Almost 30 years ago Clive Barker produced a film called Candyman which had a simple premise. If you spoke the name of the aforementioned five times into a mirror he would kill you at some point with his hook. It did shockingly well at the box office but didn’t create a franchise of note; a handful of sequels later and the film has been forgotten. Which is why The Bye Bye Man didn’t generate as much outrage as it could’ve.
A shameless ripoff of Barker’s minor hit, it takes essentially the same premise (of invoking a demonic spirit) and turns it into a slightly different perspective. Invoking the ‘Bye Bye Man’ essentially turns someone into a demonically possessed killer and that’s what happens here. It’s a demonic possession film with a slasher motif where everyone turns into dumb teenagerd waiting to die.
Throw in an open ending, one designed for at least one direct to DVD sequel, and you have a fairly pedestrian horror film. There’s nothing that original about; it’s a fairly straight forward slasher film that’s not very original or compelling.
Recommendation to avoid.
No extras are included.
Universal presents The Bye Bye Man. Directed by Stanley Title. Written by Jonathan Penner based on “The Bridge to Body Island” by Robert Damon Schneck. Starring Douglas Smith, Carrie-Anne Moss, Doug Jones. Run Time: 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. Released on 4.11.2017
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