Saturday, September 28, 2013

Lady in White (1988)

Director: Frank LaLogia

Writer: Frank LaLogia

Composer: Frank LaLogia

Starring: Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco, Katherine Helmond, Jason Presson, Renata Vanni, Angelo Bertolini, Joelle Jacobi, Jared Rushton

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The year is 1962. The place is Willowpoint Falls. Nobody talks about what happened in the school cloakroom 10 years ago. Now, in the dead of night, Frankie Scarlatti is going to find out why.

Plot: Locked in a school closet during Halloween 1962, young Frank witnesses the ghost of a young girl and the man who murdered her years ago. Shortly afterward he finds himself stalked by the killer and is soon drawn to an old house where a mysterious Lady In White lives. As he discovers the secret of the woman he soon finds that the killer may be someone close to him.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

 Well color me surprised.  Here's a well-acted, scripted, directed ghost story that really works.  It's more for kids but don't show it to them too early because it can get pretty scary for the tots during that final fifteen minutes.  The ending seems to keep ending and keep going but it's not a deal killer.  The shooting of a certain someone is devastating.  It's interesting how this picture was able to successfully and powerfully working racial injustice.  It was very effectively handled. I'm shocked that this is his second and final film.  What happened to this guy?  Based on this film he had a very promising career ahead of him.  Who knows.  It's a shame he never returned to film.  He had something here.

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