As Fright Week winds down, we take a look at one of the most powerful modern scary pictures ever made. Being that it is Sunday, I didn't want go too overwrought with a pick that was known for gore and violence. "The Sixth Sense" provides that perfect release.
There are only a select films that provide timeless quotes that become pop culture staples. "I see dead people" has become so synonymous with "The Sixth Sense" and such a fixture in our regular vocabulary that it might as well have it's own entry in Wikipedia. But even that wasn't what made the movie a classic.
It was already gripping with Bruce Willis giving one of the best performances of his career as a child psychologist trying to get his "life" back on track after a violent encounter with a patient. Then add to that the phenomenal role of then child actor Haley Joel Osment delivering one of the most mature performances ever seen on the big screen and you think that would be enough. Nope. The surprise ending is the icing on the cake. I don't care what ANYBODY says who's supposedly is good at figuring out twists, there's no way anyone could have seen it coming that Bruce's character was dead the whole time.
There are several movies that are a must that you see at least a few times because of how amazing they are. "The Sixth Sense" was one that was a necessity to see at least a second time because of how it ended. You had to go back and watch it again to see if there really ever was a moment that Bruce's character physically interacted with the characters as if he was alive. Then you realize there wasn't a wonder how you could have missed that the first time.
M. Night Shymalan created his own monster with this flick. He became a victim of his own success. He desperately tried to have the same success with other movies after this one but failed to realize that he captured lightning in a bottle with "Sense". Nothing he did before or after even came close to its beauty.