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In 1994, when Philadelphia-based writer-director M. Night Shyamalan was editing his second film, Wide Awake, he had a premonition about his next project. He said to his editor, "You know, I'm going to write a screenplay called The Sixth Sense. Bruce Willis is going to star in it." The editor's response was a simple "Yeah, sure." Flash forward to September 1997...
Shyamalan recalls, "I was in Los Angeles when my wife and I received the call that Hollywood Pictures was interested in The Sixth Sense. It was a very special time for us."
"I called my Wide Awake editor and told him the news of the sale and the signing of Bruce Willis as the star," Shyamalan says. "He remembered my mention of the script. His response this time was an enthusiastic 'Get outta here.' It was all too eerie that my premonition actually came true." - The Sixth Sense: A History of Horror
On Saturday, August 13th PFS continued its popular filmadelphiaCLASSICS series with The Sixth Sense in Rittenhouse Square Park. Thankfully, the weather held off, and what had previously threatened to be a stormy evening turned into a beautiful night. Kudos to the PFS tweeter who did a great job keeping us informed of a possible cancellation via @PhillyFilmSoc.
I do believe that The Sixth Sense is my favorite "Made in Philadelphia" film. I watched a lot of Hitchcock growing up, and what I've always loved about the suspense of an old Hitchcock film is that it never gets old. You can see the same film again and again, knowing the twists and turns, knowing what spellbinding chill is around the corner and still enjoy it as if you were seeing it for the first time. The same goes for The Sixth Sense. When Cole is hiding in his sanctuary tent and the clothespins start to give-way and the ghost appears...I still get a fright!
An attendee near me said that this was his first time seeing the movie and he had no knowledge of the big reveal at the end. What's genius about The Sixth Sense is that even once you do know the truth about Malcolm Crowe, you can still enjoy scouring the film for any possible inconsistencies, of which I have yet to find!
I interviewed two groups of picnic-ers before the movie, and both said that they found out about this PFS screening via the Philly-based events site uwishunu.com. Kudos to the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation for keeping up with PFS.
Pictured L-R: Katie, Elaina, Katrina and Sam This was their first filmadelphiaCLASSIC screening; however, Katrina and Sam attended the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival and are looking forward to what's in store for the 20th Anniversary Philadelphia Film Festival. When asked what their favorite suspense movie might be, neither Katie nor Elaina had one. Katrina's favorite is the classic Silence of the Lambs while Sam's is The Shining.
Pictured L-R: Sarah, Olivia and Shinika
Both Olivia and Shinika rate The Sixth Sense high on their list of favorite suspense films. Olivia likes the attention to detail inherent in the genre. "You really have to pay attention," she describes. "It's not a violent action-packed thriller, but rather a good emotionally driven character study."
Sarah much prefers suspense to horror. "The capacity of humans to do bad things to each other is much more frightening than vampires coming at you," she posits. Her favorite is the Ashley Judd flick Twisted.
Thanks to everyone who attended the screening, and don't miss the next filmadelphiaCLASSIC experience!
Date/Time: September 14th at 7:30pm
Location: Asylum Arena