The Bye Bye Man (2017) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Stacy Title
Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas
Rated: PG-13 & UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available Universal Studios
From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control, making you see and do the most unspeakable acts committed by man. Is there a way to survive his possession? Starring Douglas Smith (Ouija) and Carrie Anne-Moss (The Matrix), see the chilling thriller that critics are calling “a paranormal thrill ride that will echo in your nightmares” (Elizabeth Rayne, Den Of Geek).
I’m sure a movie like The Bye Bye Man was made with the intention of it becoming the new big horror franchise right along the side of the better received and established Conjuring and Insidious films. I’m afraid those dreams might not come to light unless they just force ahead or go straight to disc. The Bye Bye Man isn’t a horrible idea on paper and some of what it offers up is a bit creepy, but it is sidetracked by a bad delivery, bad acting, and a terrible CGI dog. We open the film seeing someone on a bloody path trying to kill everyone who has heard of The Bye Bye Man, we then skip ahead to that man’s house as two friends and one’s girlfriend move in. They soon find out about this character and paranoid and overacting in the thick of the moment follows. I will admit that I found the unrated version of the disc to top the theatrical one but not by much. If you’re asking me if I feel it will make much of a difference overall, I have to admit that I sadly do not. The movie just doesn’t flow well regardless of how much violence and such we see.
The first warning we probably should have seen about this one might have come when it was made and then released so far after. It seems like the company wasn’t sure what to make of the movie or what to do with it and I can sort of see why this was the case. In a lot of ways, this movie feels like it belonged in the old teen horror boom period with such films as Urban Legends, Soul Survivor, and the likes of those. It wouldn’t have been a top title, but it feels like one following a trend. That is still what it is doing here but it following a much better class of film and it wasn’t doing enough to keep up. The Bye Bye Man himself looks alright, but there isn’t enough sizzle to go with the steak and the rest of the film just feels too underwhelming for anyone to really get behind it.
– Theatrical and Unrated Versions
Quality of Transfer: 98%