‘Debuting on Friday, January 13th, this film redefines the horror that iconic date represents-stretching our comprehension of the terror this day holds beyond our wildest nightmares’.
That’s quite a lot of words to describe one of the most inane horror movies I have seen in the last couple of years. The Bye Bye Man starts with three college students moving into a spooky house off-campus and accidentally conjuring up the demon the movie is named after. Not by some elaborate ritual, no no… just by saying its name. Imagine how many people accidentally conjured up this demon by simply saying goodbye to a friend!
Once the Bye Bye Man is in your head, he takes over. The only thing you can do is utter ‘don’t say it, don’t think it’ over and over in some vain effort to try and lessen his grip on you so you don’t go and do crazy shit. Not sure why one of the main characters is developing a cough though… maybe that one is just on the harsh Wisconsin winter and lack of central heating in derelict houses.
Written by Jonathan Prenner and directed by Stacy Title (who once upon a time treated us to The Last Supper), The Bye Bye Man is basically one big collection of terrible horror clichés coupled to bad acting and an incredibly uneventful finale. Somehow Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway ended up playing small roles in this movie as well… not sure why. Then again, I can’t even figure out why someone wanted to make this movie to begin with… so what the hell do I know.