Unrated Dir: Stacy Title | Universal | 1h 37min
Plot: What’s it about?
With a stupid title and very uninteresting plot, I actively chose to avoid The Bye Bye Man in theaters. I realize this isn’t the first review of mine where I’ve mentioned sitting out a film in theaters, but so be it. I would be here all day if I had to list my complaints with the horror genre over the last several years. It seems one crappy movie after another. It’s either the torture porn films such as Saw or Hostel or the “based on true events” type of films such as Insidious or The Conjuring. Not to mention that most of these are micro budgeted, so the inevitable sequels will be shoved down our throats in no time.
The film begins fairly interesting with a flashback scene set in 1969 as we see a man committing a mass murder around his neighborhood. We’re not really sure what’s going on, but he asks the victims who they told before he murders them. If you’ve seen the trailers, you’ll have a general idea that he’s talking about the bye bye man. The man repeats “Don’t say it, don’t think it, don’t think it, and don’t say it.” We then cut to the present day where we meet three characters moving into an off-campus house. They’re three college friends: Elliot (Douglas Smith), his girlfriend, Sasha (Cressida Bonas) and his friend, John (Lucien Laviscount). You can tell they not only have a good history, but also a good rapport with one another. It’s probably not a good idea for them to be staying at this particular house either, but it’s a horror film and characters are supposed to make dumb decisions. Elliot eventually discovers the writings that the man from the film’s opening was saying. This represents an evil spirit and then we follow the characters as they try to get to the root cause of it. There are clear influences from other, better films such asCandyman and The Amityville Horror series, but there’s not much else. Sadly, Bye offers a fairly dull film with no real scares to speak of. I cared little for the plot or outcome and the characters were very uninteresting. I’d forgive a lot of things if the film were frightening, but instead it’s frighteningly boring. That’s not something you want out of a horror film. It’s best to not even say hello to The Bye Bye Man.
*Note: This disc includes the theatrical cut and an unrated extended cut adding a few more minutes of gore. If you insist on suffering, I mean sitting through this film then the extended cut is the way to go.
Video: How’s it look?
We get a 1.85:1 AVC encoded transfer that gets the job done. The image is satisfying all around, the print is pristine as well. There are some soft spots here and there during certain moments. Nothing is too distracting and only the more picky viewers will notice. I have to review these portions, along with the film boring me to tears, so it kept me busy. All things told, fans (if there are any) should enjoy this transfer.
Audio: How’s it sound?
With the DTS HD track, expect the usual things often associated with this genre. We get plenty of spooks and bumps and rattles. Oh, you get the idea. That all adds to a nice sounding track. Vocals were fine with no real issues. Cars and trains in a few scenes kick things up a few notches as well. All things told, the track will please fans of the film. I was going to throw one last joke out there, but I won’t.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Unrated Version – This adds three additional minutes onto the theatrical version (which can also be selected).
The Bottom Line
I don’t know where to start here, but I just hope nobody begins by actually watching this turd. Boring, lame plot and uninteresting characters. I could forgive some things if the film actually provided thrills, but it doesn’t. I could chalk up a point or two for this not being a remake, but it borrows so heavily from other films that I won’t do that. Skip it.