If there is one sub-genre of films that I just love it is the classic ghost story. This is where you have a secret behind a ghost/haunting that must be uncovered to release whatever is keeping the tormented soul from moving on. These are not as easy as one thinks, otherwise there would be more out there. Yes, there are a few, such as John Carpenter’s The Fog. But one of my all-time favorites is the 1988 film The Lady in White, by director Frank LaLoggia, which is now coming blu-ray in a 2-disc special edition from Scream Factory.
The story is a simple tale about a young Frankie Scarlatti who gets locked in the school cloakroom where he witnesses a ghostly murder that took place 10 years before. But Frankie soon finds himself in danger as the killer is not finished and must discover the answer behind the legendary Lady in White.
The film was written by LaLoggia and was semi-autobiographical, incorporating a lot of his childhood into this movie. I think that is one of the amazing things about what he has given us here and that is a piece of timeless cinema. Other than a visual effects that might seem a little outdated by today’s standards, LaLoggia brings to life a period of time that you can’t tell if it was filmed last year or almost thirty years ago. And it still packs an emotional punch now, just as it did when it first came out. This is due to not only the story, but the powerful cast that brings these characters to life, such as Alex Rocco, Katherine Helmond, Len Cariou, and Lukas Haas. This is a perfect film for younger beginner horror fans too!
This new special 2-disc edition sounds just amazing. Not only do we get the original cut of the film, which runs 113 minutes, we also get the official director’s cut, which runs 117 minutes, as well as an extended director’s cut, which runs another 10 minutes longer, at a 127 minutes! There is also an audio commentary, though we’re not sure which cut it will be for. There is also some behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes, both with introductions by LaLoggia.
They also have listed a “Promotional Short Film” which I assume is the short film that LaLoggia made, with participation of Katherine Helmond, to help get investors for the feature The Lady in White.
This will be released on September 27th, just in time for the Halloween season.