Movie Review: The Bye Bye Man

Don’t say it, don’t think it. Don’t think it, don’t say it!

Decided to get an early start on the three day weekend with some horror movies seeing as today is Friday the 13th. Instead of watching Mr. V do his killing to sexually charged teens, I decided to see a man like any other urban legend. The way he gets his power and strength is if you believe in him. That man is The Bye Bye Man.

Freddy Krueger comes for you in your dreams. Candyman needs his name called 5 times in a mirror to be summoned. Samara needs you to watch a video so you can die in seven days. With Bye Bye Man, all you have to do is say his name out loud and he has got you. Just that easy. That is what our cast goes through in this film. Elliot(Douglas Smith HBO’s Big Love, Ouija) along with his girlfriend Sasha and best friend John buy a house of college campus and stumble upon an evil they unleash like a virus just by saying his name. They do everything they can to contain and stop it from spreading before they go crazy in the process.

Leigh Whannell in THE BYE BYE MAN

Leigh Whannell(Saw and Insidious) in THE BYE BYE MAN

This movie was so freaking weird it actually worked for me. The trailer is cheesy and make the movie look really cheap and rushed and the title is not something you really want to tell the box office attendant you want tickets for. You strip away all of that and you actually have an interesting horror movie. I had expectations that I was going to get a simple slasher, kill off one by one, film where dumb teens continue to make stupid mistakes and get themselves killed but what I watched was an interesting character with powers that you don’t see much in horror films. The movie played out more like a psychological thriller as it’s really a mind fuck to the audience as well as the characters because the Bye Bye Man causes you to see things that are not there or find the root of a fear or deepest thoughts to mess with you and cause you to do harm to others or to yourself. You say his name even once to another person, they are infected and share the same fate.

This movie reminded me of Oculus in a couple of ways and that is a compliment. I enjoyed that the cast was small and personal. No over the top theatrics with cheap cliché jump scares. Our villain is also a silent predator who is actually creepy as hell while doing very little. The effects and makeup were simple but decent. The movie also closed up very nicely.

the-bye-bye-man-2016-large-picture

My biggest complaint that actually brings the taste value down a lot is the acting. Oh man, the acting is terrible. I don’t know if it’s the directors fault or that these characters just don’t have talent. I want to go with the former because I’ve seen these stars in other projects and they are pretty decent, even for a one note horror movie. If the acting was better this movie would actually make you like these characters more and doesn’t make you laugh at their attempt to be scared, manic, or sad. Believe me there were a couple of moments that were meant to give you suspense but you just can’t help but chuckle at their failed attempt to keep you on the edge of your seat. There were also a couple of scenes that once executed makes you believe that this was a student movie as a high school project. Keep an eye out for the librarian is all I’m saying.

Other than that, you are watching a new mythology being played out very well. Unfortunately, you don’t get to find out why and how Bye Bye Man got his name which makes me also wish they just called it something else. Nonetheless, I still thought it was kind of unique and different from what I am use to watching. I actually would watch this again. It was entertaining enough for a second go around. So if a story rather than jump scares are your thing, I would check this out if you have nothing else going on in your evening. Otherwise this is a rental but a worthy rental in my book.

3 out of 5

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