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A deranged killer is injecting beautiful women with the poison of a rare wasp, paralyzing them and forcing them to witness their own brutal murders. Academy Award(r) nominee Giancarlo Giannini (SEVEN BEAUTIES, HANNIBAL) stars as the dogged detective who takes the case only to find himself trapped in a web of immorality and murder. From the tantalizingly erotic opening to its vicious stunner of an ending, experience what is considered to be one of the most riveting and acclaimed films in the entire giallo genre.
Claudine Auger (THUNDERBALL, TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE), Barbara Bouchet (CASINO ROYALE, DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING) and Barbara Bach (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, SHORT NIGHT OF THE GLASS DOLLS) co-star in this rarely-seen classic directed by Paolo Cavara (MONDO CANE) and featuring one of Ennio Morricone's best scores ever, now transferred in High Definition from the original camera negative and available for the first time ever in America.
Black Belly of the Tarantula, following the release of Dario Argento's first feature, Bird With the Crystal Plumage, is one of the films that defined the Giallo genre's attractive blend of horror and high fashion. With a score by Ennio Morricone, direction by Paolo Cavara, and starring the handsome Giancarlo Giannini, Black Belly makes the story of a perverted serial killer who first paralyzes his victims with the poison wasps used to stun tarantulas seem cool and intriguing. This could be due to the fact that three of the killer's sexy victims went on to become Bond Girls (Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet, and Barbara Bach). Murders set in a massage parlor, an upscale fur shop, and in various white-sheeted beds showcase the aesthetic beauty of bloodshed. Giannini, who plays the suave police inspector, sleuths his way to the killer and finally fights him with the same vampiric ferocity that a wasp attacks a tarantula. In fact, stock footage of the carnivorous insects are interspersed throughout the film for added effect. Plots in Giallo films are basic; rather, the way murders are shot make the films memorable. The finest scenes in Black Belly occur during the stalker's pursuit of his "prey." Women's faces smear across the screen, their makeup palettes carefully matched to the rooms in which they are sliced open. With less actual gore than some other classic Giallo films such as Perfume of the Lady In Black and All The Colors of The Dark, Black Belly of the Tarantula relies more on style than on brutal violence. For this reason, it would be a good introduction to Italian horror for those who want to avoid witnessing serious carnage. --Trinie DaltonSee all Editorial Reviews
Massage and melodrama are brought to the fore when a compromising photo is sent to an unfaithful woman's husband. Needless to say, he isn't pleased by the revelation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Einsatz
If you like early Argento movies try this giallo from another Italian directorPublished 9 months ago by thomas OTTERMAN
"Black Belly of the Tarantula" is a completely average giallo, that Blue Underground have dressed up with some amazing hyperbole on their DVD sleeve, but the film really... Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Griffiths
As you can see on the product description page, a review on the DVD case proclaims this film to be the "best giallo ever made. Read morePublished 21 months ago by gtucker7848
<strong>La Tarantola del Ventre Nero</strong> (Paolo Cavara, 1971)
In 1971, the underlying premise of this film (in English, <em>The Black Belly of the... Read more
I am fun of European horror movies and I must say this one was a very pleasant surprise. A typical yet good plot that will keep you hooked of this Italian Giallo. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by Nostalgicman
I've seen quite a few gialli. Some of my faves include: Most of Argento's work (of course,) Short Night Of Glass Dolls, Lizard In A Woman's Skin, My Dear Killer, Spasmo. Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by Guy Bombardo
I was in high school in the early seventies and had no idea what the Giallo genre was. My first was Dario Argento's 'BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMMAGE' which I saw on the big screen... Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by William Amazzini