Who picked that name for a film? Because let’s be honest, this is such an off putting title the person in question should never work in the movie industry again. The crappy name is the main reason I have been postponing watching this flick for so long and it was also the same reason I was staying away from La La Land. But unlike La La Land, The Bye Bye Man was a pleasant surprise. Yes, I
Adapted from a chapter called The Bridge to Body Island in the collection of horror short tales The President’s Vampire: Strange-But-True Tales of the United States of America by Robert Damon Schneck, based on urban legends and true stories, The Bye Bye Man is about a couple and a friend that tired of living in the college campus, decide to move to a big ass house, the rent must have been cheap af and the reason might be soon after they settle in, freaky stuff starts to happen, especially when at the end of a house party, the three plus a girl with some psychic powers think is a good idea to have a séance. Of course it's is not a good idea as things start spiralling into a world of weirdness, mainly inside their heads.
Originally rated R, for god knows what reason the movie ended up being a PG-13, and I wish I never knew about it because it makes me sad, but the main gripe I have here is that legend is a bit flimsy. I mean, Freddy Krueger was burned alive and seeking revenge - I totally understand, Pennywise was literally feeding off his victims – to each their own but ok, Chucky just needed a human body – can you blame him for not to want to live inside a doll for eternity?... But what about The Bye Bye Man? Why did he start terrorising these kids and what makes everybody that says his name go crazy? You definitely won’t find the answer in this movie.
There's something about coins showing up here and there throughout the film that might have something to do with the old tradition of putting them on the eyes of the dead so they can pay Charon, the ferryman, to row them across the river Styx once they reached the afterlife, but they didn’t turn up having any purpose before, during or after the story.
The cast is an interesting blend of different nationalities, while also a perfect mix of relatively unknown actors like Prince Harry's ex girlfriend Cressida Bonas and well established faces like English born Lucien Laviscount, also main man Douglas Smith did quite a lot on the big and small screen, then we have Trinity from The Matrix Carrie-Anne Moss and the Bye Bye Man himself Doug Jones, who stars in many more movies that you can ever imagine (mostly because he’s usually covered in makeup and prosthetics) you might remember him being The Faun and The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth, Abe Sapien from Hellboy and various other ghouls from a hole bunch of horrors.
All in all I enjoyed The Bye Bye Man, main reason being, even if with a name like that I was expecting a steaming pile of shit, surprisingly it wasn’t. Starts off with a bang (pun intended) and has a few very jumpy moments and a plot that wasn’t too predictable and that is always welcome in the word of today over saturated with remakes. Talking of which, is this just the first step towards another movie franchise?
Written by Mags
I have a feeling the guys at Mild Fuzz weren't as enthusiastic as me about this flick.