Archive for The Sixth Sense

Talking To Ghosts

Posted in Classic Horror, Ghosts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2018 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

The Sixth Sense

The sixth sense, which I have, is the ability to know when another beer is needed. But it’s slightly different for a 9-year-old boy who is dogged by the dead in The Sixth Sense (1999), an effectively creepy and engrossing ghost story, which combines cool elements of Jacob’s Ladder (1990) and 1977’s The Sentinel (but not the touching herself chick in The Sentinel).

The Sixth Sense

Cole Sear is a kid with a problem — he can see dead people. And dang if they aren’t all around him, scaring the crap outta the little goof and bumming change. Enter child psychologist Malcom Crowe who tries to find out what’s eating the little ghostbuster.

The Sixth Sense

At first he diagnoses the frightened brat as being ready for a suite at the Padded Wall Hotel. As it turns out, the boy can actually see and communicate with the deceased without the help of alcohol. Go figure.

The Sixth Sense

Crowe gets the surprise of his life when he finally believes. Several wicked and clever twists towards the end put this neck-hair-raiser at the top of the chills-to-admission price ratio. The only way to make this movie better would’ve been to have some female poltergals wandering around spookily de-dressed.

Let’s Go Haunt Hong Kong

Posted in Asian Horror, Foreign Horror, Ghosts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Inner Senses

To say Yan, a single young female, is bonkers-between-the-ears is an understatement. She was that way long before she moved into a haunted apartment building and started seeing visions of dead people. (Probably just the ghosts of freshness expired tenants who died there.)

Inner Senses

When Yan and her easily spelled name goes to a psychologist, the doc starts seeing dead people as well, which triggers his suicidal tendencies. Yep, that’s a medical professional I wanna go to.

Inner Senses

Ghosts show up in bathroom mirrors but not in the toilet. Ghosts show up in the pool, but not on the diving board. The psychologist, in an attempt to rid himself of these visions, self-medicates via shock therapy. This aspect really needed exploring since they weren’t gonna show naked anything.

Inner Senses

The doc cures the chick and eventually moves in and makes out with her, but he can’t cure himself. What the heck, doc? Just write yourself a prescription and get over it. What are all these issues living people have with ghosts anyway? So what if spirits can see you playing with yourself — so can your neighbors.

Inner Senses

Inner Senses (aka, Yee do hung gaan/2002) is Hong Kong’s answer to The Sixth Sense (1999). Boring, predictable, slow and anti-climactic, it was also the answer to a question no one asked.

Ghosts Riding Shotgun

Posted in Evil, Ghosts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Haunting of Winchester House

The young married couple moving into the notorious Winchester House knew the place was haunted, and yet they bellyache a blue streak when demonic ghosts take their 12 year-old daughter into a closet and never comes out. Serves ’em right, the disbelievers.

Haunting of Winchester House

The house, thought to be plagued by the spirits of all the people who expired after being shot by one of Sarah Winchester’s late husband’s kick ass rifles (it’s how the West was won), was constructed with profits from said gun sales to keep adding more and more rooms to the sprawling mansion to rent out to more ghosts. A run-on sentence, but this is fact. (I totally saw it on the History Channel™.)

Haunting of Winchester House

A neighbor offers his paranormal detective services. (He even has a business card to prove it.) As a soul brother (no pun intended), he sports a stylin’ medium grade afro. Who wouldn’t want his help? But it’s the butler (?) who leads them to the attic where they see a replayed tragic past event unfold, which gives painfully obvious clues as to the ghost flap.

Haunting of Winchester House

Haunting of Winchester House (2009)  is full of stuff you could’ve predicted without a degree in ghostology. And the spirit sequences/spooky effects are as old as the 1884 house itself, to say nothing of the wooden acting chops of all involved. (Except ghost Sarah — she’s got some cool polter-chops.)

Winchester House

Leaving the crowded mansion, mom, dad and their freshly-rescued daughter walk outside, only to find… I’ll just say this — it’s a Sixth Sense (1999) moment that, while kinda neat, doesn’t excuse this tedious, barely-a-story ghost story. Better to visit the real Winchester House (in San Jose, CA) and hang out with real ghosts.

Ghost Strippers

Posted in Ghosts, Scream Queens, TV Vixens with tags , , , , , , on June 7, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

The Sexy Sixth Sense

A panty-less parody of The Sixth Sense (1999), the bawdy goof The Sexy 6th Sense (2001) opens with the line, “I see dead strippers…” And see ’em the lonely nerd boy who sleeps with naked mannequins does.

The biggest surprise is seeing normally panty-less Darian Caine wearing clothes. In all the countless flicks she’s been in, this is the first time she wears something other than a smile.

Darian Caine

But not for long, of course, as she and a host of other bountiful and buff babes drop top (and bottom) for several bouts of “lick the plate clean.” Ahem. As with all these types of films, plan on getting treated for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Ghosts Seeking Therapy

Posted in Classic Horror, Ghosts, Giant Monsters, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction, Werewolves with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2015 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Backtrack

Of all the horror genres begging for my attention/fun coupons, the ghost category has always been a fav. Not sure why. Sure, I dig giant monsters, werewolves and nature gone wild flicks. But ghosts – friendly or anti-friendly – just seem to put frills in my chills.

So my innards are always happy when a new ghost movie comes down the paranormal pipe, the latest  being Backtrack, featuring of – get this – ghosts of dead people! I’m gasping as we speak.

Backtrack

Here’s what we’re being told about Backtrack: “Psychologist Peter Bowers’ life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that his patients are the ghosts of people who all died in an accident twenty years ago. Afraid of losing his mind, Peter returns to his home town where he uncovers a terrifying truth which only he can put right.”

I could help him if he wants. I have years of dealing with spirits. Heck, I had an entire bottle of spirits last night. So yeah, you could say I’m an expert of some sort.

Backtrack is described as a “spine-chilling supernatural thriller in the vein of The Sixth Sense and What Lies Beneath.” No specific release date yet, but the movie’s website is saying sometime in 2015.  It’s mid-September as of this digital posting, so they better get to ghostin’.

Backtrack

Note of some noteworthiness: This Backtrack should not be confused with 2014’s Backtrack (aka, Backtrack: Nazi Regression). A psychological thriller, Backtrack: Nazi Regression features Nazis. Didn’t see that coming.

Backtrack

Also, avoid getting wires crossed with 1969’s Backtrack. That one features cowboys. Ghosts are way more scarier than cowboys. Unless it’s a ghost cowboy coming back from the dead to make you stain your saddle.