Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971) aka La Tarantola del Ventre Nero aka Tarentule au Ventre Noir

 4 / 5 Jun '09
Tagline: With needles dipped in deadly venom the victims are paralyzed - so they must lie awake and watch themselves die!
Directed by: Paolo Cavara
Written by: Marcello Danon, Lucile Laks
Actors include: Giancarlo Gianni, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Length: 98 minutes
Banned: Finland
Country: Italy/France

This was a rather strange and bloody giallo as it features a killer who paralyzes their victims (much like a Tarantula), then slices their bellies open while they are still alive! It's very stylish and creepy (especially with the mannequins) and the plot is an interesting one, also a bonus is Ennio's expertise on the soundtrack for the film. It's just a bit irritating because of the ridiculous red herrings and loose ends. It's one thing to add a bunch of suspicious characters to a film, but then to create these big plot points that are pointless...well it actually detracted a bit from the film I'm afraid. Overall it was fairly enjoyable, it was just not quite as tight as I'd wished it had been.

Availability:  On DVD

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