Day Twelve of Spooky Movie Reviews: “The Sixth Sense”

The Sixth Sense movie logo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

“The Sixth Sense” movie logo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Rayna Minix, Entertainment Editor

The 1999 mystery drama; “The Sixth Sense,” is sure to make your head spin as soon as the credits roll. With a number of major plot twists, this film effortlessly combines both genres of mystery and horror. Well-known director, M. Night Shyamalan, is famous for creating plot lines with strong supernatural themes and wild, turn of events. 

This film follows the story of a young boy, Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), who is haunted by ghosts and confides in one person, child psychologist, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). While trying to discover the underlying issues with Cole, both therapist and patient begin to endure much more than they had anticipated. 

“The Sixth Sense” began and remains a classic. For starters, we have just about the cutest, most innocent looking young boy with the most disturbing demeanor. Combine that with the relentless hauntings, psychological manipulation, and mentally unstable patients, and you’ve got yourself a blockbuster. 

This is one of those movies that just makes me feel insanely uncomfortable. The scenes that bring the most “fear” are those that show what is in the mind of young Cole. Which is ironic, since typically when a person sees things that others can’t, they are just presumed as crazy and that’s that. But the portrayal of death throughout the film and the obliviousness of the concept is so powerful that it engulfs the stereotype that “crazy” people should just be dismissed. 

As for the element of psychological trauma, this movie just goes to show the power it can have on our lives and how it may haunt one for the remainder of their lives.

This film has remained a top-choice for horror movie fanatics over the years. The plot is simple enough to follow, but complex enough to hold interest. There are numerous layers to this story and each one is intense and captivating. Again, I have to say, this movie has one of the biggest, most emotional plot twists I have ever seen. It is quite beautiful. The entire film has a sort of grace to it, I cannot put into words how much I enjoy this movie. 

This is an impressive movie that stands the test of time. I easily give it a 10/10. It set a standard and I can confidently say that it is a movie everybody should watch at least once. Watch the dead people, you won’t regret it.

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