The Sixth Sense (1999)

by missizziemcguinness


‘I see dead people’

The Sixth Sense is a film by M. Night Shyamalan about a child pyschologist named Dr. Malcolm Crowe who helps Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a frightened 8 year old boy with the ability to see dead people, uncovering Malcom’s secret which only his wife knows about. 

I find that the Sixth Sense is creepy (for its day), edge of your seat film of which, despite being slightly predictable, even viewers can unlock clues from the very start and tie up the loose ends eventually, looking into why Malcolm wanted to help the troubled young Cole.

 I don’t usually watch Bruce Willis stuff, but his charecter was believable and not corny or staged in any way. Haley Joel Osment was at the height of his career when the film was released, and despite being ten years old at the time, he plays a charecter which behind the timid exterior, is a child distressed and haunted by ghosts. His mother, played by Toni Collette, usually always plays the depressed, sometimes suicidal single mother with the weird bullied son, who doesn’t know about her sons secret until the end.

Jump scares and the colour red is not put in there to make the film look good. Jump scares are usually a way to scare people, but it is effective when he sees all the ghosts respectively, or red to show death. 

I could pyschoanalyze this film forever, but I had to fast forward some small scenes as I get scared fairly easily. The emotion of the film has surpassed the test of time.