I didn’t plan on seeing this movie. Mostly because scary movies are usually a disappointment for me. I’ve rarely ever scared and by the time the movie ends, I’m usually rooting for the killer to win. That’s the kind of person I am when it comes to scary movies. However, I won tickets for this movie from the local theater so I took my brother-in-law with me to see it.
Bye Bye Man starts off interesting. It begins with a man going on a killing spree in his neighborhood. Apparently he told people something he shouldn’t and the only way to stop it was to kill them. It takes place in the 1960s. Jump forward to what we can assume is present day to three young adults who have no connection to our murderous man in the beginning. They’re going to rent a house for the rest of their college year and have their own place. Three friends who think they have it all.
They have a house warming party where Elliot’s niece is present (not sure this is a great place for a little kid to be running around). She goes upstairs to Elliot’s bedroom and finds a gold coin, which after she opens a little storage door in the room, a beast on the other side of the room pokes its head out. The little girl of course sees none of this and puts the coin back in the drawer in the nightstand and heads down. Elliot’s girlfriend Sasha thinks something weird is happening in the house and has her “medium” friend Kim come over to take a look at the place and burn sage in the house too.
“Don’t think it. Don’t Say it.” – Elliot
This is where things just start to go downhill. Kim doesn’t like the house. Elliot finds the nightstand drawer is filled with “Don’t think it, don’t say it” and then the name Bye Bye Man carved into the drawer. This means that these four people are now cursed to die at the hands of this man and his what I can only determine is a hell hound. More weird things start to happen and basically hallucinations and things not being what they seem are the main signs. Elliot goes to the college campus library to find more information and finds the man who went on a killing spree at the beginning of the movie. Elliot believes that Larry’s wife man have the key to stopping all of this from happening.
She doesn’t because she never heard the name and she never wanted too. She believes that Larry only did what he did to stop Bye Bye Man from coming and saving them from a worse death. Larry kills himself in the end by drinking draino to poison himself to death. Now this where you’d think we’d start to get a turn to the story. Nope. Elliot figures out that Bye Bye Man only gets his power by you believing that the hallucinations are real. Perfect, stop believing and he’ll never be able to get to you. Well the librarian has killed her family and is on her want to kill Elliot and his friends. Elliot rushes home to save his friends, hit the librarian with his car and then keeps heading home. Elliot of course is starting to have hallucinations again and can’t seem to realize he having them. Sasha is fighting with John and they struggle with a pair of scissors. Elliot thinks John is attacking/stabbing Sasha but it’s actually Sasha attacking John. Elliot shoots Sasha to stop her and Bye Bye Man has arrived with his hell hound. John is left bloody in the bedroom as Elliot runs downstairs.
In the end Elliot stops his brother from seeing what is going on and knowing about the Bye Bye Man. Elliot can’t seem to stop him so he shoots himself in the head. There, all the people who know about him are dead. Or so you think. In true scary movie fashion John is not actually dead, which leads to a possible sequel. John ends up telling the cop about the man and they lead you to believe that Elliot’s niece may have read about Bye Bye Man but she just took the gold coins.
Overall, it’s a bad version of a scary movie. It’s not even scary. The hell hound is a cool CGI affect but after first seeing him, I started rooting for more just to have something different from the horrible story line. Bye Bye Man is a take off of the Greek Ferry Man, Kharon. Kharon transported them across the waters to Haides in his skiff. His fee was a single obolos coin (gold coin) which was placed in the mouth of a corpse upon burial. Those who had not received proper burial were unable to pay the fee and were left to wander, haunting the world as ghosts. That’s who I think Bye Bye Man is supposed to be based off of but I could be wrong. As for the hell hound, well that could play off of a number of things. I give this movie 2 out of 10 stars. Don’t think it, Don’t see it.