Bruce Willis is a troubled psychologist haunted by his failure to save a patient.
So, when sad little Haley Joel Osment claims ‘I see dead people’, he is desperate to get to the bottom of the boy’s troubles.
Writer-director M Night Shyamalan subtly manipulates his audience through mood and atmosphere rather than blood and gore, although there are a few truly hair-raising scares.
Toni Collette, as Osment’s mum, and Olivia Williams, as Willis’ wife, make strong impressions, but it is the affecting performances from Willis and Osment that keep you glued to the screen.
And, of course, the famous twist ending – which you won’t see coming – is the making of the movie.