The Bye Bye Man

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The Bye Bye Man
The Bye Bye Man poster.jpg
Spy Kids really took an edgy turn.
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Stacy Title
Written By: Jonathan Penner
Starring: Douglas Smith
Lucien Laviscount
Cressida Bonas
Doug Jones
Carrie-Anne Moss
Faye Dunaway
Jenna Kanell
Photography: Color
Distributed By: STX Entertainment
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Runtime: 96 minutes
Country: United States

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.

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? 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

  1. The name "Bye Bye Man" is just ridiculous; it sounds more like a villain from a Spy Kids film rather than a horror villain.
  2. Horrendous and laughable acting. In particular is a really fake sneeze.
  3. 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?
  4. There's a lot of foreshadowing (like the random train scenes) that isn't explained and ultimately goes nowhere.
  5. Poor pacing; the movie takes forever to go anywhere.
  6. There is no backstory or mythology on The Bye Bye Man, as all we know about him is that he is a creepy man with a creepy dog. While this makes sense from an in-universe viewpoint, the fact that we don't know anything about him severely diminishes his scariness.
  7. The PG-13 rating means the kills and violence are all watered down.
  8. The computer-generated special effects used for the Bye Bye Man's dog is absolutely dreadful to the point where PlayStation cut-scenes had better computer-generated imagery than this.
  9. The movie is loaded with horror movie clichés, including jump-scares and suspense scenes.
    • The Bye Bye Man attacks by going inside others' minds making them see things nobody else can, which rips off Slender Man.
  10. Laughable death scenes, particularly one where the librarian 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, which is very illogical.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. The idea of the Bye Bye Man had some good potential; the execution of the movie, however, sucks.

Reception

On review aggregator website Rotten TomatoesRWW, 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.

Trivia

  • This was the last film directed by Stacy Title before her death in 2021.
  • The film's writer, Johnathan Penner, previously competed on the reality competition show Survivor.

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EijiZeBoi

18 months ago
Score 10

Turning a troll page into an actual page

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ItMeansNothing

18 months ago
Score 3
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EnnardTrap1987

18 months ago
Score 1
Oh, its bacc on here.
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ItMeansNothing

18 months ago
Score 0

Don't think of the page, don't say the page exists.

The Bye Bye Man
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EnnardTrap1987

18 months ago
Score 1

Its back on here for like the third times lol.

Oh crap, i just thought and said about the page..
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Paprika

18 months ago
Score 8
I said Bye Bya Man and thought of the Bye Bye Man and he didn't come. This movie is fake af!!!!
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Demon Horse

18 months ago
Score 1
People think this is a bad movie? I liked it.
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ItMeansNothing

18 months ago
Score 0
It's ok.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

17 months ago
Score 1
This movie sounds more like PewDiePie saying "Go Bye Bye!"
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EnnardTrap1987

17 months ago
Score 1
This movie can go bye bye from Netflix. Yes, i did say its on Netflix.
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PhantomVulture

17 months ago
Score 4
I remember this movie was being called "The Pee Pee Poo Poo Man" on YouTube by reviewers. It was so bad, they start calling that until everyone forgot about this crapfest.
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EnnardTrap1987

16 months ago
Score 0
Since when was The Bye Bye Man ripping off the Slender Man film? Unless you’re talking about the character itself.
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EnnardTrap1987

16 months ago
Score 0
Especially when this movie was in development in 2015, and released in 2017 (a year before Slender Man was released)
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EijiZeBoi

16 months ago
Score 0
We're talking about the character itself.
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EijiZeBoi

16 months ago
Score 0
The Bye Bye Man feels more like a rip-off of The Babadook.
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EijiZeBoi

16 months ago
Score 0
Also, their posters look too similar to each other.
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ItMeansNothing

16 months ago
Score 1
In case you're wondering, The Bye Bye Man is just AS ridiculous as it sounds.
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LeroyManTheFirst

10 months ago
Score 1
Spy Kids 5 leaked villain
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Dragos133

10 months ago
Score 0
This horror movie is so stupid that it hurts.
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Acapal8893

9 months ago
Score 0
Hey, I noticed something. The film's writer is Jonathan Penner, a former contestant on Survivor. It sad that he worked on this.
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Funny

5 months ago
Score 0

the pee pee poo poo man

you wont be laughing when he kills you
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

5 months ago
Score 0
true i laughed and he killed me now i'm dead :(
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Sindecent exposure

4 months ago
Score 0
the peepee poopoo man

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