Black Belly of the Tarantula
Directed by Paolo Cavara
A policeman hunts a serial killer who paralyzes his victims before slaying them in this cult giallo hit from MONDO CANE director Paolo Cavara. Italian heartthrob Giancarlo Giannini (HANNIBAL) stars as Inspector Tellini, who’s drawn into the web of a psycho who cuts open his frozen female victims, the same way a rare wasp kills a tarantula. Throw in a mysterious women’s spa, three (yes, three!) Bond girls, and a must-hear score by Ennio Morricone and you’ve got a recipe for a grade-A giallo, as stylish and scary as a killer in a crisp black trench coat.
A policeman hunts a serial killer who paralyzes his victims before slaying them.
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet
Pretty standard giallo fare. Beautiful women are killed by a trench coated rubber gloved killer. There's some sub-plots about drugs and blackmail. The lead detective is likable enough to watch work his way through.
Wonderful! Love these giallo movies!
There is always one scene I like in Giallos, that's the scene where you find out why the film is titled what it is. This was best in "Four Flies on Grey Velvet". In "Black Belly of the Tarantula" the title reveal scene was very anti-climatic. Added to this was a gore scene that was reminiscent of H.G. Lewis, but almost 10 years after "Blood Feast".
Fantastic Giallo film. Perfect soundtrack and suspense. Well worth watching.