One of the best psychological thrillers of all time is the story of Cole Sear, played by Haley Joel Osment, who is a young boy with many troubles who can see and talk to dead people. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis as Dr. Malcolm Crowe the psychologist who helps him.
Once Dr. Crowe suggests that Cole try to communicate with these ghosts and see what they want from him, he takes the opportunity to talk to Kyra’s ghost. She shows up in his room and vomits in his tent. He later finds out where Kyra lives and that she had been sick before she died. Her little sister was starting to get sick too.
Kyra’s ghost gives him a box that has a videotape in it. The video tape reveals Kyra’s stepmother putting some cleaner fluid in her food. This poisoning by the step mother is a mental condition and a form of child abuse. The mother poisons the children to get attention for herself. When the video plays, the grieving father and everyone there for the funeral sees the guilty stepmother. She is standing there in red as it symbolizes “anything in the real world has been tainted by the other world.” According to M. Night Shyamalan “rules and clues.”
The image of the stepmother standing there as if she has done nothing, innocently supporting her grieving husband smiling and being a hostess as if she is the center of attention of a party.
This could very well happen to anyone. Dr. Crowe encouraging Cole to seek out the ghost and find out how to help them lead Cole to becoming brave enough to start. The video scene is so powerful. Showing Kyra setting up the video to expose the wrongdoing of the stepmother, did Kyra know that she was dying?
Could she have reached out to her father? Would her father have believed her? There are so many questions that come to mind?
The value of the hidden camera didn’t save Kyra, but it did save her little sister and expose the wicked stepmother. She would not be able to go on and hurt anyone else to bring attention to herself.
Some people we trust the most are ones who will do harm. A sickness might cause a person to hurt someone, even a child as in this situation. Protect yourself with cameras, and keep an eye out and an open mind to help prevent and deter a tragedy such as this one.