Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind unspeakable acts.


Stacy Title


Jonathan Penner (screenplay by), Robert Damon Schneck (based on "The Bridge to Body Island" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Smith ... Elliot
Lucien Laviscount ... John
Cressida Bonas ... Sasha
Doug Jones ... The Bye Bye Man
Michael Trucco ... Virgil
Jenna Kanell ... Kim
Erica Tremblay ... Alice
Marisa Echeverria ... Trina
Cleo King ... Mrs. Watkins
Faye Dunaway ... Widow Redmon
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Detective Shaw
Leigh Whannell ... Larry Redmon
Keelin Woodell ... Young Mrs. Redmon
Lara Knox Lara Knox ... Jane
Jonathan Penner ... Mr. Daizy


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 its 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 STX Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The evil behind the most unspeakable acts has a name See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror, horror violence, bloody images, sexual content, thematic elements, partial nudity, some language and teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Doug Jones, who plays the title character, previously played Slender Man (who has similar abilities) in Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story. See more »


When the group first visits the old house and enters the basement there's a light bulb flickering. When you look closer you can see that it's a new model without the old wire type which used to cause the disconnection and therefore the flickering. Which means the flickering light you see is fake. See more »


Kim: Don't think it, don't say it. Don't say it, don't think it. Don't say it, don't think it! Don't say it, don't think it! Don't say it, don't think it!
John: Don't say or think what?
Elliot: The Bye Bye Man.
[lights go out accompanied by loud jump scare noise]
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Alternate Versions

The US theatrical release was cut in order to receive a PG-13 classification (the film was originally rated R). The filmmakers cut stronger moments of horror violence and gore from the film. This footage was later restored in the Unrated Cut. See more »


The Day My Life Went Turn, Turn, Turn
Performed by The Newton Brothers
(P) 2017 STX Recordings, LLC., under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment
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I'd recommend seeing it, if you're a fan of horror movies.
20 January 2017 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'THE BYE BYE MAN': Three Stars (Out of Five)

A horror flick about a supernatural entity that can possess anyone that learns it's name, which terrorizes three college students. It was directed by Stacy Title, and written by Jonathan Penner (of TV's 'SURVIVOR' fame). The script is based on a chapter of the 2005 book 'The President's Vampire', titled 'The Bridge to Body Island' (by Robert Damon Schneck). The film stars Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas, Lucien Laviscount, Jenna Kanell, Michael Trucco, Carrie-Ann Moss, Leigh Whannell, Erica Tremblay, Cleo King, Faye Dunaway and Doug Jones (as The Bye Bye Man). It's received mostly negative reviews from critics, and fans alike, but it's done really well at the Box Office (so far). I thought it was OK.

Three college students (Smith, Bonas and Laviscount) move into an old house, near campus. Once there, they learn about a supernatural entity called The Bye Bye Man (Jones). They also discover that the Bye Bye Man can possess anyone who says or thinks it's name (and make them do horrible things). In order to try and stop the creature, they investigate it's origins. While doing so, they desperately try to stop others from learning about it. They also frantically try not to kill each other, in the process either.

The movie is a great concept for a horror flick, and The Bye Bye Man is definitely a frighteningly memorable slasher film villain. I'd like to see a sequel, or maybe more, and hopefully the potential franchise keeps getting better. Penner's script isn't bad though (he also plays a small part in the film), and Title's direction is decent as well. I also can't believe the producers got such an awesome cast for this (Whannell, Moss, Dunaway, Jones!). I'd still recommend seeing it, if you're a fan of horror movies.

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Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bye Bye Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,501,349, 15 January 2017

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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