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.Written by
First starring role in a motion picture for Lukas Haas. Also the first time he received top billing. See more »
(at around 46 mins) Geno has lost his left shoe running through wet concrete to reach Frankie, but at 10:17 his shoe is back on his left foot without his having an opportunity to retrieve it (he is always either on camera or Frankie is looking up at him). See more »
[after Donald mocking Frankie for liking a girl, Frankie knocking him out with a punch to the face]
Gee, wish I were in love...
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At 17:25 in the DVD commentary, director Frank LaLoggia says that 06:30 of deleted material were added back into the 112 minute theatric release to get the 117:41 version released on the 2005 DVD. Scenes added back include (1) 17:25 - 18:06 Frankie and Miss La Della talking at her car, (2) 36:49 - 37:46 Mama Assunta and Papa Charlie at Frankie's bedside after the cloakroom attack, (3) 55:31 - 57:11 Angelo driving Mrs. Williams and her children home from church, (4) 01:18:56 - 01:19:24 Frankie getting out of bed to see what is happening at the typewriter, (5) 01:28:32 - 01:28:54 Mama Assunta taking Geno's temperature the alternate way. See more »
The problem I see with LADY IN WHITE is that it tries too hard to tackle several unrelated themes withing a horror movie framework. The prologue with the adult main character returning to his old hometown and the ensuing exposition about his brother and father made me think of STAND BY ME, which LADY IN WHITE is definitely not. Also, the subplot involving the African-American janitor's wrongful arrest and the subsequent events that lead to tragedy inject a race relations/civil rights theme that really is superfulous to the main plot. What's going on here? Is the filmmaker trying to make a horror film, or a coming of age film, or a social commentary on prejudice? The film could have been complex enough without all these other elements, and the heavy-handed way in which he uses them in film makes for a very muddled, busy state of affairs.
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