The Bye Bye Man (2017) Horror Movie Review


“The Bye Bye Man” is a film that delves into the horror genre with an attempt to establish a new supernatural villain. The movie, directed by Stacy Title, follows three college friends who encounter the titular entity, a malevolent force that spreads madness and death through mere knowledge of its name.

The premise of the film is intriguing, playing on the fear of the unknown and the power of thought. However, the execution falls short of its potential. The narrative is plagued by a lack of originality, borrowing heavily from other, more successful horror films. The result is a movie that feels derivative and fails to establish its own identity.

The performances are passable but are hindered by a script that does not allow for much depth or development. Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, and Cressida Bonas do what they can with the material, but their characters are not particularly memorable. The Bye Bye Man himself, portrayed by Doug Jones, is not given enough backstory or motivation to make him a compelling antagonist.

From a technical standpoint, the film struggles with its scares. The CGI and special effects are unconvincing, and the editing does little to build tension or suspense. The horror elements are predictable and lack the subtlety required to truly unsettle the audience.

Critically, “The Bye Bye Man” was not well-received. It holds a low rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was criticized for its lack of narrative coherence and satisfying scares. The consensus seems to be that the film is a missed opportunity to create something unique in the horror genre.

In the Nutshell

“The Bye Bye Man” is a film that may entertain those looking for a casual horror flick but is unlikely to leave a lasting impression. It is a reminder that a good concept needs equally strong execution to make a horror movie stand out in a crowded field. For those interested in exploring the film further, it is available for streaming and purchase on various platforms. I give 3¬†out of 5 stars.

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Genre: Supernatural Boogie-Man

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