The Bye Bye Man (2017)
The very idea of the Bye Bye Man will drive you insane to the point he will cause your death. If you simply don’t think about him than he will leave you alone. If you simply don’t say his name then his legacy won’t spread. However, it’s hard to not think about him when he puts hallucinations in your mind and it is hard to not say his name if no one understands what you are going through. The Bye Bye Man is coming and he will get you!
Set in present day, The Bye Bye Man (although the stupidest title I’ve ever seen) isn’t that bad a movie. Sure it has some major flaws, but for the most part, it has what I want from a horror film. First thing I will give it praise over is the opening scene. I’m a huge fan of horror and too many movies these days put 20 minutes of boredom before their horror story, but The Bye Bye Man has a chilling opening similar to that of Sinister! Big props for these film makers doing something that so little films do, yet is so obvious.
For the majority of the movie, there is a mix of cliché scares mixed with chilling images that let your mind wander. I thought the aspect of things either being real or fake was intriguing, but it was the simple story that worked. All you have to do is say his name and he spreads like a virus. He infects people’s minds and causes them to think crazy things that ultimately gets them killed. The only problem I have with this is The Bye Bye Man himself isn’t that scary. He looks like a homeless man badly burnt with scars. Anyone remember the 1998 version on Spawn?? He looks just like the guy after being burned in the fire. Not that scary. They needed something more than to mimic the Bogey Man from Sinister. They needed “creepy” like the creature from Insidious.
The downfall of this movie, and thus why most critics will tear it apart, is the ending. It is lackluster and predictable. It really isn’t anything special or memorable and the very last moment in the movie is cliché. They could have done so much with this movie to make it great and something that people will talk about but when it is all said and done, it falls into a category of “same old same old.” I do recommend this movie for doing many things right, as I was pleasantly surprised, but the ending left a bad taste in my mouth. Starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Michael Trucco, Doug Jones, Jenna Kanell, Erica Tremblay, Marisa Echeverria, Cleo King, Faye Dunaway, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Leigh Whannell.
6/10 Stars – For what it is, it is a decent horror film, but it could have been so much better!