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The Bye Bye Man (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Bye Bye Man clumsily mashes together elements from better horror films, adding up to a derivative effort as short on originality as it is on narrative coherency or satisfying scares.

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People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we're asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what...but who? From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man, a chilling horror-thriller that exposes the evil behind the most unspeakable acts committed by man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don't think it, don't say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. Is there a way to survive his possession? Debuting on Friday, January 13th, this film redefines the horror that iconic date represents-stretching our comprehension of the terror this day holds beyond our wildest nightmares.

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Doug Jones
as The Bye Bye Man
Carrie-Anne Moss
as Detective Shaw
Faye Dunaway
as Widow Redmon
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Critic Reviews for The Bye Bye Man

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (17)

The script teems with horror clichés (scribbled drawings, a creepy kid, the skeptical protagonist looking up the demon's origins on a library computer), and everything from the acting to the makeup to the special effects is atrocious.

January 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Maybe all will be explained in the sequel. If so, your writer is happy to remain uneducated.

January 14, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

It may be that I'm assessing on a curve because it's January. But if you miss the slasher icons of old and have little patience for the reboot attempts they get periodically, it's nice to see at least a worthy attempt to add to that pantheon.

January 13, 2017 | Full Review…

To think that everyone here intended to make a movie this utterly lifeless and banal from the outset is infinitely more frightening than anything presented on screen.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

It keeps you guessing, if only to find out, "uh, is that all there is?"

January 13, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Despite any titular trepidation, there is fun to be had and even some cultural relevancy if you decide to say hi to The Bye Bye Man.

January 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bye Bye Man


One of the pluses of this haunted house outing is the realization that you would like to see a decent haunted house film made. On the minus side is when you admit to yourself that this isn't it. Nice to see Faye Dunaway and Carrie Anne Moss though.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Complete Dumpster Fire

Jacob Smith
Jacob Smith

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What it lacks in originality it makes up for in a few good jumps. But the lack of story and scares leaves you not thinking and not saying anything good about this horror!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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