The Bye Bye Man (2017)

  • Time: 96 min
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Director: Stacy Title
  • Cast: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas


When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.

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  • Low budget horror films like Get Out and Lights Out, have been successful both critically and financially. The Bye Bye Man (my latest review) however, has not quite garnered these accolades. What a shame. “Bye” may not be the pinnacle of epic fright or the echelon of monumental creep shows. Nevertheless, it’s as good if not better than the two flicks just mentioned.

    Just released on DVD and possibly too intense for a PG-13 rating, The Bye Bye Man is a consuming affair. You jog the ghastly events in your head just as the closing credits come up. Granted, it’s no M. Night Shyamalan circa 1999 but heck, what is. This head-jogging notion is similar to the story of “Bye” and at the same time, it’s also the opposite. The main characters in The Bye Bye Man aren’t supposed to think about their ghostly villain (named The Bye Bye Man naturally) or say his name. They’ll either die or become possessed into harming others.

    Three things to consider before viewing “Bye”: Don’t see this movie alone or in the dark (it’s a cliché, I know). Also, try to realize that it’s only a movie and that The Bye Bye Man is not in your reality-based vicinity. Finally, know that you’ll never look at raincoats, falling coins, or train tracks the same way again.

    In terms of direction, well helmer Stacy Title carefully plots the film along, using minimal gore and adding cameos from Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway (where the heck has she been). In jest, “Bye” is gnawing psychological terror that only suffers from the occasional, layman acting and an abrupt ending that might not be the sum of its parts. Still, “Bye” steadily brings to life the dormant, urban legend of The Bye Bye Man himself (first in 1969 and now in present day). He’s hideous, will make you hallucinate, and will feed off of cancerous attention. Starkly original and worth a look, The Bye Bye Man gets a “hello” and a three star rating from me.

    Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

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