The Sixth Sense (1999) – Episode 24 – Decades of Horror 1990s

“I see dead people.” – Cole (Haley Joel Osment) reveals his secret to Dr. Malcolm (Bruce Willis) in the line that launched a thousand pop culture references. M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense was a phenomenon upon release in August of 1999. It made M. Night the new talk of Hollywood, being nominated for multiple Oscars and giving the twist ending a whole new revitalized image. However, as M. Night’s career has gone through a real roller coaster experience over the past near 20 years, one wonders how well this film holds up. Luckily, Decades of Horror 1990s is here to investigate if The Sixth Sense still packs a punch or if there’s a twist in its legacy.

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 24 – The Sixth Sense (1999)

Th Sixth Sense is mainly remembered for the influential twist. Obviously, it took the world by storm and has been parodied countless times. Yet, there’s more going on here. The central theme of lacking communication plagues all our characters. Malcolm’s wife Anna (Olivia Williams) is distant from him. Cole has to struggle with hiding his secret from his overworked mother Lynn (Toni Collette). Even the ghosts are unable to properly communicate with anyone other than Cole, who is at the short end of their confused and sometimes violent outbursts that scare the hell out of them. It’s a subtle yet beautiful examination of regret, loss, and connection that resonates between these characters, proving that horror can make us cry genuine tears of sadness in between fits of terror.

Well, at least for some of us. For this episode, Thomas Mariani enlists the help of a few others who can communicate with the undead, Doc Rotten and Caitlin Turner. Our trio harmoniously agrees that drama at the heart of The Sixth Sense is still palpable. Praise is spread for the entire cast, though Toni Collette gets the lion’s share of the praise for grounding Haley Joel Osment from becoming a full-blown M. Night parody of a character we’re used to. However, there’s plenty of debate as to whether the ghosts are malicious and how much the film leans on the twist to support its storytelling. It’s a…  “spirited” discussion to say the least. Plus, there’s a big announcement about a major change in the podcast to stay tuned for!

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Sin City A Dame To Kill For – Episode 73 – Horror News Radio

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s return to Marv, Dwight and Nancy. It is all style over substance in glorious black and white with spectacular 3D and fun performances from Mickey Rourke and Eva Green. But Mr. Miller may have slid too far into seedy life behind Sin City without any meaning. 

Doc shares the horror news of the week with news of The Omen on TV, the series finale of True Blood and the trailer for Exists. Joseph Perry returns this week with more details from PiFan, the extraordinary fantasy film fest from South Korea.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Vixen, the voice of reason, are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week!  This week we announce that it is time to enter for a chance to win Anchor Bay’s The Walking Dead Season 4 Blu-Ray.

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) 
Thomas is livid about having to watch yet another Robert Rodriguez movie and even Santos is saddened to realized something about his darling Jessica Alba. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For drops quietly into the theaters this past weekend landing at number 8…NUMBER 8! Oh, my. The grue-crew stomp all over this disappointing entry. The film is visually stunning but intellectually void.


What Have You Been Watching Playing: Silent Hills
Thomas is all about the playable demo for Silent Hills proclaiming it one of the scariest games he has ever played. He describes some of highlights and shares his anticipation for the upcoming full release on PS4.

What Have You Been Watching: PiFan 2014 report from Joseph Perry 
The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival is a popular annual event in  South Korea. Joining us from the festival floor is HNR fan turned man-on-the-street reported, Joseph Perry discussing two more films: The Babadook and Starry Eyes.

Horror News of the Week for 08/25/2014
Doc steps in for Dave Dreher to bring the Horror News of the Week for this episode. The news begins with the remembering the recently lost Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park) who passed at the age of 90. HBO’s True Blood ends with it series finale which aired August 24, 2014. Horror on TV continues with the announcement that Damian, an adaptation of The Omen, has a series order for Lifetime while Martin Scorsese has announced that he will direct and produce an adaptation of Shutter Island for HBO called Ashecliffe.

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