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Why Haley Joel Osment scares us in ''The Sixth Sense''

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense | CHILD'S PLAY Cole and shrink Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), both traumatized by violent horrors, help each other heal. CHILLING MOMENT Cole meets the gruesome ghost…

Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
CHILD'S PLAY Cole and shrink Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), both traumatized by violent horrors, help each other heal.

CHILLING MOMENT Cole meets the gruesome ghost of a boy who tells him, ''I'll show you where my dad keeps his gun,'' then turns and unwittingly reveals a gaping wound in the back of his head.

WHY HE SCARES US Osment seems to have had his very childhood scared out of him, with traces remaining only in those big, liquid, haunted eyes.

Why Haley Joel Osment scares us in ”The Sixth Sense”

CLASSIFICATION Big-Eyed and Tormented

CHARACTER Cole Sear, a boy who sees you-know-what

CHILD’S PLAY Cole and shrink Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), both traumatized by violent horrors, help each other heal.

CHILLING MOMENT Cole meets the gruesome ghost of a boy who tells him, ”I’ll show you where my dad keeps his gun,” then turns and unwittingly reveals a gaping wound in the back of his head.

WHY HE SCARES US Osment seems to have had his very childhood scared out of him, with traces remaining only in those big, liquid, haunted eyes.

WOULD PLAY WELL WITH… Osment shares traits with nearly everyone on our list — he has Dakota Fanning’s eerie precocity, David Dorfman and Cameron Bright’s solemn gravity, and Danny Lloyd’s otherworldly terror.