Day 15 and 16 were a total acid trip. Between the pure craziness of Death Laid an Egg and the dreamy crashdown of Footprints, I decided to put the trippier gialli on hold for a day or two and go for some grittier works.
Suspected Death of a Minor isn't 100% giallo. Instead, Sergio Martino's film is part, giallo, part police procedural, and at times, part spoof. While I do enjoy the mixing of genres, this time it doesn't always work.
Inspector Germi is at a dance hall where he meets the intriguing Marisa. Marisa speaks cryptically, acting as if she were hiding from something...or somebody. After a dance and a kiss, Marisa leaves.
On the way home, Marisa is chased by a man with long hair and mirrored sunglasses. She breaks free, only to run into him again in her boarding house. This time it doesn't end well, as she is slashed to death.
Germi ends up getting involved in the case, which involves a teenage prostitution ring, a wealthy banker, and all sorts of sleazy lowlifes. Along for the rise is Giannino, a petty thief who helps Germi.
The bulk of the film isn't really a giallo, but more of a