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The Sixth Sense

A boy who communicates with ghosts seeks the help of a child psychologist.
Big Plot Twist
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
1999
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Stalker: 
Trespasser
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A film that cannot be unseen!
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This is one of the scariest movies ever made. It’s also incredibly sad. It’s a powerful story that gets more intense as time passes, until it swallows you whole. It’s about a child psychologist dedicated to help a strange boy. There’s something deeply wrong with the boy. Writer and director M. Night Shyamalan won’t just tell us what that is. He crafts a meticulous, calculated slow-burn.
Bruce Willis plays the psychologist and proves he can be more than an action hero. Haley Joel Osment is great. He's just a child and this is not a simple screenplay. He's a champion. Toni Collette plays the desperate mother who's always two steps behind. Her performance is mostly melancholic but she has the perfect attitude. The other characters are a side dish. They are peripheral.
So, there’s an elephant in the room. The film contains two major twists that could easily be spoiled. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should make it a priority. These twists are some of the most memorable in cinema history. Incidently, they make The Sixth Sense simply legendary. The surprises are right there, in your face, yet 95% of us won't see through the illusion. Amazing!
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