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Black Belly of the Tarantula
Directed by Paolo Cavara
Produced by Marcello Danon
Written by Marcello Danon,
Lucile Laks
Starring Giancarlo Giannini,
Claudine Auger,
Barbara Bouchet,
Rossella Falk
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Marcello Gatti
Editing by Mario Morra
Release date(s) 1971
Running time 98 min.
Country Italy

Black Belly of the Tarantula is a 1971 Italian film directed by Paolo Cavara. It is one of many Italian giallo films to be inspired by Dario Argento's successful debut thriller The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. The film was shot on location in Rome, Italy in 1970. Though fairly obscure for many years the film has recently made a come back thanks to the rising fan base for the giallo genre. The film has gained much praise from the horror community, one writer at cited it as the best giallo ever made. Blue Underground Entertainment released the film on DVD in 2006.


A mysterious killer is attacking women associated with a blackmail conspiracy. The deranged murderer seizes his victims by paralyzing them with a needle and then slicing open their bellies. It's up to reluctant Inspector Tellini to find out who the killer is, before he too becomes a target.


Alternate titles

  • Den Mystiske dråparen - Finland
  • Salaperäinen tappaja - Finland
  • Med spindelns gift - Sweden
  • Sta nyhia tis mavris arahnis - Greece
  • Tarántula del vientre negro, La - Spain
  • Tarentule au ventre noir - France


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