‘Bye Bye Man’ needs to go bye bye, man

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at 7:30 PM

"Bye Bye Man" shoots for the stars, aiming to become one of the greats in the horror movie genre. It attempts to craft a character as well- known as Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger. The problem with the “Bye Bye Man” character, though, is it’s one of the dumbest horror movie killers of all time.

The film starts with a long, continuous, very over-exposed shot — someone who’s never touched a camera could tell just how over exposed it was — of a man entering houses, killing helpless victims. Little did I know, this was one of the highest points of the film. From there, we meet our 3 main characters, Elliot (Douglas Smith), Sasha (Cressida Bonas) and John (Lucien Laviscount).

The three friends move into a huge house in the middle of nowhere, citing it as "finally moving out of the dorms." I thought that was really weird for three undergrads to move so far away from campus to a creepy, three or more story house, but again after finishing the movie, it is the least far fetched thing in the film.

Almost immediately, which I will give the film credit for, weird things start to happen. Elliot finds an old nightstand in the basement that has the words, "DON’T THINK IT, DON’T SAY IT" written all over it. He inspects all of the desk and finds the word “Bye Bye Man” etched into the bottom of it. Little did Elliot know, he was already doomed.

So with the “Bye Bye Man,” if you ever read, thought, say or do anything with his name, his is going to come for you and the more you say it, the closer he gets. Not a horrible premise, but the execution is absolutely horrible. First off, the words “Bye Bye Man” aren't
that uncommon. I am willing to assume that someone, somewhere, utters that phrase every day. 
Do they get hunted by the Bye Bye Man or do you have to have the intent of thinking about the real Bye Bye Man.

Also, and this might be a slight spoiler, the Bye Bye Man never actually kills anyone. He just stands around and does weird stuff hoping that you will do it for him.

With that in mind, as the film progress, it makes the Bye Bye Man not even scary anymore. Why would I be scared of something that is never going to even try and attack one of the characters?

It’s almost embarrassing all the things they throw in the film to get the killer more recognizable. With no explanation, they start to show coins falling, as this means that the Bye Bye Man is close.

Also, they kept showing trains randomly throughout the movie, so I am assuming this meant he was close also. The Bye Bye Man also had a pet dog that would just walk around him for who knows what reason. Not a single one of these things made sense during the movie.

Lastly, the acting in the movie was the hardest thing to get over. The main character, Elliot, honestly looked possessed from start to finish, so when he actually started to go a little crazy, it seemed like business as usual. Sasha kept developing a British accent throughout the film, which caused me to stop the movie and look up the actress to find that she’s from the UK and was trying to speak with an American accent. Then with John, who might have been the best out of the three, he still just acted confused with every line he spoke, like he wasn't sure what he was supposed to say.

I very much wish I could go into detail about the funniest scenes in the horror flick, but I can't. "Bye Bye Man" is a horror film that doesn't come around that often, being that it’s so bad it becomes enjoyable. Some of the scenes, like the library scene, I could not contain my laughter. And with the ending, which is so unbelievably bad, it makes "Bye Bye Man" a must see. Seriously, go watch this movie for a guaranteed laugh.

Gabriel Hypes is the assistant arts editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com. 

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