6.5/10
2,046
42 user 52 critic

Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

La tarantola dal ventre nero (original title)
Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Beautiful young model Jennifer Lansbury and her goofy friend Marilyn Ricci move into a swanky high-rise apartment after the previous tenant gets brutally murdered. Pretty soon Jennifer is ... See full summary »

Director: Giuliano Carnimeo
Stars: Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Paola Quattrini
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared.

Director: Aldo Lado
Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When two sisters inherit their family castle, a string of murders committed by a mysterious dark haired woman in a red cloak decimates their circle of friends. Is the killer their ancestor,... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Miraglia
Stars: Barbara Bouchet, Ugo Pagliai, Marina Malfatti
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman, a survivor of a failed murder attempt by a person dubbed "The Half-Moon Killer" by the police, and her husband must find the connecting thread between herself, six other women, and... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Antonio Sabato, Uschi Glas, Pier Paolo Capponi
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A series of murders are committed near the estate of a degenerate author and his wife.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A famed jewel thief named Rochard is slashed to death on a train. His daughter Nicole, a famous nightclub performer in Paris, is questioned by the police about some missing diamonds but she... See full summary »

Director: Luciano Ercoli
Stars: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In London, the Italian gym teacher Enrico 'Henry' Rosseni is having a love affair with his eighteen year-old student Elizabeth Seccles, who is the daughter of the owner of the Catholic ... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Dallamano
Stars: Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Karin Baal
Torso (1973)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A triangle of friendship, love, sex, and, perhaps, murder. Minou is newly married to Peter, a businessman in debt as he works to bring a new product to market. They met through Dominique, ... See full summary »

Director: Luciano Ercoli
Stars: Dagmar Lassander, Pier Paolo Capponi, Simón Andreu
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Ivan Rassimov
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Laura
...
Rossella Falk ...
Franca Valentino
Silvano Tranquilli ...
Paolo Zani
...
Mirta Ricci
Ezio Marano ...
Masseur
...
...
...
Mario
Anna Saia ...
Maria's friend
Eugene Walter ...
Ginetto, the waiter (as Walter Eugene)
Nino Vingelli ...
Inspector Di Giacomo
...
Entomologist
Giuseppe Fortis ...
Psychiatrist
Edit

Storyline

Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black wasp. As suspects keep dying, Inspector directs his attention to a spa all the victims had a connection with. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

With needles dipped in deadly venom the victims are paralyzed - so they must lie awake and watch themselves die!


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

9 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Belly of the Tarantula  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

| (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Three Bond girls appeared in this film. They were 1. Claudine Auger, who had the female lead in Thunderball (1965). 2. Barbara Bach, who went on to have the female lead in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). 3. Barbara Bouchet, who appeared in Casino Royale (1967). The first two appeared in Eon Bond movies, while the third appeared in a non Eon Bond movie which was a spoof. See more »

Goofs

Crew member visible in second victim's clothes shop. See more »

Connections

Featured in Profondo Delle Tenebre: Memento Mori (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sadistic and brutal - just like Giallo should be!
4 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Black Belly of the Tarantula is both a great thriller in its own right and surely one of the best entries in the Giallo cycle. The film is reminiscent of several like it, but this one is the most cerebral and most sadistic Giallo I've seen. The modus operandi of the killer at the centre of the story involves jabbing his victim with a poison laced needle which induces paralysis. He then proceeds to gut them while they're still alive and unable to do anything about it! Director Paolo Cavara seems to realise just how malicious this plot is, and so the film is not gratuitous. The reliance on the idea behind the murders is far more shocking than any amount of gore; so it doesn't matter that there isn't a lot of the red stuff. Typically, the film works from an extremely convoluted plot which sees a woman, who is also a member of a private health club, become the victim of blackmail. Around the same time; dead bodies start piling up and our hero; an insecure police detective by the name of Tellini learns that the murders are done in the style of the black wasp killing a tarantula...

As ever with Giallo, the film isn't particularly easy to follow; as there's so much going on that it's easy to miss one or two key plot elements. This is, however, far better than having too little going on and unlike many Giallo's, at least this one mostly resolves everything by the conclusion. There's a very potent stream of sleaze running throughout the film also; as if the killer's methods weren't enough on their own. The film features plenty of sex, and it will please some to learn that many of the murders are depicted with the female victim in the nude. The murder scenes themselves are well orchestrated, and director Paolo Cavara delights in showing us the gentle way that the paralysis needle slips into the victims' necks before having their stomachs ripped open with a hunting knife. The cinematography is superb, and it's safe to say that Black Belly of the Tarantula is one of the better looking Giallo films out there. The locations bode well with the film's style, and scenes that take place on a rooftop and in a luxury swimming pool provide visual treats. Overall, I don't hesitate to name Black Belly of the Tarantula as one of the best Giallo's that I've seen and it comes highly recommended!


15 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 42 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Steven Spielberg's Most Mind-Blowing Easter Eggs

"The IMDb Show" takes a look at the new trailer for Ready Player One and breaks down director Steven Spielberg's five greatest Easter eggs of all time. Plus, we connect the dots between IMDb's Top 10 Stars of 2017.

Watch now