The Black Belly of the Tarantula
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Essentially, it's a whodunnit and we could debate the strength and weaknesses of the plot (and there are plenty of weaknesses) but the key to this film is it's cinematic style, a kind of garish Pop-Art vision of '70s Rome that mesmerises with each frame. It's loaded with '60s accoutrements - retro-futuristic furniture, glamorous women's fashions, old-school Alfa Romeo's (was there ever a cooler vehicle?). And the acting is stellar together with yet another legendary Morricone soundtrack.
As for the DVD itself, this is the first Blue Underground disk that I have bought and I can say without equivocation that it's the best looking picture that I've ever seen in this format. Really vibrant colors that are a joy to watch even at moments when the plot begins to sag. And full marks to BU for including the original Italian mono soundtrack with English subtitles. In all, it's a great product that really captures how good DVD can be when someone takes care with these things. I will certainly be buying many more Blue Underground films in the future.
So, you get '70s Rome, funky decor, brash colors, a reasonable plot and if that ain't enough, there are not one, not two but THREE Bond girls in this film (and one of them gets nude and all).
No excuses for not owning this one.
"The Black Belly of the Tarantula" was produced with a high budget and was well received throughout the world. Everything about this movie is beautiful and extravagant: the photography, the settings, and the actors/actresses themselves. Three gorgeous women who starred in James Bond movies are in this giallo. Barbara Bouchet, a giallo regular, is the first victim. (She gave great performances in Lucio Fulci's "Don't Torture a Duckling" and Emilio P. Miraglia's "The Red Queen Kills 7 Times). There is plenty of action and suspense in a plot that involves blackmail, drug smuggling, revenge, and creepy crawlers.
Dressed all in black, the killer looks like a wasp as he injects wasp venom into his female victims. As they lay on their beds paralyzed, the killer disembowels them while they watch helplessly. The killer's motive is mundane but doesn't detract from the overall chilling effect of the film. A great lounge score is provided by Ennio Morricone who provided the music for many Spaghetti Westerns and Italian gialli.
"The Black Belly of the Tarantula" is a must see for all fans of Italian gialli and fans of the lead actors/actresses, such as Giancarlo Giannini, Barbara Bouchet, Claudine Auger, and Barbara Bach. It is definitely a keeper in my collection.
With Black Belly of the Tarantula, you find something less than common with the films characters. Most films of this genre follow the triangular pattern of an innocent man caught in between the killer and the law but Black Belly does not follow that same typical story telling. Giancarlo Gianni plays a distraught inspector trying to solve the case of brutal murders, where the victims are paralyzed by a poison needle in the back of the neck and they eviscerated with a scalpel knife, but the inspector is reluctant to finish they case and has thoughts of resigning before the murders are solved.
Although this film came out relatively the same year as the great American crime film Dirty Harry by Don Segal, Black Belly shares the same theme of a frustrated but engaging inspector with distrust for the system and hatred for the criminals that he is always pursuing.
The conclusion of the film has its regular twist and red herrings applied but the ending scene has more emotional attatchment than most giallo films.
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THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA has all of the classic Italian giallo elements, including a mysterious, gloved killer, a galaxy of beautiful women (watch for an impossibly hot... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
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 8 months ago by Einsatz
If you like early Argento movies try this giallo from another Italian directorPublished 15 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 23 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 on December 1, 2013 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
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