'Bye Bye Man' delivers horror at its most derivative


'Bye Bye Man' delivers horror at its most derivative
  1. 'Bye Bye Man' delivers horror at its most derivative
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    The newest movie villain to haunt your nightmares is a pasty demonic spirit who looks like Voldemort and dresses like the Grim Reaper. Stalking his victims, he jumps out of closets and photobombs their pictures, making them see things that…
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The newest movie villain to haunt your nightmares is a pasty demonic spirit who looks like Voldemort and dresses like the Grim Reaper. Stalking his victims, he jumps out of closets and photobombs their pictures, making them see things that aren’t real, until they go mad with homicidal rage.

His name? The Bye Bye Man.

That moniker sounds like something a toddler would dream up. And although the horror film of the same name is not quite as silly as that, it isn’t much better. The derivative work doesn’t deliver scares so much as a few starts, all while ripping off such genre classics as “Candyman” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

The luckless victim at the center of the story is Elliot (Douglas Smith), a college kid who has just moved into a creepy off-campus rental with his best bud, John (Lucien Laviscount), and girlfriend, Sasha (Cressida Bonas). Life seems perfect until Elliot makes the mistake of looking in the bedside table of this fully furnished haunted house. Obsessively scrawled inside the drawer is the mantra of the movie: “Don’t think it. Don’t say it.”

“It” is revealed when Elliot pulls back the drawer lining to see the comically non-terrifying name. “The Bye Bye Man,” he says, out of idle curiosity, not realizing that he has sealed his fate.

As it turns out, anyone who says the name gets a visit, and the more friends and acquaintances a person tells, the more people the spirit haunts. The Bye Bye Man is basically a fatal virus. It spreads fast when the afflicted person can’t keep his or her mouth shut.

Elliot and his friends start having weird visions and hearing chilling noises. Huge scratches appear on the walls that only Freddy Krueger could have made. (Speaking of Freddy, some of the score sounds a little too much like “Elm Street.”) Of course there’s a mysterious backstory to all this that isn’t too hard for Elliot to track down at the local library. If only he weren’t so forthcoming with the poor librarian.

“The Bye Bye Man” had a relatively modest budget, and it shows in the special effects, which tend to be more funny than scary. Even a conscious effort to…

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