The Bye Bye Man
People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what, but who? When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control.
According to another website, The Bye Bye Man actually comes from a book. That’s right. The creators of this film did not coin the idea of the “Bye Bye Man.” The concept for the movie comes from a collection of strange but true tales called The President’s Vampire by Robert Damon Schneck, a writer who specializes in the paranormal and has written for publications like Fortean Times. With the movie coming out, the book is being sold with the Bye Bye Man on the cover. It’s finally his chance to step out of the shadows.
The Bye Bye Man opens with a disturbing flashback of a 1969 mass murder in which a man kills people living in his neighborhood. While shooting the people he continually asks if anyone spoke about ‘the name’, a name that should never be said. Among all the chaos you can also hear him repeating over and over “Don’t say it, don’t think it; don’t think it, don’t say it.” It then cuts to the present day, where Elliot, his girlfriend, and another friend decide to rent a creepy large house together. They are shown moving into an off-campus house not far from their college. It isn’t long after mysterious things start to happen.
Suddenly, Elliot finds coins in a drawer of a nightstand that was left in this newly rented house, a piece of furniture previously owned by the mass murderer as is insinuated by the flashback. The coins seemingly continue to reappear. He also finds a seemingly innocuous name carved into it that reads “don’t think it, don’t say it”, and a name… the Bye Bye Man. During a seance at a housewarming party involving their friend Kim, the name is mentioned again and Elliot repeats its name out loud to his friends, thus resurrecting the horror once again.
Seeds were planted at the party when Elliot’s older brother, Virgil, who also attended, warns Elliot about the dangers of growing up too quickly. He adds, “I missed out on all this,” gesturing to include all of the drunken guests, implying that his little brother should enjoy his freedom before settling down, even though Elliot insists all he wants is to start a family. Then both of them watch Sasha and John dancing together, as Virgil quips, “Good thing you’re not the jealous type.” What follows is the quick breakdown of a relationship. Elliot begins to suspect that John and Sasha are having a secret love affair, all suspicions that are brought on by images and sounds caused by the Bye Bye Man, leaving the house’s new residents completely falling apart by the Bye Bye Man’s influence on their thoughts and actions.
I hate having to give this movie 3 stars, and I knew the film wouldn’t be perfect from another review I had read before the film even came out, but I always form my own opinions. With this one, I only wished it had been better as I was really pumped up to see this one. This movie is not horrible, and it’s certainly worth watching, I did find it entertaining. The special effects of the creature were amazingly done, and his creepy ass hound…holy shit, that part was totally badass. So, unlike the 4 or 5-star horror films that keep me glued to them, this one I found myself pausing and walking away to do one thing or another then coming back it. It just didn’t grab me as hard as I would have liked. So in closing, I’d say go see it, it’s definitely worth a watch, as it’s not complete crap.
Title: The Bye Bye Man
Release Date: January 11, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Genre: Horror, Drama, Thriller
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring: Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Douglas Smith
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Directors: Stacy Title
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 2.4 /5
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