Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco, Katherine Helmond, Jason Presson
Director: Frank LaLoggia
Release Date: 22 April 1988
Length: 112 minutes
Movie Rating: PG-13
View Format: DVD
My Rating: 3/5 stars
“When a Halloween prank traps young Frankie Scarlatti (Lukas Haas) in a school coat closet, he witnesses the replay of a girl’s death. Narrowly escaping the grip of her unseen killer, Frankie vows to help solve the murder and exonerate a wrongly accused janitor. All the while, the legend of the ghostly lady in white lingers. Writer-director Frank LaLoggia composed the film’s musical score and plays the adult Frankie.” — Netflix.com
This is a mildly entertaining thriller. My enjoyment of the movie was tempered by the fact that, as soon as the murderer walked on screen, I knew who he was. The child, Frankie (Lukas Haas), did not know who the murderer was until much later in the film, but I could just instantly tell by the way that the particular scene was shot where they introduced the man. This was a disappointment as I always like it to be a bit more complicated and to try and solve the murder on my own. This aside, the movie was decently acted and featured an okay storyline. There was nothing particularly original about the plot as it is a murder mystery that was never really solved, even though a man is in prison for committing the crime. What was a little unusual was that a young boy was the one trying to solve the murder. I did enjoy seeing the regular world through a child’s eyes again as everything looks a little bit different. The music was lovely and the cinematography was well done so, in the end, I did enjoy this movie. I doubt that I will go back and rent it again, but, if you haven’t seen it, it makes a fine rental for a dark & stormy night.
This movie contains murders, attempted murders, violence, language and some dark and mildly scary sequences. The murder victim is a female child and the next potential victim is a male child so keep this in mind when selecting it for a family viewing. Recommended for ages 13 and up.