On this day in horror history, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural psychological thriller The Sixth Sense with Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis, and Toni Collette was released in 1999
Released by Hollywood Pictures, it was the second-highest-grossing film of 1999 (behind Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace), taking about $293 million in the US and $379 million in other markets.
It established Shyamalan as a master filmmaker and introduced his affinity for surprise endings. It hit VHS and DVD in March 2000, becoming the top-selling DVD of 2000 and the top video rental title of all-time.
The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Shyamalan, Best Supporting Actor for Osment, and Best Supporting Actress for Collette.
Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole’s supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.
PG-13 for intense thematic material and violent images, it sports an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: M Night Shayamalan’s The Sixth Sense is a twisty ghost story with all the style of a classical Hollywood picture, but all the chills of a modern horror flick.