“The Bye Bye Man’: Don’t pay for it, don’t watch it
By: Shianna Pennington
“People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and time again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what, but who?”
This quote from Fandango summarizes the question surrounding the movie “The Bye Bye Man”.
People do unthinkable things every day, and many typically think “What made them do this?” “The Bye Bye Man” explores the thought of maybe it isn’t a what that makes them do these horrible things, but a who. And that “who” is the Bye Bye Man.
This film based on a campfire is a chilling horror-thriller film from the producers of “Oculus” and “The Strangers” that exposes the evil that is behind the most heinous acts of man.
When three college friends throw a “housewarming” party, they discover a drawer containing a piece of paper with the words “Don’t Think it, Don’t Say it” written in red ink. Underneath that piece of paper, they find “The Bye Bye Man” engraved into the drawer itself, stumbling upon what they come to find are the origins of the Bye Bye Man. Inviting a psychic friend in to figure out what is happening, they discover that there is only one way to avoid the Bye Bye Man’s curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. Because once he gets inside your head, he takes control. Without spoiling the movie, you can just assume that the curse leads to death.
The synopsis for “The Bye Bye Man”, coming straight from Fandango, combined with the trailer, misled me to believe that this would be a banging movie. I was expecting lots of pop outs and jump scares, causing me to almost pee myself and/or have nightmares. They didn’t happen, and I was quite disappointed with it because that’s my favorite part of scary movies.
Though “The Bye Bye Man” is labeled as horror, suspense,and thriller, it’s more comical than scary. The special effects were not very good. The acting was not very good, and the parts that were meant to scare you, were hysterical.
This movie is based upon an “allegedly” true campfire story and the story that it is based off of, explains everything, and it could have been made into a very great movie. But the producers didn’t explain anything of the past relating to the Bye Bye Man, so the things that were happening just didn’t make any sense.
I would NOT recommend seeing this movie or paying for it. If it’s being streamed like on Netflix, possibly, but I would not pay money for it.