Enjoy The Black Belly of the Tarantula this weekend at midnight with a live musical score (composed and improvised) by Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Grey Gersten (John Zorn, Michael Hurley) and Ryan Sawyer (Jandek, Tall Firs).
The Black Belly of the Tarantula. La Tarantola dal Ventre Nero.
A killer seeks thrills by injecting his women victims with Tarantula poison. Paralyzed but conscious, he/she brutally carved up with that shining large knife. Sex and mystery with a hint of Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom.
Classic giallo. Everything you love about giallo…the gloved hands of the killer moving slowly in-and-out of frame, the shining large knife, gorgeous young (and naked) Italian women, hints of lesbianism and homosexuality, a breathy synth score, a car chase resulting in the death of someone we think is important but really isn’t.
It’s a thriller, as all good giallos are at heart. Central is the personal and professional journey of a well-meaning cop, his lady friend in danger, his career and life on the line.
A giallo staple the “eye” – what is seen versus what is not shown and the assault of the eye is most literal here. Naturally there is a twist of an ending, the revelation of the killer, that no one sees coming.