Black Belly of the Tarantula

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1971
  • Color
  • Running Time: 89 min | Italy:98 min (uncut)
  • Production Co: Da Ma Produzione | P.A.C.
  • Distribution Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (1972) (USA) (theatrical) (dubbed) | MGM-EMI (1972) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Paolo Cavara
  • Written by Marcello Danon, Lucile Laks
  • Starring Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet, Rossella Falk, Silvano Tranquilli
  • Produced by Marcello Danon
  • Original Music by Ennio Morricone
  • Cinematography by Marcello Gatti
  • Film Editing by Mario Morra

Plot Summary

  • A series of victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black wasp. The victims all seem to have a connection with a spa.

Also Known As

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


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