Cole Sear is the Sweetest Seer you’ll Ever Meet

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Gracie Westphal, Brimstone Editor and Reporter

There’s no doubt that classic horror movies are some of the best, but not always because of the scares. In, The Shining, for example, most people will agree that the movie isn’t all that scary. But the way the music ties in with the setting, ominous silences, and disturbing plot- It’s just something you don’t really forget.

 

But one movie that surpassed all of my expectations for a horror film was The Sixth Sense. The almost two-hour movie that came out in 1999 was completely off my radar up until this October, and almost every person I asked said that it was a wonderful film. It’s probably most well known for the, “I see dead people”, meme. 

 

The Sixth Sense begins at a point that you normally wouldn’t expect for a film. One of the main characters, a child psychologist played by Bruce Willis, is in the middle of celebrating an award for his achievements when he’s shot in his own home by one of his former patients, who kills himself seconds later.

 

Disturbed by what happened, the psychologist, Dr. Malcolm Crowe, continues with his endeavor of helping mentally ill children, starting with an 8 year old boy named Cole Sear. Dr. Crowe is intrigued by his new patient because of the similarities between him and the former patient that attacked him, and decides to take extra special care with Cole as if he were helping both boys.

 

In meeting Cole, Dr. Crowe realises that he has a tough case on his hands; Cole is a stubborn, misunderstood boy who refuses to give up any information about what he’s dealing with. But beneath it all, you can tell that Cole is a sweet, traumatized kid who desperately wants help- He just doesn’t know how or who to ask for it.

 

However, Dr. Crowe has no idea what lays in store for him in the near the future. His fixation on Cole causes strain between him and his wife, who grows ever more upset and withdrawn as the story continues to unfold. While, on the other hand, Dr. Crowe finally learns Cole’s big secret and realises that the situation is much more grave than it originally seemed.

 

The Sixth Sense is an absolutely beautiful film. You cannot fully appreciate it until you’ve watched all the way to the very end, where a shocking twist might just leave you in tears. And that’s what’s so great about it, you’re overcome with emotion when you watch it.

 

While there definitely were a few scenes that got my heart pounding, I have to admit that this horror film isn’t very, well, horrifying. There isn’t much gore, violence, or jump scares, but in my opinion, those things aren’t necessary to make a great horror movie. I think the movie is more about emotions other than fear; Sadness, pity, heartache. Mostly, you can’t help but feel bad for Cole, who thinks he needs to deal with his terrifying secret all on his own.

Despite the fact that this movie is not as scary as it had the potential to be, I would recommend it to anyone looking for something to give them a good cry. We all need that kind of thing sometimes. If it were me, I’d definitely give The Sixth Sense 4.5 stars. However, if you are sensitive to content that deals with topics such as suicide, death, or violence, you might want to consider whether or not to watch this film.

Either way, The Sixth Sense is a movie I will never forget, and neither will you.