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Osment — whose casting was pivotal — is a true discovery. Night Shyamalan, an Indian born but Philadelphia grown director who stems from a family of doctors, has a rather morbid fascination with linking children, spirituality and the paranormal.
Okay, just needed to get that out of the way. Indeed, it drew countless back to the cinema for reappraisal, just to see how they were hoodwinked so easily. But here's the strange thing: The Sixth Sense is chock-full of elements that ended up becoming part of Shyamalan's signature style going forward.
Whenever the colour red appears it is a sign of something tainted by the dead; the steaming of breath in the presence of ghosts implys a strong negative emotional undercurrent thus explaining why Willis' benign therapist doesn't elicit any ; and the fact that Crowe can only add clothes to the look he was wearing the night he was killed.