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Friday, December 31, 2021


A great film indeed.

Every Giallo fan should see this film. A detective named Tellini (Giancarlo Giannini) investigates what he thinks are ordinary murders. He soon discovers that there is a serial killer loose that has a most unusual way of killing.

The killer uses a serum that paralyzes the victims so they are still alive when he cuts their stomachs open. This is exactly how black wasps kill tarantulas, and slowly but surely Tellini makes this connection as well as the fact that all of the victims are somehow connected to a spa.

This is a great film and moves along with lightening speed. I was never gored for one second watching this finely crafted little film. The cast includes three women who starred in James Bond films, and that is delicious eye candy.

Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet and Barbara Bach are all lovely here and Bouchet is the first victim we see of the deranged killer. That is disturbing enough to set up the rest of the film.

The score by Ennio Morricone is wonderful and adds much to the film. I saw it on streaming, but it is also available on Blu-ray and DVD. Recommended.

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