An escape for child star Haley Joel Osment, the young actor plays Cole here. Only 10 years old, Cole, indeed, sees dead people, and often dead people who have suffered horrible deaths. However, the child ends up trying to help them. It’s a terrible “gift” for this caring boy who didn’t ask for his power and doesn’t want it. Bruce Willis’ child psychologist tries to help in many ways. The sixth sense was nominated for six Oscars (which is great because Oscar tends to ignore horror), including Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Osment and Toni Collette, who plays his mother. It’s a wonderful movie, and if you don’t cry at the question “Do I make her proud?” moment, do you even have a heart? –RF
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Although he holds the record for the most beheadings in a single movie, you could say Tim Burtonit is sleepy hollow is not entirely a horror movie. From a certain point of view, which we imagine includes Burton’s, it even looks like extremely dry comedy. It just happens to be a drop in the ominous atmosphere of Halloween. Loosely based on Washington Irving’s genesis of American horror and fairy tales, The Legend of Sleepy Hollowthis film follows Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, now a New York police officer in fancy pants instead of a teacher.
In this reimagining, Ichabod is sent to uncover the culprit behind a series of gruesome beheadings that have occurred in the peaceful hamlet of Sleepy Hollow. Alas, when he arrives on All Saints’ Eve, all anyone can say is that he is the Headless Horseman who has risen from his grave to claim random heads before his nightly return to Hell ! It’s mean, depraved stuff that allows Burton to tap into his childhood watching Hammer horror movies, then paint that aesthetic in his own favorite shade of black.
In lesser hands, it might be grotesque, but back when Burton was at the height of his powers, it’s charming, especially thanks to an all-star cast that includes Christina Ricci, Michael Gambon, Hammer’s Michael Gough , Miranda Richardson, the Sir Christopher Lee, and best of all, Christopher Walken as the Headless Horseman delightfully camped out in the scenes before earning his nickname. – CC
Westerns had something of a renaissance in the 1990s. In terms of endurance, we now think of it collectively because of Clint Eastwood’s latest classic of the genre, unforgiven (1992). But in reality, it started with the much more dated dance with wolves (1990), an Oscar-winning Kevin Costner about a Civil War veteran who goes West “to live” – ultimately alongside idealized Native American tribes. It was the Avatar of his day.
Yeah, so Voracious flips that on its head when Guy Pearce’s Civil War coward, who is a hair’s breadth from being court-martialed and hanged, finds himself in a U.S. Cavalry outpost where, instead of romantic ideas noble savages… he finds cannibals. Specifically, a cannibal who was in the cavalry himself (Robert Carlyle) but now treats his former compatriots as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is a fun, mean-spirited dark comedy that never bites more than it can chew. And it stings a lot. – CC