It seems like the New Year hasn’t been a good one for the cinema industry as of late. With expectations from new releases soaring high like vultures in the sky, the audience has been left dumbstruck. While usually we look up to films competing for the title of being the “best movie”, the scenario is a little twisted here. Seems like people are fighting to make the “worst movie” of the year and one of the contenders is The Bye Bye Man.
Interestingly, the movie is based on a chapter from Robert Damon Schneck’s classic The President’s Vampire but the major flaw happens to be the absence of a backstory or even the reason for the bye bye man’s existence. What is his purpose? Is there even a purpose or is just evil? These questions go unanswered.
A typical American horror has three main components, the evil spirit (could be a spirit, a ghost or an immortal trying carve out everyone’s intestines), a haunted house and teenagers. Yes! You read that right, teenagers! How you execute, makes all the difference in the world.
But from the looks of it, it is pretty evident that Stacy Title’s latest film, The Bye Bye Man, despite having the three components correct has failed the execution bit. Spoiler first, the villain of the film is a cousin like figure to Freddy Krueger from A nightmare on Elm Street with a scratched up, bald head full of visible veins and long fingers, more like a poverty stricken third, fourth or maybe even a fifth cousin.
The movie starts off with a scene from the 60s where a man is seen shooting his neighbors as he utters out the words, “Don’t think it. Don’t say it”. And suddenly we are brought back to the modern day as three 19- year olds renting out an apartment to escape the dorm life. Just like most typical movies similar to the House of Wax, Sasha (Cressida Bonas), her boyfriend Elliot (Douglas Smith) and their friend John (Lucien Laviscount) move into the old house which gives you those creepy vibes from the look of it. Soon Elliot discovers a drawer with “Don’t think it. Don’t say it” inscribed on the insides and ‘the bye bye man’ written on the back. Soon after the trio start hallucinating to their worst fears and it is brought to life that the villain instills inside the human’s brain and gives life to their worst fears.
Creatively, the concept is very intriguing but the display and portrayal of the script and the characters disappoints the audience on more than one occasion. As the victims try to kill themselves, one can only stop this evil by never mentioning him again, ever! Add to this, his skinless bloody and the mystery of falling gold coins which goes unanswered.
From a flawed script and screenplay to unconvincing acting by premature teens, the movie has it all. The narrative fails to delve into the environment and cannot grip the audience. So, with due respect to the makers, do not watch this movie! Because in the end, all you will be left with is a couple of wasted hours of your life!