"Don’t Think It, Don’t Say It, Please Don’t See It"
What You Need To Know:
THE BYE BYE MAN has a rough start by immediately establishing poor direction, with static shots, terrible acting and a poor use of music. The trivial triple-love-triangle is hokey and ridiculous, and the plot is convoluted. Ultimately, the movie’s foul language, violence, occult worldview, and insult to good cinema make it abhorrent. Don’t think it, don’t say it, and definitely don’t see it.
(OOO, B, LLL, VVV, S, N, AA) Very strong occult worldview with demonic entity, séances, and no spiritually redemptive elements, plus some light moral elements of young man who wants to protect others from the evil entity, but the only solution to do so is through suicide, so even this is mitigated; 15 obscenities (including 3 “f” words) and 14 profanities (including strong uses of Jesus’s name); strong violence, man murders several people with a shotgun (little blood), man drinks paint thinner to kill himself, girl is hit by a train, woman is hit by a car, woman murders her children with a knife, their bodies seen lying on the ground, man hits another man with a baseball bat, woman is shot, visions of a bloodied woman from a delusional man, man shoots himself in the head; young man lives with his girlfriend, some sexual references, moaning and sexual noises are heard from a bedroom, man has a vision of his girlfriend fornicating with his best friend, but not much is shown, and it turns out to be in his head; upper male nudity, girl in her underwear, brief rear nudity of three individuals in a nightmare; underage drinking at parties; no smoking or drug use; no other immoral content.
THE BYE BYE MAN is a lame horror movie about a group of college students who are haunted by an ‘entity’ that only appears after you say his name. Unfortunately, mediocrity is a standard this awful movie can’t even closely approach.
The movie opens in 1969 with a well-dressed man killing several people in a suburban neighborhood while repeating to himself “Don’t think it. Don’t say it” and asking the victims if they told anyone else the name. Several people are shot to death, and then the man sticks a gun in his own mouth and tries to kill himself.
Jump to the present day. Elliot and John are best friends in college, and together, along with Elliot’s girlfriend Sasha, they buy an old house off campus to live. The old house is empty, but they find some furniture in the basement to use.
Not surprisingly, odd things begin happening around the house. Elliot and Sasha hear scraping noises outside the house, and coins keep falling out of the same nightstand. When Elliot investigates the nightstand, he sees writing with the repeated phrase “Don’t think it. Don’t say it” and then at the bottom, it says “The Bye Bye Man.”
That very night, a friend of the three students holds a seance in the house to get rid of any spirits. During the séance, Elliot says the name The Bye Bye Man, and then their worst nightmare begins.
All three begin seeing visions of their worst nightmares. In Elliot’s case, it’s that Sasha is falling in love with his best friend John, which isn’t far from the truth. John struggles to be a good friend to both Elliot and Sasha, and at times it’s implied he may be secretly homosexual and have feelings for Elliot. All the while, a tall hooded figure terrorizes them in the house, pushing them to the brink of insanity.
Will they figure out what the Bye Bye Man actually is and why knowing its name gives it power?
THE BYE BYE MAN has a rough start by immediately establishing poor direction, with static shots, terrible acting and a poor use of music. Director Stacy Title makes a classic horror mistake of showing too much of the villain. However, not all the mistakes lie with the director, because the script is equally bad. The trivial triple-love-triangle is hokey and ridiculous, and the plot is convoluted. There are a few funny moments, though the audience MOVIEGUIDE®’s reviewer was with seemed to enjoy laughing AT the movie than laughing WITH it. Eventually, THE BYE BYE MAN can’t decide whether it’s a psychological thriller or a supernatural horror story, and ends with the hope of starting a franchise.
Ultimately, the movie’s foul language, violence, occult worldview, and insult to good cinema makes it abhorrent. Don’t think it, don’t say it, and definitely don’t see it.