Shocktober Day #17 Has Claudine Auger’s Two Shocking Giallos!
I love sharing #31daysofhorror, because I can focus on my favorite Actresses in some of their greatest roles!
Here’s a look at one of the greatest “Bond Girls” ever – who moved “from 007 to Giallo”!
Meet Claudine Auger – born is France, she earned the title of “Miss France Monde” and was the first runner-up in the 1958 “Miss World” contest.
Claudine’s big break came in 1965 when she shared the poster with Sean Connery as Bond girl “Domino” in “Thunderball”:
Auger holds her own against 007, and the film’s huge success made her a star – which she used to star in some of the best 1970’s sex shockers of all time!
A “Bond Girl” Triple Bill Of Terror!
In 1971, Claudine starred with two other Bond girls, Barbara Bach and Barbara Bouchet, in the classic Italian Giallo “Black Belly Of The Tarantula”!
Check out the intense trailer!
Here is the plot for this classic Italian thriller:
Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black wasp!
Claudine is terrific in the film, which is one of the best Italian “giallo” thrillers – italian thrillers with lots of bloodshed and nudity!
Time For More Claudine!
Auger also starred in another great Italian “giallo” thriller – check out this ad!
“Twitch Of The Death Nerve”!
I love how newspaper ads from this era warned about the incredible shocks that awaited the moviegoer…
First, check out the trailer – the film was also released as “Carnage” and “A Bay Of Blood!” as well!
Here is the plot: Countess Federica, the elderly owner of a coveted piece of bayside property, is brutally slain by her husband–who is himself killed by a mysterious third person at the murder scene! Who is the killer? Director Mario Bava’s black comedy of human greed boasts 13 characters and 13 of the most shocking murders ever filmed!
This is considered by many cult film fans as Director Mario Bava’s most influential film and the Godfather of the “slasher” genre!
As I mentioned, this film was released in the US with a multitude of titles, including “The Last House on the Left Part II”, even though this film had nothing to do with Wes Craven’s cult shocker “The Last House on the Left”!
Here is more great trivia, thanks to IMDB: the film “Friday the 13th Part 2” includes two murder sequences that were taken almost shot-for-shot from this film!
Auger has had a long and successful career, but these movies are, without a doubt, some of her greatest work!
Auger cut back on acting by the 80’s, but will always be, to me, the greatest “Bond Girl” of all time!
I mentioned that these are two great Italian “giallo” films, if you want to see another one of the greatest titles in the genre, what about this?
Yes, that is one wild title, and a pretty good thrill ride as well, thanks to Edwige Fenech!
You can read all about Edwige, and the film, by clicking on my link here:
And do NOT forget 70’s sex kitten Pamela Franklin:
Yes, she had no problem sneaking around in the “all-together”!
See more reasons why she made out Shocktober list by clicking here:
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