In the wake of Dario Argento’s ground-breaking giallo THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, numerous directors also tried their hand at these lurid murder-mysteries. At the forefront was Sergio Martino (TORSO, THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH), whose sensual ‘70s thrillers starring Edwige Fenech are widely celebrated as some of the best the genre has to offer.
The final of Martino’s six gialli, THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR combines conventional trappings with elements of the then-flourishing “poliziotteschi” crime thrillers. Claudio Cassinelli stars as an undercover cop on the trail of a Milanese criminal outfit following the brutal murder of an underage prostitute. But a killer-for-hire is also on the prowl, bumping off witnesses before they have a chance to talk.
Also starring Mel Ferrer (THE VISITOR, NIGHTMARE CITY), Barbara Magnolfi (SUSPIRIA) and Jenny Tamburi (THE PSYCHIC, and featuring a script by veteran giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT).