“The Bye Bye Man” Review

13 January, 2017

Director: Stacy Title
Screenwriter: Jonathan Penner
Director of Photography: James Kniest
Cast: Douglas Smith, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss

Synopsis: Upon moving into an old house, three friends discover a terrifying presence whose jinxed name holds the key to a world of suffering. Trying desperately the bury the truth, the trio find the curse spreading like a plague as the demon closes in.

The Bye Bye Man Review:

For those who love to explore the schlockier side of the horror genre, “The Bye Bye Man” is a thrilling jump in the dark based around the inescapable ‘white bear’ conundrum. Don’t think it, Don’t say it – it’s a simple yet impossible predicament leaning back on the kind of terror that doesn’t require mirrors or video tapes to inject its curse. Made to convince viewers that they themselves have become infected through exposure, “The Bye Bye Man” leaves an uncanny feeling hanging over your head and it definitely has a lasting impression on those willing to succumb to its ideas.

With a killer score composed by horror hounds The Newton Brothers, the film is more atmospheric than intellectually stimulating as a group of students on the cusp of adulthood discover their very own Slenderman and soon feel the effects of complete terror. Made to scare audiences more than make any sense, “The Bye Bye Man” affords its characters the perfect excuse not to tell anyone what’s happening to them, although many elements fall apart when assessed within the bigger picture as no one manages to keep their mouth shut, as expected.

Destined to be ridiculed for refusing to be anything more than a throwaway horror movie, “The Bye Bye Man” reveals a phantom who doesn’t quite pack the same punch as villain like Bagul in the “Sinister” movies, although the filmmakers still occasionally hit the nail on the head with a number of spine-tingling moments made to play into the pre-existing fears that everyone experiences whilst alone in the dark. Undoubtedly made for the pre-converted horror junkie, “The Bye Bye Man” is a supernatural circus with some surprising guest appearances alongside its rather standard chain of events.

 

   

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