I know I review a lot of horror here at Fountain Pop, it is a genre very close to my heart. But now that we are in October, you can expect a few more horror reviews than usual. When it comes to horror, there is nothing like a good solid ghost story. As a huge fan of films like The Changeling, Poltergeist and The Woman in Black, I love a ghost story that actually has A STORY. One of the most beloved ghost stories, Lady in White, has finally debuted on Blu-ray, or course thanks for Shout Factory.
Frankie Scarlatti (Lukas Haas) is a small but intelligent boy living in a small town in the 60s. His town has a secret, for over a decade a serial child killer has eluded police and the death toll continues to rise. When Frankie is bullied and locked in a school closet overnight, he witnesses the ghost of the first victim being murdered. Now with the aid of the girl’s restless spirit Frankie decides to take it upon himself to find the killer and bring him to justice once and for all bringing peace to the town.
Lady in White is a beautifully done ghost story in the most traditional sense. It feels like a good book, methodically paced, wonderfully acted, atmospheric and definitely scary. Lukas Haas is excellent as Frankie, full of wide eyed childhood innocence but with an innate intelligence. Haas has always been an underrated actor, from his first big screen role in Witness with Harrison Ford right up to wonderful supporting role in last years The Revenant with Leonardo DiCaprio. And director Frank LaLoggia does a great job as writer and director despite this being one of only two films he has ever done. Lady in White is a ghost story classic and is an essential addition to any horror library.
Shout Factory has done it again with Lady in White by giving us not one but three versions of the beloved film. There is a 117 minute Directors Cut, a 126 minute Extended Director’s Cut and the 113 minute Theatrical Cut. Plus you get an intro and commentary from the director, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes, a promotional short film, trailers, TV spots and more. I never thought we would ever see a pristine Blu-ray edition of Lady in White let alone such a great special edition. Highly recommended.