The Bye Bye Man
The Bye Bye Man is a 2017 American supernatural "horror" film directed by Stacy Title and written by Jonathan Penner, based on the chapter "The Bridge to Body Island" in Robert Damon Schneck's book The President's Vampire. The film stars Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, English actress Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway, and Jenna Kanell.
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.
Why It Sucks
- You already know that this movie is going to be ridiculous for one thing. The premise. It's absolutely ridiculous. The name "Bye Bye Man" sounds like a Spy Kids villain, not a horror villain.
- Horrendous and laughable acting. They all seem extremely forced in within their emotions.
- Not one single character is likable or sympathetic, especially Elliot. None of them even have a backstory, so who cares if any of them gets killed?
- There is no backstory or mythology on The Bye Bye Man. All we know is that he's a creepy man with a creepy dog. That's it.
- Dreadful CGI on the Bye Bye Man's dog. It should be notable that even PlayStation cutscenes had better CGI than this.
- This movie is barely any scary, even though it tries way too hard to be as mentioned before by adding jumpscares, suspense scenes, and horror cliches, making this film unoriginal.
- The Bye Bye Man's attack is going inside minds making them see things noone else can, ripping off Slender Man.
- Laughable death scenes on every single character, the biggest one being the librarian.
- What happens with the Librarian is that she gets run over by Elliot, which sends her flying off the walls and right smack on to a tree, which cannot happen in real life.
- Around that same time, Elliot tries to pull over, but then the car randomly flips over, again, this can't happen in real life. Also, Elliot did nothing to make the car flip over.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 21% based on 75 reviews and an average rating of 3.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Bye Bye Man clumsily mashes together elements from better horror films, adding up to a derivative effort as short on originality as it is on narrative coherency or satisfying scares." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 37 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale.