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Suspense Saturday: The Sixth Sense

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Post written by Ainsley Peace

I remember the first time I saw The Sixth Sense. While my surroundings are blurry, I can reach back into my memory and recall exactly how this film made me feel. By nine years old I had already fallen deeply in love with cinema so I could easily tell you that this movie had one of the best twists ever. This may come as a shock to those of you who have experienced more of M. Night Shyamalan’s failures than his successes but The Sixth Sense was one of the best films of the year.
The Sixth Sense follows child psychologist Malcom Crowe after he is confronted by a former patient. Shaken by the encounter, Crowe takes on the task of attempting to cure a young boy who “sees dead people.”
Inspired by an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Sixth Sense has a depth that many ghost stories and horror films were lacking at the time. The emotional impact far outweighs many horror films with its use of child psychology and very personal fears. Cole, played by Haley Joel Osment, who was best known for playing the titular character’s young son, gave a memorable performance as the young boy plagued by literal ghosts.
There are probably very few people that don’t know the twist of this movie. With the wide variety of content that is constantly being released there is a chance you won’t be as surprised as the audiences that originally saw it. As you go into this movie let go of all the baggage that comes with ghost stories, horror films and movies directed by Shyamalan. Allow yourself to be swept up by the psychological thriller. It’s slow pace and lack of gore make it the perfect horror movie for people who don’t love horror movies.

Netflix Pick of the Week: We Are What We Are

We Are What We Are (American Remake
We Are What We Are (American Remake

Director: Jim Mickle

Starring: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Kelly McGillis, and Odeya Rush

Note: I have not seen the 2010 Mexican film of which this film is a remake of. I am judging this film completely on its own.

Last weeks Netflix pick of the week was the 2013 American adaptation of Mexican horror film We Are What We Are. This week I finally decided to sit down with a cup of tea and write down what I thought about the film. Since I have yet to see the original there will be no comparison. I am judging this film on its own.

WARNING: There may be a few spoilers. If you want to be 100% surprised don’t go past this point. 

We Are What We Are is not your typical horror film. As a matter of fact I don’t see it as horror at all. I look at this film as more of a study on family and the way individual members cope with the death in the family

What happens when the matriarch of a family living in mere seclusion dies?  Her oldest daughter must take on the greatest responsibility she must prepare the family meals. Now for your everyday family that wouldn’t seem like such a problem but this isn’t your normal family. We Are What We Are  explores one of the last taboos in modern film culture by giving us a family whose tradition is cannibalism. The oldest daughter played by Ambry Childers must take on the most difficult job in the family. She must kill and cook the victims. Through out the film we are taken through three kids journeys. Specifically to the two teenage daughters. We watch as there father deteriorates and how they begin to question their way of life. Through out the film the middle child and youngest daughter reads through a book like some read through a bible. It is used as some type of guide for the girls while serving as a back story to answer any question as to why this is a old family tradition in the first place.

We Are What We Are is a slow burn family drama. It also acts as a coming of age tale of two teenage girls that begin to question their family’s tradition. I was drawn to the film through the trailer. It has a dark and all consuming atmosphere that pulls you in. A modern day story set in a small mountain town We Are What We Are will leave you with questions and that is how it should be. I am sure you will still find yourself with questions. If you enjoy slow burn horror films with a thought provoking story line this is a film for you. Check it out on Netflix.