The Bye Bye Man (2017) Review

Director: Stacy Title

Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Michael Trucco

Rating: PG-13

Plot:

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? From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man, a chilling horror-thriller that exposes the evil behind the most unspeakable acts committed by man. 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. Is there a way to survive his possession? Debuting on Friday, January 13th, this film redefines the horror that iconic date represents-stretching our comprehension of the terror this day holds beyond our wildest nightmares.

Plot from Rotten Tomatoes

What The Film Did Well:

There is not a whole lot that The Bye Bye Man does particularly well. The best part of the entire movie comes within the first five minutes and it takes a gigantic nosedive until the end credits begin to roll. This movie starts off in 1969 with someone going on a rampage and must kill all the people that have said his name. In this opening scene, it kicks it off with both a literal and figurative bang. At this point I was extremely hopeful that this could be an exciting thriller or slasher film and boy was I wrong.

The Bye Bye Man has good aspects of a psychological thriller and those parts were rather enjoyable. The Bye Bye Man teases and hints at being a good and exciting psychological thrill ride, but as soon as it goes in that direction it over corrects itself and retracts into the opposite direction and by doing this the entirety of the film suffers greatly.

Something that I did really enjoy about The Bye Bye Man is how it uses peoples’ insecurities that they have deep down and uses them as a scare factor. When they use this, it is effective and adds positive aspects to the movie, but at times there almost seems like an overuse of this method and towards the end of the movie it, the repetitive nature wears on the audience and becomes boring and unappealing as a viewer.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

The acting was pretty damn bad and that could be considered an understatement. The only decent acting job was done by Lucien Laviscount who plays the supporting character of John. The lead Douglas Smith who plays Elliot come off so creepy it becomes cringeworthy to watch. Even though it works for the character of Elliot during some points during the movie he almost becomes too creepy as a character from the very beginning and it is very hard to watch and not enjoyable in the slightest way. Cressida Bonas who plays Sasha comes off as bland and uninteresting. Bonas also decided to try and sound British halfway through the movie and completely threw me off and took me completely out of the movie. The three main characters lacked chemistry with each other and had trouble finding a balance of overacting and trying too hard not trying to act hard enough and under performing.

The Bye Bye Man also had an ineffective use of jump scares. Although, I am glad they didn’t over rely on jump scares to keep the audience invested, the ones they use are completely bland and not scary. The Bye Bye Man uses about two or three jump scares and all of them had no effect on me and I would assume that this was the same for most people that saw this movie.

The few visual effects in The Bye Bye Man are some of the worst I have seen in a long time. There’s this demon dog or hound that was created with CGI and was the most unrealistic creature in a movie I might have ever seen. It looked like someone threw it together last minute and made it seem like the visual effects team really did not care about what they were doing. Now, I couldn’t do much better when it comes to visual effects, but I also have no experience in that field. The small visual effects they used seemed very unnecessary, but they threw them into this movie anyway for a reason I am having trouble figuring out.

Final Thoughts

This movie absolutely stinks. It gets a 3.2/10 from me and I wouldn’t advise anyone to see it and feel bad for those who wasted money to see it in theaters when it came out in January. Even though January is known for putting out bad movies, this takes that to even lower depths. This movie has no redeeming qualities. It isn’t scary, fun, thrilling, suspenseful, it’s really nothing. From start to finish it is unfortunately and dumpster fire.

The Bye Bye Man

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