Directed by Stacy Title (The Last Supper, Let the Devil Wear Black)
Written by Jonathan Penner (Let the Devil Wear Black)based on the book “The Bridge to Body Island” by Robert Damon Schneck
Stars: Lucien Laviscount, Douglas Smith, Jenna Kanell, and Cressida Bonas
Our Rating: ★½ Missed Opportunity
The Bye, Bye Man is such a shambles of missed opportunities it’s hard to know where to start. The “actual events” inspired film attempts to introduce a new horror villain that truly had potential. Apparently, the Bye Bye Man arrives if you think or call his name. The problem with that is the film never successfully explains this character’s origin or why he’s vengeful. Although the character has made enough of an impact at one point there are archived news articles about him.
The bulk of the film takes place in our time, when Elliot his girlfriend Sasha, and best friend John rent an off campus house together. The problem starts after Sasha decides to hold a séance, because of course, to figure out why the house is so creepy. Which leads the main character Elliot to call the Bye, Bye Man from the beyond. Even this part is confusing because there is literally a train that the BBM rides. Is he the soul of an angry transient or what? The house isn’t actually haunted it’s a nightstand that causes the problem. Uh, huh? So, why wasn’t the nightstand thrown into a fireplace or something many years ago? Beats me, and it apparently beat the writers too.
Before the Bye, Bye Man reaches the town the group goes through a weird transformation where they want to kill each other. Or, sleep with each other? Yeah, there’s an unnecessary and unexplained story arc about the best friend too. Honestly, I wanted to kill them all myself, just to put the film out of its misery.
I would like to tell you it gets better or there were good moments, but I can’t. Bye, Bye Man was just bad and not it a good way. In the final chapter we finally meet the Bye, Bye Man and he honestly looks like he’s doing an impression of Powder in a hoodie. The anticlimactic ending was the final letdown of this film. And, another thing the film had cameos by Faye Dunaway and Carrie-Ann Moss, really ladies what in hell were you doing in this convoluted mess of a film?
All and all the Fatale says – skip it.
The Bye, Bye Man is now playing in a theater or train station near you. j/k