Lady in White (1988)

Frankie is locked in the class coat closet on Halloween night by a pair of bullies, where he sees the apparition of a young girl reliving her murder from years before. Not moments later, her killer returns to recover a piece of evidence that had been left behind, when he discovers Frankie and knocks him unconscious. The boy escapes, but is followed home by the ghosts of Melissa and the mysterious Lady in White, who is said to haunt the rocky cliffs from which Melissa's body was thrown. Now, it will be up to him to oust the murderer and free their spirits forever! Director Frank Laloggia revisits the ghosts of his childhood in LADY IN WHITE, a stylish and atmospheric haunt with good old-fashioned sensibilities! Laloggia paints a dreamy landscape for his spirits to wander through using deep, saturated colors and wonderfully dressed sets found all throughout his native town of Rochester, where the legend was born. The process photography used to bring the ghosts to life is crude but effective, falling back on traditional techniques from early Horror. Despite its light mood, LADY IN WHITE deals with very dark subject matter, including the rape and murder of several children and extreme racial prejudice. It also produces intense moments of gripping suspense as Frankie draws closer to the truth. Frank Laloggia's mini-masterpiece is an enjoyable throwback to the classics, and a great little ghost tale.

Rating: 8/10.

Movies like LADY IN WHITE:
THE LOVELY BONES, THE CHANGELING, THE OTHER, GHOST STORY, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, THE ORPHANAGE, DARKNESS FALLS, THE INNOCENTS, TRICK 'R TREAT.

9 comments:

  1. One of the Frog Queens all time favorites. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers!

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  2. will have to check this one out. thanks.

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  3. Froggie I was happy to stumble upon this one, it is a great ghost tale that is sadly overlooked, and MrJ, you are sure to enjoy it!

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  4. I've never seen this - but am familiar with it because it was featured in one of those '100 Scariest Moments' shows. It sounds suitably atmospheric - perfect viewing for a lazy Sunday evening.

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  5. I will say that there are two moments that had my stomach in knots -- granted they had nothing to do with the Lady in White so much as the murderer. A good watch James, I'm sure you will appreciate it!

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  6. it's a sweet ghost telling and holds up to the spooky yet being sort of sweet... it's a family thing...

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  7. It really is, though I wonder whether or not THE LOVELY BONES liberally borrowed from it?

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  8. I had never heard of this before, but it sounds interesting and will be on the lookout for it.

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  9. Frank will hopefully be stopping by shortly to discuss the film in further detail, hope you enjoy Kathryn!

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