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The Sixth Sense

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There is a large downside to being very young, and that is what we’ve missed. There are tons of wonderful classic movies out there that kids might not even know about. Hence I am introducing a by-product of these reviews: Introducing kids to amazing movies released 10 or 20 years ago. Today I am (appropriately, being Friday the 13th,) showing you kids out there and reminding you parents of a horror film called The Sixth Sense. Being a classic, this movie was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Haley Joel Osment.

The Sixth Sense, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, like all other horror movies, tries to scare the audience. But it is not a slasher movie with blood and guts everywhere, no, far from it. The story told by The Sixth Sense is that of a children’s psychiatrist (Bruce Willis) whom, after learning that a boy he had attempted to help years ago had not turned out at all cured in the long run, tries to assist a child (Haley Joel Osment) who claims to be able to see the dead, “Walking around like regular people. They don’t see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re dead.”

The movie is scary, with ghosts and such, but I disagree with “Common Sense Media.com”, which claims that it can be “…sometimes scarier than R-rated horror.” No way. Maybe in themes, but it’s nothing compared to the slasher movies of today. The kind of fear it manipulates is similar to that of Alfred Hitchcock. For those of you who don’t know, Hitchcock was a director who famously used the camera to scare people in his films, such as his famous pictures Psycho and The Birds.

The most memorable thing about The Sixth Sense is it’s famous surprise ending. (Don’t read up on it!) You can figure it out if you look closely at the film and find the clues.

Age Recommendation: 12+ for it’s horror aspects. But if you/your child is mature enough, then go for it. Just proceed with caution.

Final Verdict: A fun film that definitely should be seen by mature tweens. 7/10

(Note: This is a good choice for a first horror film. If not this, I recommend The Birds.)

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  • Paul Smith August 13, 2010, 11:22 pm

    So how about Hitchcock’s Psycho?

    • Stewart Smith Stewart Smith August 14, 2010, 12:34 am

      It’s on my list, but don’t expect to see it anytime soon.

  • Anthony D. Grana August 21, 2010, 11:13 am

    Stewart, This film was on British TV last week. You’ve a great IDEA to introduce Your Age Group to the Classics of Your Parent’s Age… they too will appreciated being reminded. Keep up the Good Writing.Cheers/UK/Tony.

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