Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.
Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, and Cressida Bonas
Directed by: Stacy Title
Written by: Jonathan Penner, and Robert Damon Schneck
“Don’t think it!” “Don’t say it!” Well, in order to see “The Bye Bye Man,” horror fans are going to have to think, and say it. At least for them they won’t suffer the same fate as many in the movie. The question here is “do see it” or “don’t see it?”
The movie starts off with a flashback to 1969, and a man who is trying to put an end to everyone who knows about the Bye Bye Man. This flashback is continued later on, and is well done except for one thing. The guy blows away his victims with a shotgun, which they do the best to display the gun's power on his victims. Too bad there is no blood to be found. Yes, for those who wanted this to be rated R, here’s your moment to say, “I told you so!”
Elliot (Douglas Smith), his girlfriend Sasha (Cressida Bonas), and their friend John (Lucien Laviscount) move into a house together. The audience can see how this might be a problem even without the Bye Bye Man. It doesn’t take long before the Bye Bye Man starts making his presence known. Once he gets in their heads, they begin to have all kinds of hallucinations. The hallucinations quickly become the true focus of the movie. Some are good, especially at the end, and others aren’t really worth showing.
The Bye Bye Man turns out not to be a bad idea, but it would have been nice to know more about him. They let the audience in on some things about him, but leave a lot of unanswered questions. They even have the perfect opportunity to explain everything about him, but choose not to. Another thing that almost works for the Bye Bye Man is his hound. Nice idea, but it’s terrible looking. On top of that, it actually eats the victims, but too bad they do more implying it eats them then showing it!
Overall, “The Bye Bye Man” is just another horror movie. Actually, another clearly PG-13 horror movie. It has potentially to do more and be better, but it just isn’t. They really needed to explain more about him, but don’t. They rely more on the hallucinations than the Bye Bye Man. And the acting, lets not even talk about it. “Don’t think it!” “Don’t say it!” “Don’t see it!” With that, I give it 1 pool of blood and say goodbye to the Bye Bye Man.