The Bye Bye Man (2017)

“Don’t think it, don’t say it” 

The Jake rate: 24/100

Don’t think it, don’t say it, for the love of all that is good and decent, don’t watch it.

Seriously, why was there so much hype for this movie? Well, I can probably answer my own question. The horror film landscape is so barren right now, horror film fanatics like myself are driven to watch anything that comes out, even piles of trash like “The Bye Bye Man”. Here’s to hoping that “Alien Covenant” and “Annabelle 2” can redeem 2017 for me. To put this into perspective, if you read my review on “Split”, you would know how much I despised it. Well, “The Bye Bye Man” makes “Split” look like a Saturn award nominee (knock on wood…).

“The Bye Bye Man”, directed by Stacy Title is about 3 college students; Elliot, John, and Sasha, (Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas) who move into a huge house off campus, because that is the practical thing to do when you’re spending thousands of dollars to go to school, and yes, the house is haunted. Apparently before they moved in, there were some “mysterious” murders that occurred there. If this isn’t cliche enough, and you’re still interested in watching this- just wait. The Bye Bye Man is a cross between a spirit, Freddy Krueger, and crappy CGI, who can be summoned by speaking his name only once. This is way easier than summoning the Candy Man. He wears a hood and points at people. That is it. He is also followed around by an even worse CGI version of what I think is supposed to be a hell hound. Let’s also not forget that the Bye Bye Man likes to leave gold coins lying around for a reason that is not explained at all during the movie. 

There are so many things that are awful about this film (the acting, the cliches, the annoying jump scares that are thrown in because for whatever reason people think jump scares are what makes good horror), but the number one reason I couldn’t stand this movie was the lack of explanation. I don’t need to have a ton of lore and facts, but at least give the characters back stories, especially the Bye Bye man. Where does he come from, why does he kill people? Is that too much to ask??

It would be nice if directors would stop slapping together crap and calling it horror.

Originality 0/10
Intriguing storyline 1/10
Visually appealing 2/10
Acting 3/10
How it ended 1/10
Scare factor 17/50

 

 

 

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