The Suspicious Death of a Minor was one of the last of Sergio Martino’s Giallo films. While it isn’t as well known, or even as good, as something like Torso, it is a nice addition to the collection for the genre fans out there.
As far as Martino’s work goes, and the entire Giallo genre for that matter, there are title I love and titles that annoy the hell out of me. You see, when the Giallo genre blew up, tons of directors made an insane amount of films in a very short span of time. This put Italian horror and crime filmmaking at the forefront. It is still an era of cinema that is looked back upon with reverence by many modern filmmakers; so, that definitely makes the works of Fulci, Argento, Martino, and Ercoli a great place for many collectors to start.
With all of that being said, The Suspicious Death of a Minor has most of what I’m looking for in this genre. I liked the music and the mystery. It is does lack the gore and brutality that you would be expecting if you’re a fan of Torso/Carnal Violence. Like many of these genre films, it involved hot girls, sex, crime, and murder. This, of course, is still the formula for most modern day cinema. So while The Suspicious Death of a Minor may have been considered a cash grab at the time, it is definitely a strong example of the genre for modern day collectors.
As far as recent Arrow Video releases go, it also manages to hold a strong spot in the overall catalog. I like the fact that this company tries to put out a little bit of everything; however, I’m in no hurry to pick up A Fish Called Wanda or another Blu-ray copy of Children of the Corn. Their attention to the more dramatic, with The Legend of the Holy Drinker, is more apt to catch my attention than the previously mentioned films at this point. So if I’m a collector looking for something new, I’m definitely looking at Martinos lost little gem.