A Haunted Set and a Soundtrack That Spoiled Everything: 20 Fascinating Facts About The Sixth Sense

When The Sixth Sense arrived in theaters, no one knew what to expect.

Writer-director M.

Night Shyamalan only had two pictures to his name: one, a semi-autobiographical drama starring himself that only played the festival circuit, and the other, a drama about a Catholic schoolboy's search for God that only grossed $305,704 against a budget of $6 million.

Walt Disney Studios, which bet big on the script, so doubted the film that it sold the production rights and only retained a fraction of the film's potential box office receipts.

(More on that in a minute.) And despite the attachment of a star like Bruce Willis, even the press slept on it.

In Entertainment Weekly's Summer Movie Preview issue for 1999,...

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