When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man's existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate. Written by
I'm at a point with horror movies that I go in hoping for the best but expecting the worst. It really has been about 1 out of every 6 or 7 that turns out to be pretty good. This was not one of them.
So you already know what the flimsy story line is, so I will just comment on it. There is no explanation of what this entity, or his very poorly computer generated demon dog, is or how they came to be. The guy himself does have a certain air of menace but he doesn't really do much. The acting of just about everyone is sub-high school play. I mean really, did they pick up these people at Walmart, give them $20 and ask them to be in a movie? In all fairness, the movie did have some OK moments they would have been better with better actors and perhaps a director who took some time to flesh out the story. It just seemed almost like random events tied together by this very silly named entity. And I got really tired of the heavily repeated "Don't think it, don't say it" nonsense. I did like the cameo by Faye Dunaway and was surprised she was in this sub-par cinema, but she is in her sunset years so a little frivolous role is acceptable.
And when the anti-climactic ending came and the credits started, I then saw why this may have been a crock. 'Screenplay by Jonathan Penner'. Really, the guy who was a Survivor contestant? I thought that was him earlier in the movie, he has a very distinctive voice. But I guess if you appear on Survivor you can suddenly be a screenwriter. But then I see his occasional credits extend before Survivor, though I don't recall that ever coming up during his time on that show.
And sure, the movie did well at the box office opening weekend, but it's only because they played their cards right. It opened on Friday the 13th and there really weren't any other scary movies out there. So hooray for them for good game play but I expect this will drop like a stone during subsequent weekends. The movie may be OK for younger kids (and trust me, there were lots of obnoxious little monsters in the theater we were in who wouldn't shut up) who don't necessarily need a story line to follow and just like a modest jump now and then, but for anyone looking for an ounce of substance, look elsewhere. I'm shocked this was not a direct-to-video release.
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