28 October, 2020

Afraid Of The Dark

An Indian director's Bruce Willis thriller is the summer's biggest hit in the US

Afraid Of The Dark

BIG screen ghosts and ghouls are at their scariest when they spring from the mind and remain unseen. US-born Indian filmmaker Manoj Night Shyamalan, the toast of all Hollywood this month, has driven home the point yet again with the hugely successful The Sixth Sense, a chilling psychological thriller that has taken the biggest-ever August opening in the history of American cinema,$ 26.7 mn.

Shyamalan knew it was coming. While editing his previous film, Wide Awake, in '97, he had told his editor that he'd script and direct a film called The Sixth Sense with action star Bruce Willis in the lead. In response, the editor could only manage an incredulous, 'yeah, sure'. Two years on, not only is Shyamalan's dream a reality, it's also a roaring success.

The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan's third film, is the first release since Star Wars: Episode I to top the box office chart over back-to-back weekends, mopping up a hefty $70 mn in 10 days. If its hot streak continues for another week, it'll also emerge as the only film since last summer's Saving Private Ryan to reign supreme at the...



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