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
Emily Tracy who plays Frankie's mother is Lukas Haas' mother in real life. See more »
The newspaper headline says Frankie is ten years old. However, the caption below Melissa's picture says she was killed in 1951, and the sheriff mentions she was killed "ten years ago". According to Frankie's tombstone, he was not born until 1953. The math doesn't add up. See more »
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 »
Despite a few plot gaps, this is a very charming, atmospheric movie. The view is through the eyes of the main child-character, Frankie Scarlatti, and we see what he sees. This is a wonderful ghost story, not a horror film at all. Lukas Haas' character, Frankie, is vulnerable, yet determined to get at the heart of the mystery. Katherine Helmond is touchingly effective in her role as the grandmother of the murdered girl. My only complaint is that I get no clues from the plot or characterizations about what caused the killer to act. Yet I can suspend belief long enough to go with the childlike curiosity into the mysterious story. This is what I call a "little movie", no splashy special effects or over-the-top story lines, just a simple, sweet movie.
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