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The Best Halloween Movie

Updated on April 4, 2013

There is an abundance of great Halloween films - that can't be said for every holiday or special occasion. I can't think of a ton of really good Thanksgiving movies . . . not a lot of birthday or anniversary movies. Halloween is fortunate to share mood and imagery with one of the more profitable movie genres - monster/horror films. Easter, for instance, doesn't benefit from so popular a movie form - the relentless returning to life of Dracula and Jason isn't at all the same thing as the recounting of an actual historic event that changed the course of history.

Young Frankie Scarlatti on his way to the Halloween celebration at school - and an adventure he could never have imagined.

But amongst all the vampires and supernaturally unable to die butchers is this little masterpiece - "Lady In White". One reason for the 'masterpiece' accolade is the film's seamless blending of a variety of flavors of story. When some films try to cover too much, try to be 'real' by including humor and drama and chills and cultural commentary, etc, they end up missing the mark on all of it . . . they should have concentrated their efforts on the chills or the comedy or whatever.

But "Lady In White" accomplishes just what I suggested those films that fail are attempting - the charm of the small town, the warmth of a loving family,the humor young boys delight in, the supernatural eeriness, the portrayal of racial injustice, and the edge of your seat thrills all come together in a natural way to present people you care about and situations you are caught-up in.

The film is enjoyable, and enjoyable for the whole family, in it's humor, it's eeriness, it's brotherly mischief, it's genuine terror, and in it's nostalgic family life with grandma making dinner and dad working at the family business.

And, don't misunderstand - I think "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is a masterpiece of creepiness, the first "Halloween" a brilliant nightmare, and I'm a fan of such overlooked horror greats as "Shock Waves" and "The Sentimental". I'm not offering "Lady In White" as a family-friendly scary film - I'm suggesting "Lady In White" as a genuinely scary film that is done so well the whole family can appreciate it's cinematic storytelling. I don't ever look for or recommend movies that are merely 'safe' for kids or families - I want good, provocative, and inspired films.

Brothers out late at night, trying to solve a mystery - can't believe what they're seeing

However, recommending this for the whole family to enjoy, I must caution you; the storyline surrounds a series of child abduction/murders that have plagued a small community for years. But that circumstance is treated realistically . . . it's not a tale of some otherworldly evil that the viewer gets to watch slash one teenager after another to pieces - this follows a young boy as he has revealed to him a clue to the identity of a man, a real man, who has not been caught yet. This makes the suspense even more taut and the danger very real . . . the movie provides authentic edge-of-your-seat moments.

At our house, we have a catalog of movies that we watch again and again . . . every couple of years some or all of us will watch "Talk Of The Town", "The Warriors", "Midnight Run", "Here Comes Mr.Jordan", and many others - "Lady In White" is one of those we watch again and again. It's the best Halloween movie there is.

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"The Best Halloween Movie"

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    • truthfornow profile image

      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Forgot about this movie. Just in time for Halloween.

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      MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Denise ~ it's been almost a year, but, thanks for the comment (and, I'm so sorry I missed your visit here at the time).

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      MickeySr 6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.


      Thank you so much for such a favorable review of my efforts here. I've loved movies for as long as I can remember, most particularly Hollywood films from the 30's & 40's. But another genre I hugely favor is (what I call) 10 year old boy movies . . . here's the introduction to those I've reviewed so far ~

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....great movie review Mister Mickey of Senior - I think we should pair you up with Roger Ebert and bring back AT THE MOVIES on pbs and reserve the balcony seats just for you - other film buffs include (and whom I would recommend are COGERSON, ROBWRITE, FLORA BREEN ROBISON and I am a big film buff too but I am too busy writing about severed finger tips in chili - lol - but then again that's another story ......

      lake erie time ontario canada 12:29pm so nice to meet you and I love your fine selection of hubs - will move on and read some of your poetry

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      MickeySr 6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Bing Crosby's "Did You Ever See A Dream Walking" - I doubt if Bing ever imagined his innocently sweet tune would be used in such a creepy way. Since we're both 1954 kids, you should check-out my "The Saturday Matinée" hubs . . . I think the next one I'll do might be "The Incredible Shrinking Man".

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey MickeySr-welcome to Hubpages. We share the same birth year and I had to take a peek to see which movie you felt was the best. I'll have to agree with you. I remember watching this and it haunting me well...forever! To this day I can think of that 'haunting' song that kept coming up and get goose bumps. That movie had it all -- without any bloody scenes.

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      MickeySr 6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      ladyjane - you are my new favorite person. Thanks so much for checking-out my other hubs.

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      ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

      I see Eric and I have the same taste in hubs...coincidently Eric is related to me I am first cousins with his mom ha small world isnt it? Anywho, this movie sounds intriguing, I love Halloween movies and I thought I have seen them all but I have never even heard of this one but will def check it out. Thanks for the great review..Cheers.

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      MickeySr 6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Thanks Eric - and, why not make it a point to watch it again this year.

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      Eric Prado 6 years ago from Webster, Texas

      OMG I haven't seen The Lady In White in so long! Great movie and great hub. Voted up!