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
Black Belly won't play for those who like the more gory giallo movies, but the film works well on suspense alone. Don't count this one out.
No idea why this film is cited as one of the best. It doesn't have much style to it, although there is a lot of eye candy, and the mystery itself is very murky. The finale is a disappointment.
One of the best second-tier giallo I've seen. Way too often these things veer into absurdity or there's bizarre indulgent sequences. This plays pretty straightforward and I think it pays offs.
Essential viewing for the giallo fan! Leans more towards mystery thriller than horror, but still a solid film all the way around.