What is the sixth sense? That brush of awareness across the back of your neck…the almost-sound of voices as you enter an empty room…the flash of motion from the corner of your eyes…

Some say they know when something bad will happen, that they receive a warning, either through a swift vision or an inner signal impossible to describe. Others recount detailed dreams in which people are touched by unanticipated events.

People with ESP, “the sight,” being fey, subject to visions…All of us have read about those who claim such abilities in real life, and we’ve heard stories, and seen movies of fictional characters trying to deal with such powers, trying to live with the sixth sense.

My favorite of those films is the 1999 movie written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The relationship between troubled eight-year-old boy Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) and child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a lovely and haunting human interest story that also happens to be the best horror film I’ve ever seen. The writing is beautiful, and the acting superb, particular Osment’s gifted performance.

The Sixth Sense is assuredly spooky. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and rent it. If you have, watch it again and revel in the craftsmanship of it.




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