Lady in White (1988)

PG-13   |    |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

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An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a 1960s small town, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl.




  • Katherine Helmond and Gregory Levinson in Lady in White (1988)
  • Lady in White (1988)
  • Lukas Haas and Emily Tracy in Lady in White (1988)
  • Lukas Haas and Joelle Jacobi in Lady in White (1988)
  • Lukas Haas in Lady in White (1988)
  • Karen Powell in Lady in White (1988)

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11 October 2005 | skallisjr
| Perfect for Hallowe'en
This film combines elements from many other genres, and makes itself unique. It is a ghost story, a murder mystery, a nostalgia film, and a family drama.

The story is centered on Frankie, a successful novelist of horror stories. He returns to his home town in the Northeastern United States, during autumn, and the basic film is a flashback.

Within the film are hints that make it more intriguing. Frankie sells greeting cards, and from them gets a typewriter, presaging his career as an author. His schoolwork reflects this, as he writes a frightening short story to spook his schoolmates -- and his teacher. A couple of his classmates trick him into going into the coat closet as the school is closing, and lock him in.

After trying to get out, he eventually falls asleep, and wakens to the sight of the ghost of a young girl, who is condemned to relive, as it were, her murder. Later, the murderer comes into the closet and nearly strangles Frankie to death.

Frankie has a near-death experience, but is revived. He then experiences a number of unusual events, such as seeing The Lady In White, a ghost of a woman seeking her missing daughter. Much of the story is seen in the context of an Italo-American family, with mild comedic incidents.

Major spoiler: The identity of the murderer is a bit easy to figure out, particularly with him whistling an early Bing Crosby song that Frankie (and the audience) knows is connected to the little girl's ghost.

The film delivers on all its fronts, and is perfect to watch after the Trick-Or-Treaters have finished.

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Fantasy | Horror | Mystery | Thriller


Release Date:

22 April 1988


English, Italian, Spanish, German

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Bishop Road, Lyons, New York, USA

Box Office


$4,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$282,652 24 April 1988

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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