I’ve seen this film many times, and I never seem to get tired of it. The jump scares are slightly less effective, but the overall atmosphere and ideas are still engrossing. Few films look quite as eerily beautiful as this, working with minimal light, the film looks like a series of old sepia pictures rather than reality (paralleling a similar discovery within the film), and it seems that every last shot is perfectly constructed to look like a painting.
Though in recent years, the best remembered ghost film is the Sixth Sense, this one, as far as I’m concerned is not only better executed but holds up better over time. It unfortunately had similar ideas as the first, and I think suffered as a result. Still, as things go, I think it’s musings on life and death, are far more interesting and presented with better interset. I like the children better, their simplicity is endearing and their wisdom never feels “adult” as with most child protagonists. Their views on religion and good and evil are inquisitive and uninformed. Their questioning seems obstinant to the mother, a harsh and rational woman… at least within her world. Though many today see religion as being seperate from rational thinking, it seems to be within place of her own. She rationalizes everything, even her faith, the bible… everything. Death though, and after death seems far too complex an idea to reduce to a single sentence.