The Sixth Sense (1999)

The film that put the unpronounceable M Night Shyamalan on the map, The Sixth Sense was a classic word-of-mouth movie. Sure, Bruce Willis’s star power was always going to pull in the punters, but once people started chatting about ‘that twist’, everyone wanted to go see it, if only to satisfy their curiosity. For me, a tormented, emotionless child will always be way creepier than any adult with a chainsaw, and here it’s little Cole Sear (touchingly played by Haley Joel Osment), a kid who says he can see dead people. The Sixth Sense is a pretty rare form of horror in that its ambience is as melancholic as it is eerie. Quite how Shyamalan has managed to screw up every film he’s made since is one of life’s great unanswerable conundrums. DA
Dir M Night Shyamalan (Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Colette)

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