The Bye Bye Man (2017)
Huayi Brothers Media.

Distribution by STX Entertainment

Written by Jonathan Penner

Based off "The Bridge to Body Island" by Robert Damon Schneck

Horror Directed Stacy Title
Budget $7,400,000 Starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas

The Bye Bye Man (2017)

The movie opens in a suburban neighborhood 1969 and shows a man breaking into a home and shooting multiple people to death with a shotgun in graphic detail. This is what is known as the establishing scene and it is common in slasher movies in order to set the tone for the rest of the movie, and let the viewer know what they are getting into.

The Bye Bye Man is about three collage students who move into an old house together and to go to school nearby. Elliot (Douglas Smith) finds something unusual in a nightstand, complete with a warning that is repeated over and over. The mythology goes that once you are exposed to The Bye Bye Man, you will eventually go insane and ultimately die. Signs of the Bye Bye Man are mysterious coins showing up, the sound of trains, and a skinless hound.

There are some 1960's period scenes.
Walking in the woods and ...SCARED.

The movie looks good, and the cold fall setting lends itself to the creepy atmosphere of the film. The acting is mostly good, with Douglas Smith and Carrie-Anne Moss (Detective Shaw) being the best. Cressida Bonas was not good as Sasha, and some of her scenes really take you out of the movie because you have Douglas Smith giving a great performance at her across the room, and she is barely responding to him.

Carrie-Anne Moss. You know what to expect from her post-Matrix.

Characters get punished for not believing Elliot. Satisfying.


There are some things that I like about The Bye Bye Man. The nature of the monster and that once you learn of his existence, you are going to be haunted and eventually killed is terrifying to me. The Bye Bye Man himself looks good, and they left most of his origin and motivation a mystery which is usually better than explaining everything. The film could have been better, and I suspect that some of the weaker points could be lack of experience by the people involved in making it.

The Bye Bye Man is a worth watching on if you like indie style slower horror. The movie was not received well by critics or a lot of horror fans, however it was financially successful, and so there is a real possibility that we will get a sequel. I'll watch it.

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