Der schwarze Leib der Tarantel (Germany)
... aka Taranchura (Japan)
... aka O Ventre Negro da Tarântula (Brazil)

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