The Bye Bye Man (2017) Movie Review

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2017 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller
97 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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The Bye Bye Man Review


Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind unspeakable acts.

The Bye Bye Man (2017) is a 1h 36 min PG-13 American supernatural thriller horror film that was based on the chapter titled The Bridge to Body Island in Robert Damon Schneck‘s 2011 novel The President’s Vampire. The Bye Bye Man grossed over $24 million worldwide although it was unfavorable to most viewers. Director Stacy Title (The Last Supper (1995), Let the Devil Wear Black (1999), Down on the Waterfront (1993)) had a tough script to work with as the storyline appears to be a bite off of many other horror movies. The movie had the potential of being something far better than what it was. I was anticipating the release of this film because I was intrigued with a particular piece of furniture that can wreak havoc on your world.

Elliot ( Douglas Smith - Vinyl (2016), Big Love (2006-2011), Miss Sloane (2016), When We Rise (2017)) and his lifelong best friend John finds a home far away from their previous residence. John (Lucien Laviscount - Honeytrap (2014), Coronation Street (2009), One Night in Istanbul (2014)) and Elliot was attending Wisconsin University and lived in the dorms. The duo did not expect that horrific fate they were about to encounter when they moved into the old creaky house. Elliot’s girlfriend Sasha (Cressida Bonas - Doctor Thorne (2016), Tulip Fever (2017), BBC World News (2013)) moves in with them. They found an old nightstand in the dingy old basement and decides to take it up to the bedroom. Elliot found the words “The Bye Bye Man” written in the drawer of the nightstand and read them aloud. Elliot unintentionally drags his friends along with him into the dangerous hands of The Bye Bye Man who wears a hood and only means harm to the trio.

I was super excited and interested in the movie until about five minutes after we see the hooded figure because I felt as though we the audience were teased. The Bye Bye Man scares were not fully developed/explored and did not scare us at all, not even a tiny bit. The Bye Bye Man is a mere illusionist who tricks people into believing things that are not really there by manipulating reality. Imagine being trapped in a nightmare that you cannot get out of.

My feeling about this film was neutral because it was good for the first half and fell miserably short afterward. The jump scares were cheap, as well as the CGI effects and practical effects but the makeup effects were above average. The makeup job on The Bye Bye Man was creepy in a good way, and I would have liked to see scarier scenes with him. I applaud Doug Jones for doing a great job with his character, The Bye Bye Man. My overall thought is that The Bye Bye Man squished together good elements from awesome horror films. The movie’s script was terrible as well as most of its cast giving us a terrible job. The characters were also not fully developed which was a major negative, and the editor did not help the movie.

About The Bye Bye Man 2017

Title: The Bye Bye Man
Year: 2017
Runtime: 97 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Doug Jones, Leigh Whannell, Carrie-Anne Moss, Douglas Smith, Nicholas Sadler, Jonathan Penner, Beshoy Hanna, Michael Trucco, Melissa Santiago, Laura Allen, Cleo King, Dan Anders, Nicholas C. Nevinger, Rio Donnally, Cressida Bonas, Mark Salas, Erica Tremblay, Chase Crawford, Marisa Echeverria, Andrew Gorell, Jenna Kanell, Jerry Sur, Ava Penner, Seth William Meier, Kurt Yue, Sherry Trameitra, Jessica Graie, Will Moore, Kevin Fox, Erica Collins
Writers: Jonathan Penner, Robert Damon Schneck
Director: Stacy Title