In The Sixth Sense there is a scene where Cole is in the kitchen and Lynn walks out of the room talking to him. She returns and finds all of the drawers and cupboards open. She screams in fright as there was no sound made and the amount of time she was gone was not enough for all of these to be opened.

However, even if the ghosts did it - how did they do it so fast without making any noise?

  • Assuming the ghosts did this (which they did), how do ghosts do anything? We don't know. M. Night Shyamalan does a great job in this movie of getting the hackles on the back of our necks to stand up. I don't think this is a plot-inconsistency, in fact, I'd suggest it's very consistent when we think of ghosts in movies. But, this is JMHO, so am leaving it here as a comment. Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 11:50
  • I thought this until yesterday evening when I was watching the Last Exorcism 2 (no idea why this came to me). The ghosts seem to walk around, talk, move things etc as they did when they were alive (the girl's ghost pushes the box towards him with her hands). They are not shown to be using telekinesis or anything similar that I can recall.
    – Stefan
    Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 11:58
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    It seemed kind of like an homage (or rip-off) of the chairs-on-the-table "TV People" bit from Poltergeist. In my opinion the Poltergeist scene was more intense and unexpected. Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 11:59
  • Could the divebomber leave a note to explain the issues?
    – Stefan
    Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 15:29
  • I don't think it can be answered..I mean your asking how can ghosts can do something..they're ghosts
    – Travis
    Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 15:36

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Who's to say that it was just one ghost? Maybe there were many ghosts, i.e., one ghost per each drawer and cupboard. Or they're capable of doing more than we've seen them do.

I don't think that one can get more than a speculative answer on this. It was not explained in the movie, which is quite normal, since it's a typical suspense-raising scene, and explaining those beats their purpose. But I think that it was purposefully done that way, so that it is obvious that Cole couldn't have done it (alone).

As for your comment about ghosts "not shown to be using telekinesis or anything similar", they do move objects. Remember that first girl that Cole has helped? They were under her bed, and she pushed that box with the video tape to him, if I remember the movie correctly.

  • Yes, I mentioned that in my comment. She seemed to be using her hands though?
    – Stefan
    Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 13:55
  • Yes, she did. However, since ghosts are bodyless, do "hands" really have any effect? It's still a telekinesis (the direct influence of mind on a physical system that cannot be entirely accounted for by the mediation of any known physical energy), since there can be no (material) contact. Besides, we never saw who did the kitchen mess, so these ghosts may have used their hands as well. Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 16:56
  • If they pulled the drawers 'conventionally' then wouldn't cole's mother had heard the noise of all those drawers being quickly opened?
    – Stefan
    Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 22:28
  • "Conventionally" has nothing to do with it. The noise comes from dragging wood against wood, regardless of what is dragging it (hand or some mental power). In other words, the faster the drawers are drawn, the more noise is heard. But, if all the drawers were drawn at the same time, then it could've been done relatively slowly and practically noiselessly. Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 23:02

In the suicide ghost's scene, all the cabinets are shown open. I assumed it was her and she frequents the house, likely because it's where she died. Doesn't explain how they were opened so fast - that's likely one of those unexplainable theatric things.

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