The Bye Bye Man turned out to be as bad as the title sounds. I went into the theater with pretty low expectations and came out not surprised at all with the result. The Bye Bye Man sucked the big one.
The Bye Bye Man is about a group of college students who move into an old house off-campus. They find an old nightstand with the name “Bye Bye Man” carved into it along with the words “Don’t think it. Don’t say it.”. The students are soon haunted by the evil entity known as the Bye Bye Man, who has a horribly CGI’d dog that aids in murdering people.
There were very few attempts at scaring the audience made by The Bye Bye Man. I usually hate when cheap films like this do pointless jump scares, but they didn’t even do that. There were maybe five to ten scenes in the whole film that were set up to deliver scares, none of them landing. Not even the teenage girls in the audience were scared at The Bye Bye Man. In fact, they were all laughing at it.
When I really think about it, the tagline “Don’t think it. Don’t say it.” really doesn’t make any sense. At least, not in the realm or logic of the film. Characters are constantly doing their best not to say the entities name. However as they are trying not to say his name, aren’t they thinking about it? I know it sounds like a nitpick but this turns out to be a very important and confusing aspect of the film, especially at the climax.
The evil entity in The Bye Bye Man has the power to make any of the protagonists hallucinate crazy and wild events. This becomes really obnoxious in the film, because the viewer is constantly trying to decipher what is really happening and what is a hallucination.
The performances were okay I guess. The actors themselves weren’t completely bad, however I could tell there was very little direction given to them. The actors often felt like they were just reading their lines without putting any effort or emotion into it.
As I said before, the CGI in this film is atrocious. The giant CGI dog that the Bye Bye Man has is laughably bad. This was Sci-fi Channel quality animation at its finest. Many people in the theater were laughing hysterically at how badly animated the dog is. Another scene of bad CGI is when a couple maggots crawl out of the eyes of one of the protagonists. Again, the CGI is shockingly bad in this scene.
By the third act the filmmakers completely gave up on delivering a competent ending to us viewers. Scenes started derailing fast, and we are given a subpar conclusion that left me feeling underwhelmed. I really wish horror flicks would stop ending in stereotypically lame and predictable ways.
I’d have to recommend that people go ahead and skip The Bye Bye Man. If you had your heart set on seeing it, the movie probably won’t kill you. However there is a great lack of originality, creativity, and just plain understanding of how to make an effective (or even coherent) horror movie. I strongly believe that others will find this to be an extremely boring flick.
The Verdict: F