ABSOLUTELY ZERO STARS
Starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway and Jenna Kanell
Directed by Stacy Title
2017 / 96 Minutes / STX Entertainment
Review by Elise
Don’t say it. Don’t think it. Don’t watch it. Don’t rent it. Don’t even illegally download it. Don’t waste your time.
The Bye Bye Man is one of the worst films of 2017, hands down. I’m SHOCKED that this even made it into theatres. It looks like a TV movie and has some of the worst acting I’ve seen in a while. Carrie Anne Moss. Baby girl… where is that Matrix money? Faye Dunaway… this is your punishment for what happened at The Oscars last year.
Let’s start with the title… The Bye Bye Man. Is this supposed to be scary or make me think of NSYNC? Who is this movie for? Because no grown-ass person is going to be afraid of some ghoul named “The Bye Bye Man” wearing a hooded windbreaker and a button up ribbed long sleeved shirt. Mr. BBM is basically a rip off of Slenderman with a sprinkling of Freddy Krueger plus he has one of the dogs from Resident Evil. FOR NO REASON.
There are SO MANY things about this movie that make absolutely no sense. What’s the point of the coins? What’s the significance of the trains? What is Mr. BBM’s motive? Where did he come from? Why does he have a dog? What’s the point of him killing anyone if you’re just going to do it for him anyway and then kill yourself in order to not be killed by him? Apparently the script was adapted from a short story that actually gave explanations for all these things yet I guess they didn’t see the point in including any of it in the movie. I get that films should show and not tell, but when you don’t do either, what’s the point in making it in the first place?