The Sixth Sense

Year: 1999
Director: M Night Shamalayan
Producer: M Night Shamalayan
Writer: M Night Shamalayan
Cast: Bruce Willis, Hayley Joel Osment, Toni Collette
Perpetually dark - even in the middle of the day Shamalayan manages to make the locales dark, moody and creepy - exactly where you'd expect ghosts to hang around. Also the scariest ghost film for a long time - you feel haunted along with the young protagonist, waiting for someone or something horrible to happen.

A young boy can see ghosts. They literally haunt him, following him everywhere, and a troubled child psychologist, dealing with increasing emotional distance in his marriage, is trying to work out what's up. Moments of impactful terror - such as the hanging colonials in the school hall, the kid who's found his Dad's gun, the suicidal wife and the poisoned girl - heighten the scares in a great story with intelligent dialogue.

Osment gives a stunning debut performance, it's a solid departure for Willis from action hero roles and Collette is great as the loving, frustrated mother struggling to deal with her son's apparent curse - her quasi trailer trash persona and voice strong and realistic. Some people claim that they saw the famous twist at the end coming a mile off, and in the short visage where the story repeats the clues, you feel stupid for missing it, but it's still one of the most mind bending plot twists in history.

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