When it comes to simple PG-13 Horror movies, some expectations should be left at the door when entering the theater. You should expect doors to slam, for the script to be terrible and the acting to be even worse. All those elements are present in the new film The Bye Bye Man, starring a bunch of actors you never heard of and an idea that’s been played out before in myths like The Boogeyman and films such as Candyman. You get what you paid for when it comes to a cheap scary flick like this, but one thing that can’t be overlooked is wasted potential and The Bye Bye Man is full of it.
The Bye Bye Man starts out eerily strong. A mild-mannered man in 1960s Wisconsin begins to question some neighbors and family members about some information they may know concerning a deadly figure known as The Bye Bye Man. After getting the information he needs, the seemingly normal individual frantically picks up a shotgun and you can imagine how the rest turns out. Flash forward to the present and we are introduced to our sacrificial collegiate lambs. A trio of students who stumble upon the legend when they move into a house off campus and begin to experience strange things including visions, illness and a hooded figure with his demon dog who is there one minute and gone the next. As you might guess, the new living arrangement ends poorly as they all begin to go mad from the power of The Bye Bye Man in completely silly fashion.
As stated earlier, The Bye Bye Man starts out solid with the murderous flashback, yet fails to successfully connect the horror dots to produce an entertaining film. The Bye Bye Man himself is very creepy, but his presence is limited and a frightening figure like this should be wreaking havoc in full form by at least the end of the second act. Even though the idea is a takeoff of other stories, the movie does have a cool concept that deals with ordinary people who snap out of nowhere and what could be the cause of it. Unfortunately, the downright laughable acting jobs from The Bye Bye Man‘s leads (Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount and worst of all Cressida Bonas) kills any chances of taking this movie seriously. It’s pretty sad when the one character that doesn’t talk (The Bye Bye Man) delivers the best acting performance in the film.
Overall, I give The Bye Bye Man 1 out of 4 stars.
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